The Best Volumizing Mousses to Take Fine Hair to the Next Level
So you have limp, fine hair that more so resembles a wilting houseplant than anything you’ve seen on a Pantene commercial. But it’s OK. You know what shampoo to use, and now we’re here to tell you about the internet’s most highly reviewed volumizing mousses. Here are five that will add body without making your hair feel weighed down, dry or—God forbid—crunchy.
1. Redken Guts 10 Volumizing Spray Mousse
Redken's best-selling spray mousse is perfect for all hair types and gives your roots lift while providing a natural feel and texture. It also has 4.5/5 stars based on 744 Ulta reviews, with glowing endorsements like, “I have super baby fine hair and normally volume products either make my hair too greasy or weight it down. This product, however, was light in texture but still gave great volume and hold.”
2. Herbal Essences Body Envy Volumizing Mousse
For $3, this bright little canister gives you major volume. With a zesty, citrus-y fragrance, Body Envy provides all-day humidity protection and frizz control while creating a volumized but weightless and touchable style.
3. Ouai Soft Mousse
This mousse, from Cult-favorite brand Ouai, is best used as such (per its founder Jen Atkin): Shake and blast moussed-up hair with a blow-dryer or diffuser for body and movement. Make sure the nozzle of the dryer is always aimed down to prevent added frizz. Heads up that this product does have a fairly strong scent (it has notes of Italian lemon, amber and white musk).
4. Joico JoiWhip Firm Hold Design Foam
If you’ve found that mousses tend to make your hair feel extra dry, this one’s for you. It’s formulated with Kukui nut and evening primrose oil, which have essential fatty acids that provide moisture and protection. To use, shake well, then squirt a conservative amount of product into your hands (it’s an intense formula–you don’t need much), and distribute through damp hair before styling.
5. Drybar Southern Belle Volume-Boosting Mousse
This cruelty-free product from blowout mecca Drybar is lightweight and best for fine to medium hair that’s straight, wavy or curly. Here’s what one reviewer had to say: “I am IN LOVE with this mousse! It definitely lives up to its name. My hair is full of volume, isn’t the least bit sticky, is holding up in the drizzly Ohio rain/snow mix and smells AMAZING!”