December 15th 2017
Who, What, Hair
Who, what, hair: the return of mousse
May 24th 2017 / 0 comment
When it comes to creating greater volume, thickness and curl definition, mousse is making a comeback in a big way. Here’s how to use it like a pro
Much like fashion, hair trends also often work in cycles. However, they aren’t just confined to particular cuts or styles, but also certain products too. The next big comeback in hair? Mousse - but not as we’ve come to know it.
Spotted in many a hair stylist’s kit bag backstage at Fashion Week, mousse was counted as a key part in creating some of spring/summer 2017’s most eye-catching looks. As much of a nod to the big, bouncy, voluminous styles of the 80s, it was also a tribute to the efficacy of today’s more sophisticated formulations. Lightweight, silky and deliciously whipped, mousse has as much relevance today as it did 30 years ago. Here’s why.
What can mousse do for you?
“It can be used on so many different hair types,” notes hair stylist and GTG Expert, Jamie Stevens, who’s an advocate of using it during blow-drying to give hair extra hold. Adding volume to straight hair (plus, making it easier to curl), thickness to thin hair and providing greater definition to curls, there’s a strong body of reasons suggesting why it’s a ‘trend’ that boasts some serious staying power.
What’s the best way to apply it?
Often worried that mousse might weigh my hair down, I’d often steered away from it in the past if truth be told. However, this could very well be because I’d been applying incorrectly. “When showing clients how to use it, we always say to apply the mousse to a comb first and then comb it through,” recommends Jamie. “This way, it’s applied more evenly and you won't overload in one area.”
If you’re looking for the type of crunchy style that’s reminiscent of the 90s though, it’s best to get more hands-on: “If you are putting it on to dry naturally for a more scrunch-dried look, then I would use my hands and apply with a scrunching motion all over.”
If you want to take it one step further, take inspiration from the Topshop Unique SS17 catwalks and recreate hair stylist Duffy’s ‘new wave glamour’ look (one of our favourites). Here’s how:
- Use a small curling iron down the shaft of four-inch, twisted sections to create “a spiral perm made modern.”
- Flick the front area to one side to relax the overall look and apply hairspray to hold in place.
- Mist the rest of the hair with Tecni.ART Pli and rake fingers through the curls to finish.
For naturally curly hair, mousse can prove to have an invaluable place in your styling regime when it comes to definition. Application again is key. “It’s not just what you use, it’s the way you use it that makes it modern,” explains hair stylist and curl specialist, Karine Jackson.
Her method of choice? Cocktailing mousse with argan oil to style hair, distributing it evenly from root to tip for a full head of curls. Hair needn’t be wet to begin with either. “I think most people think mousse should be used on damp hair, but it can really amp up your texture and crisp up curls when dispensed into dry hair,” she says, also noting how mousse's revival coincides with the return of another iconic 80s hair trend - the perm. “We’re seeing a resurgence of perms in the salon - we’re doing around four a day,” she comments. “You can’t really style a perm without mousse, it’s a curl essential. I think there’s a preconception that if you have a perm, you’ll wake up with good-to-go perfect curls every morning - but you do still need to style it and mousse will be your best friend for this.”
Further mousse for thought
Percy & Reed Abundantly Bouncy Volumising Mousse, £12
A favourite in the GTG office for its ability to add body and bounce to fine hair types in particular, this pick is brilliant at adding noticeable volume while keeping ends soft too. “A good tip is while the hair is still wet, apply the mousse and comb from root to tip. Dry your head upside down, continually moving your hair, until it is 80-90% dry,” says hair pro Adam Reed. “Then take sections of the hair and smooth with a round brush and hairdryer.”
Schwarzkopf got2b Volumaniac Mousse, £4.05
A budget beauty buy that packs some serious punch for its price tag, it leaves fine and straight hair types both bigger and bouncier.
Matrix Biolage Style Link Volume Builder Mousse, £11.32
Jamie Steven’s top pick, this airy-textured mousse provides instant weightless body to hair that’s looking for a professional looking pick-me-up.
Organic Colour Systems Mousse, £14.99
A favourite of Karine Jackson’s for curly hair, she favours mixing it with a drop of argan oil and working it evenly through the hair to create great texture and a modern shape.
Moroccanoil Beach Wave Mousse, £17.45
The ideal pick for those looking more for texture than volume, this mousse does exactly what it says on the tin. More mermaid than Mayfair blowdry, it provides a sea salt-free way of making waves. Plus, a little goes a long way, so start off slowly if you have finer hair.
Sachajuan Hair Mousse, £20
Lightweight and leaving zero crunch, this multi-tasking mousse softens, provides impressive hold and enhances shape in one fell swoop.