“ Brand: James Brown / Volume / Type: Hair Mousse / What it does: volumizeses, „
I use mousse every time I wash my hair since finding this make. I used to be put off using mousse generally since it made my hair sticky and knotty and it lost its shine. I tried this brand and have never turned back. If a a small amount is used on the roots I notice increased volume and no texture change at all.
Also, I have found that the bottle lasts me a long time, especially since such a small amount is needed for a good result.
I will point out that my hair isn't extremely fine, I just need a little extra volume, so I cannot comment on how good it is for users with extremely fine or short hair.
My only issue is been able to find the product! I first bought it from Boots but since I have noticed that it is not always available, almost never available in smaller stores. This just means that when I do find it I stock up (a bonus is that often boots have it on a 3 for 2 promotion) and then I am stocked up for months!
I bought the 50ml minature of this James Brown 'Volume Boost' mousse from Boots recently and couldn't wait to try it. I have fine hair so need products to give it lift and that this would do the trick. The product claims to create natural full body without a trace of stickiness, but I beg to differ....
The mousse is white and has a fresh, almost masculine scent. I applied a walnut sized amount to damp hair as directed. Firstly I found it had to apply to my hair as the product seeming to stick to my hand and wouldn't take to my hair very well. I brushed the product my hair before blowdrying my hair in sections.
After drying my hair I had to wash my hands as they felt quite sticky.
My hair did look more volumised compared to not using a product, but I was expecting more volume and hold from this product. The results were similar to those experienced from bog standard hair mousses.
My hair however, didn't feel sticky or look dull with the mousse in like some products can. After using the mousse my hair didn't get greasy any quicker than usual either.
Overall this mousse does provide some volume and hold to hair, just maybe not as much as the packaging leads you to believe.
I rate it 3 stars
***JAMES BROWN HAIR PRODUCTS***
James Brown is a well-known hair-dresser and has launched his own hair care range which includes, shampoo, conditioners, Mousse, Serum, Hair Spray & Dry Shampoo. Within his range you will find products to suit colour treated hair, Dry hair, Fine hair and hair that needs boost and volume. His products are available to buy from most Boots stores. Most of his products come in white packaging and is very simple; how-ever some of his newer products are now packaged in black which makes this range stand out a bit more when comparing this to other brands available to buy.
***VOLUME BOOST MOUSSE***
The mousse comes in a plain white can with a frosted white coloured plastic lid. On the front it states what the product is in black letters and it also states at the bottom of the front of the product that it's made by James Brown. On the back of the can you will find a list of ingredients and how to use the product. It also gives you contact information and the James Brown website which you can visit for information about him and his range of hair care products.
To use the product apply a walnut sized amount to towel dry hand. I always spray it into the palm of my hand and then bit my bit apply it to my hair by running my fingers from root to tip. I then blow dry my hair as normal with my head upside down for extra volume or by using a round brush. The mousse is white in colour and has a nice fragrance to it. The fragrance reminds me slightly of men's aftershave but this didn't put me off as I actually really liked the smell. I could still smell the product slightly in my hair, but I don't think anyone else would notice the scent of the product after styling and blow-drying. After blow drying my hair and styling as normal I did have much more volume in my hair without it feeling weighed down. The mousse didn't leave my hair feeling sticky or stiff and my hair look shiny and sleek. The day after using the product I could still create volume in my hair, with the help of a little hair-spray. The mousse didn't leave any residue in my hair and is easily washed out with normal shampoo.
I have only seen this available to buy In Boots stores. You can buy a mini version (50ml) which is about £1.99 or you can buy a large can (200ml) which cost's £6.12. I purchased the mini version first, so I could see how this product worked with my hair.
I think this is a fantastic product and works really well with my hair. Although I have very flat, fine my hair this still gave my hair great volume without it feeling weighed down or looking greasy or full of products. I will continue to use this product and I highly recommend it to other's to use. As I was so impressed with this product I would definitely try other products in this range. Although this is more expensive than other brand's I think this is well worth the money as it doesn't leave my hair feeling stiff or sticky like some other products do.
(review may also appear on ciao)
Unfortunately not being one of the lucky few that have natural bouncy locks with plenty of volume and thickness, I tend to use mousse when I blow dry my hair and use a large round barrel brush to help create volume. Upon looking at my wonderful cupboard full of hair supplies I noticed it looking rather bare and I found an empty bottle of my beloved hair mousse.
Hair volumising mousse being on my list of essentials for styling I quickly gathered my bag and purse and was on my way to Boots, advantage card at the ready!
I spent a while browsing the selection of products, finally finding a small selection of hair mousse and I see a tall, dark and handsome bottle staring back at me. It's name? James Brown. The bottle shouts at me, Voluptuous Boost volumising mousse, scandalous, for hair that gets people talking. With a claim like that I can't help but sling it in my basket. The bottle screams style, elegance and catwalk. It came in at a nifty £4.99 at the till for a 200ml bottle, so I handed over my advantage card, after all if it didn't work I can't say I wasted money.
James Brown is a top london stylist to the stars, he has been talk of the town for a while and his hairstyling range has been to the usual high standard I would expect. The bottle boasts 'His unique understanding of how women want to feel on a special occassion makes him hot property in the A-list arena.' Good enough for the celebs, so it's good enough for me, I hope.
Hair is towel dried, I have my hairdryer to hand and my straighteners on standby. Here goes. I pin my hair back into sections ready for the mousse to be applied to my roots. I shake the can thoroughly to activate the mousse and spray the contents into my hand. I am met with a rather large amount of a shaving foam looking blob, creamy consistency and quite firm. Perhaps likening it to a stiff meringue mix would be more accurate. I work the mousse into my hair section by section making sure it is lightly applied to the roots. Once completed, I go on to blowdry my hair using a barrel brush to get the desired volume.
