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Vanicream™ Hair Gel

Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars
20 Reviews

Our fragrance-free hair styling gel provides firm, long-lasting styling control without the use of common chemical irritants found in ordinary hair styling products. Helps control static, adds fullness and volume and makes hair easy to manage and style.

To unify our brand and help eliminate confusion, the name of this product has changed to Vanicream™ Hair Gel. While there is a new name on the outside, it is the same great formula on the inside!

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Formulated for Sensitive Skin

The Most Important Ingredient Is Trust™

Our fragrance-free hair styling gel is unscented. No botanical extracts or essential oils. Alcohol-free. Gluten-free. Dermatologist tested.

purified water, VP/VA copolymer, panthenol, PEG-45 palm kernel glycerides, 1,2-hexanediol, PEG-14, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, PEG-33, caprylyl glycol, PEG-8 dimethicone, aminomethyl propanol, tetrasodium EDTA

Ingredient Information

May be used on damp, or dry hair. Squeeze a small amount of gel on palms or fingertips and rub hands together to create a thin layer. For damp hair, starting at roots, work gel through hair. Blow dry to style. For dry hair, starting at roots, work gel through hair, lifting to style. For best results, shampoo and condition hair with Free & Clear Shampoo and Free & Clear Conditioner before styling. Ideal for daily use.

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Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars

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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Mary January 26, 2016

Super hold all day

Did everything a styling product should! Held every hair in place 14 HR workday.
Sandy Myers February 19, 2016
My husband and I use Free & Clear. It holds our hair in place and doesn’t leave our hair dirty like other jells. Love that it is fragrance free!
Donna January 12, 2017
I’m unable to use most hair products, especially if it has alcohol and/or fragrance, it makes my head break out terribly. Is your fragrance free gel also alcohol free? Do you have a mousse like that also?
Vanicream Admin (verified owner) January 13, 2017
Donna, Free & Clear Hair Gel is alcohol free. It is important to test the product first on a small area or consult your Dermatologist for patch testing if there is any uncertainty. At this time we do not have a mousse product.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
YasBird June 24, 2020

travel size plz

This stuff keeps my fauxhawk tall and fluffy all day long. Please make it in the 2oz tube for travel.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Tim Woodburn January 8, 2021

Hair gel

I have been using Free and Clear hair gel for 15 years. It has a great hold. The only product that does not make my head break out. Highly recommended!
Rated 1 out of 5 stars
Eli June 21, 2021

Not for fine or curly hair

This stuff is legit horrible. The reviews have to be from white ppl with thick hair. This stuff is so thick and awful that it coats your hair like quick cement. I tried to cut it with water and it was still just awful. And you have to wash it out every day because the buildup is off the charts. You can't just rinse your hair and hope it comes out. You have to use a clarifying shampoo to get this stuff out of your hair. Not everyone can wash their hair every day with a clarifying shampoo folks. And ftr, it does build up on your scalp. It leaves a thin film of goop that feels awful. If you have scalp issues along with fine or curly hair, skip this garbage because it is HORRIBLE! Maybe try creating an unscented mousse instead of this garbage.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Esther July 13, 2021

Love it.

I am black, senior denial. I use the gel on my natural hair. It’s fine and short. Also, my hair is gray. I wear it loose. I don’t twist or braid or curl. At night, I moisturize my hair with oils. In the morning, I put a small amount of gel in my hands and rub it through my hair. I style with my fingers, mostly, but may use various combs to tweak as I please. I love that it works with my natural curls and it makes my grey hair seem even whiter. My hair stays put without looking frozen in place. It also looks thicker. Once it dries, I will only tug it with my fingers if I want to fix something. At bedtime, I can work in a dab of oil to release the hold. By morning, I repeat. In a few days, I shampoo, protect, blow dry, oil, and gel. Works for me.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Chris December 27, 2022

Love it!

My fine curly/wavy hair and super sensitive skin love this gel. I only use a little bit on wet hair and it works really well. I get curl definition, minimal frizz, and it doesn’t weigh my hair down. The hold isn’t strong enough for next day curls, but I really don’t care. My hair still feels nice and soft and is just less curly on the second day.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Prajakta April 11, 2022

Best gel ever..!!

This is the best hair gel which I have ever used. Doesn't build up AT ALL on the scalp! Gentle enough for daily use. Give really good hold. I have 3a/3b hair and it does hold my curl pattern really well without weighing my hair down.
Rated 1 out of 5 stars
steph May 15, 2022

Vanicream Hair Gel

WHERE did these reviews come from? I bought this junk in good faith and I might as well use nothing. It is useless, does not add volume or even a bit of stiffness to the hair. After you apply, then dry your hair, it feels and looks like it's working. Within 10 min, it's as if you never used it. Falls flat and hair looks like your just dried it without product. I should have known better. I generally don't trust reviews, esp when they are all positive. Vanicream should stick to face washing.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Janet August 1, 2023

So Thankful That I Tried This Gel

My advice is to ignore the negative reviews and try this gel for yourself, if you're struggling with a sensitive scalp and curly hair. I have fine, chin length, 3A, curly hair and my scalp is easily irritated and itchy if I use regular gels. I use a large nickel sized amount on very wet hair and it spreads easily. Then I use a T-shirt or paper towels on the ends if they are too drippy after a few minutes. I let it dry naturally and can go for 2-3 days. Very happy now! I can find it at Walgreens in Virginia.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Anne October 31, 2023

Free & Clear Hair Gel

I assist a disabled relative who has extreme sensitivity to scents; she can end up in the hospital. I have very straight hair that sticks up and out without a gel. Free & Clear Hair Gel works well with no flaking and, most importantly, my relative is safe.