Mousse Makes a Comeback! 5 (Non-Scary) Styles to Try

Photo by: Sire Records
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The material girl may wear her hair sleek and smooth now, but in the '80s she was famous for her unkempt bleach-blonde-black-roots hairstyle. To recreate this style, ... more 
Photo by: Sire Records
Madonna
The material girl may wear her hair sleek and smooth now, but in the '80s she was famous for her unkempt bleach-blonde-black-roots hairstyle. To recreate this style, apply a sizable dollop of mousse to hair while it's still damp - not soaking wet since the product is not made to penetrate extreme amounts of water. Work through and use a diffuser to dry. Our mousse pick: Sachajuan Hair Mousse Medium Hold, $28, sephora.com
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Fri, Jul 12, 2013 4:42 PM EDT
Hair mousse is back, but don't be scared! The fluffy white styling staple was wildly popular in the '80s and early '90s because of its ability to create lasting volume and hold. When curls and big hair were replaced by sleeker, straighter styles, haircare brands ditched the mousse for more sophisticated products like serums and oils. Now that curls and volume are back in a more manageable way, mousse has returned and it's better than ever.


"We realized mousse was a perfect delivery system for our thickening technology," Eric Spengler, Chief Commercialization Officer of R&D at Living Proof, told fashionista.com. Living Proof is Jennifer Aniston's haircare brand, and since she's never had a bad hair day in her life, we're listening. Looking back, some of the old school hair looks were pretty awesome-the real downside was the sticky, goopy mousse formulas. So, inspired by this resurgence, let's revisit a few of our favorite pumped up hairstyles and recreate them using new and improved products. - Andrea Arterbery, Shine Fashion & Beauty Writer