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Looking for the perfect mousse - what's yours?!

Soo, I have about type 3a/3b hair, and I'm not sure of the other properties but I'm looking for a good mousse that will define my curls and reduce frizz...because that's my main problem, frizz. :sad1: I live in a climate that's hot and humid in the summer but very very cold and dry in the winter. :shock:

I'd prefer something cheap as I feel kind of bad spending a lot of $ on hair products that may not even work. Also, I live in a small town so I don't have many stores or options..so preferably something I could get from Target, etc... I'd prefer no silicones but I don't really care if it has some, as long as it works.

Anyone have a mousse they've tried that they love? Suggestions? Thanks! :cya:
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  • hambo02hambo02 Posts: 480Registered Users
    herbal essence totoally twisted curl boosting moose is the best for me! no cones and its cg! I loove it. its great for the summer heat.
  • StarmieStarmie Posts: 6,677Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    I use Joiwhip but it's expensive (over here anyway). There's a couple of threads floating around atm about Clairol 3 in 1 which sounds good. I'm not in the US so can't really help with cheaper drug store products.
    3b in South Australia.
  • jlpmom23jlpmom23 Posts: 755Registered Users
    Mine is the Miracle 7 mousse from Sally's. It is alcohol free, I do think it has at least one cone, but I low-poo daily so I don't care. It is also kind of pricey for Sally's, about $12, but it takes forever to get through a bottle. I can't say enough about this mousse, I adore it, as well as the Miracle 7 leave-in. These two products have really transformed my hair.
  • summersOVERsummersOVER Posts: 82Registered Users
    Eventhough it has silicone in it- which my hair usually HATES...I have found my dream mousse and it is super cheap and I think regular acv rinses will take care of the cones...SUAVE CAPTIVATING CURLS WHIPPED MOUSSE!!!! Must follow directions on the can...I have had absolutely marvelous results!!! And it's only $3 :)


    3a, s curly, fine hair that hates sulfates, silicones, and Proteins (except for keratin occasionally)!

    Daily- suave naturals coconut conditioner as was out and leave-in
    Devacurl be'leavein and archangel sometimes, other times suave captivating curls whipped mousse (which I know has cones, but has been working amazingly well despite this?!?! )

    Occasionally (1-2 times/week)
    Shampoo- l'oreal eversleek reparative smoothing shampoo
    Conditioners- GVP conditioning balm and Millcreek Botanicals jojoba conditioner
    ACV
    Hair that freely borrows from 3a/ 3b texture schools. These are the things I use to care for it:
    • Apple Cider Vinegar rinses weekly
    • shampoos occasionally that do not contain sulfates
    • conditioners without silicones or proteins (or so I think- Keratin seems to do ok)
    • Flour sack towel
    And I dont even know what else right now...thinking I may need to drop gels altogether...

    Currently have Shea Moisture and DevaCurl products that I may just need to give up on and cut as a loss...
  • MyrnaMyrna Posts: 2,332Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    My votes on both ends of the cost spectrum: Clairol 3 in 1 which is GREAT and CHEAP, although this past week I confess I have used it with a bit of gel, because by the end of the day, with mousse, my hair gets too soft. The other is Deva's Volumizing Foam, which also gets some gel. I may eventually quit the Deva product, as I am not convinced it is so superior it is worth the price. I think I got the Clairol for $1.50 at Walgreens and it is CG friendly.
  • CurlsnswirlsCurlsnswirls Posts: 865Registered Users
    I like the 3-in-1 myself but I think I like Sally's GVP Paul Mitchell sculpting foam best out of the three I've tried. I do want to try out a few more...deva, noodle head, TIGI extra strong, and the AG mousse gel.
  • Auntie BubbsAuntie Bubbs Posts: 1,068Registered Users
    This weekend I tried the HE Totally Twisted mousse. I think that's what it's called; they have a few, but this one is in a purple can. I picked it up on sale for $2.77. A bargain :D
    I waited to try it out til Sat, that way if I didn't like how my hair looked, I didn't have to go to work with bad hair. Luckily, my hair turned out really good. I applied it pretty much the same way I do FSG, scrunched into my hair upside down, and I used a good deal of mousse, but other than that, no problem. I used a small amount of Sally's bioterra light hold gel over it (I call Sally's bioterra light hold, other people don't, but for my hair it's light hold). It turned out great, and I actually got alot more volume that I do when I use FSG.

    Glad I followed Myrna's example and tried out a mousse!!!
    That's me with FSG as my styler!!

