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8 Reasons You Need Mousse (Back) in Your Life

Mousse is back -- and it's nothing like what you used in 1993
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Mousse was all the rage in the 80s and early 90s. You could apply it to the flattest, straightest hair and it would create volume, curl and lots of crunch -- which was exactly what we wanted back then.

Then, sleek straight hair became the look du jour, and mousse fell out of favor. Sales plummeted, formulas were discontinued, and we all shunned mousse for two decades … until now.

Over the last few years, mousse has gradually been making a comeback. Stylists whisper about their love for mousse, and they sneak it into clients' hair while they're distracted, scrolling through Instagram.

Here, we're giving you the scoop on eight exciting new mousse formulas you'll want to try -- because it's time to embrace mousse as part of your styling routine again, minus the crunch.


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Moisturizing Mousse for Curly Hair
If you have curly hair then it's possible you've been using mousse for years -- even when it wasn't popular. The good news is the newer formulas do so much more than just hold a curl. Bumble and Bumble BB Curl Conditioning Mousse, $31, is an incredibly moisturizing mousse that contains a blend of Brazilian oils to hydrate dry hair, as well as UV blockers to protect it from the sun. It also fights frizz and locks in curls -- it may be the only product you need to hold your style.

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Wave-Making Mousse
If you think texturizing and salt sprays are your best options for giving your hair beachy texture, then it's time to try this mousse. Moroccanoil Beach Wave Mousse, $28, gives you the same sexy, intentionally messy waves without the crunch. It contains argan oil to soften hair, starch to add thickness and polymers to protect it from styling -- and it's free of drying salt.

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Light-as-a-Feather Foam
IGK Trust Fund Thickening Foam, $29, is a barely there whipped foam that adds volume and grip the fine hair. It contains wheat protein to add body and moisture and soy protein to strengthen each strand. Plus, it's a spray so it's supereasy to get an even application.

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Mousse for Maximum Bounce
According to celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin (the creator of Ouai), Ouai Soft Mousse, $28, is ideal for anyone with hair that's both flat and difficult to control. It calms frizz while giving hair lots of bouncy fullness.

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