Monday, December 30, 2013

The Different Applications for Hair Gels and Mousses

Hair is one of those things that almost everyone has, but can vary widely from person to person. It not only comes in a variety of shades and coloring, it can also be straight, curly, or wavy; thick or thin; or frizzy, coarse, or silky smooth. In addition to natural variances, people can create even more variety through cutting, coloring, and styling.
To help make hair more manageable, you may find it necessary to purchase hair products. But there are about as many different hair products as there are varieties of hair types, all designed for producing certain desired results or for the different types of hair. The wide variety of options can be overwhelming, but it can be helpful to start with the basics when looking for new hair products, such as with the difference between hair gels and mousses.

Hair Gels

You probably know what the differences are between the two products physically, as gel tends to be a sticky, jelly-like substance in squeeze tubes and jars while mousse is a cream or foam in a spray-foam container. But many people find that the uses for gels and mousses can often overlap, which makes it important to know where the differences begin when it comes to the use of the products.
Gel, for instance, can hold hair firmly in place, or can help to define curls depending on the holding strength of the product. A stronger gel can be used to style wet hair into a unique style like a Mohawk or spikes, whereas a little bit of a gel can help hold curls in place longer. Too much gel, however, can make hair sticky and stiff to the touch.

Hair Mousse

Just as with hair gel, mousse is often used to define curls. Unlike gels, however, mousse is better at helping to reduce frizz while adding volume to the curl, rather than holding it in place. Mousse also tends to be a choice for people with short or long hair, whereas gel usually works best for shorter hair styles. Certain types of mousses may condition hair, or add shine. Too much mousse, like gel, can be undesirable. An excess of mousse can cause hair to harden, and may make it brittle or flaky. When looking for new hair products, it often helps to test a variety of different products until you find the best one for your specific hair type.


bxcrochet said...

Great info. I might try gels more often.

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Cascia Talbert said...

Great tips! I don't use a lot of product on my hair but if I get a new hairstyle this might come in handy. Have a safe and Happy New Year!

Puddles and Poop said...

These are really great tips. I have wavy hair that I can sometimes turn into curly hair when the humidity is right. I have used both gel and mousse and have found that the most important thing is something that you pointed out: use the right amount. I have fine hair as well so this is especially important.

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maye said...

My hair is something I like to take care of! Thanks for the tips

Sandra VanHoey said...

I use mousse often since my hair is longer, has lots of natural curl but I use it to control the frizz and it helps the curls. I need to try out the gel one day

Pam Halligan said...

I found this post both helpful and enlightening. I never knew the best use of gel and mousse, though I realized they were different. I have long, curly - and often frizzy - hair. I have used both products and find that I prefer gel to tame flyways and mousse to define my curls.

Maryann D. said...

This is great advice, because I am never sure what to use on my hair. There are so many different products and my hair can be frizzy or straighter depending on the weather, so I do need different products.
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Meagan Bailiff said...

this is one of those things you don't really think about. I don't use many products in my hair, but I used to use mousse.

Tasha said...

Some great tips! I don't use a lot of product on my hair usually unless I'm going for a curly style. Then I either use gel or mousse. I prefer mousse as I find it doesn't make my hair hard and crunchy like gel does. And it gives me better hold without weighing my hair down.