Of all the products in a man’s styling arsenal, none is more versatile than hair cream. That’s partially because so many different formulations fall into one category—pomades, finishing creams, and styling creams all make the list. However, hair cream for men is also a must-have because of its utility. Aside from shaved heads and buzz cuts, there are few cuts that can’t benefit from hair cream for men.
If you’re new to the world of styling products, hair creams are an excellent place to start. Most feature a natural-looking level of hold while helping to create the look of shine and texture. For the uninitiated, that means just one thing: They’re very difficult to screw up.
Dip just the tip of one finger into your pomade or squeeze the equivalent from your tube. Rub the product between your palms, then apply it evenly throughout your hair. Depending on your formula, you should see a more controlled, polished-looking head of hair.
Scroll down for a few of our favorite hair creams from the L’Oréal portfolio of brands.
Baxter Of California Hard Cream Pomade
Looking for a product that makes a natural travel companion? Choose a hard cream pomade like Baxter of California’s, which features a firm hold and a natural finish. You’ll look just as good boarding the plane as you do disembarking.
Baxter Of California Hard Cream Pomade, $23.00 MSRP
Baxter Of California Grooming Cream
For a more traditional take on hair cream, give Baxter of California’s Grooming Cream a try. This product boasts a light hold and a natural finish. It’s a natural choice for men who are attempting a serious style for the first time.
Baxter Of California Grooming Cream, $20.00 MSRP
Baxter Of California Cream Pomade
Barbers will tell you that pomades are the go-to product for creating texture. Baxter of California’s cream pomade, formulated with a light hold and natural finish, is particularly versatile.
Baxter Of California Cream Pomade, $23.00 MSRP
Redken Brews Get Groomed Finishing Cream
If your concern is having hair that looks purposeful and polished, choose a hair cream formula that focuses on controlling finish. Redken Brews Get Groomed Finishing Cream is formulated to help textured or coarse hair stay in place, leaving you with hair that’s appropriate for even the most strict corporate office.
Redken Brews Get Groomed Finishing Cream, $16.00 MSRP
Redken Brews Dishevel Fiber Cream
Everyone has unique hair goals, which is why brands create so many different hair creams for men. If your aesthetic is more tousled than tapered, give Redken Brews Dishevel Fiber Cream a try. This medium hold hair cream for men creates a messy, undone finish.
Redken Brews Dishevel Fiber Cream, $18.00 MSRP
Redken Brews Maneuver Cream Pomade
Afraid of locking your hair into place and not being able to touch it until after you shampoo? Fear not. Redken Brews Maneuver Cream Pomade is a water-based formula that creates texture with low shine. It has a medium hold and adds a smooth finish to men's hairstyles.
Redken Brews Maneuver Cream Pomade, $18.00 MSRP