How to Make Mousse for Hair at Home

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If you’re tired of spending a small fortune every month for a hair mousse, or if you don’t want to use a volumizing mousse that contains things that can weigh hair down, then you should consider making your own mousse!

It’s really quite easy.

In this article, we’re going to look at how to make mousse for hair.

Luckily, natural alternatives are hiding just within reach in your kitchen pantry. In this quick guide, we’ll take a look at a few ways you can create your own hair mousse from the comfort of your home.

By making mousse at home, you can avoid nastiness like

  • Preservatives
  • Alcohol
  • Sulfates

The process is simple and only takes a few minutes to complete. 

Read on for more. 


How to Make Mousse for Hair

1. Natural Oils Mousse

To add some light hold to your hair, as well as a moisturized, shiny bounce, consider using a combination of natural oils that you may already have in your home.

You will need:

Here’s the easy process:

  1. Mix ¼ cup of coconut oil with ¼ cup of shea butter.
  2. Add 10 – 20 drops of eucalyptus or lavender oil to add a light, pleasant scent.
  3. Place the solution in a glass bowl, then whip the ingredients together until they are fluffy and light. An electric mixer works best for this, though you can use a manual whisk. This process can take up to 10 minutes, particularly if you use a manual whisk. Consider it a workout!
  4. Once the mousse is the right texture, you can add it to your favorite container and store it with your hair care products.

This mousse is best applied lightly on damp hair, providing a smoothing effect that offers a light hold.

It is most effective on hair with natural curls or voluminous strands that need more control in hot, humid climates. We also find that this product is great for dried-out tresses that are in desperate need of a moisture boost. 

For storage, this mousse can be kept in a resealable container. Be sure to keep it in a cool, dark place. You’ll only need to replace it every month or so. 

2. Gelatin Mixture for Greater Hold

If you are looking for a more structured, stronger hold to your hair, then you could opt for this simple gelatin mixture.

You will need:

  • Unflavored Gelatin
  • Essential oil for smell

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Start by simmering ½ a cup of water in a pan. 
  2. Once the water has heated up, stir in ¼ of a teaspoon of unflavored gelatin, then mix until it dissolves completely. 
  3. Add 10 drops of your favorite essential oil, like lavender or rosemary, to add a pleasant, fresh scent. 
  4. Bring the mixture off of the heat and allow it to cool completely.
  5. Let the mousse sit for an hour.

When it’s ready to use, you can apply this thick mousse to your hair in the same way that you would a regular mousse – either on dry hair that you have just styled or damp hair just out of the shower.

If you’re looking for a more powerful hold, you can add another ¼ teaspoon of gelatin to your mousse, making the mixture stronger and thicker. 

This mixture can be stored in the refrigerator and is best used within two weeks for optimal results. Anything past that may not be as effective in holding your styled hair in place. 

3. Egg White Mousse

While whole eggs are often used to make homemade hair masks, egg whites can work great as a quick mousse. It’s what people commonly used to make those soaring mohawks in the 1970s and 1980.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Egg whites (3)
  • Aloe Vera
  • Essential Oil for scent

Here’s how to do that:

Blend together three egg whites, a tablespoon of water, ½ cup of aloe vera, and 10 drops of your favorite essential oil. Whip these ingredients together in the blender for around 30 seconds, and voila!

Your egg white hair mousse will be ready to use. 

The great thing about this mousse is that it smooths out even the curliest of hair while also taming any pesky, unwanted frizz. It is best applied on hair that is just a bit damp and works well when worked through the hair from the roots to the very ends of your strands.

Once you’ve applied this mousse, let your hair dry completely.

Then, store the mousse in a sealable container in your refrigerator and use it within a few weeks. It should last you about a month. 

Understanding Hair Mousse

In the world of hair care, mousse is often overlooked, but it can actually be one of the best styling products for all hair types, including straight hair!

Mousse has a much lighter consistency than most gels while also offering a more bouncy quality than creams. 

Mousse can offer your hair up to three times more volume while also helping your hair look and feel shinier. It gives a lot of definition without that annoying crunch – so long as you know how to apply the stuff properly!

Mousse can offer your hair up to three times more volume.

It is highly versatile, offering hold and definition to your locks while also protecting them from heat damage.

If your hair is on the unruly side of life and you struggle to tame its frizz, then hair mousse can be a great product to lather on your strands and get those curls under control.

How to Use Hair Mousse

There are a number of ways that you can effectively use a hair mousse. The consistency of the foam helps enhance whatever hairstyle you may choose. 

To start using mousse, you’ll want to make sure that you’re using the right formula for your hair and to make sure that your hair is clean. When you’re ready for the actual application, start small.

A little goes a long way with this stuff, so using just a golfball-sized amount spread from your roots to your ends should be enough. 

Once you have applied the mousse throughout your hair, you can begin to style as you see fit. The great thing about mousse is that it has a smoothing effect while also giving your hair a little bit of loose hold.

This means you’ll be able to use it not only to get rid of that unruly frizz but also to add some texture and style to your hair without the grip that gels often leave. 


You’ve got three easy recipes for homemade hair mousse that can provide the hold without the nasty chemicals and drying alcohols. Yes, they will require a little elbow grease, but they’re worth it!

Good luck!

Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).