Neutral Henna

Cassia Obovata

This is commonly known as neutral henna, but it isn’t henna at all. The leaves contain yellow resin pigment and it is well known for its conditioning and restorative properties.

PROS

Cassia Obovata is 100% natural and very inexpensive. It conditions the hair and makes it very soft. It takes less time to mix, because you don’t have to wait for the dye to release. It can be applied and rinsed out after 30-60 minutes. It does not stain like henna, so gloves are optional during application. Cassia Obovata also provides most of the same wonderful characteristics as henna without depositing noticeable hair color on dark hair.

 

This is excellent for those that do not want red hair. It does not loosen the curl pattern in the same manner that henna can. I never had an issue with Cassia straightening my hair. If you dislike protein treatments, it is a good choice for strengthening your hair. It makes the hair feel thicker, smoother, and provides a great sheen.

 

CONS

The effects of Cassia Obovata are not permanent like they are with henna. It will only last for approximately 2-3 weeks. You will have to continually maintain it in your hair care regimen in order to enjoy the benefits long term. It is not as strengthening as henna and it will deposit a yellowish tent on the hair if your strands are gray.

 

Which one should you use?

If you are hoping to naturally color your hair a reddish color (and have not previously used hair dye) then henna is going to be the choice for you. Just be aware of the potential for dryness or loss of curl definition, and be sure to avoid stains.

If you want the benefits of a natural conditioner, without depositing color onto your hair, then go with Cassia Obovata.

Cassia is colorless, meaning that you will not get any alteration in your hair color when used according to our instructions. Its power lies in its ability to cover of the hair shaft which, enhances the natural power and beauty of your hair. The most common benefits you will get from its use are:

 

Adds volume that can last up to 2 months

Adds extra shine, providing you with luxurious-looking hair

Makes your hair feel and look thicker

Deeply conditions and protects your hair

Strengthens hair strands by filling in the damaged pockets in the follicles

Acts as a base for our Light Blonde Henna

Elongates curls, giving hair more definition and length

Besides those benefits, our neutral henna is a non-toxic conditioner. This is a key property if you want to maintain a clean lifestyle. In today’s day and age, conditioners are full of chemicals like silicones, which along with other chemicals can damage your hair and scalp in the long term. Neutral henna can bring you more benefits than those claimed by commercial conditioners

There are certain benefits which it holds

•    Gives natural shine to hairs
•    Conditioned the hairs
•    Doesn’t change the natural color of hairs
•    It helps in getting healthy haris
•    It soothes the scalp
•    It has calming effect
•    It is a non toxic deep conditioning agent
•    It gives lasting effect
•    It improves the natural texture of your hairs
•    It treats the scalp
•    It is also known for having antifungal and antimicrobial property

Apart from this properties and uses this form of henna is very cost effective. Cassia obovata is also known as clear henna, white henna, senna or colorless henna.

 

History :

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 were not 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

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