    3b. fine & thick, coarse, dry, medium porosity. Sucks up product and loves ACVs! FSG is my HG!

    Currently using:
    Low Poo: TJ's Refresh No Poo: CoWash w/VO-5; Sonoma Soap Company sulfate-free poo
    RO: Yes to Cuc; SSC Lavender Condish; Sally GVP LI: Donna Marie Miracle D&C
    Style: FSG w/Aussie Instant Freeze & CIAB
  • SamiSami Posts: 94Registered Users
    Eventhough it has silicone in it- which my hair usually HATES...I have found my dream mousse and it is super cheap and I think regular acv rinses will take care of the cones...SUAVE CAPTIVATING CURLS WHIPPED MOUSSE!!!! Must follow directions on the can...I have had absolutely marvelous results!!! And it's only $3 :)


    3a, s curly, fine hair that hates sulfates, silicones, and Proteins (except for keratin occasionally)!

    Daily- suave naturals coconut conditioner as was out and leave-in
    Devacurl be'leavein and archangel sometimes, other times suave captivating curls whipped mousse (which I know has cones, but has been working amazingly well despite this?!?! )

    Occasionally (1-2 times/week)
    Shampoo- l'oreal eversleek reparative smoothing shampoo
    Conditioners- GVP conditioning balm and Millcreek Botanicals jojoba conditioner
    ACV

    Completely agree about the suave mousse!!! After reading NUMEROUS fantastic reviews I picked up a bottle for $2 at walmart and OMG! bouncy super defined frizz free spirals! All I need to use is a leave in conditioner and this! A bonus is that this causes hart never dry crunchy and a leeeetle bit goes a looong way! Once when I used it I accidentally put waaay too much and my hair dried with only the tiniest bit of crunch which I scrunched out in literally a second :) love this mousse!
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  • curlypearlcurlypearl Posts: 11,970Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    The only mousse I love so far is Deva Frizz-free volumizing foam - which is unfortunate because you have to sacrifice your first-born to pay for it. But it gave me perfect curls and the shiniest hair I've ever had!

    Great thread - maybe I can find something just as good but cheaper - but I thought I'd throw this out there because I didn't need to use much and I loved the result. No silicones or other evildoers in it.
    2/c Coarse hair med. density.
    Highly porous. Color over grey.
    I love all the Curl Junkie products. Still experimenting with gels and curl creams. Still hoping for 2nd day hair....
    Every day is a gift :flower:
  • curlypearlcurlypearl Posts: 11,970Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Question: Re: the Suave mousse which sounds terrific - is anyone getting buildup from the silicone in it?
    2/c Coarse hair med. density.
    Highly porous. Color over grey.
    I love all the Curl Junkie products. Still experimenting with gels and curl creams. Still hoping for 2nd day hair....
    Every day is a gift :flower:
  • CurlsnswirlsCurlsnswirls Posts: 865Registered Users
    curlypearl wrote: »
    The only mousse I love so far is Deva Frizz-free volumizing foam - which is unfortunate because you have to sacrifice your first-born to pay for it. But it gave me perfect curls and the shiniest hair I've ever had!
    .

    Hmmm....are you using the deva foam by itself?
  • curlypearlcurlypearl Posts: 11,970Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Yes, but the dews aren't high today and I'm inside in an air-conditioned office.

    If I were going to be outside in higher dews, I would mix in some KCCC or BRHG (hope I got those acronyms right - some harder hold gel).

    Another product I got great curls with was AG: recoil. I'm going to be experimenting with that. Have you tried it?
    ETA the AG is a sort of curl cream but different from other ones that I've used.
    2/c Coarse hair med. density.
    Highly porous. Color over grey.
    I love all the Curl Junkie products. Still experimenting with gels and curl creams. Still hoping for 2nd day hair....
    Every day is a gift :flower:
  • CurlsnswirlsCurlsnswirls Posts: 865Registered Users
    curlypearl wrote: »
    Yes, but the dews aren't high today and I'm inside in an air-conditioned office.

    If I were going to be outside in higher dews, I would mix in some KCCC or BRHG (hope I got those acronyms right - some harder hold gel).

    Another product I got great curls with was AG: recoil. I'm going to be experimenting with that. Have you tried it?
    ETA the AG is a sort of curl cream but different from other ones that I've used.

