“ Brand: Boots / Volume / Type: Hair Mousse „
WHAT IS IT?
A hair styling mousse made by Boots, it is available in different strengths but this is the mega hold version and the strongest in the range.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
I have a long layered style that I style using curling tongs or straighteners, I have never liked the feel of hairspray so always use mousse or gel. This mousse costs £1.39 and is very effective on my hairstyle.
It's non-sticky and brushes out easily so I don't have to wash my hair to remove the mousse. It's soft and is easy to run through my hair using my fingers or a comb, the mousse doesn't make my hair feel too wet and when it dries my hair remains natural looking with no stiff parts even after I have curled it. I can use it all over my hair because it doesn't make my scalp or roots greasy so it's very good for building volume at the root if your hair is fine like mine.
It holds my long style all day and one of my ladies uses it to hold a large bouffant style. She has used every Boots mousse and says this one is the most effective, she uses a surprisingly small amount for such a very elaborate hairstyle. I like the way the mousse doesn't collect in my hair so I can reapply without washing it out as long as I have given it a good brush. It has no positive effect on the condition of my hair but at least isn't drying as many strong mousses are.
I used a small amount in my daughters hair when she had a ballet show and it helped me to scrape back every little hair into her ponytail. It did stiffen slightly on her hair but this I put down to her young hair being so fine and also prolonged brushing while the mousse was still wet in her hair.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
This mousse is really effective and its only about a quid!
I actually bought this one night when staying at a friends and I had left my usual mousse at home. I just wanted something cheap; I didnt think it would be as good as it is!
I have naturally wavy hair and I use this when my hairs been washed, just to give my waves a bit more definition.
In terms of the consistency of the product, it is quite light and fluffy. When you squirt some of the mousse out it feels so lovely and puffy. Also, It holds your hair really well, but it is not sticky at all like most mousses Ive tried!
Because its not sticky, it doesnt make your hair crispy and heavy. It actually looks non-existent once it has dried; but my hair still looks much more big and wavy than it normally does!
I would seriously recommend this mousse. It is much better than any other mousses I have tried (and I have tried many)
As I was born in the late sixties I was able to join in the trend with the huge hair of the eighties and looking back at photographs makes me want to totally cringe! I can recall using sugar and water to enable my hair to stand up high and an aerosol can of hairspray would last me only a week. It was during the late eighties that I discovered Boots Essentials Mega Hold Styling Mousse and whilst I no longer use it for the purpose that I did back then, it is still a firm favourite when styling my hair. Thankfully, I no longer feel the need to backcomb my hair until it stands on end with a texture of cardboard, as my usage of mousse is now for a more subtle lift and to offer my hair a little body. I'm fortunate enough to have very long thick hair, which is naturally curly, but due to its' weight it needs a little boost. I've had considerable experience with using this product and this review discusses my thoughts.
APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT
If you are familiar with the Essentials range you will be aware of the different colour packaging on the hairsprays and mousses depending on the strength of the product. I use both the purple spray and mousse, as this is one of the strongest holds, which Boots class as "mega". The product is available in a 200 ml bright purple metal container where the familiar logo of Boots can be found on the front. Whilst I wouldn't describe the packaging as anything special it is most certainly eye-catching due to its' colour, so it stands out from the other brands when situated on the store's shelf. There is an opaque plastic cap, which has been considerably updated over the years, as previously it would not correctly clip back into place, but Boots have now mastered this imperfection. On lifting the lid I am able to witness an almost transparent plastic dispenser, which operates in the same way as any other mousse where the lower part needs to be gently pushed down to enable the mousse to be released from the fairly good sized opening within the upper section.
MY EXPERIENCE WITH USING THE MOUSSE
I vigorously shake the can to ensure the contents are evenly mixed and press down firmly on the dispensing section to release into the palm of my hand a small amount approximately the size of a cherry tomato. I'm sure everyone is familiar with what happens next, as the mousse will rapidly expand. The fluffy white mousse is slightly sticky, but no more so in comparison with some of the cheaper brands I have tried. The fragrance is very delicate and not floral, so it is well suited for use by both male and female. In my experience with using this product I always start with a small amount and dispense more if necessary, as overloading my hair with mousse will make it heavy and sticky. As with all products of this nature, the dispensing unit tends to continue to release further mousse when my finger is released, so I simply wipe the end of the container against my hair. I smooth the mousse evenly throughout my hair paying particular attention to areas such as the crown of my head where I require a little extra lift.
I blow dry my hair in the usual manner and that is by tipping my head upside down to create additional volume. I find the mousse extremely lightweight and once it has totally dried in my hair there is no evidence of stickiness, which is one of the reasons I favour this product. Boots claim that the lightweight formula helps to protect against heat styling, but this is not a claim I can evidence, particularly as I always use intensive conditioning treatments once a week. A common problem that I used to experience with cheaper brands of mousse was fluffiness and frizz, which would appear on the ends of my hair, but this is not something I experience with this product.
I am always more than happy with the results offered by this product, as it gives my hair full volume until I am ready to wash my hair some two days later. I was really surprised that I had to product suggest this mousse to Dooyoo, as I was of the opinion it would be quite popular, particularly as it has been ready available for so many years. The mousse does not prevent me from brushing my hair and it is easily washed away. I cannot recommend this product highly enough and whilst I have occasionally purchased more expensive brands when it has been out of stock, this product will always be a firm favourite of mine. Consequently, it receives 5 stars from me.
INGREDIENTS AND OTHER INFORMATION
You will be aware that I do not believe in copying lengthy lists of ingredients into my reviews, but I can confirm that I have never suffered any adverse reactions when using. As this is a pressurised can it should be disposed of carefully with the recycling and should not be punctured or burned. For some reason there is no shelf life on the mousse, which I find rather strange, as the familiar symbol is normally recognisable on all of my beauty products.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
As this is a Boots product it is solely available in their stores where a 200 ml can will cost you the low price of just £1.02 and at the time of writing (20 May 2011) you can purchase 3 products from the Boots Essentials range for the price of 2.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.