If you’re anything like me, you tend to do the most when it comes to your mane. My haircare ritual has enough steps to rival the most diligent K-beauty worshiper (with individual products to match). Of course, as much as I love obsessing over my ringlets, sometimes a girl needs to live her most tidied-up life—and that includes paring down hair supplies. When I came across Eva NYC’s Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer: $12.00 I knew I had to try it, and see if this was the multi-step time and schmoney savor I needed to cut back on vanity space.
Although billed as a primer, the 10-in-1 captures the benefits of a range of products, and seems to pretty much do it all, from detangling, moisturizing, strengthening, softening, reducing drying time, adding shine and reducing frizz, to protecting against thermal, environmental and UV damage. The product is such an overachieving multi-tasker because of its main indigent, the rightly buzzed about argan oil, which is further coupled with sunflower seed oil for double the punch.
(via Eva NYC)
My first intro to Eva’s 10-in-1 was with wet hair, though it works on dry locks too. I spray the primer generously throughout my whole head after washing and conditioning, while my hair is still sopping wet. The first thing I notice, aside from the fine, weightless mist coating my locks, is the smell. The fragrance is sweet and definitely refreshing.
Working in the mane magic.
Eva’s works overtime but is a primer, first and foremost. Being well aware of this and my texture, I work in a bit of Jamaican Mango Black Castor Oil: $5.59 when my hair is about 50% dry, though it’s mainly to encourage growth and soothe the scalp. I also add a dollop of Sailor by Captain Blankenship Jellyfish Hair Gel: $15 for added curl control (I’m optimistic but not delusional when it comes to my natural waves). Made pretty exclusively from aloe, sea kelp extract, essential oil, yucca extract and aloe, I don’t think I’m doing my locks a disservice by adding in a touch more love.
Proof that with the right product, less is more.
When my hair has fully air-dried, it feels noticeably softer and I can sense there’s more shine. It definitely worked for me, and if you have fine or straight locks it might literally be all you need. At less than $15, it’s worth a try if you’re looking to reduce redundancy in your haircare closet or just need a fresh start to your daily routine.