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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 applying 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 each hair type like wavy hair, because it doesn’t weigh down your hair.

In this article we’ll explain how to use hair 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 hair mousse for curls

Use hair mousse on wet hair instead of dry hair

Before you apply hair mousse make sure that your curls are wet. Preferable clean hair that was just washed with a cg proof clarifying shampoo and not yet styled with styling products.

Start by soaking your curls with water or apply your curly hair mousse after you step out of the shower.

For the best results you can use a hair mousse on damp hair and after that use a blow dryer with a diffuser attachment to blow dry and style your curls. Even better is to towel dry your curls.

The reason why you need to apply the hair mousse on soaked hair is because it allows the mousse to melt into your hair shafts and disperse effortlessly. It creates more volume, adding body and give added texture.

Hair mousse is a lightweight product

Mousse is a versatile product and also 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 curls will dry faster than with gel.

Using mousse for different wavy and curly hair types

You can use a mousse on curly or wavy hair. But there a few differences for example the hair texture. We will explain what to use for yourhair to achieve the best natural curls you can get.

It doesn’t matter if your hair is curly, straight or coily. Even those with fine hair can benefit with a mousse. It can add extra volume to less naturally voluminous strands.

A hair mousse can be an alternative to heavier hair sprays. Mousse is also a great product for those with natural hair, because it helps to define natural curls.

Curl type 2: wavy hair

If you have curl type 2 wavy curls, 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 styling mousse.

After you rinsed out, bend over, so your hair is flipped upside-down. For best results, pair mousse with a leave-in conditioner to soaked 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.

Curl type 1: straight, tin or flat hair

If your hair is naturally tin, flat or do you even have straight hair you can still benefit from a hair mousse. Get a hair mousse that works perfectly for your hair. Apply hair mousse to wet hair and then you can carefully curl your hair with an curling iron to avoid burning strands. Don’t forget to use a heat damage prevent spray before using a curling iron!

The mousse will give you an extra body to your locks.

After curling your strands dry wet hair with a cotton towel until it is slightly damped. Use a cotton towel or cotton t-shirt instead of a regular towel.

A regular towel can damage your hair when using to dry your hair. Gently squeeze out excess water as you do so.

If you are in a hurry you can also use a hair dryer.

Curl type 3/4: thick or coarse hair

Instead of spritzing and spraying heaviy with styling producfts, just simply try applying a few pumpos of hair mousse to light soaked strangs. It helps to add hold without your hair getting to heavy.

If you use the right method the hair mousse product should look and feel like it didn’t cost you any time to fix your curls! But still looking fabulous!

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

Using mousse gel with the Mousse Technique

Another way to use mousse, is with the mousse gel mousse technique. 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.

Using 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. You need a few pumps in a golf ball sized amount. A quarter sized amount is enough for smaller curls!

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

The different kinds of CG-proof hair 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.

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.

CG mousse without protein

Is your hair dry, lifeless, and does it feel like straw? Then you probably have a protein overload, or a lack of hydration.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask us!


  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

  3. Hey. I read this looking for curly girl approved mousse. No mousse was listed 😔 I use gel and mousse to control my very coarse hair. Could u share CG approved mousses? Thanks.

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