How can you define curls, add volume, and tame frizz?
By using the best mousse for curly hair, of course!
But is mousse good for curly hair? Doesn’t make it crunchy?
Fortunately, the right mousse can provide hold and hydration.
How to use hair mousse for curls
Modern formulations ensure that mousse for curly hair provides volume without stiffness.
It smooths frizz without flattening coils and adds texture to waves.
Some mousses are best for air-drying hair, while others perform better if you use a diffuser and hairdryer.
I’ll point out the differences between the different types of curly hair mousse in the reviews below.
Generally, you’ll apply the mousse to damp hair (1).
Start at the back of your head and work your way around to the sides and the front.
If you plan to air-dry your hair, scrunch a little.
After you’ve done that, try not to touch your hair until it’s completely dry. If you use a hairdryer, set it to a low speed to avoid blowing around the hair.
If the curls feel crunchy, scrunch them until they feel soft. But don’t overdo it.
If you don’t wash every day, look for a mousse that revives second-day hair.
Tips for managing curly hair
If you’re tired of frizz, fuzz, and tangles, try these tricks.
First, find out how porous your hair is. There are simple online quizzes that will help you decide.
Then purchase products that target your hair type. After a week or two of shampooing and conditioning with the right products for your porosity, your curls will become much more manageable and defined.
Second, add volume to your hair by using hair clips at the roots while you dry it.
That’s right, apply mousse to the roots, then use hair clips to twist in curls.
Once the hair is dry, remove the clips, and viola.
Third, never use a brush on your hair. Never, never, never.
Only use a wide-tooth comb made for curly hair. For even better results, stay away from plastic products that aren’t smooth on a microscopic level and will cause snags.
Comb from the bottom to remove tangles, and work your way up to the roots.
Okay, that will get you started.
Top Mousse for Curly Hair
Now, let’s look at some of the best products for curly hair.
Got2b Be Twisted Air Dry Curl Foam
Got2b offers different versions of curly hair mousse. This one is best for both waves and curls.
You’ll get better performance from it if you let your hair air-dry with it.
I love the fact that it doesn’t make the hair sticky. It also doesn’t leave a visible residue so that you don’t end up with flakes in your hair.
The paraben-free formula reduces frizziness and makes each curl stand out.
It has a citrusy fragrance.
Got2b Kinkier Gloss ‘n Define Curling Mousse
If you prefer more volume and tight curls, try this mousse instead.
You’ll end up with bouncy tresses and ultra-defined texture. The fact that your hair will look shinier is a bonus.
TIGI Catwalk Curls Rock Amplifier
TIGI also makes more than one type of mousse for curls. This one appears to be more popular.
That may be due to its excellent protective properties.
For example, it defends against damage from the environment and from heat-styling.
So yes, you can blow dry your hair after applying it.
The polymers in the formula control curls and avoid frizz caused by high humidity. Yet they boost the natural texture of the hair.
Moreover, it contains glycerin to hydrate every strand, and hydrolyzed keratin to strengthen and smooth them.
No, there’s no silicone in the bottle.
TIGI Bed Head Foxy Curls Extreme Curl Mousse
Don’t you hate it when your curls start to sag about halfway through the day?
This mousse has “curl memory.”
The super hold polymers protect your texture and shine for up to 72 hours after you apply it.
At the same time, the mousse protects against extreme heat and humidity.
It works great on thick hair, whether wavy or curly.
Davines This is a Curl Moisturizing Mousse
Here is a moisturizing mousse for curly hair.
You can use it on damp or dry curls.
Users with fine hair love how it gets rid of frizz without stiffening the strands. It helps restore the wavy, curly texture and give it natural movement.
Ouidad PlayCurl Curl Amplifying Foam
Ouidad is a favorite brand for Curly Girls. They have a customized product for each curl type, whether kinky, tight, classic, or loose.
To illustrate, this styling foam volumizes hair that’s gone flat on top. It makes it weightless as it lifts the curls and plumps each strand from the root.
Part of the magic comes from botanicals and humectants that restore health and shine.
Use it on wet hair from the roots to the ends. Then either air-dry or blow-dry.
OUIDAD Vitalcurl+ Soft Defining Mousse
Haven’t we all used mousse that left our hair stiff, sticky, or crunchy? This one won’t.
You’ll wonder if you forgot your hair product because your hair will feel so soft.
It contains an omega complex with botanicals like chia, camellia, and sunflower. These ingredients help your curls stay moisturized and elastic.
Can we say glossy spirals?
Mixed Chicks Morning After Redefining Foam
Curly hair tends to be dry. I know a lot of curly heads who don’t shampoo every day.
That’s where this styling foam comes in handy. You can apply it to wet or dry hair to refresh your curls.
It redefines bed head to make it manageable and vibrant, never crunchy.
Plus, it works wonders on fine hair or waves.
DevaCurl Frizz-Free Volumizing Texture Foam
It’s not an exaggeration to say that this foam puts a stop to frizz.
Apply it to wet hair and enjoy the citrus fragrance. Scrunch, pause, and release from the roots to the tips.
It smooths and defines each curl and wave without silicone or parabens.
Aussie Leave-In Conditioner & Mousse
Condition, define, and hold curls for up to 24 hours with this mousse/conditioner.
