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.
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.
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.