How to Style Your Hair with Mousse

While mousse doesn't offer the vice-like grip of styling gel, it does provide a lighter, less sticky hold that makes it the go-to product for volume, volume, volume.


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You Will Need

  • A mousse hairstyling product of your choice
  • A blow-dryer


  1. Step 1

    Start w/ wet or dry hair

    Start with either wet or dry hair. If your hair is wet, the mousse will keep it looking sleek and shiny. On dry hair, it will be less noticeable, but provide more hold.

  2. Step 2

    Shake can

    Shake the can of mousse vigorously.

  3. Step 3

    Squeeze mousse & rub

    Squeeze some mousse into one palm and rub it onto both hands.

  4. Use a silver dollar-sized dollop for short hair, a golf ball-sized amount for medium-length hair, and a billiard ball-sized amount for long hair.

  5. Step 4

    Distribute mousse

    Brush your hands up through your hair, distributing the mousse evenly from your roots out to the tips of your hair.

  6. Step 5

    Style hair

    Tousle or smooth your hair into the style you want. To keep the shape, blow-dry on a low setting. If you don't blow-dry, your hair can easily be restyled all day long with just your hands.

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