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How To Make Homemade Hair Mousse

Last Updated on November 30, 2021

How To Make Homemade Hair Mousse:

In the sea of volumizing products you can find at your drugstore, many are filled with toxic chemicals, alcohols, and preservatives that can weigh hair down and can really damage curls.

Don’t get me wrong; there are some pretty amazing curly hair options that are far more natural than your standard brand, but who else loves a good DIY?

Sometimes I find making my own DIY hair gel or hair mousse allows me complete control of the ingredients I include so I can personalize it to what my hair needs.

So how do you make DIY hair mousse?

Well, with a few ingredients that you most likely have around the house and the right technique, you can make your own homemade hair products, such as a hair mousse.

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Hair Gel Or Mousse For Curly Hair?

This really depends on your hair porosity and curl type; if you have quite fine hair, then volumizing mousses for curls is probably best for you, but for thicker hair, you may need a hair gel to keep frizz at bay.

Some gels can be quite heavy on curls, especially finer curls, so that a mousse will be better for fine hair, but there are some lightweight gels on the market if you prefer the hold of a gel. It is all down to personal preference, really.

But for this guide, I’m going to be going through the best homemade hair mousse, so if you want to use a gel instead and still want a DIY recipe, then check out my DIY hair gel guide here.

Egg White Mousse

Egg whites are a natural curl definer making them ideal as a hair mousse of curl definer.

Egg whites contain lutein which is known to improve hair’s appearance and luster naturally. It is a natural curl-forming ingredient that encourages your hair’s natural texture and shape.

They penetrate deeply into the pores of your scalp to help ease dry, itchy feeling and help firm the follicles– this is why it will also make a brilliant hair mousse.

What you’ll need:

  • Two egg whites
  • Hand mixer
  • Bowl


Break two eggs into a bowl, separating the egg white from the yolks– you can use the yolks as a deep conditioner; they are rich in vitamins that are extremely beneficial for the hair.

Whisk the egg whites in a bowl until they form a foam-like texture– to speed things up, you can use an electric mixer or a stand mixer for this step.

Once it has formed a frothy mixture, gently carry the egg whites in the shower with you but try your best not to get any water in the bowl.

Wash or co-wash your hair like usual, apply a leave-in conditioner, detangle, turn off the after, and spread the egg whites evenly throughout your hair.

Don’t forget to apply a heat protectant if you are using a diffuser.

If you prefer, you can hop out of the shower and do this in front of a mirror– I would recommend that you put an old towel underneath you as this might be a little bit messy.

It’s best to apply your hair products to soaking wet hair.

I tend to do this method when applying my gel when styling my curls. Work in small sections, spray down each section with the water spray and apply the egg white mixture.

Then go in with your styling brush and comb it through, twirling the brush halfway down to help define the natural curl shape, then scrunch the curl upwards until you’re happy with the shape.

Repeat for all sections, and then towel dry your hair with a microfibre towel, scrunching upwards to remove all excess water.

You can then either leave your hair to air dry or dry hair using a diffuser attachment on your blow dryer. Use the diffuser and gently scrunch upwards, starting with the roots.

To add volume, use the prongs on the

Do this until your hair is roughly 80-90% dry, with the ends still a little damp and then leave the rest to air dry. Once completely dry, scrunch the slight cast that has formed on the outside.

This will give your hair a light hold, but if you want a stronger hold, you can use this with your hair gel. Store any leftovers in a resealable container and use them within 2-3 days.


Shine Enhancing Mousse With Coconut Oil:

Another simple DIY hair mousse can be made with the nourishing ingredients of shea butter, coconut oil, and olive oil with some key essential oils like lavender oil which can help promote shine and strengthen hair.

Shea butter is filled with vitamins A and E and essential fatty acids; it acts as an emollient for your hair, while the fatty acids help increase shine and reduce frizz in your hair without leaving hair greasy or a bit heavy.

It even has heat protectant properties to protect hair from heat damage caused by flat irons and blow-drying.

Coconut oil is also brilliant for taming curls; it will help keep curls under control and help tame frizz.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • – 1/2 measuring cup shea butter
  • – 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • – 1/4 cup olive oil
  • – 20 drops of lavender essential oil
  • – 20 drops tea tree oil
  • – A few drops of any other essential oil you’d like to add, e.g., peppermint or jojoba oil.


Using a standing mixer or electric mixer and a bowl, combine shea butter and coconut oil– coconut oil is solid at room temperature but will blend quite easily with shea butter.

Beat on a medium-high speed until the mixture is light and fluffy– almost like a hair mousse consistency, it should take around 10 minutes.

Add the essential oils and then turn the mixer back on– if you have a stand mixer, this job will be much easier as you don’t need to hold the mixer in your hand.

Slowly pour the olive oil until it has fully incorporated and leave it mixing for a further few minutes until everything is well mixed.

Using the same technique as above, apply to soaking wet hair and leave to dry or diffuse.

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Gelatin Mousse

Next up is a gelatin mousse, this might be more of a gel-like form, but it creates a similar style to a mousse, but if you’re a vegetarian, maybe stick to the other alternatives.

Gelatin is a hydrolyzed protein that can easily bond damaged areas of hair, so not only does it provide a light hold to your hairstyle but also deeply nourish and moisturize.

What You’ll Need:

  • – 1 cup of water
  • – 1/4 teaspoon of gelatin
  • – Saucepan
  • – few drops of essential oil


Pour 1 cup of water into a saucepan and 1/4 teaspoon to the water, and essential oils stir and then boil the mixture. Once boiled, you can leave the mixture aside to cool at room temperature.

Run the mixture through your freshly washed hair and then blow-dry like usual; remember to use a heat protectant when styling your hair with heat.

When not using, store in a dark place.

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Flaxseed Mousse:

Another brilliant recipe for a mousse is flax seeds; flax seeds are a natural, soft hold, conditioning, and defining agent.

They can provide the perfect balance of moisture and definition for curly hair.

Using one cup of water in a saucepan and two tablespoons of flaxseeds, bring the mixture to a boil and then remove and cool for half an hour.

You can then add a couple of drops of lavender oil to the mixture and transfer it to a jar until you use it.

Apply to the ends of your hair, working in sections after hopping out the shower; make sure you use it on soaking wet hair for best results– this should help define curls and prevent frizz.

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So there you have it, my top recipes of the best DIY hair mousse foam for curly hair. All recipes work on all hair types, so if you have straight hair, you can still benefit from these recipes.

I personally love making my own DIY recipes at home; I have complete control of the ingredients I include, along with the benefits and personalization for my hair.

If you have particularly sensitive skin and a sensitive scalp, then the harsh chemicals and alcohols often found in hair mousses may be too harsh for you– especially if your hair is naturally curly.

Give a couple of these recipes a go, you’ll be surprised about the hold these DIY hair mousses offer, plus many of the ingredients can really hydrate dry hair and improve the condition of your strands.

Who else loves a good ol’ DIY?

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