gell or mousse?

  1. I am just getting into this hair thing and am wondering what the difference between get and mousse are. What do they do different in as far as styling the hair?
  2. Poll: gel or mousse

    • gel

      28.57% 6
    • mousse

      28.57% 6
    • nothing

      42.86% 9
    21 Votes
  3. 13 Comments

  4. by   emily_mom
    Depends on your hair type. I have fine, thin hair so I use either a spray gel or Paul Mitchell's mousse. Gel in a tube is too heavy on my hair and weighs it down. Plus it makes it look greasy. If I don't use anything though, it gets fuzzy and flyaway.

    Gel will help set your style if you're curling it. It will also make your hair kinda hard when it dries. Spray gel doesn't do that.


    ps...ask Heather...she is a hair product guru...
  5. by   Stargazer
    Mousse adds body and volume. It offers some, but not as much control as gel.

    As Kristy noted, gel is heavier and can weigh down your hair or look too "wet" if you use too much, and it does make hair a lot stiffer/stickier. Spray gel is a better alternative, unless you really are going for "the wet look."

    When all I want to do is control frizzies, I just use a few drops of anti-frizz serum (silicone laminate) on the ends of my hair, then style.
  6. by   Lausana
    Well I shelack my hair...where does that fit? hehehe

    I haven't used gel since the perm fiascos of the early 90's since it's straight now, but I've used a bit of mousse before when I'm going to curl it and want it to really hold.
  7. by   frannybee
    If I'm going for curls, mousse with curl-booster spray mixed in my palms then allowed to dry naturally. For straightened hair, silicone serum while hair is dripping wet, straightening balm while blowdrying then straightening irons and more serum. My hair's waist length, frizzy/wavy/curly depending on humidity and fine but there's plenty of it

    I find mousse good for adding texture in long hair and gentle hold on short hair, while gel is not really an option for me unless I'm going for the slicked-back air-hostess look. I'm having a love affair with wax right now, just on the tips of my hair to give a bit of definition.
  8. by   frannybee
    Ummm, obviously the avatar pic is a little out of date now
  9. by   adrienurse
    You use moose if you want to look from a refugee from the 80's
  10. by   cindyln
    Thanks for all the replies. I have previously had short,do nothing with hair but am trying to grow it out. Right now it is at that in between where if I don't find some way to control it and make it look better it will be cut.
  11. by   frannybee
    Go to a good hair stylist and ask for a consultation so they can show you how to do your hair the way it is now, using different styling products and accessories (clips, bands etc). If you are on friendly terms with your current hairdresser, they may do this for free, especially if it means you'll be going back there to buy stuff for your hair. If you wanna grow it out you'll need patience and willpower - fight the urge to cut it or you'll end up back at square one!
  12. by   JohnnyGage
    Actually, I use a pommade, or what my dad and his flat-topped buddies would call "butch wax".

    Works great and doesn't look crispy or greasy.
  13. by   ThirdWorldGirl
    I use gel if I'm letting my hair go in it's natural curl, mousse if I'm blow drying straight (which I do the most).
  14. by   Mkue
    textureline smoothing serum if you want the straight sleek look, at least that's what it says on the bottle.
    I use gels, pomades, mousse, whatever my mood is. I'm a product junkie, gotta try new stuff all the time!