Herbal Essences Mousse Review: The Essential Mousse?

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These days it isn’t easy to find a well-priced natural shampoo brand. More often than not, you’ll find yourself trying to figure out whether the product is really as natural as it says it is. Perhaps the marketing department has tried to curb another spinball. However, there is a brand that has been around for quite some time, that’s popular among both hair professionals and everyday users like myself.

This brand is none other than Herbal Essences. A lot of us have probably grown up with this brand over the course of our lives. While not much has changed regarding their formulas or techniques, they’ve earned their name as a brand that customers can rely on. So, if you’re interested in high quality and inexpensive hair treatments, be sure to carry on reading.

Herbal Essences Background

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Herbal Essences editorial.

This is a go-to brand for inexpensive, good-quality results with every wash. Because of this, Herbal Essences has attracted quite a strong following which only seems to have grown the brands’ popularity. Herbal Essences was originally founded in 1972 by the Clairol company. That’s enough time to become a household name in homes around the world. Due to the fact that the product line-up is largely inexpensive and otherwise quite effective, they’re trusted as a reliable brand.

Clairol originally wanted to reach out to a younger, more natural audience or target market. They therefore created the Herbal Essences brand as a way of appealing to the younger generation. At the time that generation was all about being closer to and more in touch with nature. They favored raw, natural products over chemical-based substances and opted for products that were primarily based on natural ingredients. Clairol saw a gap in the market and managed to capitalize on the trend quite successfully.

In 2002, the brand was acquired by ‘Proctor and Gamble’, a company that owns a number of different brands and companies in the health and wellness sector. After their acquisition, the Herbal Essences brand underwent a number of changes with regards to their branding. Since then, the brand has grown tremendously and has been able to capitalize on a trendier appeal in the marketplace. This means that this already popular and successful brand has only become more popular over time, and will continue to grow into the future.

Herbal Essences Curl Boosting Mousse Review

Bottle of Herbal Essences Curl Boosting Mousse.

Herbal Essences Curl Boosting Mousse.

Anyone with naturally curly hair will already know how much trouble and time goes into maintaining healthy, curly hair. Curly hair tends to collect excess sebaceous oil and grit over the course of the day. You have to put in a little extra effort to ensure that your hair stays fresh and curly. This is because when you remove too much of the natural oil, you tend to lose some curl too. Eventually this results in more frizz and uneven waves. Curly hair also requires more keratin than straight hair in order to remain strong. So, you need to supplement both your diet and hair care routine with ingredients that promote an increase in your overall keratin levels.

Hair mousse in general is designed to help encourage stronger, curlier hair by adding volume and reducing frizz. You generally add it to your hair after the washing and rinsing process. Herbal Essences’ Curl Boosting Hair Mousse also contains a plethora of natural ingredients to nourish your hair. Not only does this leave an aromatic scent, but it adds definition without weighing your tresses down.  The Herbal Essences’ Curl Boosting Hair Mousse also makes it easier to reduce the sticky feeling that is commonly associated with hair mousses. This makes it ideal for styling when you’re in a rush to get to work or to that early morning appointment.

Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Mousse Review

Bottle of Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Mousse.

Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Mousse

The concept behind the Tousle Me Softly Mousse is volume! It’s a high volume formula for dry or wet hair. It will give you similar results regardless of which hair type you have. I would personally recommend this product for straighter hair types. The mousse doesn’t provide as much direct volume as the Curl Boosting Mousse by Herbal Essences. Those stylish but messy runway looks could use the lift.

Thankfully, the Tousle Me Softly line has been developed quite carefully which makes it easier to to apply at any time of the day and without the risk of weighing down your hair or creating any long-term discomfort over the course of the day. Although the formula is quite a simple one, it does contain a few chemicals that are worth avoiding. An example of these are phenoxylethanol, fragrance and tocopherol which can have negative effects on your scalp and hair follicles. Because of this, I would definitely recommend using the mousse in moderation and sticking to a smaller dosage.

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Conclusion

When it comes to using mousse as a part of your regular styling process, you may want to experiment with a few techniques. Sometimes it can take a while to find one that really works for you. Applying mousse to wet hair will give you a more wavy look. Blow-drying your hair after applying the mousse will give your hair an instant lift and more body than you can imagine.

While I would definitely recommend spending a little more on a product with healthier ingredients, if you’re short on cash and know that your hair lacks body, the Herbal Essences range of mousse’s will definitely give you what you’re looking for without the high cost associated with high-end products. Just be sure that you don’t overuse the mousse, or you might dry your hair out or cause long-term damage. However, I have been using the mousse for a good few months now and haven’t noticed any negative results in terms of the quality of my hair. So, be sure to use it in moderation and you’ll be fine.