    Yes, I've tried the Recoil. Funny, it seemed good at first but then seemed to be too heavy/greasy. My hair can usually take oils and emollients really well. It started feeling "producty" after a while. So, I got tired of trying to figure it out.
    I've been using BB's FSG and Mudd and LOVING them both!! Our dews are usually low..I think the highest has been in the 50's this summer. I want to try out the Deva Foam but don't want to buy a whole bottle and it not work for me. I'm really liking the simplicity of one "styling" product this summer and hope the same products work in the winter. I don't need another styler but just can't help myself :D.
    Honestly, BB's products and another FSG I found at etsy are working fabulously. I had a list of stuff I still wanted to test out, but noT so much anymore.....except the Deva (I've always liked Deva products). Plus, it's something I can order at aveyou.com.
    I like to have a few products that work consistently just in case one is ever discontinued, thus, the search for a mousse that works for me.
  • Bookworm5Bookworm5 Posts: 102Registered Users
    I'm looking forward to trying the Suave Mousse! So far I've tried HETT Mousse - nothing special for my hair, sadly - and Pantene Curly Hair Mousse, which I just tried today and worked out very nicely! I put a pea sized bit of BRHG over it just because I was afraid not to - going out later and have high dews - but will try it alone soon! So glad to have found mousse again!
    48 y/o married mom of 3 :binky:
    3a Baby fine Cherub Curls! Low porosity, normal elasticity

    No longer CG - I use cones & shampoo every 2 - 3 days

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    Currently trying: Aveda Shampure Shampoo & Conditioner, Aveda Be Curly Shampoo & Conditioner, Suave Captivating Curls Mousse, Condition 3 in 1 Mousse
  • curlypearlcurlypearl Posts: 11,970Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    BB's products have a great reputation. Down, pj, down!!!
    2/c Coarse hair med. density.
    Highly porous. Color over grey.
    I love all the Curl Junkie products. Still experimenting with gels and curl creams. Still hoping for 2nd day hair....
    Every day is a gift :flower:
  • claudine19claudine19 Posts: 4,486Registered Users
    Wait --- who is BB again?

    I used Kenra mousse and Jessicurl over it today. Good hold, but one side has dumb-looking curls (they kind of went in the wrong direction, somehow).

    Curious now about the Suave.
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  • Morgan_AdcockMorgan_Adcock Posts: 2,573Registered Users
    It's the surfactants in the L'Oreal eversleek reparative smoothing shampoo which get the cones out, not the ACV.
    Peace,
    Morgan

    Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
    CGing since July 2008
  • Morgan_AdcockMorgan_Adcock Posts: 2,573Registered Users
    If you are referring to the Suave Professionals Captivating Curls Whipped Cream Mousse, which has non-watersoluble cones, they will stay on your hair unless and until you use surfactants to remove them. You might not be aware of them because of a feeling of buildup, but they will be there.
    Peace,
    Morgan

    Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
    CGing since July 2008
  • MyrnaMyrna Posts: 2,332Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Hey wait! I have a new fave. Pantene's Curls mousse! needs no gel.
  • Auntie BubbsAuntie Bubbs Posts: 1,068Registered Users
    Myrna, is it CG?

    BTW, today I used HE TT mousse again, and put a bit more Bioterra gel over it than I did last time, and my hair came out really nice. It was still a bit flat, because I only diffused it dry for like 20 minutes again (I really need to get up earlier), and then let it air dry, but it still looked as good as it does with FSG, and in half the drying time. So that was a plus.
    The only negative is that I don't get great 2nd day hair with the mousse, and I do with FSG. It's not horrible, but I get really nice 2nd day hair with FSG and I just don't with mousse. Still, small quibble. :) The HE TT mousse is really cheap.

    I'd be interested in the Pantene mousse if it's CG though. I'd like a mousse that I don't have to use a gel over. I have seen the Pantene in the store, which is good- I still can't find the 3-in-1 mousse.

    Overall, the mousse is a good alternative to FSG, and a great substitute for my curl cream that has been out of stock since April (and was alot more expensive, at $18 a tube as opposed to $3 a can!).
    That's me with FSG as my styler!!

    3b. fine & thick, coarse, dry, medium porosity. Sucks up product and loves ACVs! FSG is my HG!

