From volumizing, to air drying, and texture, there's nothing it can't do.

By Hannah Hayes
May 01, 2018

In the beginning (or 1980), there was hair mousse. Sticky much like its namesake dessert, it was much of humankind's first step toward lifted locks. Recently, we had a phase with sprays beyond the fixents that froze our looks in place from sea salt-infused mists promising beach-like waves to shine imparting veils. Now, foams are the newest way to coax qualities like volume, texture, and smoothness from your hair.

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What's the difference? Foams blend the power of mousse with the lightness of a spray to give you the best of both products. They're easy to work into specific sections of hair (just the ends or just your roots), and foams balance believable bounce with wave or curl control whether your end goal is thickening or a frizz-free air dry. With a weightless feel, they keep hair feeling fresh and light for those warmer weather days ahead.

These are our four favorite foams for hair styling.

R+Co Rodeo Star Thickening Foam

While it might appear like aerosol whipped cream, much like a mousse, in your palm, the second you begin to work product through your hair it turns into a frothy, ethereal formula. The lightness belies its ability to tame even the finest, thinnest, or unruly of strands into plush looking locks. Some thickening products can lose their oomph past the crown of the head, but this foam keeps the volume level sustained from the base to the end of the hair shaft.

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Separation, softness, and spontaneity, the trifecta of desirable hair qualities, has until now almost always taken multiple products to accomplish. But Ouai's latest styling agent accomplishes all that and more for an almost instant Sezane lookbook model hair. It's also our new favorite way to give air-dried sections more intention and direction without losing that laid-back vibe.

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Most effective dry shampoos can feel like applying spray paint or liquid insulation to your scalp. That's because of the powder base that they use to soak up oil on the scalp. DRYBAR's foam version also refreshes greasy strands minus the tacky, gritty feel or dullness. Bonus: Because it's powderless, you can follow up the foam with the hairdryer for extra volume or a style refresh.

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For natural hair, this drugstore deal has all the moisturizing might you would expect from a boutique brand and a luxurious scent from rosemary, honey, and chamomile. Airy instead of heavy like creams and oils, it keeps curls and coils smooth, not crunchy or weighted down while it adds dimension and hydration.