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DIY Hair Mousse for Glossy, Healthy Curls

DIY Hair Mousse for Glossy, Healthy Curls | TheSweetPlantain.comUpdate: Be sure to check out the comments at the bottom of this post – many readers shared great ideas on what they do for their natural hair routine!

I’m not sure why I didn’t try making my own hair mousse sooner… I avoid store-bought chemical-laden personal care products at all costs, and my hair has been chemical-free for years – which has done wonders for it, but I’ve never found the perfect homemade alternative to mousse. The straight-up coconut oil was pretty good for a while, but it didn’t quite do the trick. Also, Tony was getting tired of me smelling like coconut all the time. Apparently, that coconut oil smell isn’t so sexy. Oh, well. Lesson learned. DIY Hair Mousse for Glossy, Healthy Curls | TheSweetPlantain.com Now, this homemade mousse, folks. This mousse is seriously amazing – it’s light as air, people! Light. As. Air. I am completely amazed. I thought that crazy-awesome-fluffy-ness happened because of those mysterious mousse nozzles – but I got that with just 15 minutes in the mixer. Boom. My life (and yours, perhaps?) is now forever changed. DIY Hair Mousse for Glossy, Healthy Curls | TheSweetPlantain.com My homemade hair mousse is full of the hair-nourishing goodness of shea butter, coconut and olive oil, and some fabulous essential oils that promote shine, strengthen hair, kill dandruff causing bacteria, and smell all sorts of wonderful. And guess what else? It works perfectly when I diffuse my hair – which is basically everyday. And since I know you’re wondering how this diy hair mousse looks in action, here is a view of my glorious mess of curls: DIY Hair Mousse for Glossy, Healthy Curls | TheSweetPlantain.com and DIY Hair Mousse for Glossy, Healthy Curls | TheSweetPlantain.com  


DIY Hair Mousse for Glossy, Healthy Curls



  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, combine the shea butter and coconut oil. Alternately, use a hand mixer and medium mixing bowl.
  2. Beat on medium-high until light and fluffy, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the essential oils, turn the mixer back on medium-high, and very slowly pour in the olive oil until fully incorporated.
  4. Keep mixing for about 2 minutes more.
  5. Store in a cool, dark place.

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  • Jacque January 10, 2014, 3:04 am

    How long does the mousse last stored? I think my hair is pretty much the exact same as yours so I am thinking of trying this out. Thanks!

    • Jennifer Cordova January 11, 2014, 2:52 pm

      I’m not quite sure yet. All the ingredients are pretty shelf stable, so I’m guessing a while. At least a few months.

  • Lyz January 13, 2014, 6:14 pm

    I am going to give this a try. Have semi naturally curly/wavy hair and working my way towards natural hair care so this should fit right in, thank you for the recipe, fingers crossed :)

    • Sandy Barnhart January 14, 2014, 1:26 pm

      Would this be used in place of scrunching gel as well? I really prefer to air dry, but I have a very similar texture to your curls.

      • Jennifer Cordova January 14, 2014, 1:28 pm

        I think it could be…just go light with it, otherwise it will leave your hair a bit greasy.

      • Malika January 15, 2014, 1:25 pm

        *Sandy Barnhart, I recently learned how to make flax seed hair gel and it worked like a charm. There are many complicated recipes, but 1tps. flax seeds in 1 cup hot water & a couple drops of EO’s was great. FYI texture of this basic recipe is like snot (really) but works great.

  • Darcy January 14, 2014, 2:06 pm

    So you put this in your hair, then style?

    I haven’t used mousse for years, for the same reasons you stated, so had forgotten about it until reading this. COOL!

  • Penny January 14, 2014, 2:46 pm

    Could you share what brand of shea butter you use for this. Should it be organic, and raw or is any plain shea butter okay? Thank you. :)

  • Bonnie January 15, 2014, 2:01 am

    Have you tried leaving it to air-dry and how are the curls/hair texture the next day? I don’t have a wisk attachment but might be worth visiting a friend and using hers.

    What do you use for shampoo?

    • Jennifer Cordova January 15, 2014, 1:59 pm

      You could use a hand-mixer, too. I haven’t air-dried it yet – in winter I diffuse my hair every morning. Are you asking about air-drying at night and how the curls are in the morning after that? If so, I can’t do that – my curls are too crazy to survive that :) I always have to style in the morning.

      For shampoo, I use Castille soap: http://amzn.to/19uhYCB (affiliate link)

  • Cecilia January 16, 2014, 1:22 pm

    I made this just now and it didn’t ever get fluffy, even after mixing for more than ten minutes. I guess I’ll see how it works not being fluffy

    • Jennifer Cordova January 16, 2014, 1:42 pm

      Hm, not sure why it wouldn’t – beating it for that long should beat air into it, making it fluffy. If it didn’t increase in volume, use just a small amount in your hair.

    • Alex March 11, 2014, 5:48 am

      This could be because you never let it chill properly, it should be chilled to the point of near solidification before being blended.

  • Haley March 28, 2014, 8:34 pm

    do you have any suggestions for an alternative to coconut oil, I personally can’t handle the smell. I have crazy curls too and while the flaxseed gel is nice I prefer the look and texture of mousse. Thank you for the recipe.

