Around mid-Sunday afternoon I decided that I should probably start my wash day if I didn’t want to go to work with an old, fuzzy high puff. I was going to grab my jar of Lush’s Jasmine And Henna Fluff-Eaze Hair Treatment but my hair didn’t feel super dry and the stuff ain’t cheap so I opted to DIY my hair mask. So glad I did because the cassia mask I mixed up was JUST what I needed without realizing it.

What’s In My Cassia Mask

  • Cassia obovata
  • Aloe vera powder – 2 tablespoons
  • Bhringraj powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Hibiscus powder – 1 tablespoon
  • Haitian black caster oil – 1 tablespoon

Benefits

Cassia obovata

  • Known as “neutral henna,” cassia obovata behaves in much the same way as henna but does not require time for dye release and can be used right after it’s prepared. While it may dye light colored hair and grays with use, it won’t dye dark haair.
  • Strengthens hair
  • Adds shine
  • Anti-fungal, astringent and antibacterial properties help treat dandruff

Aloe vera

  • Adds moisture
  • Conditions hair

Bhringraj

  • Treats dandruff
  • Prevents premature greying
  • Promotes hair growth
  • Reduces hair loss and shedding

Hibiscus

  • Strengthens roots
  • Balances pH level of the scalp

Haitian black castor oil

  • Rich in ricinoleic acid and omega 6 and 9 fatty acids
  • Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties help treat dandruff

I purchased all the herbs used in this mask from Henna Sooq and the black castor oil from Kreyòl Essence.

Application and Results

Before applying cassia to your hair, I do recommend that you apply it first to your skin to test for any allergic reactions. I’ve used cassia in the past, so I plowed on ahead without worrying about any adverse reactions. To apply the mask, I sectioned my hair and sprayed each section with water. I’ve found that it’s world’s easier to apply henna/cassia/clay masks to damp hair rather than dry hair. Work smarter not harder, eh?

I once I’d coating my hair and scalp, I tucked my hair into a plastic cap and left the mask in for about 2.5 hours. After rinsing out the cassia mask, I applied Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner and worked it through my hair to finger detangle and remove any traces of the mask left over.

After rinsing, my hair feel great – stronger yet still soft, my little curlies popped clumped nicely, and bye-bye itchy scalp. I feel like I’ve done myself a disservice by not using ayurvedic masks/herbs more frequently. Aside from this mask and henna, I’ve been using an herb infused oil I made for nightly scalp massages and hot oil scalp treatments and there has been a drastic change in the amount of shed I hair after detangling. Woop!

I finished up my wash day by deep conditioning with Shea Moisture’s Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Treatment Masque for 30 minutes under my Hot Head Conditioning cap. I really dislike the fragrance of the Manuka Masque because strong perfumes/fragrances trigger migraines for me and this one borders just on the line, just gotta make sure I apply this in the big bathroom with the door open. Fragrance aside, this Masque gets the job done and is my current staple deep conditioner. My hair was sooooo soft after rinsing it out.

I wrapped up by applying Mielle Organices Pomegranate & Honey Leave In Conditioner and Mielle Organics Pomegranate & Honey Twisting Souffle and set my hair in twists for a twist out. I had THEEE best defined, soft twist out the next day. I posted these quick pics on the JGA Instagram page yesterday and told myself I was going to take better ones later on, but the way a monster of a migraine I knocked me on my butt yesterday, all I could managed was throwing on my satin bonnet before I become one with my bed so that my twist out would live to see another day.

Related Post: Twist Out with Mielle Pomegranate and Honey

Be on the look out for more ayurvedic hair care posts and my infused oil!

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