The Strengthening Ayurvedic Treatment – Cassia

Cassia Tree

Fellow blogger,and now Type F editor, strawberricurls did a great review of another ayurvedic treatment with Cassia. Remember we love ayurvedic treatments and have several post about it

What is Cassia Obovata?

  • Cassia obovata is a plant with a golden-yellow dye molecule
  • Cassia Obovata makes your hair shiny, healthy and strong.
  • Cassia will make bleached, damaged blond hair thick and silky.
  • Cassia will restore youthful golden color to dull or graying blond hair.

Cassia obovata powder looks very much like henna powder, but generally does not stain hair or hands. It is an excellent conditioner which makes hair glossy and thick, with a healthy scalp. When you mix this green leaf powder with warm water, it has a strong smell similar to a heap of warm mowed grass. If your powder stains your hair or hands yellow, it probably has some rhubarb root mixed into 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. Just in case you weren’t confused enough already. For the purposes of this page, I’ll refer to Cassia/Senna as Cassia.

Cassia Obovata, harvested for use in hair, is grown in Egypt and Nubia. There are about 400 species of cassia around the world. Many of these species are used in folk medicines, as antifungals, antibacterials and laxatives, and were recorded in 9th and 10th century Arabic pharmacopoeia. Several Cassias traditionally used to cure fungal and bacterial infections have been tested and found to be highly effective against many microbes and fungi. The antimicrobial substance these cassias have in common is chrysophanic acid, an anthraqinone. Rhubarb root also has chrysophanic acid. Chysophanic acid, in its pure form is yellow, and if it is in high concentrations in rhubarb root or cassia, it may stain hair and skin yellow … thus it is often used in “blonde henna” (which is not henna, and is not blonde!)(Source)

 

Well I guess you’re wondering why all the scientific mumbo jumbo? I wanted to give you a background on why I choose to stop using Henna and started using Cassia. I don’t want the color deposit anymore. If I can still do my Ayurvedic treatments without the color ~daps off~….that’s wussup.

I loved the Cassia.  My hair needed some serious strengthening properties because I had moisture overload… I HAD MOISTURE OVERLOAD!

Please note: This has NEVER happened to me before? Mind you, moisture overload is not any better than protein overload; it’s actually just as bad. But the fact that my hair was holding so much moisture had me really excited. Still not a good thing if your hair is popping: /

Strawberri Curls Mixture:

  • 1 bag of Cassia
  • 1 Egg (for an extra shot of protein)
  • Water (Originally Lemon or Green Tea)

Usually you are supposed use something with acidity such as lemon juice or green tea but I didn’t have either one around at the time so I just used water. It worked out fine.

First, I clarified my hair so that it could be absorbed into my hair easier. Once I applied the treatment, I left it in for about 5 hours. Afterwards, I rinsed it off with conditioner, deep conditioned and slept with the deep conditioner overnight. When I awoke the next morning, I rinsed out the deep conditioner and styled.

My hair was full, stronger and felt wonderful! I bought it from Butterz – N – Bars. I bought 100g (1 bag) for $6.99. Use the coupon code “STRAWBERRICURLS” to get 10% off your order too!

FYI: I am not for sure when this expires.