I've been on quite the curly-hair styling journey the past few years. After finally deciding to ditch my flat iron, my natural hair really started to shine through, and I knew it was time to embrace it. If you also have curls, though, you know that styling can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. Curls tend to be dry, so it's trial and error when looking for the right products. Case in point? Mousse.
Now that I've gone fully natural, I find myself reaching for styling foams, curl creams, hair oils, and whatever else will keep my hair looking its healthiest. At this point, let's just say I've tested quite a few—and they weren't always the right ones for me and my particular curl type (3c). Finally, I'm wising up. Instead of playing a guessing game, I decided to tap two celebrity stylists for advice. Jennifer Korab and Kevin Kelly were happy to give me the scoop. Keep scrolling for the best mousses for curly hair along with their tips on how to use it.
How to Use Mousse on Curly Hair
If using mousse on curly hair, there are a few things to keep in mind. Because curls are naturally drier, Korab recommends looking for ingredients that will add hydration and shine. "Avocado and olive oils are two great ingredients to look out for," she says. She also has a few styling tips. "When using a mousse to style curly hair, you want to start out by misting the curls with water or a curl refresher," she adds. "My personal favorite [to use] is Kerastase Curl Manifesto Curl Refresher. Then, apply a generous amount section by section through your hair. Comb through to distribute the product evenly and then lightly scrunch. For best results, finish by air-drying or using a diffuser."
Kelly also has a few more tips for curly hair styling when using a product like mousse. "When using mousse, I like to have my clients lean back or flip their head over and really get that root to control any frizziness," he says. "Then, I clamp the hair between my hands with the product. After that, I have them lean up or flip back over. I'll take some additional styling products and pick up random pieces and reshape them with my hand for the perfect curl."
For a few of each stylist's favorite mousses for curly hair, keep scrolling below. You'll find a few of our own recs, too.
1. Oribe Curl Shaping Mousse
2. Moroccanoil Curl Control Mousse
3. Amika Plus Size Volume & Body Mousse
4. Pureology Style + Protect Weightless Hair Mousse
5. Color Wow Color Control Styling Foam
"I recommend [using this] Color Wow mousse mixed with the Color Wow Dream Coat Treatment for Curly Hair. Mousse usually has a lot of alcohol in it, so it tends to be drying and make the hair look non-shiny. Adding in the Color Wow Curly Treatment helps [keep] that shine." — Kelly
6. Kevin Murphy Body Builder Volumizing Mousse
7. Curlsmith Bouncy Strength Volume Foam
8. Ouidad VitalCurl + Soft Defining Mousse
9. SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Frizz-Free Curl Mousse
10. Not Your Mother's Curl Talk Curl Activating Mousse
11. Design Essentials Curl Enhancing Mousse
12. DevaCurl Frizz-Fighting Volumizing Foam