#TBT: Hair Mousse
When I think of mousse, I think of that awful, scrunchy hair trend from the nineties and early 2000s. You know what I’m talking about: that totally untouchable, crispy mane of a girl desperately trying to create curls or add volume to her pencil straight strands. To put it simply, it used to make for a sticky situation.
Lucky for us, mousse is now a totally different product than that of our high school days. Thanks to new and improved formulas, mousse is quickly becoming a go-to product for renowned hairstylists for a variety of purposes.
Heather Packer, Senior Stylist at Cutler Salon, explains that “mousse has made a tremendous evolution since their last cycle of popularity. Lower alcohol content allows for a more flexible shape and better movement, while heat-active conditioning agents help protect hair from styling tools. Mousses of the past tended to have a much higher alcohol content, leading to a heavy, sticky hold. Think Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion. Styling foams – today’s more modern term for mousse – should have a flexibility which allows for better movement while still giving volume and moderate hold for styling.” While the formulas have been revamped, mousse still has that fun, whipped cream application we have always known and loved.
So, who should use mousse? And how? Roxy Brennan, Stylist and Extension Specialist at Rittenhouse Spa & Club – Hair by Paul Labrecque, likes mousse because of its versatility, whether it be “refreshing volume on a few day old blow dry or setting a foundation for curls.” She describes new products as giving a “soft, flexible finish” and reminds volume-seekers that “the higher the hair, the closer to heaven.” Apply at the root for maximum volume.
When we said that mousse was a versatile product, we meant it! Here are our favorite formulas for all of your hair needs:
1. Davines Curl Moisturizing Mousse ($26) gives you touchable curls and definition.
2. If you want serious curl control, look no further than Moroccanoil Curl Control Mousse ($29).
3. Sometimes, sky-high volume is just what the doctor ordered, so try Blow Pro Body by Blow No Crunch Volumizing Mousse ($20).
4. Fans of beachy, tousled waves will love Shu Uemura Art of Hair Kaze Wave Sensual Curl Texturizing Foam ($38).
5. For serious multi-tasking, like volume, heat protection, and anti-static, Kerastase Mousse Volumifique ($42) is your new bestie.
Casey Sharbaugh currently resides in New York City and works in the fashion industry. In her spare time, you can find Casey spinning, trying new beauty products, or browsing the city for the best ice cream cone. Find her on Twitter at @chs_psu