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Review of Redken Aerate 08 Cream Mousse

Could Mousse From a Jar Really Work?

Most of the time, when I think mousse, I think foam in a can that gives my hair lots of volume. But a little while back, I found Redken Aerate 08 Bodifying Cream Mousse ($13.59) and thought, "Hmm . . . mousse in a jar? Really?" If such a wild invention were to work, it would make the product more portable (take that, TSA), rid us of the need for aerosol cans (yay!), and make application a lot more precise.

So is this cream the beginning of a mousse revolution? Well, yes and no. To find out what the pros and cons are, just read more.

I have dry, fine, long hair, so if a mousse is going to fail on someone, I'm a good candidate. I smoothed about a teaspoon of Aerate through my hair from root to tip. Then, I blew my hair dry and pulled the straightening iron through. Even right after drying, I could tell that Aerate gave me lots of body but not a lot of volume, and my roots actually looked darker. Therefore, I'd suggest only using Aerate to add body in the mid-hair and ends, but not on top. The product was also really conditioning, so super dry hair will be happier with this than with a traditional spray mousse. The downside of the moisturizing cream base, though, is that my hair felt heavy, and that brings out the worst in my texture. After a couple of hours, instead of looking like I had big hair, I looked like I had thick, slightly greasy hair. That's still an improvement, but not really what I wanted.

So here's my opinion: If you're going on vacation, it's big yes for convenience. I would also recommend this mousse for curly or frequently chemically treated hair, because the formula won't dry you out. For the mousse user who wants fluff, though, you're better without this one. I can also see this being great for creating bedhead and beachy waves, but not for sleek styles. All in all, I'd like to see it in a lighter formulation.

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