DIY Deep Conditioner for Long Healthy Hair | Cassia Obovata

It’s been over a year now of me using cassia treatments to strengthen my fine hair and add shine. I’ve gained both length and fullness! I absolutely love it and I want to share with you how I use it.

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What is Cassia?

According to wikipedia, In India, it is used to produce a dye known as “neutral henna”. [It] is easily distinguishable through its many distinctive features. In India, the leaves are used as a dye called neutral henna or “blonde henna” to make the hair look glossy, but it seems to have a yellowish impact on hair rather than the reddish one produced by henna. 

This is a fantastic option for someone who wants the benefits of henna, without the hassle of color, which can stain whatever it touches when you are treating your hair. Treating  your hair with henna, can be thought of as a super deep treatment. I use it once per month.

How to Make it

This video details how to make cassia. Once you are done making the treatment, you can also add an additional amount of off the shelf conditioner, other oils, or even honey. It is really up to you.

How to Apply it

One cassia has been mixed, cool, and oils added, you can apply to your hair.

  1. Work with freshly washed hair, dry or damp (I prefer damp).
  2. It’s best to apply to hair in sections.
  3. Apply liberal amounts of cassia to hair from about 1″ away from your roots all the way to the ends of your hair. Since your ends are the oldest, it’s most important for those to be covered. I stay 1″ from my roots, because it is difficult to get cassia rinsed off the scalp.
  4. If you have curly hair, loosely twist each section after apply cassia.
  5. When complete, cover hair with a conditioner cap.
  6. Cover cap with a towel to trap heat.
  7. Leave on for 2-4 hours. I’ve tried over night, but it’s really too long, and more difficult to rinse.

How to Remove it

  1. Hair will be stiff from treatment at this point, so do not manipulate. Instead, run hair under running water for about 5  minutes to loosen some of the paste from your hair.
  2. After 5  minutes, gently rub hair to remove all of conditioner, and when the water runs clear, it should mostly be gone.
  3. Last, follow up with a conditioner to remove any last bits of the cassia, and to provide additional moisture.
  4. Last, style hair as usual!

How to Store it

Store in a freezer safe bag, and defrost several hours before using.

Natural Hair Products | My Favorites List

As a part of my healthy hair series, I am sharing my favorite hair products. I use all of these regularly and have for a year or more now. Check out this video as I give a brief review of how and why I use them. Also check out the list below if you miss anything in the video.

  1. Jojoba oil
  2. Unrefined coconut oil
  3. Olive Moisture Mask- Komaza Hair Care
  4. Anti-Breakage Mask- Shea Moisture
  5. Healthy Hair Butter- Carol’s Daughter
  6. Cassia Obovata
  7. Conditioner- Tresemme Naturals