Moroccanoil Curl Defining Mousse — Will It Hold Your Curls Down?
When argan oil soared in popularity, being lauded by the beauty industry’s persnickety gatekeepers, Moroccanoil was at the forefront of the movement, advocating for argan oil (the key ingredient in its products’ formulas) by simply exposing the masses to the ingredient’s results on hair. The original Moroccanoil Oil Treatment was easily absorbed by hair and left it feeling shinier, smoother, healthier, and as soft as goose down feathers. How good is it? So good that one of my closest friends tries to sneak some out, squeezing it into a 0.5 oz. bottle that once housed her echinacea drops.
Needless to say, whenever the brand announces a new product launch, it feels like Christmas. And, thus far, we’ve raved about every single addition the line — among them the Moroccanoil Intense Curl Cream, the Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray, and the Moroccanoil Light Treatment.
When I heard about the new Morroccanoil Curl Defining Mousse ($22, visit Moroccanoil.com for retailers), then, I put aside my reservations about mousse formulations, which are known to dry hair, exacerbate damage, cause breakage, and give hair a starchy and at times even crunchy texture that’s downright repulsive. Since Moroccanoil had never led me astray, I expected nothing but top-tier results from the argan-infused mousse. Designed for women with wavy to curly hair, the Moroccanoil Curl Defining Mousse is meant to nourish hair, seal in moisture, define ringlets, eliminate frizz, and provide hold without sacrificing manageability. Sounds amazing, right?
But, alas, my experiences with the mousse weren’t anywhere near the amazing mark. Sure, it did make my curls stay in place, but it was impossible to run my fingers through my hair without feeling some of the starchiness I’ve come to associate with mousse products. My hair looked and felt somewhat stiff, as if my curls had been artificially created via a scrunching technique, as opposed to me having natural curls that were resuscitated with the help of a moisture-infusing styling aid. Unlike the Intense Curl Cream, which defines waves and ringlets without compromising your hair’s movement and bounce or its caressable texture, the Moroccanoil Curl Defining Mousse performed only a notch above your run-of-the-mill, drugstore brand mousse. The argan oil’s benefits, then, were nullified by the accompanying ingredients in the formula.
Bottom line: if you have curly hair that’s dry or damaged, stick to the Moroccanoil Oil Treatment and the Intense Curl Cream.