Once I have finished drying and styling my hair, I can already see positive results. The hair has lifted well, compared to using a barrel brush withought mousse. The hair has become very slightly greasy and the texture is not as soft as the rest of the length but all things considered it's not bad at all, a little less mousse and it would have been perfect. I was happy to see my hair stays lifted and bouncy all day, and even more surprised my hair had more volume when I got up out of bed! Maybe if you wash your hair before bed you could apply the mousse and wake up to go? Unfortunately my hair wouldn't allow that and has to be done in the morning for fear of looking greasy (one of the downfalls of fine hair.) For curls it is recommended to use a walnut sized amount running it through hair roots to tip, if your hair is fine I would recommend reducing this amount.
If you like volume this is a hardworking mousse that seems to give you great volume and hold with a lovely bounce, it can look a little greasy so trial and error may be required for your particular hair style. This is definately for those party girls who like great styles with lots of volume.
I was in Boots buying something else from the range when I spotted the '2 for £8', so I decided to give this a go. It cost's £4.99 on it's own, which isn't expensive at all. James Brown London has a new range out too called Scandalous, but this is a review for his origional Signature mousse.
The mousse comes in suitable sized 200ml white can. The design on the front is very simple. On the front there there is the brand name and what the product is. There is logo above where it says 'James Brown London' which is the enitials 'JB' in a swirly font. On the back we are told a little bit about the range, what the product does and how to use it. We are also given ingredients and warnings/cautions.
*Using The Product*
The directions to use it are: "Apply a walnut sized amount to towel dried hair running fingers from root to tip. Blow dry as normal." These instructions are very easy to follow. There is a very nice gentle scent to this mousse and you can smell it mostly when applying it. The mousse feels very light and foamy, which makes it easy to spread through the hair.
After using this my hair is left looking fuller and the roots are lifted so it looks volumised. Even after heat styling, the mousse stays in so you can have big hair whatever your style. My hair looks good all day when I use this because it seems to help hold a style in place. When I'm wearing this, it's not stiff to touch, like a lot of other mousses on the market, and it's easily brushed out at night.
I would recommend this to anyone who wants their hair to appear a little more volumised. It's suitable for people with fine hair because it makes hair look thicker. I sometimes use this on dry hair to help hold curls in place and to give more volume at the top. It also works great for scrunching. Sometimes if I want natural looking wavey curls, I apply this to wet hair and then scrunch. It can be used to help create many different styles.
After having recently tried the James Brown hairspray (and loving it) and way back owning a serum of the same brand that I also really rated I decided I really must try some hair mousse. It's not something I would normally buy and usually opt to straighten the life out of my hair using my trusted Ghd's and a straightening potion of some sort. However I have fine hair and it can look a little dragged down and lifeless at times and it was a mate of mine who said to try using a mousse when I blow dry my hair first to 'puff it up' (her words not mine) and then straighten it. I wasn't convinced this method would work but she assured me that any life in my hair achieved would be better than none at all and to just buy some half way decent product and no cheap rubbish! (again her words not mine) lol. So thinking on her words I knew what I wanted to try and it was this product to go with the hairspray I use already!
Comes in a 250ml, white cylinder shaped, tall can which is priced at £4.88 (also in 50ml size priced at £1.95) with an integrated push button dispenser to the top of it and a clear lid which pulls on and off that with ease. On the front in dark grey writing I'm told it's JB, James Brown London Volumising Mousse. On the back I'm told a bit about the product and directions for use are given, ingredients are listed as are contact details for James Brown Haircare Ltd, cautions are listed, size is stated as is the recycle symbol and finally there is a bar-code on there. Nice and simple, unisex and stylish can...this is.
A Bit About The Product According To The Back of The Can....
For long-lasting volume and hold, there's nothing better than mousse, whether you want to define natural curl or build body in fine hair. We've removed all the ingredients that leave hair feeling tacky, plus I've added pro-vitamin B5 for its moisturising and strengthening properties.
Directions For Use....
Apply a walnut sized amount to towel dried hair running fingers from root to tip. Blow dry as normal.
Me Using It....
This is a highly scented none sticky thinnish, light foam. First off it smells of nothing distinctive but it's suitable for men and women to use it if desired. It shoots out of the can in a wet see through liquid form and quickly trebles in size into a light, white frothy and whipped mousse.
I personally comb/brush my hair through when it's still clean and damp and then spread a dollop through with my fingers and then gently re-comb/brush it through to make sure of even distribution.
I always blow dry with this as directed and this stuff is simply amazing. Not only can I create much needed body before straightening which really does increase volume it makes my hair beautifully soft and shiny and easy to style, it smells wonderful, controls my hair slightly without weighing it down and completely eradicates frizz. I thought as I stated earlier the heat from my Ghd's would kill any volume created with this but it really doesn't. If my hair does go a bit limp I simply rough it back up with my fingers and it looks great.
Not only that though I have naturally curly/wavy hair and this is amazing at once again creating much needed volume but really defines the curl so my hair is finally wearable this way without looking like an frizz bomb.
A really wonderful, simple to use and nicely fragranced product. Looks elegant and expensive and works the same way. Reliable hair-care that makes my hair look the way I want it to and it gives amazing shine and is easy to rinse out! I love this for real!
I purchased my can in Boots but do look on line for further stockists and bargains in online shops!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Natural hold without the sticky feeling /