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How to use mousse on curly hair

Within the Curly Girl Method, there are several ways to style your curls. One of them is with mousse. It provides a soft, touchable hold and creates more definition and less frizz. You can use it as both a styler and refresher. It’s especially a good product for wavy hair, because it doesn’t weigh down your hair. In this article we’ll explain how to use mousse on curly hair and which ones are CG-proof!

Also read: How to start the Curly Girl Method: steps for beginners

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How to use mousse on curly hair

For best results, use mousse on wet rather than dry hair. Mousse is a lightweight product that doesn’t weigh down your hair. That’s why it’s mainly used by people with wavy hair, also called wavies. But it also is an ideal hair product for curlies who don’t want to spend a lot of time on their hair. Mousse creates a slight cast, so your hair will dry faster than with gel. Below are a few ways to use mousse for curls!

Type 2 wavy hair

If you have curl type 2 wavy hair, we recommend to use mousse as a styling product in your Curly Girl routine. Many Curly Girls use gel, but for Wavy Girls this is often too heavy. Therefore, we prefer mousse.

Following the Curly Girl Method, you start with co-washing your hair, then using a deep conditioner. After you rinsed that out, bend over, so your hair is flipped upside-down. Apply a leave-in conditioner to wet hair, followed by mousse as a styler. Divide this over your hair using the praying hands method, and start scrunching. Stand up straight, flipping your hair back to normal in the process, and let your hair air dry. When your hair is dry, you have a cast and it’s time to scrunch out the crunch! This involves scrunching your hair again, but now you’re breaking the cast. This creates soft curls with a lot of definition.

Also read: Wavy Girl Method: the routine for wavy hair

Mousse gel mousse technique

Another way to use mousse, is with the mousse gel mousse technique. This means that on wet hair you first apply mousse, then gel and then mousse again. You don’t have to use two different mousse products, this can be the same one. Then you can scrunch your hair with a cotton t-shirt or microfiber towel and let it air dry or diffuse.

Mousse as a refresher

You can also use mousse to refresh your curls a few days after a wash day. Dampen your hair slightly with a water spray and apply mousse using the praying hands method. Scrunch, scrunch, scrunch, and let it air dry. When your hair is dry, you can scrunch the cast out again.

Also read: Freshening up your curls in between washes

CG-proof mousse

There are many types of mousse, there is one for every hair type and hair characteristics. That’s why it’s important that you know your hair characteristics, like your curl and hair type, and the porosity and elasticity of your hair. Once you know this, you can look at the list below and choose the best suiting CG proof mousse.

CG mousse with protein

Does your hair have a protein deficiency and therefore an overload of hydration? Then it is best to focus on adding protein to your hair and less on hydration. These are our tips for a CG mousse with protein.

CG mousse without protein

Also read: Protein overload: what is it and how can you fix it?

Hopefully everything about using mousse on curls is clear to you! If you have any questions, feel free to ask us on Instagram!


  1. Hi there! I was wondering why you do not include any examples of different products to use for hair. I am new at this curly wavy styling. It would be very helpful to know what you recommend for washing, conditioning, and styling of hair. Thank you!

  2. Hi Stephanie,

    Thank you for your comment. We’ll working on putting more product information to our blog posts.

    For now I have a couple products that I recommend for a wavy curly girl!
    Novex has to lines with light products, that will be really nice for your hair: My little Curls and Mystic Black.

    I also recommend some products from Yari Green:
    Yari Green Curls Moisturizing Shampoo
    Yari Green Curls Deep Treatment Mask
    Yari Green Curls Hydrating Conditioner

    JessiCurl also has some really nice products for wavy hair:
    JessiCurl Hair Cleansiing Cream Shampoo Island
    JessiCurl Awe Inspiraling Spray
    JessiCurl Gelebration Spray

    Giovanni is also a really nice brand that you can try:
    Giovanni Smooth As Silk Conditioner
    Giovanni Root 66 Max Volume Spray
    Giovanni Mousse Hair Styling Foam
    Giovanni Nutra fix Reconstructor

    And another brand that will be a good fit for your hair is Curls:
    Curls Coconut Curlada Conditioner
    Curls Avocado Hair Mousse
    Curls Pineapple So So Clean Wash

    I hope this information will help you. If you have more questions, please let us know.


    Team Kurlify

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