How to Apply Mousse to Men's Hair

by Tabitha Harwell ; Updated September 28, 2017

Use mousse to hold your hair into place.

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Men who want to keep their hair in place, or who want to give the illusion of fuller hair will benefit from using mousse. When the product is used correctly, it can transform hair any way you wish; however, if used incorrectly, it can create a hair nightmare. Several different types of mousse are on the market, so you will have plenty to choose from. The best way to make the right decision is to look at your hair type and pick a product that will work with your hair.

Wash hair with a shampoo tailored to your hair type. Unless your hair is medium to long in length, there is no need to use a separate conditioner. The added product is unnecessary and may weigh down thinning hair or may counteract with the mousse.

Blot hair to a damp consistency so that the mousse flows evenly through the hair. While you may be tempted to rub your hair to get it to the semi-dry state, avoid doing this because it could cause your hair to break.

Shake the bottle of mousse and squirt a golf-ball size of mousse into the palm of your hand. Rub your hands together and apply both hands to your hair. To add volume to your hair, you should work the mousse into the roots of your hair. This will lift the hair follicles from the scalp and will create the illusion of fuller hair.

Style your hair into a sleek or messy style by working the mousse through your hair with your fingertips. Messy styles can be spiked upwards and the sections of hair pulled outward. The mousse will keep the look in place without making it look stiff or sticky. In addition, classic styles are easy to create by using your fingers to play around with the hair until you coif it to perfection.

Comb your hair back if the mousse is for slicking the hair backwards. The comb will help pull the mousse through your hair and distribute it evenly. When slicking your hair backwards, make sure the mousse is pulled through from roots to tips.

Touch your hair up throughout the day with mousse. The ideal thing about mousse is you can apply it to dry hair anytime of the day. Carrying a small bottle in your pocket or car will keep you prepared for those last-minute emergencies. Remember not to apply too much mousse, especially to dry hair, so the hair looks stylish and not greasy.


  • Men with very thin hair may want to use less mousse and then work up to larger amounts. Applying mousse to wet hair may not work because the product will drip out with the moisture within the hair.

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About the Author

Tabitha Harwell has been writing since 2008, with articles appearing in local publications and various websites. Her background includes a career in the fashion and beauty industry. Harwell holds a Bachelor of Arts in public relations.