I want to share a *NEW* hair treatment with you all. Called Cassia Obovata.
WHAT IS IT?
Cassia Obovata is also known as Senna Obovata. Cassia and Senna are used often interchangeably in botanical texts. Do remember, though that Cassia, which is also called Senna, is NOT the Cassia, which is true Cinnamon. Cassia Obovata, harvested for use in hair, is grown in Egypt and Nubia.
Cassia Obovata mimics henna to a certain extent in that it acts as an ayurvedic hair conditioning herb. It softens the hair and temporarily loosens the curl pattern to allow increased manageability and silky smooth shinier strands.
CASSIA & HENNA THE DIFFERENCE
While henna adsorbs into the cortex, Cassia just coats the hair so it is argued that it is neither truly conditioning nor strengthening. However, with proper research, you can add herbs to the mix that can balance the conditioning and strengthening effects. And that is what I did.
- wooden or plastic bowl
- wooden or plastic spoon
- 5o grams Cassia Obovata
- 1/2 Nupur Henna or Alma
- 2 tsp Hibiscus powder (optional) I use for color
Before adding my oils, I add 1 cup of hot water
- 4 drops Jamaican Castor Oil
- 3 drops Vatika Oil
- 3-4 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
I used the entire 50 grams of Cassia Obovata in this mix. I’ve never used it before and I wanted to see the results. (Naturally before coating my entire head, I did a strand test first).
To mix the Cassia is a bit of a chore. Its starts very lumpy. I suggest stir for little bit, then add your oils, stir again, let the treatment sit for 1 hour, and begin stirring again. I wrapped the treatment in foil, and let it sit over night. The next day the treatment was very smooth, had a yogurt like consistency.
Once applied to my hair, I covered with a plastic cap, and left the treatment in for 4 hours. If you plan on doing on Cassia on your hair, You can leave the treatment in for 1 hour.
After 4 hours of this treatment, I cleansed with a bentonite clay mud wash, and deep conditioned with my DIY Coconut Conditioner. Link here: http://happykinksforever.com/2014/07/09/diy-coconut-conditioner-natural-hair/
After hours of this, I twisted my hair, pinned using a stretching method. once my hair was mostly dry I left it in a twist.
I think the treatment works very well. My hair was left shiny, smooth, and soft. In fact the photo above was styled with no product, just Rosewater. The time it took to mix the Cassia was a bit much. But I think it was worth it. The smell of Cassia is somewhat of a grassy scent, similar to henna. But it didn’t bother me.
Overall, I like the treatment, and will keep it in my regime.
WHERE TO BUY CASSIA OBOVATA?
Prices may vary
Hope you like this post!