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Smoothing Primer

  • Formulated with exclusive Hi-Gloss Technology™ for incredible shine
  • Infused with Apple Cider Vinegar and Quinoa Protein for smooth, sleek hair
  • Salon quality primer helps smooth and tame hair while restoring its natural radiance

New! Take your hair routine to new levels with our exclusive Hi-Gloss Technology™ that boosts shine 5X*!

Infused with conditioning Apple Cider Vinegar, Quinoa Protein and Tea Tree Oil Hydrosol, our professional formula helps close the hair cuticle, remove product buildup, and balance scalp’s natural pH without stripping your hair. Maiden Hair Fern, Wild Thyme, and Great Burdock help invigorate the scalp while Jojoba boosts radiance, leaving hair soft and shiny.
Apply before or after shampoo/conditioner as a primer before styling, or use alone in between shampoos as a root rinse to freshen, cleanse, and deodorize scalp and hair.

*Tested on hair tresses when used in combination with Desert Essence Smoothing Shampoo, Conditioner and Primer compared to hair treated with sebum. Results may vary.

6.5 fl oz


Please note that Desert Essence is in a packaging transition. There is a chance your products will arrive in the older package instead of new. Please know that we assure you it is the same great formula with effective results.

Smoothing Primer is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beach hair or super smooth shine I’m SO happy I found this at Sprouts. If you apply to dry hair and leave in you get a lot if volume and a tousled beach hair look, if you apply it and let it absorb over night and wash in the morning you will get the softest smoothest hair you’ve ever had! Love this magical serum!!
Date published: 2019-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ONE OF THE BEST THINGS I'VE EVER USED ON MY HAIR. This product is amazing. It was actually its purely gorgeous packaging that caught my eye, striding towards the register. I am *so* glad I noticed it! That super-pretty label was a magnet. The Primer itself, is a healing, yet also energizing joy to behold. Please Desert Essence: Never, eVer discontinue this. <3 Twenty stars.
Date published: 2019-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect primer Bought this at a local health store when I wanted something more natural with less fillers for my hair. I use it all the time and it’s wonderful. It helps tame my frizz when I blow dry my hair and helps protect against heat damage. Very happy with this stuff!
Date published: 2019-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing !!! I bought this recently just to try something new out for my scalp .. and I love it !!! It makes my scalp and hair feels soooo clean and it gives my dark black hair an amazing shine to it! If you have a sensitive scalp I recommend just leaving it on for a minute only then rinse out.
Date published: 2018-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Refreshing and Makes Hair Shiny I have tried this out after shampoo/conditioner and alone. I prefer using it alone as a refresher in between shampoos. I can now wash my hair once or twice a week which is really helping the health of my hair! Their is a slight ACV smell, but once my hair dries its gone.
Date published: 2018-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from did not know I needed this I did not know that I needed this...until I used it. thought it was a hyped up extra product to clogged up my bathroom but lemme tell you...changed my hair
Date published: 2018-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for in-between washes! I'm trying to shampoo my hair less, but I can't go a day without washing my hair with something. I use this in between shampoos and it works great! Leaves my oily hair feeling soft, clean, and smooth.
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for No-Poo folks! I had no idea what to expect from this as I knew I'd be using it "off label" - well, sorta. There are directions on the bottle to use as a cleaners between shampooing, which is basically how I use it. After using the coconut conditioner as a co-wash, I use a little of this, let sit and rinse. Works great and feels nice and clean thanks to the tea tree oil in it.
Date published: 2018-05-10
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Mineral Oil
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Renewable Sources


Water (Aqua), (Apple Cider) Vinegar, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe), Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Water, Glycerin, Heptyl Glucoside, Cocoglucosides Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Panthenol (Provitamin B-5), Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Thymus Serpyllum Extract (Wild Thyme), Adiantum Capillus-Veneris Leaf Extract (Maiden Hair Fern), Arctium Lappa Root Extract (Great Burdock), Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil*, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil*, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil (Lavandin)*, Laurus Nobilis Leaf Oil (Bay)*, Menthol, Coco-Glucoside, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil*, Cedrus Atlantica Wood Oil (Cedarwood)*, Glyceryl Oleate, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil*, Cetrimonium Chloride, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil (Ylang Ylang)*, Capryl Glycol, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Leaf Oil*
*Certified Organic

Multiuse Applications
For all applications:
Apply to wet hair and scalp. Using the bottle tip, create small parts in your hair and apply product. Gently massage. Leave in 1 to 2 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

Before Shampoo:
Use for a deeper scalp and hair treatment to optimize shampoo performance. Can be used on wet or dry hair.

After Conditioner:
Use as a Primer for your styling ritual.

In between shampoos:
Use as a hair and root rinse to freshen, cleanse and deodorize scalp and hair.

Avoid contact with eyes.

Color variations in product may occur due to natural ingredients.