|This is my hair over a year ago|
I've used amla powder as a natural but it wasn't until my relaxed journey that I have been an avid user of cassia obovata and henna. Cassia Obovata generally has the same properties as henna, except it deposits a subtle gold colour on dark hair instead of a red/orangey one. Though I love using Ayurvedic herbs on my relaxed hair I hate how dry it leaves my hair no matter what I do to combat it.
Why This ProductMy initial reason for using this was for maintenance of of my chemical highlights (16 months old now) and to enhance the strength of my hair. In addition to these things I hope it will contribute to:
- Strand thickness
- Conditioning (smooths cuticles and protects it)
How I Used It
I don't use set measurements but this is my new mixture composed of the following ingredients in order of quantity:
- Organic Cassia Obovata
- Henna Sooq's Sukesh Ayurveda
- 50/50 Aloe Vera Juice & Warm Green Tea (distilled water or filtered water are good substitutes)
- Hibiscus Powder (enhances red tone and conditioning)
- Burdock Root Powder (conditioning)
- Hemp, Olive & Wheat Germ Oil (ceramides)
- Essential Oil (I used Jasmine)
I mixed all together until smooth and creamy and allowed it to sit for a few hours. Because I decided to make this in advance, I froze it and left it for a couple weeks. I store mine in an old yogurt container.
|My frozen mixture (what's left after usage)|
- Pre-pooed hair the night before with Hemp Oil and DIY oil mixture--Let the cassia defrost overnight
- Hair is soft the next day, allowing for easier detangling and slip
- Applied cassia paste to dry hair in sections. Usually I would apply on damp, freshly washed hair.
- Wrapped hair in plastic bag and allowed it to sit for 2 hours
- Followed with intense wash-out process using cone-free (Nature's Gate) conditioner
- Shampooed scalp with Kenra Clarifying Shampoo
- Deep Conditioned under hair steamer with Bee Mine for 35 mins
- Rinsed and applied Nature's Gate conditioner for 2 mins before rinsing that out with cool water
- Let hair air-dry
- Finish off with DIY oil blend and Darcy's Smoothing Cream
Final ThoughtsI am convinced that if my mixture was simply water+cassia, it would pretty much feel the same way. I think these 4 points are the real difference.
Overall, I think cassia obovata is a great product that I will continue using for blendability and shine.