Curl sets done with perm rods, flexi rods, magnetic rollers, straws and Curlformers are popular styles for transitioners and naturals alike. Sets offer a longer lasting styling alternative to braid outs, twist outs and bantu knot outs — smoothing the hair and creating uniform curls of various sizes, blending textures and damage, and even setting the stage for stretched hair that can be straightened or styled with minimal to no heat.

However, the products you use to set your style are important. Gels can leave flakes or too much crunch, while butter blends and oils will make the hair soft (with results that won’t last as long). Somewhere in the middle are water-based foams, mousses, and styling lotions that hydrate and moisturize the hair, while using lightweight styling polymers (like polyquats) for hold without crunch. Here are seven great options all under $10!

ApHogee Style & Wrap Mousse

ApHogee has a wide range of products that work to pH balance, strengthen, and protect the hair during styling. The Style & Wrap Mousse contains Keravis protein (more on that here), essential amino acids and ingredients like cetrimonium chloride that makes it ideal for roller and silk wraps. The proteins and other heat protective ingredients ensure that the hair is protected should choose to sit under a dryer or flat iron your voluminous curls.

Nubian Heritage Honey & Black Seed Heat Protect Keratin Wrap Mousse

If you’re looking for something a little more “natural”, Shea Moisture’s sister company Nubian Heritage’s Honey & Black Seed Mousse is a great option. It provides softness, shine, hold and heat protection all in one thanks to glycerin, shea butter, macadamia oil, and babassu oil, and honey. This mousse is ideal for taking your hair from highly textured to sleek and straight. This foam can be used for roller sets before straightening or wrapping, or as a source of heat protection while your rods dry underneath a hooded dryer.

 

Beautiful Textures Curl Definer Mousse

 

This foam provides shiny, soft, moisturized, and well-defined rod and roller set results. It is full of good for your hair ingredients like aloe vera, Vitamin E, ginseng, coconut oil, rosemary, shea butter, and olive oil. A little bit goes a long way, and the Curl Definer Mousse is definitely best suited for hair that tends to dry out easily. It can also be used to style wash and go’s for a lighter, touchable hold.

 

Lottabody 

 

Lottabody has one of the most affordable, widely available range of setting and wrapping foams and lotions. From their original blue formula to the brand new Wrap Me Foaming Mousse, which Lottabody product to use on your curl set is all about preference. Their setting lotions tend to be concentrated, and you are able to dilute them according to your personal preferences. The foams are pre-mixed and ready to use. I’m personally a fan of the Carrot Seed & Keratin Setting Lotion for rod and straw sets.

 

Jane Carter Solution Condition & Sculpt

 

Although marketed as a gel for wash and go styles, the Condition & Sculpt has the consistency of and behaves more like a setting lotion. It contains sage, nettle, rosemary and henna extracts to strengthen and revitalize the hair while providing flake-free hold. It has more hold than the Roll and Wrap Foam, another popular Jane Carter Solution product for roller sets and wraps. If you choose to use Condition & Sculpt, definitely pour some into a small spray bottle for better distribution. A little goes a long way.

 

Creme of Nature Argan Oil Style & Shine Foaming Mousse

 

Formulated with ingredients like castor oil, argan oil, honey and aloe, Creme of Nature’s Style & Shine Foaming Mousse provides sleek results while softening the hair. The Style & Shine Foaming Mousse can also be used to set twist outs and wash and go’s.

 

Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Frizz-Free Curl Mousse

Another more “natural” foam is also available from Shea Moisture’s Coconut and Hibiscus line. Formulated with all naturally derived ingredients, including coconut oil, glycerin, shea butter, and hibiscus extract, the Frizz-Free Curl Mousse will hydrate and nourish the hair. It provides great shine, but only a very soft hold. If you’re looking for your hair to get way bigger as the days go by, this is the one! Also great for wash and go styling on types of hair that are weighed down easily.

 

What is your favorite mousse to use for styling?

 

Christina Patrice

Born, raised, and living in Los Angeles, Christina is BGLH's resident transitioning expert and product junkie. In addition to loving all things hair, she is a fitness novice and advocate of wearing sandals year-round. For more information on transitioning, natural hair, and her own hair journey, visit maneobjective.com. Or, if you like pictures follow Christina on Instagram @maneobjective.

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12 Comments on "7 Foams and Setting Lotions for Roller, Rod and Curlformer Sets"

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cadrolina grouch

which one is better to use on rlled hair?

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Jessica

I’ve tried majority of these Foam Wrap Lotions and I have to say that my favorite from Nutress. You should definitely try it! Their Wrap Lotion doesn’t smell, have a ton of harsh ingredients, no oil or drying alcohol. It also does great with preventing frizz while I do my braid outs and twist outs. I highly recommend it.

coocurlygal

Bronner Brother’s is the truth! I use it for rollersets with permrods and curlformers on my 4a hair. It leaves my hair defined, flake-free, moisturized and shiny!

Miss Elisa K.

I was a Bronner Brothers Wrap Lotion girl when I was relaxed and I still love it as a natural. No stiff hold, shine, body, and no dryness. I’ve tried most of the others on this list but I always come back to this one.

lexibugg

I use the creme of nature setting lotion and I like it a lot.it never causes flaking and has a nice hold without crunch or stiffness. My sets are always springy shiny and soft…I also use setting lotion in my twistout/braid outs, I think that’s a great Ideal for ladies who have a difficult time getting more than a couple of days out of a twistout or who end up with loads of frizz and no definition halfway through the day..

Zoopath

Jane carter wrap and roll was dried my hair out without any discernible benefit. I don’t know how this newer product would work

easyBlake

I hope someone chimes in with reviews. I want to love mousses, but they either have zero hold or flake out terribly. So far, I can deal with Lottabody, but it can make my curls papery or flakey. Still, I might try the ApHogee and Jane Carter C&S . . .

NapturallyKia

The elasta QP setting foam is pretty good. Jane carter setting foam too

JenniD

Great review Christina. With the exception of lotta body I have never heard of any of these products. Will have to seek some of these out. I just got a tapered cut last month and due to having less hair to deal with I’m all game to try some of these wet set type hair styles. So you use these after moisturizing and sealing your hair or are some of them moisturizing enough to go easy on other products?

Karen

I use the Jane Carter and have found it to be very effective.no Wii have to try it specifically on Flexi8 rods or roller sets also.

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