Black Beauty Icons: Hair

The ESSENCE beauty team and our special panel of pros round up the hair products that never let us down.

ESSENCE.COM Apr, 23, 2015

1 of 10

"This is the prototype for what we now call hair masks. Before hair masks, there was Infusium23." -Chuck Amos

$7, Walmart

2 of 10

"This legendary product gives hair great shine and hydration without residue." -Derrick Scurry

$5, Walmart

3 of 10

"It's an invigorating, deep-cleansing shampoo that will remove buildup in the hair and on the scalp." -Carla Gentry Osorio

$13 each,

4 of 10

"Pink lotion tamed my unruly strands as a kid, and now it's a must-have for my son's curly locks." -Nykia Spradley

$8, Rite Aid

5 of 10

"VO5 is the go-to moisture treatment for all hair types. It's what we compare everything else to." -Chuck Amos

$5, Walmart

6 of 10

"For years I saw this on shoots in the hands of star stylists. The 'one pass' is true, and it's still a favorite among the new guard of celeb stylists today."-Pamela Edwards Christiani


7 of 10

"Hands down, it's one of the best deep conditioners ever. No more knots, tangles or dryness." -Andrea Jordan


8 of 10

"I can't live without it. It keeps strands hydrated, the aroma is great and it works well on natural hair." -Derrick Scurry

$58, 16 oz, Target

9 of 10

"Great for curly and pressed hair as it seals moisture and gives terrific shine." -Hadiiya Barbel


10 of 10

"This hair spray has a light hold and gives me the versatility to brush through the hair when it's time to switch up my clients' styles." -Larry Sims

$15, Walmart