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Best in Black Beauty 2017: 7 Cutting Edge Hair Products You Definitely Need

From color to curls and everything in between, these are the products we're using to keep our tresses laid and slayed year-round. 

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By ESSENCE Editors · April 25, 2017

It’s that time again–the 2017 edition of our annual Best in Black Beauty Awards has officially arrived! We’ve spent weeks swiping, swatching and smelling the newest products so you don’t have to. From the splurge-worthy to the drugstore faves and Black-owned must-haves, these are the picks that every Black woman must know. Stay tuned as we continue to unveil this year’s winners!

This feature originally appeared in the May 2017 Issue of ESSENCE Magazine.

If you want curly or straight dos, wigs or weaves, this brand has it. Using its 100 percent virgin human hair, you can get a natural look without any fuss

$149+ available at indiquehair.com

If you like having options when it comes to your mane, here’s the solution you’ve been searching for. Created for natural girls who occasionally like going straight, this botanical-filled three-step system makes blowouts and heat styling a breeze. And you don’t have to worry about ruining your curl pattern.

$3-$13 available at Sally Beauty

When those baby hairs or frizzy flyaways won't stay put, grab this moisturizing gel. Infused with argan oil from Morocco, just a smidge of the jelly-like formula promises not to leave crusty flakes on your hairline. 

$11 (2 pack) available at Walmart

When it comes to styling curls and coils, definition is a top concern. Carol’s Daughter products are often the go-to for many naturalistas, and this Pracaxi Nectar collection is no different. It keeps hair in place without weighing down your spirals.

$12 available at Target

Her hair is always laid and slayed, so we're thrilled the actress has debuted a signature hair collection. All ten products are filled with a blend of marula, argan and avocado oils, and under $30 each! 

$19+ available at Flawless Hair

When you’re ready to jazz things up by going blond, purple or somewhere in between, try this permanent cream color for a fabulous payoff.

$7 available at Sally Beauty

Whether your hair is relaxed or curly, all textures need not worry about post-dye damage with this one. Shea butter, coconut oil and pomegranate, combined with an ammonia-free formula, make this the safest color option on the market.

$6 available at Walmart