With barbershops closed, we’re looking a little rough around the edges these days.
We can all benefit from styling products.
The best men’s hair creams make it easy to neaten your appearance.
They help whether you want to hold off on a home haircut or fix the damage that’s already done.
But which one should you try?
- 1 How to choose between the different types of hair cream
- 2 Top Men’s Hair Creams
- 2.1 Tea Tree Shaping Cream (Paul Mitchell)
- 2.2 Buck’s Burley Styling Cream for Men’s Hair, Strong Hold
- 2.3 Cremo Premium Barber-Grade Matte Cream
- 2.4 Cremo Premium Hair Styling Thickening Paste
- 2.5 Cremo Premium Styling Cream, Medium Hold, Medium Shine
- 2.6 Jack Black – Sleek Finish Texture Cream
- 2.7 Every Man Jack Thickening Grooming Cream
- 2.8 Every Man Jack Fiber Cream, Fragrance-Free
- 2.9 Premium Forming Cream for Long & Short Hair – Natural Matte Finish & Medium Hold by krieger + shone
- 2.10 Baxter of California Grooming Cream for Men
- 2.11 Redken Brews Cream Pomade For Men, Medium Hold
- 2.12 Get Groomed Finishing Cream by Redken for Men
- 2.13 Redken Brews Fiber Cream
- 2.14 Woody’s Flexible Styling Cream for Men
- 2.15 Got2b Phenomenal Thickening Hair Styling Cream
- 2.16 American Crew Forming Cream, Pliable Hold with Medium Shine
- 2.17 Style by American Crew Fiber Cream
- 2.18 AXE Natural Look Hair Cream, Understated
- 2.19 Garnier Hair Care Fructis Style Natural Look Liquid Hair Cream
- 2.20 Brylcreem 3 in 1 Shining, Styling, and Conditioning Hair Cream
- 2.21 Old Spice Styling Cream
- 2.22 L’oreal Paris Hair Care Studio Line Flexible Strong Hold Cream
- 2.23 Cantu Coconut Curling Cream
- 2.24 OGX Moroccan Curling Perfection Defining Cream
- 2.25 Hair Craft Co. Clay Pomade
- 2.26 TIGI Bed Head for Men Matte Separation Workable Wax
- 2.27 V76 by Vaughn Molding Paste
- 3 Conclusion
How to choose between the different types of hair cream
You’ll need to ask yourself four questions before you shop for styling cream.
First, how much hold do you need? Stiff like glue, or something more natural?
Next, how much shine do you want? None, or gleaming like chrome?
Then, what kind of malleability do you prefer? This is related to holding power. Gel, for example, is not malleable, but hair wax is.
Once you’ve decided how much shine, how much hold, and how much malleability you want, you’ll have an easier time shopping.
Top Men’s Hair Creams
Now, let’s get started with reviews of the best grooming creams for men.
Tea Tree Shaping Cream (Paul Mitchell)
One of the best hair creams for daily use is made by Paul Mitchell. It’s a salon-quality product.
It won’t gunk up your hair and scalp as some styling products do. Plus, you can use it on wet or dry hair.
It provides light to medium hold and has a matte, not shiny finish.
The Tea Tree Shaping Cream will revive second-day hair when you don’t have time to wash. It smells good, too.
Buck’s Burley Styling Cream for Men’s Hair, Strong Hold
If you love the scent of sandalwood, check out this styling cream.
It acts as a conditioner to moisturize dry hair and get rid of frizz and tangles. At the same time, it adds volume and shine.
Even though it’s not stiff, it offers medium to firm hold throughout the day.
Think of it as a pomade since it has both mineral oil and castor oil in it.
Cremo Premium Barber-Grade Matte Cream
I bet you barber knows about Cremo. They make more than one kind of styling cream. Let’s start with the matte finish version.
As you can guess, it won’t make your hair shiny. It doesn’t provide much hold either. So why bother using it?
Well, unless you want to look like the prime minister of England, it keeps your hair under control. It stops flyaways and frizz.
If you wake up with bed head, it will fix your hair without the need for any water.
Since it’s water-based, it’s easy to shampoo and won’t clog your pores.
