Mousse has a bad rep. It conjures up images of big hair and crunchy curls that we'd sooner forget. But, just like the boy bands of the '90s, the foamy stuff is making a very serious comeback. At the fall '13 shows, the styling whip was used to give shape to short, punky looks, and add volume to soft waves. The mousse of our time does everything from thickening limp strands to locking down frizz — it’s come a long way from the AquaNet days of '80s yore.
I recently visited Progressions, one of my favorite DC-area salons, to experience a test run with Kérastase’s new Mousse Volumifique — and the results were mind-blowingly good. My blowout was round and smooth, with long-lasting volume that was silky and not at all stiff. The best part was the “memory” that the mousse gave to my hair, so that even if I flipped it around, it settled back into the intended style. Throughout the day as my hair started to fall, a light tousle at the roots gave it instant lift. I couldn’t believe how much volume and shine I was getting from one product, as opposed to my normal two (or three) product cocktail.
If you’re handy with a round brush and ready to revisit this easy styler, there are options available to you outside of the salon as well. I love Pantene Pro-V Triple Action Volume Mousse for its lightweight lift and humidity-proof finish and BlowPro’s Body By Blow for its heat protection and strengthening proteins.
It’s clear that mousse has changed with the times and like my favorite '90s band, it's gotten better with age. Here's lookin' at you, JT.