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DIY Hair Mousse for Glossy, Healthy Curls

DIY Hair Mousse for Glossy, Healthy Curls | TheSweetPlantain.com

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 šŸ™‚

    • 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. šŸ™‚

  • 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 šŸ™‚ 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 šŸ™ 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. šŸ™‚ 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.

      • Aurora April 19, 2015, 1:16 pm

        Easy fix for that – every few weeks add about 1/8th to 1/4 cup baking soda to your shampoo for a ‘deep clean’ which will strip out all residues that have built up. This works for ‘naturals’ and the ‘un-naturals’ as well.

  • 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 šŸ™‚

    • 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.

    • Jennifer Cordova January 27, 2015, 4:42 pm

      Thanks for letting me know what worked for you!

    • Priya March 29, 2015, 8:02 am

      Hey Laura, would you be able to share your recipe with me? I have fine thin wavy hair and I want to try this out.

    • Tara April 8, 2016, 3:37 pm

      I would also love to see your recipe Laura. I have very fine curly hair too, and I think shea butter and coconut oil would flatten me out lickety split. Thanks!

  • 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 šŸ˜‰

    I’ll get it right best time.

    Thanks for your recipes!

    Belgium greats!

  • Krissie April 23, 2015, 4:46 pm

    Hey there my normal mousse has been discontinued so im thinking of giving This a go. How do your curls feel as they look stiff and scrunchy instead of soft. How does your hair feel when u rinse it out as my old mousse used to feel like conditioner when rinsed out

    • Jennifer Cordova April 29, 2015, 6:26 pm

      It softens my hair – it does build up after a while, and a commenter recently suggested that a baking soda rinse from time to time would be beneficial.

  • Michelle April 24, 2015, 6:25 pm

    I have been making my own shampoos and rinses for a while. The recipe that you gave is the same recipe for my Whipped body butter! I will definetly have to try it. I am also looking for a scrunch gel? Any ideas? I want to be able to apply it scrunch and go for almost a wet look but that I can run my fingers through and not look wet afterwards. Ideas would be great! I am thinking Aloe Vera gel, essential oils, maybe lemon juice or witch hazel????

    • Jennifer Cordova April 29, 2015, 6:18 pm

      That sounds like a great idea, Michelle! I had been hoping to experiment recently, but my mixer broke šŸ™ Awaiting repairs… Let me know what you come up with!

  • Khandice August 20, 2015, 3:39 pm

    Hi. Does this mousse come out light and fluffy like the ones sold commercially? I have thin hair and i usually just go without anything in it after i wash and condition (which is a shock that my hair is actually reaching a little lower than my neck seeing that I have relaxed hair that is never moisturized other than with my conditioner). I’m looking for something to put in after but it has to be light and I’m a strong believer in DIY and naturally made products.

    • Jennifer Cordova August 22, 2015, 3:53 am

      Hi Khandice, it’s light and fluffy, but a little goes a long way – you can’t put the same amount as what you’d use with store-bought. I’d try making about half the recipe and testing it out šŸ™‚

  • Mary August 27, 2015, 3:24 pm

    How does this compare price-wise to store bought mousse?

    • Jennifer Cordova August 28, 2015, 6:36 pm

      I’m not really sure, I haven’t done a cost analysis. I guess it depends on the product you typically purchase, and how much you splurge on the ingredients to make this mousse šŸ™‚

  • Tony November 1, 2015, 7:23 pm

    Looking at it, from a man’s point of view as well, could this be used as shaving cream in addition to the mousse? Looks like the same texture

    • Jennifer Cordova November 3, 2015, 2:39 pm

      Hi Tony, my guess is that this has a bit too much oil in it for a shaving cream, but I really don’t know. Let me know if you give it a try šŸ™‚

  • Bree November 2, 2015, 6:32 pm

    Hi Jennifer! Was wondering if this works well with blow dry styling. Like to add volume and body, have you experimented with that or heard from anyone who has? Also, I have an electric beater, that would work to make it fluffy yes? Thanks so much!

    • Jennifer Cordova November 3, 2015, 2:38 pm

      Hi Bree! I have used it with a diffuser, and that worked well. I’ve only made with with a stand mixer, but I think it should work with a handheld – let me know how it goes!

  • Hannah November 17, 2015, 9:43 pm

    Hi! This mousse recipe sounds great! After reading the comments, I was wondering if you (Jennifer) had come up with any alterations to the original recipe since you said it seemed to make your hair too greasy. Thanks!

    • Jennifer Cordova November 18, 2015, 7:31 pm

      Hi Hannah, I haven’t had a chance to work on the recipe, but I realized that I was doing the no ‘poo while I used this mousse – and I think if I’d been on my normal habit of shampoo/conditioner every few days, that it wouldn’t have left a greasy residue over time.

  • Sandy November 18, 2015, 5:32 pm

    How long does a concoction like this last you?

  • Sarah January 17, 2016, 10:08 pm

    I’m having a problem getting the coconut and Shea butter softened.
    It seems I’ve set them both for too long on low heat and became liquidy?
    They never got fluffy, and after reading the above posts, it makes sense why… Now that all the ingredients are solidified, is there a way I can somehow heat it up but not to a liquid state? And still use it?
    Or should I start over?
    My Shea butter is solid, as is the coconut oil in their containers…
    It’ll be a great body oil… But I need the mousse.
    Thank you!

    • Jennifer Cordova January 20, 2016, 7:20 pm

      Hi Sarah, I would suggest putting your containers maybe on top of your refrigerator overnight. That will give a gentle heat that will soften them. Hope that works!

  • Jennifer February 6, 2016, 12:21 am

    hi there. i saw this website ages ago and noticed there is like one recipe out there for a leave in hair mousse. i saw you use some good ingredients for hair like shea butter and olive oil, etc, but i have a few questions. my hair is not curly, rather long, thick, dry and tons of split ends. until i hack off about five inches tho, i need a good leave in conditioner, and the spray doesnt cut it for me. leave-ins dont do jack in the shower, and when my hair is still wet and almost dry, it feels a smidge sticky or bendy. do you think this mousse can be used as a leave in conditioner for my type of hair, and if i wanted to add some SPF protection, how would i do that? hope this works if i try it. thanks in advance for any help you can give.

    • Jennifer Cordova February 11, 2016, 9:00 pm

      Yes, I think this would be a great leave-in conditioner! I would think maybe putting some one before bed and leaving it in overnight might do some real good. Not sure about SPF… Let me know what you end up doing and how it works! Good luck šŸ™‚

      • Bee April 5, 2016, 4:38 pm

        You get SPF by adding Zink, maybe 1/2 teaspoon, to your batch at the beginning of your mixing. Mix well.

  • Brianna Alexander March 24, 2016, 11:04 pm

    Hi! I’ve been looking for a curling cream like forever! Though I’m not quite sure where to get my rhea butter where I’m living so I was wondering if there is any alternative?

  • Beth June 9, 2016, 1:35 am

    My hair is wavy, and I have an oily scalp, so the original recipe is too strong for me. I’m going to kerp playing with the ingredients, but I added aloe vera gel for more hold and that worked well. My aunt has curly, course hair and loves it as is, no aloe vera. šŸ™‚

  • Jennifer July 12, 2016, 3:32 am

    Coconut oil doesn’t smell sexy? He must be insane.

  • Elizabeth N. July 16, 2016, 8:38 pm

    Can you substitute the Shea Butter for Cocoa Butter?

  • Ruth September 3, 2016, 9:02 pm

    I made this and it lost the fluffy texture when I added the olive oil so I stuck it in the freezer for a few minutes and whipped it again and it’s beautiful!!!!

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