10 Best Mousses for Curly and Wavy Hair
Let's play a game: What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word 'mousse'? You might think crunchy, stiff, heavy, or drying, especially if you have curly hair. But, wow, big facts—you don't actually need to deal with formulas that leave your curls looking like a hotter mess than King's Landing (too soon?), because today's formulas are actually pretty killer.
Trust me, if you have curly hair, mousse should be your new holy grail product. It defines, smooths, volumizes, hydrates, all while looking like you have absolutely nothing in your hair at all. But where to find the perfect mousse for your specific curl type? Look no further, because I handpicked the 10 best mousse formulas, below, that won't leave your curls feeling stiff or droopy.
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Best Drugstore Curl MousseHerbal Essences Totally Twisted Curl Boosting Mousse
If you have fine curls that seem to get weighed down no matter what you use, try this lightweight mousse that defines and volumizes your spirals, no heaviness included (proof: Cosmo's senior beauty ed has used this mousse since high school for her flat curls). Just rake two golf-ball-size puffs through your damp hair, scrunching to distribute.2
Best Curl Mousse for Flyaways + FrizzKerastase Discipline Mousse for Curly Hair
Those tiny, wispy hairs that just. won't. lie. down. can be annoying as hell to deal with. Your savior? This mousse, which contains a pro-keratin complex that helps smooth the surface of your hair to stave off flyaways and frizz during the day.3
Best Curl Mousse That Won't FlakeCarols Daughter Hair Milk Styling Foam
If you have tighter curls, you know how it can be hard to find a mousse that won't make your hair stiff as hell. Enter: this conditioning foam. The formula contains honey extract, which gives it a flexible, non-sticky hold. Rub 2-3 pumps of mousse between your palms, then finger-comb it through your hair for defined curls that won't flake.4
Best Volumizing Curl MousseJohn Frieda Frizz-Ease Take Charge Curl-Boosting Mousse
This mousse is basically a requirement for whenever your curls are feeling a bit meh. The lightweight, alcohol-free formula will give your hair the right amount of volume and shine, without drying them out. Scrunch three pumps of the product through damp hair with your fingertips. The result? Defined, super-bouncy curls that still have definition.5
Best Curl Mousse with a Strong HoldOgx Locking + Coconut Curls Decadent Creamy Mousse
This part-foam, part-cream mousse truly gives you the best of all worlds. With coconut oil and shea butter, this creamy formula holds your curls, tames any flyaways, and hydrates your hair. And even though its definition level is on the stronger side, it doesn't dry stiff or flaky.6
Best Mousse for Wavy-Curly HairDevaCurl Frizz-Free Volumizing Foam
For curly hair that also has a ton of waves, you need a formula that both defines your tight curls, enhances the loose ones, and doesn't weigh any of them down. Behold: This volumizing foam. The formula is filled with a blend of lemongrass and sunflower to add shine, moisture, and volume to your waves. Just pump the product twice, then scrunch the foam into your wet hair, from roots to ends.7
Best Mousse for Defining CurlsSuave Professionals Captivating Curls Mousse
This mousse has whipped-cream texture that allows it to define the hell out of your curls without leaving them looking gelled. The formula is also alcohol-free, meaning it won't dry out your hair, no matter how frequently you use it (which, during the humid seasons, is probably every single day). Rake 1-2 golf-ball size puffs of mousse through your damp hair, then finger-curl sections for extra definition.8
Best Mousse for Tight CurlsMoroccanoil Curl Control Mousse
Argan oil is the hero ingredient in this moisturizing mousse. Comb two pumps of the formula to towel-dried hair—not only will it bring shine and hydration back to your fuzzy curls (thanks, argan oil), but it'll also keep them soft and defined all day long.9
Best Mousse for Thick CurlsSheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Frizz-Free Curl Mousse
This ultra-hydrating mousse is loaded with coconut oil, silk protein, and neem oil, a trio of curl-loving ingredients that work to give thick, coarse hair an intense dose of hydration, while also smoothing flyaways and adding shine.10
Best Mousse for Fine CurlsOuidad PlayCurl Volumizing Foam
This foaming mousse will give your fine curls the volume and definition of your dreams. Its lightweight formula helps moisturize strands to add shine and smooth flyaways, while somehow (magic? Sorcery? No, polymers) giving your curls root-boosting volume. Scrunch and twirl a golf-ball sized puff through damp—not wet—hair, from roots to tips, then diffuse or air-dry.Ama Kwarteng Ama Kwarteng is the Beauty Assistant at Cosmopolitan, covering all things hair, skin, makeup, for both print and digital.
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