Like other Aussie products, it’s packed with botanicals from down under. It has sea kelp and jojoba oil to soften and enhance curls.
The fragrance is a blend of floral, fruit, and musk.
OGX Locking + Coconut Curls Decadent Creamy Mousse
OGX has more than one mousse for curly hair, so check the details to get the best one for your situation.
This one is like a styling cream or hair butter.
It contains coconut oil and shea butter for silkiness and shine without frizziness.
If you put it on damp hair, it tightens curls to volumize from the roots to the ends.
OGX Quenching + Coconut Curls Frizz-Defying Moisture Mousse
The ingredients in this mousse sound good enough to eat. They include sweet honey and citrus and coconut oils.
Users say it leaves their hair ultra-soft without the frizz.
It’s just what you need if you live in a humid environment.
Garnier Fructis Style Curl Construct Creation Mousse
For a drugstore mousse, Garnier hits it out of the park. It provides hold without weighing down the hair.
It adds shine without stickiness or flaking.
The formula is 98% natural and free of silicone, parabens, and artificial dyes. The effects last up to 24 hours.
Design Essentials Natural Curl Enhancing Mousse
Design Essentials are experts at taking care of coily, curly, and wavy hair.
Their mousse is enriched with a vitamin B complex that’s essential for healthy hair growth. It also has olive oil to separate and polish each curl.
Those with wash and go hairstyles love it because it cuts out extra steps in styling.
Kenra Curl Glaze Mousse
If you have dull, dry, frizzy hair, you need to try this curl glazing mousse.
It’s alcohol-free and won’t flake off. Instead, it makes each curl glossy and defined.
The mousse also prevents frizz even in high humidity weather.
John Frieda Frizz Ease Curl Reviver Mousse
Here’s a salon-quality mousse for wavy and curly hair. It functions well whether you air dry or blow-dry.
It’s alcohol-free and provides additional protection. It defends against heat and UV damage. Therefore, it’s safe for those with chemically-treated or color-treated hair.
Use it to tame frizzy hair and restore those ringlets.
Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Frizz-free Curl Mousse
Avoid the crunch and stiffness caused by old school mousse. This one has soft hold, plus it moisturizes and conditions.
It contains coconut oil for moisture that penetrates into the hair fiber. Then, there is neem oil to reduce frizz. It makes each curl gleam.
Silk protein smooths the cuticle and leaves hair sleek. But the curl memory makes sure that your hair doesn’t go flat.
It will revive dry, damaged styles.
Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Styling Foam
For amazing results, use this foam after washing with the Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk shampoo and conditioner. You can also apply it after the leave-in conditioner if your hair is extra-dry.
The creamy foam styles kinks, waves, and coils, whether you have 4c or 1c hair.
It’s infused with shea butter, cocoa butter, and agave nectar to feed your hair the moisture it needs. It prevents tangles and frizz and strengthens each strand with pro-vitamin B5.
The only downside is that it provides very light hold.
Cantu Natural Hair Wave Whip Curling Mousse
Cantu’s mousse is perfect for textured hair.
It defines and enlarges curls far better than a gel ever could.
Then, the day after you apply it, you can revive it was just a little bit of water and some extra product.
There’s no white residue or crunch. Moreover, users say that the fragrance is fantastic.
L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Curl Elastic Mousse
How about 24-hour hold and shaping without buildup or residue? Is it possible that a drugstore mousse can do that for curly hair?
You have to try this product from L’Oreal to see. Most users offer positive feedback. They say that it gives them bouncy, defined curls and waves.
If you put it on the roots, it adds volume.
Marc Anthony Strictly Curls Extra Hold Styling Foam
Those with thick, coarse hair have trouble finding a mousse that works well. That’s why I was pleased to discover this product.
It provides firm hold and eliminates frizz.
The formula has vitamin E to increase moisture, too.
Oribe Curl Shaping Mousse
Once you’ve smelled Oribe hair care products, you’ll be tempted to try them. This curl mousse is no exception.
It won an award from Essence in 2014. That’s because it’s very good at defining curls.
It also prevents frizz, yet leaves coils supple and gleaming.
Tea Tree Lavender Mint Curl Refresh Foam
Paul Mitchell’s Tea Tree hair care products tend to be multi-purpose. Even this mousse doesn’t just revive your curls.
It also has a calming mint and lavender fragrance to soothe your mind.
It’s made for curly, dry, and coarse hair. The jojoba, Monoi, and Pequi oils rehydrate and detangle waves and curls. You don’t even need to apply it to damp hair to enjoy the effects.
Scrunch it through second-day hair to bring back your curls.
Herbal Essences Mousse Totally Twisted Curl Boosting
I’ve heard so many people rave about Herbal Essences’ curl mousse. It’s cheap, and it works well enough that at least one Cosmo employee has used it for years.
If you don’t mind the delicious berry fragrance, you’re going to love the results.
It defends against frizz without crunching or weighing down the hair. Your curls will feel weightless and touchable throughout the day.
Managing curly hair can be difficult without the right products.
Fortunately, there are many mousses and styling foams for curly hair.
They separate each curl and prevent frizz from fuzzing up your style.
If you discovered your new favorite hair styling product here today, please drop us a comment below.
1. https://www.wikihow.com/Style-Naturally-Curly-Hair by Ashley Adams, published November 16, 2019, accessed June 4, 2020