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The 8 Best Men’s Hair Creams for Nourished, Healthy Hair

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The Best Hair Creams for Men in 2023 Nordstrom, Sephora

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In our humble opinion, hair cream is essential in every man’s arsenal due to its universal benefits—unless, of course, you don’t have hair. But even if you keep your strands closely cropped or prefer a high-hold, choppy-texture product, you can still find value in a light-hold, touchable hair cream. Hair cream is deeply nourishing, works in all hair textures and can be both a primary styler or used for finishing touches. But the best hair cream for you is going to depend on a few variables…

According to celebrity groomer Jessica Ortiz, whose A-list clients include Lin-Manuel Miranda, Regé-Jean Page and Jeremy Allen White, not all hair creams are created equal. “Creams come in a range of purposes,” she explains. “For example, if your hair texture is thin or fine, creams with light hold and light hydration work best to not weigh the hair down. Heavier creams that provide conditioning are excellent for thicker or curly hair to define and de-frizz.” Ortiz adds that one especially common use for hair creams is as a finishing step in your regimen, to tame flyaways and smooth the ends of the hair.

In general, though, the lightweight nature of creams makes for universal application, regardless of the product’s end goal: “Apply cream to damp hair and leave it to air-dry,” Ortiz advises. Or, you can also blow the hair dry, with the assurance that the cream is protecting the cuticle of the hair from heat damage and moisture loss.

At their core, though, these products all offer light, touchable hold, and help nourish the strands as they help perfect your hairstyle. Take a look at our shortlist below, and click on the product name to jump directly to the description of why we’re recommending it.

The Best Hair Creams for Men

Best for Short Hair: Fellow Barber Styling Cream [$24 on Amazon]
Best for Long Hair: Oribe Crème for Style [$18 on Amazon]
Best for Wavy Hair: Prose Custom Curl Cream [$28 on Prose]
Best for Tight Curls: Briogeo Curl Charisma Coil Custard [$26 on Nordstrom]
Best for Thinning Hair: Living Proof Thickening Cream [$20 on Nordstrom]
Best for Thick Hair: Davines Love Hair Smoother [$29 on Amazon]
Best Leave-In: Augustinus Bader Leave-In Treatment [$52 on Nordstrom]
Best for Flyaways: Ouai Finishing Crème [$24 on Sephora]


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