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Colouring Your Hair Strawberry Blonde With Cassia and a Henna

13 CommentsThursday, 3 May 2012  |  Tricia

Soaking something acidic, such as lemon juice, into Cassia powder brings out a yellow/blonde dye. When you mix this with even a very little bit of henna you can get a strawberry blonde shade, or redder tones in the blonde.

1. Gather together the ingredients

Organic Cassia Packet and Bowl of Powder

2. Mix the Cassia and Henna with lemon juice or lemon juice and water to a smooth paste the consistency of yogurt:

Mixing Cassia and Henna

3. Cover with biodegradable cling film and leave to soak to allow the dye to release for 8 to 12 hours:

Cover the paste

4. Put gloves on. Cover the floor and protect your clothing from drips. Divide your hair into sections and apply the paste section by section in the same way you apply henna paste.

Cassia and henna paste on hair

5. Cover your hair with a shower cap or with plastic wrap and leave this on for 1 to 2 hours. Rinse out and condition your hair as usual.  

Below are before and after pictures of using cassia with just one small teaspoon of henna.

Before colouring (left) the hair is light and mousey with grey. 3 days after colouring (right) you can see how well the grey hairs have been covered:

If this is the first time you are using cassia or henna, do a strand test first.  Be careful not to use too much henna as only a tiny bit of henna has a strong effect on the cassia.

These dyes cannot lighten your hair, so to acheive strawberry blonde your hair must already be a light colour.

We sell very good quality certified organic henna here and cassia here... The full instructions are included in the package.

 If you have any questions you can ask Tricia a hair dye question here...


Sunday, 6 October 2013  |  15:53

Hello. With one of the before and after pictures it said they used yoghurt instead of lemon juice. Does this work the same way? Do you leave it for the same time? Do you put it in the fridge? Thank you.

Sunday, 11 October 2015  |  12:21

I think they meant yoghurt like in consistency, not that they used yoghurt

Wednesday, 21 October 2015  |  15:19

You can mix Cassia with yoghurt instead of lemon juice because it works as an acid liquid to activate the yellow colour in Cassia. It is confusing because it is mixed to the consistency of yoghurt too!

Saffina Kauser
Friday, 27 June 2014  |  21:13

Hi Tricia,

I have purchased henna from you before and have absolutely loved it. I have very dark brown hair and the henna just gives it a subtle red shine in the sun.

What effect would using Cassia powder in the mix have on the end colour. I understand it won't lighten my hair at all but can it make the red tones stronger?

Also I usually use around 200g of henna on all of my hair what proportions should I use in a henna and cassia mix?

Thank you in advance!

Friday, 4 July 2014  |  12:23

Hi Saffina
If you mix cassia with henna it will dilute the colour on the henna. If your hair is very dark and you mix a lot of cassia with your henna, then the colour may not show up on your hair.

If you are already using henna on your hair this will give you the shine and volume, so you dont need to use cassia as well, unless you want to have a less strong red colour.

Thursday, 3 September 2015  |  5:59

Hi there, I have chemically highlighted hair and I'm naturally dark brown with these highlights to disguise the grey coming in. Not only is this too expensive I also have an allergy to hair dye and this is the reason highlights only. Can you advise if this goes on to grey areas will it lift them into the coulour shown as they're light areas . Also are cassia and henna allergenic ? I'm assuming you know some henna can carry ppd if not pure ... if I order here will he henna I order is totally ppd free? I really like the look of this colour as a highlighter to the grey I'm getting.

Saturday, 27 June 2015  |  21:11

Hi, I am a dark blonde and would like to get subtle red tones. How much cassia and henna did you use, as in, what were the proportions?

Wednesday, 9 September 2015  |  20:47

Hi, Cassia will not lighten your hair. You can get a blonde effect on grey/white hairs though. This can give the impression of highlights if the rest of your hair is naturally light coloured. If the rest of your hair is dark then the light blonde of the cassia on grey/white hairs may not show in contrast to your dark hair. None of our henna, cassia or any of our other products contain PPD.

Amira El Tarouti
Saturday, 22 October 2016  |  17:09

Hello, I have just received the cassia leaves i ordered from Suvarna and have a few questions. (A) will steeped chamomile tea mixed in with the cassia produce a blonde effect on the whites? (B) how long does it take for a strand test to show the colour this mix would produce? Thank you

Thursday, 3 November 2016  |  19:26

Dear Amira
It is best if you mix the Cassia with an acidic liquid to get the blonde effect. Chamomile does not give a very strong effect and it washes straight out with the next wash.
When strand testing you leave the paste on the strand for as long as you would if it were all over your hair. I would expect that you see the effect of cassia straight away after washing the paste out of your hair.

Friday, 27 January 2017  |  19:55

This is long but I must share my distress! I am SO grateful for this article. I am hoping if I order from you, you give the exact amount for this tutorial that produced this color.
Growing up I was auburn and in the summers my hair would lighten to a strawberry especially the ends. When I got older I moved to a sunny location and then my hair would be all year, the strawberries color that was reserved more for my summer in the sun tint with the ends now even lighter to an almost butter platinum. I saw my first greys at 16 and they never really bothered me intermingled with the red. But then as I went more grey after kids, it seemed that the hairs that were not yet grey (but previously red ) turned a dark and dull, an almost ash color. Mousey is the word you used!! Ugh so awful I must also mention I had health issues and was on numerous medication and I am guessing that was reflected in my hair (texture, brittleness and color) I could not figure out what to do with my hair. Because it was always such a lovely range of shades almost a natural ombre..I could not figure out how to color my greys without darkening the entire head (because of the now drab non-greys) Dying would eliminate it's multicolor trait. So I just let it go.
Now my roots are 1 inch of white shortly after that is a lot of silver and the rest is like a golden red (what is left of the natural red).
Because of my health issues I refuse to use dye. Henna was a perfect solution and cassia was the perfect way to dilute or tone down the I ♥ Lucy Red. I just could not figure out how to get started without ending up with clowny colored roots. I am now much more used to a much lighter red (and roots) IF those pics are your after...Your after is so perfect to color my roots without color shock. It will also color the grey strands that are throughout the redder part of my length without darkening them.
Can you please tell me 1) If the exact instructions for this tutorial (amount of henna and cassia that was used here for this result) comes with the purchase? 2) If you ship to the states? Thank you Thank you. I look forward to your response!

Wednesday, 1 February 2017  |  19:34

The colour above was achieved by mixing 80g of Cassia Powder with half a teaspoon of Organic Body Art Quality Henna, and soaking the mixture overnight in lemon juice. The paste was then applied to the hair and left on for two hours.
On your hair this may turn out different as the resulting colour would depend on your initial hair colour. If you have have a lot of solid white it would be more orange than this where the white is. The best thing to do is to try a small area, strand test before putting it all over your hair to avoid an unwanted colour.

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