Cremo Premium Hair Styling Thickening Paste
Cremo also makes the best men’s hair cream for thin hair.
The Thickening Paste doesn’t alter the shine of your hair, but it adds plenty of volume and texture.
Moreover, it doesn’t leave a residue, feel greasy, or flake.
Should the wind blow your hair out of place, all you need to do is run your fingers through it to fix it.
Cremo Premium Styling Cream, Medium Hold, Medium Shine
My final pick from Cremo makes second-day hair look and smell like you just stepped out of the shower.
It’s suitable for all hair types.
Jack Black – Sleek Finish Texture Cream
Jack Black’s Texture Cream is a premium product made with natural ingredients. It has no artificial fragrance, nor any scent at all.
It adds shine and smooths frizz with natural oils, pro-vitamin B5, and silk amino acids. They act as a conditioner for your hair.
The result is light to medium hold depending on your texture. You can finger-style whether or not your hair is wet or dry.
There are other benefits beyond the basics, though.
For one, the rosemary and geranium extracts promote hair growth and prevent acne on the scalp.
Also, every product from this American company is cruelty-free and safe for sensitive skin.
Every Man Jack Thickening Grooming Cream
Every Man Jack gets its products certified by PETA. They don’t use parabens, dyes, or phthalates, either. Even their packaging is at least 50% post-consumer recycled plastic.
It’s nice to know that they are eco-conscious. But is their styling product any good?
According to users, the Thickening Cream gives more volume, eliminates static, and adds just a bit of gloss. The more you brush your hair after applying it, the more natural the hair looks.
Every Man Jack Fiber Cream, Fragrance-Free
While the Thickening Cream offers a medium hold and a little shine, the Fiber Cream provides a matte finish with a firm hold.
Traditionally, fiber creams have enough hold to maintain a style, but with flexibility. They aren’t stiff like a gel.
Furthermore, they are excellent for making thin hair look thicker.
Just so you know, Every Man Jack also makes styling clay, grooming paste, and styling gel.
Premium Forming Cream for Long & Short Hair – Natural Matte Finish & Medium Hold by krieger + shone
This is a popular men’s styling product with a confusing name. It’s called a “Forming Cream,” but it’s also referred to as a pomade and a styling clay.
That’s because it contains beeswax, mineral oil, paraffin, and bentonite clay.
It defies classification.
On the bright side, it comes in a large jar and has a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Baxter of California Grooming Cream for Men
Petrolatum-based creams are more difficult to wash out of your hair. But on the upside, they offer good hold and gloss.
This pomade isn’t just for your hair. You can also use it on your beard. (Just be careful if you’re prone to acne.)
In either case, it eliminates frizz and makes fine hair manageable.
It’s fortified with meadowfoam and grapeseed oil to condition the hair.
Redken Brews Cream Pomade For Men, Medium Hold
Redken makes salon products. They’ve developed more than one hair cream for men.
This one is a water-based formula with a medium hold. It’s ideal for long hair and flexible styles. (Yes, it’s suitable for if you have a pompadour.)
It creates volume but not shine.
Guys say that it leaves their hair touchable and restylable.
Get Groomed Finishing Cream by Redken for Men
On the other hand, if you have textured or coarse hair, this finishing cream is right for you.
It conditions while providing a light hold. It’s just enough to control unruly hair but leave it looking natural.
Redken Brews Fiber Cream
For medium hold when you have long, thin hair, try this fiber cream. It keeps your man bun neat and tidy.
As you guessed, it makes the hair look thicker.
Woody’s Flexible Styling Cream for Men
Woody’s cream is a pomade. It will make your hair shiny like Elvis in the fifties.
But unlike what he wore, it won’t make your hair feel sticky or greasy.
It works on wet or dry hair. It’s especially nice for creating definition for curls.
Got2b Phenomenal Thickening Hair Styling Cream
It’s not a gel. You can run your fingers through your hair and fix your style halfway through the day when you’re wearing this product. It will still look natural.
The thickening cream doesn’t make your hair shiny, but it increases volume and control.
Customers say that it has a pleasant masculine fragrance.