    Currently using:
    Low Poo: TJ's Refresh No Poo: CoWash w/VO-5; Sonoma Soap Company sulfate-free poo
    RO: Yes to Cuc; SSC Lavender Condish; Sally GVP LI: Donna Marie Miracle D&C
    Style: FSG w/Aussie Instant Freeze & CIAB
  • MyrnaMyrna Posts: 2,332Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Auntie Bubbs, I have several mousses: Aussome, Opposites Attract (didnt like that one at all); Deva; 3 in 1; Tousle me Softly; and Pantene. The only ones I dont use gel with, dont need to, are the Pantene, and Aussome, which seemed to be "too much" of something when it got really humid. When I do use gel, though, it is the Biotera because it has no glycerin, and I like the consistancy I used to use it OVER my mousse, but as per the Deva method, gel goes on first, so I have been trying that lately. However, if Pantene requires no gel consistantly, I guess I will be using that only. I have used it before and like it but sometimes my hair comes out kinda - weird. Nice but weird. I believe it is CG.
  • guthak01guthak01 Posts: 188Registered Users
    Myrna wrote: »
    Auntie Bubbs, I have several mousses: Aussome, Opposites Attract (didnt like that one at all); Deva; 3 in 1; Tousle me Softly; and Pantene. The only ones I dont use gel with, dont need to, are the Pantene, and Aussome, which seemed to be "too much" of something when it got really humid. When I do use gel, though, it is the Biotera because it has no glycerin, and I like the consistancy I used to use it OVER my mousse, but as per the Deva method, gel goes on first, so I have been trying that lately. However, if Pantene requires no gel consistantly, I guess I will be using that only. I have used it before and like it but sometimes my hair comes out kinda - weird. Nice but weird. I believe it is CG.

    Have you found these other mousses to be better than the deva? I love the deva foam, but it does cost a pretty penny, especially with my MBL hair. Also have you found any of the mousses to be drying? Tousle me Softly left my hair a dried out tangled mess.
    3a/3b, Low porosity, Medium Density
    Low-poo: Shea Moisture Moisture Retention
    RO: Matrix Biolage Conditioning Balm
    Leave-in: Kinky-Curly Knot Today
    Styler: Aussie Instant Freeze or LALSG
  • MyrnaMyrna Posts: 2,332Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    What is MBL hair? To be honest, I dont notice anything being drying to my hair, other than using a hair dryer, the hand held kind. I do like the Deva foam, but it does not have enough hold for my hair, at least not in this weather. It is good, but I have not found it to be so much superior to other mousses I like. I dont mind the price too much because I use less. I guess there are tradeoffs.
  • guthak01guthak01 Posts: 188Registered Users
    MBL= Mid back length. I was thinking of trying the Pantene Mousse, do you find it to define your hair well.
    3a/3b, Low porosity, Medium Density
    Low-poo: Shea Moisture Moisture Retention
    RO: Matrix Biolage Conditioning Balm
    Leave-in: Kinky-Curly Knot Today
    Styler: Aussie Instant Freeze or LALSG
  • MyrnaMyrna Posts: 2,332Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Ya know, I am having strange experiences with Pantene mousse. It has good hold - probably some would say it is "crunchy" - but with this mousse more than any other, I have great hair one day, do exactly the same thing the next, and its bad. So I recommend trying it - because it is still the only mousse I dont need another product with.
  • guthak01guthak01 Posts: 188Registered Users
    sounds like it is worth a try. I get so sick of layering product on top of product. when i use the deva foam, i also have to add a gel on top. For the price of the pantene mousse, I think I will give it a go.
    3a/3b, Low porosity, Medium Density
    Low-poo: Shea Moisture Moisture Retention
    RO: Matrix Biolage Conditioning Balm
    Leave-in: Kinky-Curly Knot Today
    Styler: Aussie Instant Freeze or LALSG
  • MyrnaMyrna Posts: 2,332Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Let us know how you like it. :thumright:
  • luluusluluus Posts: 50Registered Users
    I went out and bought the Suave Professionals Captivating Curls Mousse just the day before yesterday and so far it's working great! I may have put too much the first time because it was a bit crunchy, but it looked good--shiner, and more curl definition. It was 95 degrees out and really humid and somehow I managed to avoid the frizz I usually get. I'm getting positive vibes from it so far, so hopefully my second day of using it today will be just as good! I'll update how it's working after a bit more time. :cheers:
  • MyrnaMyrna Posts: 2,332Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    YOu know, I tried that mousse and did not like it, but I dont know why; and it may have been before I became CG...I know that mousse has one cone in it but its pretty far down on the list - I would like to hear from others who have used the mousse, alone or with other styling aids, and especially from those who didnt like it, so that I can remember why I didnt like it. I remember it felt like "too much" on my hair, especially when I applied it... but that is all I remember. My best results are still a little biotera gel, and the Deva Styling foam.
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