We Cracked the Code: How to Use Mousse for Really Great Hair


(Image credit: @anthonyholguin)

I've never really been one to reach for hair mousse when styling my strands, but I've recently come to the conclusion that I may have dismissed this master styler a bit too soon. It's such a versatile product that works well on every hair type, and celebrity hairstylist Anthony Holguin agrees. Maybe I haven't been reaching for this miracle product simply because I didn't really know how to use it to achieve great hair—just being honest.

Holguin let me in on a few secrets, though. He has a few ways he likes to use mousse for a truly great look. "I like to use mousse two different ways," he says. "One being when it's wet and you're going to get a solid blowout. I like to add mousse to the roots and ends to build memory and hold so that you can get a voluminous blowout and have it last a while. Second, I like to add mousse when hair is dry on a second day to refresh a blowout or if your hair has gone flat. This helps to give back volume to the root and make it look like you just got a fresh blowout! It also helps absorb oils in the hair."

Even if you have curly hair, mousse is still a great product to use to define your curls and helps add a little volume and fullness to them. If Holguin has any tips for mousse novices, it's to be super generous with it. "I also love adding mousse to a wide-tooth comb and combing it through the hair. This helps get it evenly through your strands so you don't miss any spots," he adds. For a few of Holguin's all-time favorite hair mousses and my own picks for each hair type, keep scrolling below.


(Image credit: @anthonyholguin)

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Shawna Hudson
Associate Beauty Editor

Shawna Hudson has worked in editorial for over six years, with experience covering entertainment, fashion, culture, celebrities, and her favorite topic of all, beauty. She graduated from California State University, Fullerton, with a degree in journalism and has written for other publications such as Bustle, The Zoe Report, Byrdie, Elite Daily, Mane Addicts, and more. She is currently an associate beauty editor at Who What Wear and hopes to continue feeding her (completely out-of-control) beauty obsession as long as she can. Stay up to date on her latest finds on Instagram @shawnasimonee.