Cassia (Senna / Neutral Henna)
The fine consistency of the Cassia powder forms a creamy paste without creating any clumps. Thus, it proves easy to apply and rinse out of the hair.
Cassia, or neutral henna, is used to give the hair suppleness and shine. It does not affect the natural colour of darker hair. It is, however, suitable for revitalising blonde hair and conjures golden nuances on grey hair. Cassia should not be applied to naturally light blonde, sun-lightened or bleached hair!
The plant powder helps to strengthen the hair by wrapping itself around the hair shaft, thus increasing its diameter. At the same time, it minimises the damage that has been caused by chemical treatments.
- Mix the powder with boiling water until a yoghurt-like consistency is formed.
- Other powders can be added to the mixture.
- Dryness may occur after having used Cassia powder. This can be counteracted by adding some oil after the oxidation process has occurred. The sensation of dryness - with or without the addition of oil - will disappear after approximately 1 day.
- Allow the mixture to set for 20 minutes.
- Apply to dry or slightly moist scalp using light, massaging movements the distribute onto the lengthens of the hair.
- Leave on for 20 - 50 minutes then rinse thoroughly.
- Use a mild or diluted shampoo or conditioner on the hair if needed.
- Mix Cassia with lemon juice instead of water to accentuate blonde tones or lighten the hair ever so slightly.
- Leave on the hair for a maximum of 2 hours.
- Cassia can revive blonde tones and add delicate golden hues to grey hair.
- Cassia can also be mixed with henna to tone down red shades and to maintain light copper shades.
- Cassia Obovata
INFORMATION ABOUT HERBAL HAIR COLORS & POWDERS
When using herbal hair colors and powders, some basic things to consider are:
- Herbal hair colors to fit like a film around each hair, which is why your natural hair color significantly influences the results.
- Dyeing a test strand is strongly recommended!
- Using plant-based dye on chemically colored hair can lead to unexpected results. Again, make sure you sample color a test streak!
- Bleached or lightened hair is very responsive to herbal hair colors and powder: the colors could be more intense or could react with the chemical color to produce a green, blue or even purple color.
- Basically it is not recommended to use the natural dyes with bleached or lightened hair as the color results could have extreme deviations
- Please visit a competent hairdresser familiar with herbal hair colors if you would like to use the dye on bleached or lightened hair.
- Herbal hair colors cannot make your hair lighter or bleach it. Only chemical colors can lighten your hair color.
- Plant powder hair colors such as Senna, Cassia, Jerusalem thorn, etc., are simple to use and require no special measures.
- When dying chemically treated, permed, or chemically dyed hair, make sure to test a strand of hair first!
Herbal hair colors and powders should be mixed only in a bowl/ with utensils made of glass, ceramics or wood, as these natural products react with metal and can therefore lead to undesired color results.