Natural highlights of hair color like ash blonde hair or other lighter hair shades can be made radiant with Cassia Obovata. Cassia Obovata is a green powder like henna, but unlike henna it does not deposit any color if left on for short time periods. Cassia Obovata is an excellent conditioning herb, also known to help with the hair loss. Cassia Obovata can be mixed with other herbs as Amla, Shikakai for conditioning and other health benefits to hair & scalp.
According to Wikipedia, “Another Senna, Senna italic a ssp. italic a (= Cassia obovata), often called "neutral henna", is used as a hair treatment with effects similar to henna but without the red color. The active component is an anthraquinone derivative called chrysophanic acid. It adds a slight yellow color.”
The yellow color is left when the Cassia Obovata (Senna) made into a paste and is left on the hair for long periods of time. That why various shades of blonde hair, like ash blonde hair and golden hair gain beautiful natural highlights.
Cassia Obovata (Senna) will naturally condition all textures of hair, adding luster and supple definition. It is also known to improve scalp condition and eliminates dandruff. If you have is ash blonde hair, golden blonde or gray hair, it will brighten and add golden hues and natural highlights (depending on length of time the paste left on your hair). If you have dark hair color, it will not lighten your hair, but you will still reap the deep conditioning benefits found in pure Cassia Obovata (Senna). Cassia Obovata is also safe to use on relaxed, bleached or dyed hair.
Cassia Obovata is REALLY Cassia Obovata –Not “Neutral Henna
Cassia Obovata is also called Senna (Senna Obovata). There are over 400 species of the Cassia Obovata plant. The ground powder is made from harvested, dried leaves of the Cassia Obovata plant. Although it has various medicinal uses, this powder is often used to condition, thicken, define natural highlights and color the hair. Lighter hair color like ash blonde hair, golden hair and others naturally benefit from this plant.
Look at the 2 pictures to the left of this sentence. The image on the left is a drawing of the Henna plant. The image on the right is a drawing of the Cassia Obovata plant. Quite a difference, don't you agree?
Cassia Obovata or Senna is an herb that is frequently marketed by several companies as “Neutral Henna”. Of course this questionable marketing practice causes much confusion to the consumer. As noted above, Cassia Obovata has a number of beneficial properties that help condition and soften the hair. However pure Cassia Obovata is not Henna or made from the Henna plant as is the case with a genuine “Neutral Henna” powder mixture.
The staining and conditioning properties of Cassia Obovata or Senna (similar to Henna staining and conditioning) might be one of the reasons it is often marketed as “neutral henna”.
Please Don’t Get Confused:
Genuine “Neutral Henna” from Saba Botanical of USA is not Cassia Obovata (Senna) –or vice versa.
Be assured that, when you buy Cassia Obovata (Senna) from Saba Botanical of USA, it is called: "Cassia Obovata" (Senna). It is not called, “Neutral Henna”. Saba Botanical’s “Neutral Henna” is called: Lustrous Henna® Neutral.
Lustrous Henna® Neutral does not contain Cassia Obovata (Senna), but is in fact made from the stems of the Henna plant. (First ingredient: Lawsonia Inermis). This is combined with other beneficial plants and herbs that also promote healthy hair conditioning and growth.
As you might have noticed above, there is no “neutral henna plant”. At Saba Botanical of USA, “Neutral Henna” is a natural powder mixed from the henna plant, along with other naturally beneficial botanical ingredients. The ingredients of Lustrous Henna ® Neutral sold by Saba Botanical of USA are as follows:
Lawsonia Inermis, Aloe Vera, Bacopa monnieri, Eclipta alba, Accacia concinna, Punica granatum.
Therefore, if you have lighter hair color (ash blonde hair, golden blonde, etc.) or darker hair and want both pure all-natural Cassia Obovata (Pure Senna) and genuine Neutral Henna to improve the condition of your hair, buy them from a reputable source: Saba Botanical of USA.
For More Information on Cassia Obovata, read the following article:
Author: L.J. O'Neal, writer and researcher. (L.J. is also a Lustrous Henna® user.)
©2012. L.J. O’Neal. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
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