“ Brand: L'Oréal / Stylng Mousse / Type: Hair Mousse / Subcategory: Hair Treatment / What it does: Lifts, „
I am not one for spending hours glamming up. I have a pretty simple routine, especially when it comes to hair care. My hair is really thick, and has a natural curl which tends to drop out really quickly and then go frizzy. My routine is that when my hair is freshly washed, a blob of mousse is applied with my fingers through my hair to seperate my curls and give my hair a nice shape showing off the layers better.
I have never been that fussy about mousse. After all, it is not much to fuss about. I mainly look at the cost when buying it and pick up the cheapest available at that particular time. The last time I ran out, I didn't have time to go to a big shop, so I went to my local village Tesco, and the cheapest was this L'Oreal mousse at around £3. It was a good brand, so I picked it up and paid for it, and used it the very next time I washed my hair.
The can is quite a nice shape to hold in my hand, and works the same as any other mousse canister. I give the can a shake, and press the dispenser nozzle at the top of the bottle while holding the cannister upside down, and the mousse comes out easily onto my hand.
First impressions with this one is that the mousse comes out easily, and although it does expand a little, it does not expand as much as other brands I have used in the past. The foam therefore seems quite dense in appearance. It is white in colour, and is pleasant enough to smell. Slightly chemically, but a bit floral.
Applying it to my hair bugs me every time I use it. I don't know if it is just me, but some of the mousse always ends up dropping off my hand onto the floor while I am holding my head upside down and working the mousse through. I don't find it with other brands. I also find it more effort to get it to go through my hair.
When I am happy I don't have big blobs of foam still sat in my hair, I am initially happy with the results. My hair has a pleasant enough smell, and my curls are well defined and yet still soft to touch.
However, after I have slept on my hair, I notice that the curls drop out and I find that my scalp can be very itchy after I use this mousse. My scalp can be problematic anyway as I suffer with eczema, and one of my problems from being a teenager is my scalp gets very dry and scaly. Not dandruff, and not as cradle cap like as psoriasis, just a thick layer of skin on my scalp which then flakes into my hair and is really obvious with my hair colour being black. Normally, my routine with the shampoo I use and the mousse does not aggravate my scalp, and I am finding that I am having to wash my hair a lot sooner with this mousse to deal with my scalp, but also as my hair needs more man handling to keep it looking nice and starts to feel dirty from being touched all the time.
Overall, I keep using this because it is not completely useless so I am not going to waste money and throw it out, but I certainly won't repurchase this one as I don't think it manages my curls well enough, and it aggravates my sensitive scalp too much. Others who wash their hair more than a couple of times a week might find it better, or if your hair is a bit finer with less weight to it, but for thick hair, this one is a no no for me.
I have to say that I'm rather under whelmed with this styling mousse from L'Oreal and it is not a product that I would recommend to anyone. It is a pretty standard hair styling mousse but it does not have the staying power that I would want and therefore it cannot be relied upon to last the day or night. It cost £3.29 which I guess is not a lot but there are cheaper brands out there that will get better results. It comes in a fairly standard can with a pump action dispenser. The mousse itself is white in colour and reasonably thick and creamy with a rather chemical smell to it.
It certainly provides enough control when I first styled my hair and it massages into my hair easily. It also washes out very easily as well at the end of the day however to be honest that fact that it is not providing the hold that I would want means that I would gladly compromise on the ease of the removal in favour of a longer lasting performance.
It does not dry your hair out and initially I found that it gave my hair a bit extra volume and allowed me to scrunch up my hair to make it look fuller and more voluminous however by mid afternoon it was clearly starting to flag and it was not as if I had been rushing about all day in bad weather as it was a nice September day with no wind.
By the end of the day my hair was really beginning to flag and in the end I had to brush it out and tie my hair back to keep it looking presentable. I would not recommend this product for anybody really unless you have short hair that does not need as much control, otherwise go for something else.
Being a bit of a girly girl, I like to play around with different hair styles now and then, and one day I decided I wanted to have scrunched, curly hair for a day out, but late at night I realised I had run out of mousse and had to make a last minute dash to Tesco Express (in my pyjamas!) in the desperate hope that they would have some sort of mousse for me to use. Turns out they only had one mousse, and this was the L'Oreal Elvive Styliste Root Lifting Mousse. I just grabbed the mousse and took it home, ready for use the next morning when I got up.
The next morning, after my shower I grabbed the can of mousse and set about getting my hair scrunched and curly for the day ahead. After shaking the can and squirting some mousse out, I applied to my hair and scrunched. I continued to do this until my whole hair was done and ready for the hair dryer.
The first thing I noticed about this mousse was the fact that it smelt some what similar to shampoo, but it also had a slightly chemical scent to it as well. Luckily this was not a strong smell, so it was not so much of a worry for me. I also noticed that the dispenser for the mousse is a slightly different one to the mousse I usually use. It is a bit longer and a little harder to use than my usual mousse, but it was not so bad that it stopped me from using it.
