A mousse is a hair styling product that comes in a foam consistency in an aerosol can. It’s often loved in the wavy and curly hair communities because of its lightweight form and hold.

pictured: Myesha Polnett

If you would have asked me a year ago if I was planning on adding a mousse into my styling routine, I might have laughed out loud at that notion because it reminded me of my pre curly girl routine when I had stringy, poofy waves and no definition. What I have realized since then, however, is that it wasn't the mousse that created my hair troubles, but instead my lack of knowledge and curl care. With this new revelation, there is now a whole world of products that I am ready to explore and start testing out. I encourage other wavy and curly girls to do the same.

Note: Mousse is best applied when hair is wet and can be smoothed from the roots to the ends, then scrunched upward in to help form and hold waves.

Curlisto Bio-Gel Mousse

A non-aerosol option, this mousse promises to give you the moisture of a mousse but with the hold of a gel.  With its botanical extracts and wheat protein it’s also able to add volume and protection to your curls.

Raw Curls Mousse

This mousse has 100% natural/organic ingredients and is best suited for those with finer curls.  It adds volume and with its first ingredient being aloe barbadensis leaf extract, it will add softness and shine to all hair.

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SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Styling Mousse

Formulated without silicones, this mouse is able to add moisture with ingredients like shea butter and coconut water.  It’s formulated to shape and add fullness to lifeless waves.

Chi Magnified Volume Spray Foam

For added volume, this protein rich mousse will protect your strands from thermal heat styling.  It has silk molecules to smooth cuticles and improve shine.

Tigi Catwalk Curlesque Strong Mousse

A strong hold mousse that adds strength and elasticity to your curls, this mousse boasts marine notes and fresh botanicals too add indulgence in your routine.

Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Mousse

For those looking for more of a beachy wave look this product will help make waves appear messy while you’re still completely in control.

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Design Essentials Natural Curl Enhancing Mousse

Curls that need more moisture can look to a mouse like this, with olive oil and vitamin B complex it nourishes the hair while adding a natural sheen.

SoCozy Behave Styling Mousse Medium Hold

For more definition, a boost in volume and frizz control, this mousse can do it all without the crunch.  With ingredients like kiwi fruit extract and rosemary extract this mousse will leave your hair soft and silky.

Elucence Volume Designing Foam

High quality ingredients at drugstore prices, this volumizing mousse ticks all the boxes for a product to add hold and shine to any curls.

Big Sexy Hair Root Pump Mousse

For volume starting at the roots this humidity resistant mousse is where to reach.  This mousse comes out as a spray and turns into a mousse to lift and add hold.

Whether you have never tried a mousse or still make them a part of your routine every day, these mousses are a great option to add lightweight hold to your waves!