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 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 Or, if you like pic­tures fol­low Christi­na on Insta­gram @maneobjective.

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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.


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.


I use the creme of nature set­ting lotion and I like it a 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..


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


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 …


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


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?


I use the Jane Carter and have found it to be very Wii have to try it specif­i­cal­ly on Flex­i8 rods or roller sets also.