The mousse that came out of the can seemed the same as any other mousse I have used before, white, foamy, thick and easy to use. It was absorbed into my hair really easily, and I managed to scrunch my hair nice and quickly with it. Once I had dried my hair, I did notice that my roots were a little more lifted that usual, but nothing more than what I usually managed to achieve when I scrunch my hair with other mousses. I also found that the results did not last as long with this mousse as they did with other mousses, and I had expected this mousse to last longer as it was a well known brand and it cost quite a lot for the small can I got.
When it came to time to rid my hair of this mousse, I found that it came out easily with shampoo, so luckily there was no problem in this department. It dissolves easily when it needs to be dissolved, and my hair didn't feel like it had been dried out at all by this product, so that is another bonus. It did not feel moisturised at all though.
I paid £3.19 for a small can of this mousse, and I am quite disappointed with how it worked on my hair. I feel that the price of this mousse is way too much, and I will be sticking to my usual mousse from now on. I usually use the Boots own brand, and I have found that the Boots own brand actually works and holds much better than the L'Oreal mousse.
I give this mousse a 2 out of 5, as it did get my hair into the style I wanted and it looked nice, but the results did not last very long and the cheaper brands can do much better. If you still wish to buy this hair product, you can buy it in Boots, Superdrug, Tescos and other leading supermarkets for around £3 a can. Bear in mind the Boots own mousse is only 99p for a much larger can and does a better job.
When it comes to my hair I normally have it straightened as I find it much easier to manage. It is currently just above my shoulders which for me a great length now I'm a mum. However, my hair is naturally wavy/ curly but without the frizz. I very rarely have my hair au natural because it's a hassle to deal with even though it's quicker for me to do once washed. Whilst on holiday I cannot be bothered to sit and straighten my hair and even though my hair isn't always affected by humidity I can't get it, how I can at home so I would rather not bother.
Before my holiday at the beginning of the year I needed to pick up a can of hair mousse and unfortunately I left this to the last minute and ended up having a choice of one brand in a small Tesco. This wasn't ideal as normally for holiday I would just opt for a cheap and cheerful brand but often found it did the job. However, my choice was L'oreal and the only type of mousse left of the shelf was one for root lift. Now I don't need root lift but as it was the only mousse I could buy at short notice it was swiftly put into my basket.
*~* What is it? *~*
The mousse is basically designed for people with thin, lifeless hair. It is called root lift as it has been created to help lift the hair from the roots and give it added volume.
*~* Packaging *~*
As with all hair mousses this one comes in a slim, tall aerosol can which comes complete with a clear snap on top. The can is in a purple and white theme to it with the usual L'oreal logo on the front together with the item name. On the back there is the usual info about how to use it, what is in it and contact details for L'oreal. Because the aerosol can is slim it is easily stored.
*~* In Use *~*
The mousse is pure white in colour and comes out the aerosol can just as you would expect. However, I did find that even though I pressed down lightly on the top of the mousse I got quite a lot in my hand but as it is quite fluffy this didn't really matter. Although it is soft to the touch it is quite dense and thick but once you get it on your hair it soon disappears.
Putting the mousse on my hair was a doddle (apply to wet hair!) and as soon as it was on my damp hair it disappeared and was quickly absorbed. I did find that it seemed stickier than other mousses I had used but this was hardly a problem. The scent of this mousse I found quite overpowering as well even with my bathroom window open. It has quite an intense aroma which is purely synthetic and not overly great. It seems L'oreal tried to give it a floral base to it but is overpowered by all the synthetic ingredients in this product.
*~* The Result *~*
Once I managed to use the mousse as desired I generally just leave my hair to naturally go wavy and curly on its own. Just like most mousses I have used it doesn't take long for my hair to go hard and still keep that wet look. Fortunately once I go through my hair with a wide pronged comb this wet look soon goes! The overpowering aroma as well disappears once the hair is dry which is great as you can still smell the mousse as your hair dries.
Now my hair doesn't need root lift nor is it thin and lifeless. But this mousse didn't do anything different than other brands of mousse I have used. It certainly gives my hair a strong, extra hold finish which is great as my loose curled hair keeps it shape and does so for longer but as for extra volume, although I don't need any it didn't give my hair any extra lift or bounce whatsoever.
I wash my hair every other day and I found that the mousse kept its hold until the next wash and whilst on holiday it did the perfect job in keeping my hair naturally wavy with a little extra control. Humidity certainly couldn't get through this mousse!
*~* Price & Availability *~*
Can be purchased from most supermarkets and costs around £2.50 for a 200ml can.
*~* Overall *~*
A half decent mousse which did not do anything special for my hair. Albeit I don't have the so called requirements for using this mousse (I don't have thin hair and I don't need root lift) I still didn't notice anything extra with this mousse than I did with a 99p budget mousse, there really isn't any difference.
However, the plus side is that it really does provide an extra firm hold and my waves and curls were kept beautifully in place. It is like most mousses easy to use and easy to apply albeit it's a tad sticky and the fragrance is incredibly synthetic which is a bit sickening.
Would I buy it again? Definitely not as there are cheaper alternatives that do just a good a job. Would I recommend? Not really, I think there are far better options around and probably a bit cheaper too.