Instead of relaxers ever 6-8 weeks, this is what fills my time during that period
No I’m not dying my hair green (though it’s a good color on me, don’t you think?) I’m using a treatment called Cassia Obavata, also called “neutral henna” or “senna” in many circles.
Here are a few facts about Cassia:
- Smells like freshly cut grass
- Possible anti fungal and antibacterial properties
- Adds a slightly yellow or golden color to grey or blonde hair
- Has no effect on color for darker hair
- Conditions and strengthens hair
- Adds shine
Ok that last part I’m not so sure about. If you’re natural, more than likely your hair will have “sheen” but not “shine” and that’s just the way it is for me, but I still love my cassia.
When I originally checked this out, I saw a brand called Rainbow at my local grocery store selling “Neutral Henna”. Well I know that cassia is not really henna, but that it’s often called that, so I looked on the ingredient list only to see one word: henna. Hmm….
So I held on to this jar of “henna” for a long time. I inquired on the various hair boards about it and even sent an email to the company to ask them if there were any additives, if it would make my hair fall out,..you know, stuff like that. I recieved no reply and then decided it was best not to use it.
Recommended by many of the hair board henna/cassia fantatics, Mehandi.com was where I ended up going for high quality cassia obavata. They even have forums and great information on both henna, indigo (dyes the hair black), and cassia. Henna gives the hair a reddish tint and, when mixed with indigo and cassia, can create a combination of lovely colors.
I, however, am not interested at this time in a color change so I’m sticking with just cassia for now. But if you are thinking of changing hair colors, please consider these all natural plants instead of commercial hair dyes.
I’ve been buying the 100mg packs and one pack has usually been enough for my hair. However, with this latest application I can see that I need more as I did not get as much coverage as I would like. There are a lot of different ways to mix your Cassia. Here is my recipe:
- 100 mg of Cassia Obovata
- 2 cups of chamomile tea
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1tbsp of olive oil
- 2 tbsp of yogurt
The consistency should be yogurt-like and it’s quite messy when putting it on, so make sure you wear an old t-shirt during application. Unlike henna, it should not stain your hands or other things, but it’s still pretty sloppy looking stuff
You should use this on clean hair to get the maximum benefit. I apply it to very small sections of hair making sure to cover from root to tip. Cover with a plastic cap, grocery bag, whatever and leave on at least an hour. When rinsing it out, it may take a thorough, long washing to come out, especially if you use a brand where you can see twigs in the powder (Mehandi usually does not have this).
I would not recommend shampooing again though I know some people do that. For my hair, that leaves it bone dry and very unhappy. If I still notice residue, I just conditioner wash it after I’ve thoroughly rinsed with warm water and then a deep conditioner as usual.
My hair always feels dry after a Cassia treatment, so there has to be a moisturizing DC afterward. There is a definite difference in the feel of my hair, especially after multiple applications. My tresses feel stronger and thicker. Some ladies claim that it loosens the curl pattern as well. You can do treatments as often as every 2 weeks if you choose to.
Cassia is not for everyone, but I would recommend trying it at least twice before giving up on it.
Here are some good threads/sites for henna/cassia information:
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