Best in Black Beauty Awards 2014: Hair

Curly, straight or faux—these products pack a punch no matter how you wear your hair.

ESSENCE.COM Mar, 25, 2014

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Clear Scalp & Hair Intense Hydration Hydrating Shampoo ($6, CVS, In Stores Only) adds moisture with out weighing down hair.

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Klorane Shampoo With Desert Date ($15, gives even the driest strands a hydrating boost.

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Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser Fortifying Conditioner ($4, Walmart). Smooth on before blow-drying to disguise split ends.

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Kérastase Nutritive Irisome Masquintense for Thick Hair ($63, pumps nourishment into damaged strands.

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Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Curl Defining Crème Glaze ($10, drugstores). It gives weight- less definition without crunchiness.

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Oribe Curl Shaping Mousse ($36, defines locks and defies frizz. Done and done.

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Tangle teezer Aqua Splash ($16, Sally Beauty, In Stores Only). Remove knots without yanking your hair out.

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Paul Mitchell Neuro Dry ($170, professional salons). Best. Blow-dryer. Period.

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Shea Moisture Tahitian Noni & Monoi Smooth & Repair Hair Scalp Weekly Therapy ($10, select Target stores) softens tight coils without disturbing curl patterns.

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KMS California TameFrizz Smoothing Lotion ($17, keeps flyaways in check.

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Pantene Pro-V Original Fresh Dry Shampoo ($5, Walgreens) absorbs oil and doesn’t leave a residue.

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Philip Kingsley One More Day Dry Shampoo ($25, is great for freshening up post-workout hair.

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L’oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Volume Filler Densifying Gelee ($7, Target). Proteins and spe- cial fillers seep into strands to make hair look fuller.

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Alterna Haircare Bamboo Volume 2-in-1 Volumizer ($25, Ulta, In Stores Only). I’m able to share my knowledge so that everyone can have beautiful hair, not just celebrities. Spritz at the roots for an instant lift.