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10 Best Hair Mousses in 2020

Mousse first made waves – big ones- in beauty salons and store aisles in the 1980s, and since then, the light-as-air hairstyling helper has evolved with the times. We’re here to help you untangle the wide world of mousse; our reviewers got (beauty)schooled on which foams make for flawless hair. Check out our top ten best mousse list!

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1. RedKen Guts 10 Volumizing Spray Mousse

RedKen Guts 10 Volumizing Spray Mousse

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Volumize your hair from the roots on down (or up, if you will) with this body-boosting spray mousse from Redken. Just point and spray at the roots of each section, and voila: volume.

Pros:
+Spray applicator allows you to quickly and easily target roots
+Suitable for all hair types; best mousse for year-round use

Why We Like It – Redken’s salon-quality products are always a good choice, and we like the control here, especially on fine hair that’s prone to get weighed down by heavy-handed product application.


2. Kerastase Resistance Volumifique Impulse Amplifying Mousse

Kerastase Resistance Volumifique Impulse Amplifying Mousse

Sure, you can pile on bargain products to attempt the perfect blowout, but what if we told you there’s a one-and-done mousse that’ll give even fine hair a beautiful boost? This creamy-but-light mousse contains modifying polymers to do just that.

Pros:
+Protects from heat
+Best mousse for thin hair on our list

Why We Like It – Building volume in flat hair is hard – keeping it can be darn near impossible. This formula creates that precious fullness; you’ll get your money’s worth – and look like a million bucks.


3. John Frieda Collection Luxurious Volume Perfectly Full Mousse

John Frieda Collection Luxurious Volume Perfectly Full Mousse

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Did you know there are three dimensions to hair volume? The team at John Frieda does, and this super-airy mousse plumps up all three: it makes your head of hair appear fuller, it builds thickness on each hair, and it also gives your roots a bounce. (Oh, and the price is right!)

Pros:
+Affordable, but you’ll get great results every time
+Builds volume three ways

Why We Like It – This volumizing mousse will elevate the finest, flattest hair – we give it four stars for the results, and another for the price.


4. Paul Mitchell Extra-Body Sculpting Foam

Paul Mitchell Extra-Body Sculpting Foam

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Luxuriant shine and volume can coexist, as Paul Mitchell has proven with this formula. It may be the best mousse we found for fine, curly hair – it provides just the right amount of conditioning to control those curls (and frizz) without weighing them down.

Pros:
+Rich emollients deliver moisture to dry hair
+Manages even fine, curly hair

Why We Like It – If your hair’s finicky, we suggest giving this foam a try: it’ll tame the frizz and leave you in control. Curly hair will respond well to the conditioning formula, which softly sculpts while maintaining hair’s natural volume


5. SEXYHAIR Big Root Pump Volumizing Spray Mousse

SEXYHAIR Big Root Pump Volumizing Spray Mousse

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What’s in a name? In this case, everything you need to know. But we’ll chime in with our findings, too: spray this on your roots, blow-dry upside down or with a roller brush, and you’ll have humidity resistant, frizz-free, and downright sexy locks.

Pros:
+Controls static, but leaves hair soft
+Gives big results that hold all-day

Why We Like It – This spray-mousse hybrid can be used on just your roots or all over dry hair to provide more texture.


6. Finesse Curl Defining Mousse

Finesse Curl Defining Mousse

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The best mousses for curly hair will not only provide frizz control but will define the individual shape of each curl. It’s a tall order, but this Finesse mousse fits the bill. Soy and silk compounds lock in moisture and hold curls’ shape. No frizz, just fab.

Pros:
+Controls your curls, but also lets their shape shine
+Hydrates and holds your locks

Why We Like It – Curls can be tricky – too much volume or too little conditioning, and you run the risk of poufy. This mousse is best at bringing curls to life without awakening frizz.


7. Aveda Phomollient Styling Foam

Aveda Phomollient Styling Foam

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A liquid-to-foam formula delivers hold and buoyant body for fine hair (it’s also great for medium). The pump-delivered formula that skips the propellants but doesn’t skimp on volume and body.

Pros:
+Light volume without buildup
+Best for thin- to medium-textured hair

Why We Like It – A light lotion that transforms into a mousse, this will give you shine without leaving hair weighed down.


8. Joico Joiwhip Firm-Hold Design Foam

Joico Joiwhip Firm-Hold Design Foam

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A rich mousse hair that’s prone to dryness will appreciate, this is fortified with kukui nut to protect and nourish while it helps you create your style. Volumizing without drying (it skips the alcohol), this one hydrates and leaves your mane shiny and smooth.

Pros:
+Best mousse for very dry hair on our list
+The alcohol-free formula is gentle on your locks

Why We Like It – Conditioning mousses can be heavy – this provides lightweight hydration without feeling greasy. We like the concentrated formula; a little goes a long way.


9. Living proof Full Thickening Mousse

Living proof Full Thickening Mousse

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Products that do double-duty are always favorites; this mousse protects from heat while it creates volume. The patented formula leaves your hair feeling thicker but touchable. It’s best for thin, delicate hair (even chemically treated tresses).

Pros:
+Protects fragile hair from heating tools
+Color- and chemically-treated compatible

Why We Like It – Your locks will feel (and look) noticeably thicker, but it won’t feel stiff or weighed down from this mousse. Damaged hair? This may be the best choice – it’s a delicate mousse that also delivers.


10. Tresemme Thermal Creations Volumising Mousse

Tresemme Thermal Creations Volumising Mousse

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Blow dryers, curling irons – if you’re going to heat-style your hair, this is one of the best volumizing mousse options on store shelves. The vitamin complex will protect hair, leaving it shiny, smooth, and styled all day long.

Pros:
+Protects against heat damage
+Provides maximum hold, even in humidity

Why We Like It – As one of the multi-tasking mousses on our list, we thought this one did the best at delivering shine and hold. The heat protection was a great bonus!


Mousse Buyer’s Guide

Young women is styling her hair with a foam or mousse. Styling mousse on the brown long straight hair

Whether your locks are curly, wavy, fine, or frizzy, mousse can volumize, tame, or define – all without gunky buildup or weigh-down. To choose the best mousse for fine hair, steer clear of formulas that emphasize conditioning; they may weigh your tresses down. A coarse mane, on the other hand, can benefit from a complex rich in emollients (this also goes for curls).

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