Mousse is a versatile styling product. Because mousses aren’t heavy, those who have fine hair that gets weighed down love to apply it to wet hair to enhance their curls and waves. Dryer and thicker curlies like myself like to layer mousse under gel on wet hair to help define our looser patterns. Mousses are also an excellent option to revive curl definition and fight frizz on days’-old hair without adding in too much product. Here are 10 excellent mousse choices for wavy and curly hair.
*Please note that not every product on this list is no-poo or CG method approved as not all curlies follow the Curly Girl Method. If you do follow this method strictly, check ingredient labels before buying.
This multi-award-winning mousse is perfect for all types of texture to enhance curl and wave pattern while moisturizing the hair and combatting frizz. Coconut oil hydrates and protects hair while reducing breakage. Silk protein smoothes the hair for a soft, silky feel. Neem oil controls frizz while adding brilliant shine.
Fans of this much-loved product appreciate that it does not dry crunchy, and they like its mixed-berry scent. The paraben- and silicone-free mousse boosts curl patterns, even in humid and damp climates.
This won the Best of the Best award for Best Mousse for Wavy Type 2 Hair voted by the NaturallyCurly community.
Wavies love using this mousse to fight frizz and encourage their curls to clump. For best results, use this in addition to a little bit of your favorite gel. People with a looser curl pattern also like that this mousse encourages curl formation.
This won the Best of the Best award for Best Mousse for Curly Type 3 Hair voted by the NaturallyCurly community.
Curlies love that this mousse both smoothes and holds a curl for extra control over your curls, especially in high humidity. It works well for wash and goes and twist outs, and we’ve seen curlies rave about this product across a wide range of curl patterns.
This won Best of the Best awards for Best Mousse for Coily Type 4 Hair and for All Hair Types voted by the NaturallyCurly community.
This silicone-free, multi-action mousse moisturizes, strengthens and volumizes in one step. Antioxidants rejuvenate fine hair, and bamboo extract adds shine and strength to delicate, fine strands. This mousse helps to bring out natural texture and to minimize frizz.
Say hello to soft, shiny curls. This lightweight foam gives tons of body and volume, which is great for those looking to enhance their waves. With plant-based UV protection and cell-rejuvenating, antioxidant ingredients, your hair will stay vibrant and healthy, while looking its best.
This Editor’s Choice winner has a unique formula with a soft-pliable hold. It dries quickly and reduces frizz while providing a gorgeous, natural sheen. It helps to define curls without weighing down fine hair.
Packed with botanicals including lime, orange, and acai, this lightweight foam has soft hold and is ideal for wash and gos or setting hair in styles. It nourishes, adds shines and keeps hair in place.
Another botanical-filled product, Cloud is a lightweight formula that delivers body and manageability to all hair types. Volume and texure come from natural corn starch, tilia tomentosa bud extract, and sugar cane extract, while sweet almond, linseed, olive leaf and arnica extracts detangle, protect against heat, enhance shine, and help prevent frizz.
With coconut oil and shea butter, this creamy mousse-cream hybrid enhances curl definition and fights frizz while leaving hair soft and moisturized. It smells great, too!
We hope you try some of our recommendations and let us know what you think about them in the comments area below.
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