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Top 10 Products for Black Hair

Here are the top ten miracle workers to give you glorious, shiny, just-stepped-out-of-a-shampoo-commercial hair.
Vanessa Williams
Remington 3-in-1 Styler

In our never-ending quest to make our hair regimen less complicated, we’ve found one of the most genius tools, ever! The Remington 3-in-1 Styler is a do-it-all hairdryer that comes with three attachments: the beach waver, which has a special airflow that spins hair into sexy, beachy waves a’la Vanessa Williams; the smooth concentrator, which creates sleek blowouts; and the lift-and-dry diffuser, a softer airflow that gives natural curls, kinks and coils a soft, defined texture. Tons of salon-worthy styles, in the comfort of our own bathroom? Sign us up.
Syesha Mercado
Living Proof No-Frizz Restyling Spray

Whether you have a sleek, relaxed style or bouncy natural curls or bouncy natural curls (a’la “Dreamgirls” star Syesha Mercado), humid weather can turn your hair from fab to fuzzy in seconds. The good news? The award-winning haircare line, Living Proof, aims to fight frizz for once and for all with their new No Frizz Restyling Spay. Spiked with an exclusive humidity-blocking technology, this lightweight, quick-drying spritz refreshes your style in less than five minutes! Curls are defined, blowouts are sleekened, and all is right with the world.
Avon Frizz Control Lotus Shield

For crazy humid days, all we can think about is preventing our blowouts from exploding into a halo of frizz. Avon is one step ahead of us with their genius new leave-in treatment, Advance Techniques Frizz Control Lotus Shield. To spread the word about the strand-smoothing serum, Avon went on a “Frizz-Free Revolution Tour,” setting up Street Stop buses all over the country, with celebrity hairstylist Tippi Shorter giving on-site blowouts.

Avon Advance Techniques Frizz Control Lotus Shield Anti-Frizz Treatment, $9.99, available at
Kerry Washington
Blow to Go Kit

Maintaining a sleek, Kerry Washington-esque blowout can be annoying. NYC salon Blow has got you covered with their deluxe Blow to Go Travel Kit! The adorable set comes with their best-selling blowout maintenance products, including a volumizing shampoo, conditioner, heat styling spray and thickening mist. Not only will TSA approve of the petite sizes, but the formula is safe for chemically-treated and colored hair.

Blow to Go Travel Kit, $28, available at
Wen Cleansing Conditioner

We’re always on the search for products that cut our get-ready time in half — and we might’ve stumbled upon the best find yet! Celeb hairstylist Chaz Dean’s line of Wen Cleansing Conditioners combines shampoo, deep conditioner, and detangler — all in one super-moisturizing, ultra-nourishing formula. We love that you can cleanse and condition your tresses, all in one step (and did we mention that the Wen line smells terrific? Sweet Almond Mint is our favorite)! A must-have for over-scheduled moms and on-the-go girls everywhere.

Wen by Chaz Dean Cleansing Conditioner,$45, or
Kiehl's Sunflower Deep Recovery Pak

The sun can wreck havoc on colored, chemically treated, and heat styled hair — but Kiehl’s has a solution! Quench thirsty tresses with their Sunflower Color Preserving Hair Care line, which comes blended with super-moisturizing ingredients like sunflower oil, apricot kernel oil and vitamin B. We love their Sunflower Color Preserving Deep Recovery Pak ($26,, a deep conditioner that strengthens lackluster, sun-sizzled strands while adding vibrancy and shine. Plus, it smells like a bouquet of sunflowers — a winning combination in our book.
PhytoSpecific Thinning Hair Treatment

When it comes to your hair, thin is definitely not in! Thinning, shedding and broken-off strands can be a result of stress, diet, hormonal changes (i.e., the pill or pregnancy), or even harsh haircare products, but there is good news. You can stimulate hair growth with PhytoSpecific Thinning Hair Intense One Month Program!

The treatment comes with a lush volumizing shampoo, hair and nail capsules, and a follicle-nourishing cocktail of extracts, vitamins and proteins to be applied daily to the scalp. This four-week boot camp promises to leave you with lush, lustrous locks — whether your hair is relaxed, natural, or somewhere in-between.

PHYTO Thinning Hair Intense One-Month Program, $74, available at
Solange Knowles
Ouidad Climate Control Gel

Humidity is a nightmare for hair. Whether you rock a curly natural (a ‘la Solange) or a sleek blowout, frizz and flyaways just aren’t cute especially when you weren’t going for extra volume. Tame your tresses with Ouidad’s Climate Control Gel, a product that shields hair from humidity, leaving strands smooth, defined and controlled. Fans of the cult-favorite line swear by Climate Control to keep curls intact or prolong their blow-outs. To use, simply apply a dime-size amount to towel-dried hair, and style.

Ouidad’s Climate Control, $22, available at
Miss Jessie's Baby Buttercreme

Finding the perfect cocktail of hair products is always a chore — and it’s even harder when it comes to your little one’s locks. Miss Jessie’s Baby Buttercreme is a mother’s dream come true! A lighter, gentler version of the best-selling adult version, this styling cream leaves dry, frizzy curls soft and manageable. The best part? The formula manages to gently untangle even the most stubborn strands. ESSENCE staffers/mommies swear by it for maintaining and styling their little tot’s tresses.

Miss Jessie’s Baby Buttercreme, $32 for 8oz jar, available at
Pantene Damage Repair Ampoules

Have dry, damaged hair? Rejuvenate your hair to its healthy, glossy glory with Pantene Pro-V Damage Repair Ampoules! These power-packed ampoules nourish distressed hair with the intensity of professional products. Made specifically for your hair type, whether medium to thick or curly, these brilliant capsules make it simple to reverse extreme damage.

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