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Mousse: let’s dis­cuss. It has been rather thrust into the back­ground in re­cent decades; up­staged and out­shone by slinky vo­lu­mis­ing lo­tions and natty pastes and hi-tech, rain-re­flect­ing sprays. In the 1980s mousse was ab­so­lutely it, pro­vid­ing not only the req­ui­site lift but also the manda­to­rily crunchy fin­ish: crispy, wavy perm any­one?

And so I have treated it with sus­pi­cion. Now, I like vast hair. But I do not like hair that looks like it might snap. I like hair that swooshes, that de­fies the back­comb­ing be­neath so peo­ple say, ‘My, what thick hair you have.’ And only you know that your three weedy hairs are propped up and work­ing to ca­pac­ity.

But Lee Stafford’s My Big Fat Root Boost Mousse Spray oomphs up fine hair with­out stick­i­ness. It has an ex­cit­ing noz­zle so you can whack the mousse on the roots rather than spread­ing a great egg of it over your scalp like a foam­ing cap. You don’t

Use it in the morn­ing and restyle in the evening for hair that sch­wings

need to do a posh blow-dry on your­self ei­ther. In­stead, flip your head up­side down, blast ’n’ brush and be done.

Use it in the morn­ing and then dampen down and restyle in the evening for hair that sch­wings with­out look­ing done. Oh, and a bonus: it feels freez­ing on the scalp, which wards off the hot flush that comes with rush­ing and is the en­emy of el­e­gance and com­po­sure and gives you in­stant hair­line frizz. This is rea­son enough. Lee Stafford My Big Fat Root Boost, £6.99, at

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