I’ve worn my hair long almost my entire life. A lot of people enjoy visiting the salon to get their hair cut, styled, etc., but that’s not me. I’m very low maintenance with my hair and only get it cut every six months at most. Due to the pandemic, I’m waiting even longer to get my hair cut than I normally would. I think it’s now been about ten months since I had a trim, and my hair has been looking a bit damaged because of it.
To prevent unnecessary damage to my hair (and because I don’t enjoy styling my hair), I almost never use hot tools. I put my hair up in a Turbie Twist when I get out of the shower, comb out the tangles, and then let it air dry. I know a lot of people aren’t able to do that depending on hair type, so I’m grateful that mine is so easy to manage! Another thing I do to keep my hair looking as healthy as possible, is to use Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer. It’s a leave-in spray that has ten benefits and can be combed through wet or dry hair.
Product claims directly from Eva-NYC.com
Infused with Argan Oil and Sunflower Seed Oil to give your hair its daily dose of vitamins and nutrients, this multitasking formula does it all: detangles, reduces frizz, strengthens, softens, cuts drying time, adds shine, nourishes, smooths, and protects against thermal and UV damage. With 10 benefits in one spray you’ll save precious drying time AND vanity space.
Other product details
- Price: $12.00 ($6.00 for travel size)
- Net weight: 6 oz. (travel size is 1 oz.)
- Made in USA
- Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
- Safe for color, keratin, and Brazilian treated hair
- Free from sulfates, parabens, phthalates, artificial colors, mineral oil, and gluten
- Where to buy: Eva-NYC.com or Ulta.com
- Eva-NYC.com ships to the contiguous 48 U.S. states
- Ulta.com ships to the entire U.S. and U.S. territories
- Overall rating: 9.2/10
- Ease of application: 10/10
- Benefits: 10/10
- Ingredients: 7/10
- Fragrance: 9/10
- Price: 10/10
Ease of application
This primer spray comes packaged in a very nice spray bottle. There is no cap, but there is a “lock” to easily open or close the sprayer. The sprayer or “mister” delivers a fine spray that makes it easy to apply just the right amount of product to your hair. I focus it mostly on the ends of my hair since my hair gets oily very quickly and this product would make that worse if I sprayed it too close to the top of my head.
Some other leave-in sprays are heavy and leave hair feeling like it has residue on it. Thankfully, this one is very lightweight which makes it easy to distribute through the hair. I usually use it on dry hair that’s already detangled, so I can use a brush or comb. If using on damp or wet hair (which is what Eva NYC advises) right out of the shower, it would definitely be best to use a wide-toothed comb to avoid breakage while detangling.
Eva NYC makes a bold claim with this product, stating that it provides ten benefits to the hair. I absolutely see benefits from this product, but not all ten apply to me.
For example, I don’t need heat protection since I don’t use hot tools to style my hair. On that same note, I can’t speak to the “cuts drying time” claim since I air dry my hair and don’t pay attention to how long it takes (there is only supposed to be a 16% reduction in drying time anyway, which might be too small of a difference to notice).
I’d like to discuss the benefits that I can actually see and feel. I am not denying any of Eva NYC’s claims, but I can only address some of them specifically:
- Reduces frizz: My hair is wavy and does get frizzy often. This spray eliminates frizz immediately! (It’s a very obvious difference since I usually use this product on dry hair instead of wet hair)
- Detangles: During the rare times that I use this spray on wet hair, I do notice that it makes detangling my hair much easier. I really should use it on wet hair more often because it is not easy to detangle my thick hair!
- Softens: My hair is a bit coarse, so it isn’t very soft on its own. When I spray this stuff on my hair, it instantly feels softer!
- Adds shine: I can confirm this claim, too! My hair always looks shiny and healthy when I use this spray.
- Smooths: My hair has a mind of its own and likes to stick out in random places sometimes. This product does such a good job of smoothing it down. No hairspray needed!
I had my husband take photos of my hair before and after I applied this primer spray one morning this week. It’s a subtle difference, but you can see that my hair is frizz-free, smooth, and shiny in the “after” photo. 🙂
This product has a simple ingredient list. It only contains eleven ingredients!
Cyclopentasiloxane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Fragrance, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Hydroxycitronellal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Citronellol, Coumarin
I’ll get the bad out of the way first this time. This product contains seven fragrance ingredients (the last seven listed). That is shocking to me, especially considering there are only eleven total ingredients. Fortunately, this is a product that is applied to hair, not skin. That means that most people shouldn’t experience any irritation from this product as long as it’s not being sprayed onto the skin. People that know they’re sensitive to fragrance ingredients should probably avoid this product.
The third and fourth ingredients on the list are the two standout ingredients that provide many benefits to the hair:
- Argan oil
- Smooths frizz
- Adds shine
- UV protection
- Sunflower seed oil
- Stops hair breakage
- Retains moisture
- Smooths split ends
- Makes hair feel softer
It’s great to see both argan oil and sunflower seed oil in this product since they provide so many wonderful benefits to the hair!
There are two other ingredients in this product that I have labeled as “neutral,” meaning that they don’t directly benefit the hair and they also shouldn’t have any harmful effects. These are both silicones that make the formula more effective:
- Helps the product dry more quickly (I’m not sure if this helps with reducing the hair’s drying time or not)
- Allows the product to spread more easily
- Creates a permeable film which provides humidity-resistance
Overall, I like the ingredients Eva NYC used for this product. I don’t mind the silicones, but I do wish they hadn’t used quite so many fragrance ingredients. On the other hand, I really like the way this product smells so I can’t complain about those ingredients too much!
I don’t like fragrance in my skincare or makeup products, but I enjoy fragrance in my hair products. This primer spray is heavily fragranced. I think it’s a little bit too strong actually (that’s why I deducted one point from this category), but it has a very pleasant scent! It lingers on my hair all day and I like that. I can’t really describe how it smells, but Eva NYC was kind enough to provide information on the fragrance notes:
- Top: Freesia, Plum
- Heart: White Flowers (Jasmine, Magnolia, Gardenia)
- Dry Down: Woody Warm Amber, Bourbon Vanilla, White Musk
If I saw those fragrance notes without actually smelling this product, I wouldn’t be interested. I don’t usually like floral scents. This product really does smell amazing, though!
I think Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer is very fairly priced at $12.00. This price is consistent with other Eva NYC products, and it’s lower than prices of many similar products on the market. I think the full-size bottle is a really good value because it’s lasted me several months. Granted, I don’t use it every day, but I still think it’s lasted longer than similar products I’ve used.
I’ve really been enjoying Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer! It’s my favorite part of my hair care routine. I appreciate that it helps me keep my hair looking healthy even though it’s been far too long since my last trim.
I think this product would be beneficial for all hair types. The only people that probably should avoid it, are those with sensitive skin. I feel like I say that in a lot of my posts. I apologize to all my readers with sensitive skin! I’m sure it can be difficult finding gentle products that are still effective.
Do you use a primer spray or any other type of leave-in conditioner in your hair care routine? I think it’s such an easy step that makes a big difference in the health and appearance of hair. 🙂