American Crew Forming Cream, Pliable Hold with Medium Shine
What is pliable hold, anyway? This cream claims to have it.
The secret is lanolin wax. It allows the hair to move naturally, then settle back into place.
The formula also has sucrose and glycerin. These attract moisture, thereby swelling each strand and thickening the hair’s appearance.
Style by American Crew Fiber Cream
If you prefer a medium hold without extra shine, try the fiber cream. It’s convenient if you live in a humid place.
The fibers come from polyethylene glycol polymers. They provide hold without creating a lot of build-up.
The cream also has emollients to make the hair smooth and soft.
If you have short hair, you only need a small pea-sized amount to manage your style.
AXE Natural Look Hair Cream, Understated
AXE’s Understated cream styles and conditions in a way that leaves the hair looking natural.
If you prefer a lustrous look and stronger hold, try their Classic Pomade instead.
Garnier Hair Care Fructis Style Natural Look Liquid Hair Cream
The best drugstore men’s hair cream might be this one from Garnier.
It goes to show you that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get a decent product.
It offers light hold with no oil, no build-up, and no drying alcohol. You may need to use a little more of it than you would with some other brands, but at this price, it’s not a big deal.
FYI: Garnier also makes a liquid pomade with medium hold and a matte putty with medium hold.
Brylcreem 3 in 1 Shining, Styling, and Conditioning Hair Cream
No review of men’s hair cream would be complete without Brylcreem.
For decades, guys depended on “just a little dab” to slick back their hair.
This classic styling product is based on mineral oil and beeswax. But it’s surprisingly not as greasy as you think it would be.
Old Spice Styling Cream
If you like the Old Spice fragrance, you might enjoy their styling cream.
It won’t make your hair shiny like Brylcreem, but it does offer medium hold.
This is another petrolatum and wax-based product that tames coarse, wiry strands.
L’oreal Paris Hair Care Studio Line Flexible Strong Hold Cream
When you need strong hold without the stiffness of gel, try L’Oreal’s cream. The effects last up to 24 hours.
It contains glycerin to moisturize the hair. It’s not oily and won’t leave a residue.
Instead, your hair will feel soft and have a natural-looking finish.
Cantu Coconut Curling Cream
Cantu makes this cream for men with textured, curly, and coily hair. (Women use it, too.)
It contains shea butter and natural plant oils to make each curl stand out.
It doubles as a conditioner as it hydrates and strengthens the hair.
It’s best if you apply it to wet curls starting at the root and move down the shaft.
OGX Moroccan Curling Perfection Defining Cream
Here’s another curl-boosting cream that makes coily hair manageable and glossy.
It features argan oil, an excellent moisturizer that repairs the hair and scalp.
Use this cream to tame frizz and increase volume.
Hair Craft Co. Clay Pomade
Hair clay is perfect for textured fades, comb overs, and a natural messy look. In other words, pretty much any style at all.
This one offers medium hold without adding any shine. It’s strong enough to the point where you can pull your fingers through your hair and not mess up anything. You don’t need to re-style during the day.
You might as well try it as they offer a satisfaction guarantee with free returns.
TIGI Bed Head for Men Matte Separation Workable Wax
To give you a taste of what else is available, here’s hair wax.
If you have a defined style, or if you live where there is high humidity, try this product.
It’s based on polymers, carnauba wax, and beeswax. It’s a flexible styling tool that works on wet or dry hair, depending on the effect you desire. You can alter the outcome by using a hairdryer.
V76 by Vaughn Molding Paste
Here’s a styling cream with memory.
Seriously, it offers flexible hold that lets your hair move, then bounce back to where it should be.
It’s best applied to damp hair.
This is a high-end styling product with extra benefits.
It has Irish Moss, birch extract, and slippery elm to fortify your hair. Plus, there’s rhubarb as a natural moisturizer.
These top men’s hair creams will make you look like you’ve got it all together.
They help you maintain your style all day long, plus they prevent hat hair and bed head.
At the same time, they condition your hair to keep it healthy and strong.
If you discovered a hair care product today that you enjoy using, come back and tell us about it in the comments below.