Cassia May Be Your Answer To Correct Damage From The Elements And Manipulation

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Yeah as I write this it’s the Christmas season; a time usually associated with merriment. Whether you are transitioning, just did your big chop or simply seeking a healthier alternative to caring for your relaxed tresses, you probably have your hands full trying to figure out how to enjoy the festivities of the season, look fabulous for every event on your calendar and still ensure that you see to the health of your hair.

After putting in so much mental effort and making as much progress as you have, it would certainly be a shame to see all that you’ve accomplished become undone because of those sub-zero temperatures.

So even while the buzz of all the excitement sets in, if you are serious about maintaining healthy thriving hair, you must safeguard against damage from the elements and manipulation.

This can be quite a balancing act at this time of the year so perhaps to put your mind at ease a little you may need to be a bit more proactive that just throwing on a hat and running out the door. In fact, a hair treatment that fortifies and moisturizes might just be what the doctor ordered!

Earlier this month we explored the benefits of Cassia Obovata. This post looks more closely at how you might be able to benefit from treatments by making a mix suited to your needs and adding it to your regimen. We will also explore recipes that you might be interested in trying.

Cassia Treatments


The great thing about cassia treatments is that they are so versatile and can be customized to suit each individual. If you know what your hair likes and what it requires, then you can go ahead (with some light research) and throw some things together to create the perfect mix for you.

Cassia Obovata is an ayurvedic powder that is lighter than henna. The powder might be really fine or a bit grainy depending on what part of the plant was ground to produce the powder but the benefits are the same.

It is not as permanent as henna and can be done once per month or more often if you prefer. It produces no buildup on hair when used and it can be mixed with other powders to enhance it’s benefits.

Usually when mixing ayurvedic powders, it may be best to mix the powders in their dried state before adding your binding agents, but if you’ve already got a mix sitting in your freezer there is nothing that says you can’t thaw it and mix it with a fresh batch of paste.

There are numerous recipes for cassia (so much so, that they all cannot be contained in this post). You might choose to mix the powder on it’s own with just warm water or with herbal teas, coconut water or even coconut milk.

If you are a fan of essential oils or have a specific hair butter you want to use, go ahead as long as it addresses your hair’s need for strength or moisture (it helps to know which you would like to focus on for each treatment).

Originally posted 2013-12-06 15:00:02.

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About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing. After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing. After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

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Comments

    1. Marsha Buchanan Post author

      Hi Shaquilla, and that’s correct; Cassia. It is also called senna or neutral henna because it mimics the benefits of henna, except, it is from a different plant entirely.

  1. Pattie Armstead
    Pattie Armstead

    I always use coconut milk. Once I used apple cider vinegar with henna it dried my hair out so bad I had to cut three inches off. That’s hen I decided to go natural.

    1. Marsha Buchanan Post author

      Hi Tamora ,
      Thanks for reading. A cassia treatment aids in strengthening your hair as well as moisturizing your strands. It is ggreat for filling in the gaps in damaged hair to prevent breakage. It works like henna except it is not permanent and it does not colour dark hair.

  2. Marsha Buchanan Post author

    Hi Adri’Ana,
    Thanks for your show of interest in the article. You may be more inclined to use water that is not warm and there really should be no issues with that either.Some person’s are know to use cold water, some substitute other things for the water such as orange juice, coconut milk, or a brew of black or green tea. I think the premise that warm water should be used has to do with either of two things:
    1. It allows things to be thoroughly combined and allows the lumps to work themselves out as the mix sits for about an hour
    2. The cuticle tends to open up a bit more in warm temperatures. This would enhance the absorption of the strengthening properties in the mix.

  3. melissa

    When it comes to henna, cassia or alma where can I find it? I usually stick to grocery and drugstore for hair products. Is this something that I need to run to a local market for?

    1. Marsha Buchanan Post author

      Hi Melissa, you can find them in your nearest local Indian grocer or order at mehandi.com or hennasooq.com. Both stores offer high quality products and fast delivery.

    1. Marsha Buchanan Post author

      Hello Jessica, you can often find Amla and other ayurvedic solutions at any Indian grocer or you can order online from hennasooq.com or mehandi.com. The delivery times are fast especially in and around the US. Customers have received their products within a day or two of placing their orders and international orders take 12-18 business days.

  4. Ascelyne Darbonne
    Ascelyne Darbonne

    I also add Brahmi to my conditioning pack. I use shikakai powder instead of shampoo. I recommend doing an oiling prepoo on damp hair to prevent dryness when using herbs.

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