An important part of my long hair care is to regularly use Cassia for hair. Cassia is a plant-based powder, made from the tree Senna italica. Using it as a hair treatment regularly has helped me immensely to grow my hair to hip length. So today I want to share with you what exactly the so-called “neutral henna” can do for your hair. And the exact way I use and apply it.
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Benefits of Cassia Obovata for hair
Cassia is like a natural conditioner for your hair. It will leave your locks more shiny, fuller and stronger. Some people also report it helps with their dandruff. Basically it has the same effect as Henna, just without the coloring. Nice, right? Another big plus of Cassia Obovata are the properties. Because of it’s ingredients, it has antibacterial and antifungal effects.
Cassia for hair growth
Cassia itself does not contain any active components to stimulate hair growth. That being said it will still be a very beneficial factor in your journey to longer hair. At least it was for me! Let me explain this a little.
For many people the biggest problem when growing long hair is not the speed of the hair growth. If you are healthy, it will be between 1-2 cm (0.4-0.8 inches) per month. Nothing much you can do about that. The reason why some people’s tresses are not gaining any length is simply breakage. Rubbing on clothes, being dry… There are many possible reasons for your hair breaking off at the tips. And this is something that Cassia helped me with greatly. My hair is hip length now, so the tips have seen numerous years come and go. Still, with the strengthening through Cassia they became stronger and more resistant. Thereby my tips break less and my hair can keep getting longer.
Cassia hair dye
While Cassia is also called “neutral Henna” it is not a hair dye like the real Henna. It has one active component though, that might give your mane a slight yellow-ish tint. On darker hair it will almost be invisible, on blonde hair you might notice it. Don’t worry about it too much though, because it will wash off. Other than Henna, Cassia does not bind permanently to the hair. One word of warning though: Be careful if you have dyed hair already, the results might be unpredictable!
Cassia Obovata on gray hair
The strongest effect of the gold-coloring component becomes visible when you use Cassia Obovata on gray hair. As the base color is very light, it can easily be changed. Many people try to change their gray or white hair to a golden blonde with Cassia. As I personally do not have any experience with that, I can only tell you what I heard from other people about it. Supposedly, there will be a golden shine to your hair if you do a Cassia treatment regularly. It does wash off though and will not have the same effect as a golden hair dye.
My Cassia hair treatment
When I get ready to use Cassia for hair, I first make sure there will be a few hours in which I don’t have to leave the house. (Yes, this is a hair treatment you want to leave on for a few hours.) Then I collect my ingredients:
– Cassia powder* (about 150 grams or 5.3 oz)
– hot water (just not boiling anymore, 350ml or 1.5 cups)
– a few drops of oil
By the way, Cassia for hair is strengthening, but can also have a little drying effect, hence the additional oil. I usually use Camellia Seed oil*, but any oil your hair likes will do.
Now I mix all the ingredients in a bowl till I get a mustard-like consistency. Make sure to work slowly, as the powder starts out quite dusty!
Once the mixture has cooled enough, I start applying it with a paintbrush to my hair. This way I don’t get the green cream under my fingernails and can still distribute it evenly. And then it’s already time to wrap it up! Wrapping your hair will keep the heat in and intensify the beneficial effects of the Cassia treatment. Just make sure to use an old towel, because it will get stained!
The hardest part of using Cassia for hair
The recommendation is to leave the mask on for at least an hour. If I have the time, I actually sit with it for several hours. And then comes the hardest part of the whole treatment: Washing it off. If you have ever used plant-based hair treatments like Henna or Amla* before, you know what I’m talking about. It will take quite a bit of water and patience to remove all the little globs of Cassia. Some people help it with a little bit of conditioner, some just put their head in a bucket of water and swing it around a few times. Whichever way you do it, once this last big step is done, you can start admiring your shiny and freshly strengthened hair!