  • Cathrin April 9, 2014, 2:11 am

    Hi there. Just wanted to stop by and let you know that I successfully made this mousse. I really wanted to like it, but unfortunately, it didn’t work so well for my hair type — mid-length curls that aren’t near as thick as yours. Despite storing in a cool/dry location, the olive oil seeped to the bottom of my jar. The shea and coconut are still wonderfully fluffy on top, so I guess it’s not a total loss. Again, my hair is at least 4 inches longer than yours and nowhere near as thick. This mousse is too heavy for my hair, even though I used very very little (less than a tablespoon for sure). My hair looks oily and weighed down. Even when I use less, my hair has a wet look that I’m not really going for. I’ve gone back to using a homemade curl spritz I found online a few months ago: 1/4 c. glycerine, 1/4 c. aloe vera gel, 1/2 c. water — mixed in a spray bottle with essential oils. Here’s how I use it: after showering with sulfate-free shampoo and silicone-free conditioner (having rinsed only 75% of the conditioner out of my hair), I flip my hair over, scrunch-dry my hair with a microfiber towel, spray 10-15 spritzs of this product evenly over all my curls, then I scrunch-dry my hair one more time with the microfiber towel. To dry my hair, I flip my hair over and use a hair dryer with diffuser attachment on low heat until 75% dry and then let it air dry the rest of the way. My curls have good hold and form with this spray, without being weighed down, stiff, or sticky. When my hair is completely dry, I soften my curls and add volume/body by scrunching my hair with my hands and gently shaking my hair with my fingers at the roots. Love it! I hope this helps out any other readers who need a lighter product for their hair.

    • Jennifer Cordova April 10, 2014, 12:12 am

      Cathrin, thank you so much for your informative comment! I had totally forgotten to update this post – after continued use, even my really thick curls got weighed down :( It’s actually a great hair conditioner, though! I’ll update this post now, and will be looking into using your spritz!

      • Cathrin April 27, 2014, 2:43 am

        Happy to share. :) I’ve been using the “mousse” as a body butter. Smoothes beautifully and very moisturizing. Not sure what I’ll do with the olive oil at the bottom though. BTW, my go-to resource for curly hair care has been the book “The Curly Girl Handbook”. I really love all the tips and help in there! (Although they are big on using “gel” and my thin hair just can’t take that — so the spray gel recipe it is!)

    • sushma November 16, 2014, 4:03 am

      Cathrin !
      U mentioned mix it in a spray bottle with essential oils…what r the oils n the quantity ? Or u meant mix t three ingredients u mentioned in t spray bottle ?

  • felicia April 17, 2014, 1:32 am

    so, i found your recipe online,, slowly gathered all ingredients as i could afford them, then find out u have updated to say this is NOT a mousse!? is there any way i can turn these ingredients into mousse using different amounts or something?

    • Jennifer Cordova April 17, 2014, 1:42 am

      Hey Felicia, I’m sorry – I haven’t had a chance to experiment yet, although I have plans to. When I come up with an alternate recipe, I’ll definitely update. I found it was a bit too heavy after a while, although it was a month before I felt like it was too much (my hair is pretty thick and tightly curled). I’m trying to think of a way to thin it so I get that glossy look and so that it gives all that nourishment, but would still wash out easily.

      • felicia April 18, 2014, 5:58 pm

        ok… will be anxiously awaiting your next formula. will water added mess up the whipped texture? to whip it in, of course.

        • Jennifer Cordova April 19, 2014, 12:46 am

          Honestly, I’m not sure…I’ve been wondering if a combo of water with a touch of gelatin would do well. But I’ll have to play around with it.

  • Stephanie August 8, 2014, 5:51 pm

    For what it’s worth, I’ve been using this as a hair mousse for about 6 months and I love it! I’m making another double batch now because I’m almost out :)

    • Jennifer Cordova August 10, 2014, 1:38 pm

      Stephanie, that’s so great! I started using it again this week, and love how soft my hair it…I think I had been putting on too much (?). So glad it’s working well for you!

  • Samantha November 24, 2014, 3:51 am

    Would you be able to substitute Shea butter for Cocoa butter instead?

  • Laura January 27, 2015, 2:01 am

    I love the idea of this homemade moose . I have fine thin curly hair so this was too much for my hair but it gave me a good idea. I took out the olive oil but wiped the coconut oil and shea butter then added glycerin and aloe. So far its not greasy and it is working well. I’m not much for the spary ,as it doesn’t do the trick , and a big lover of mousse .
    Thanks for sharing, although it didn’t work for me it did get me something thats good for my hair and works for me. Hope this will help someone else as well.

  • Nathalie Stevelinck February 6, 2015, 11:10 am

    Hey Hello Im Nathalie, a Belgium fan

    While I was trying to make the mouse…It came not out like a foam
    I think it were other brands I used.

    What are the names of you product?

    Thanks for your help

    • Jennifer Cordova February 10, 2015, 6:20 pm

      I don’t remember the brands, but it should work with any. Were they all room temperature, soft but not liquid? If it’s in liquid form, the coconut oil may keep the mousse from getting enough air.

  • Nathalie February 25, 2015, 8:03 pm

    Thanks for the tip, coconutoil was liquid…oeps ;-)

    I’ll get it right best time.

    Thanks for your recipes!

    Belgium greats!

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