I've ordered from Henna for Hair and it's good--
What are your best sources? I want to shop around a little--
Ha, this is funny, I just cassiaed last night!
I use herbco.com. Here's the link to the cassia page.
It's $3 for one pound of senna (which is cassia). One pound is 454 grams. They sell it for intestinal problems, not hair, so that's why there is the price difference.
It is a slightly coarser grain than the hair stuff, but it's also extremely fresh, and full of chrysophanic acid. I've never had any difficulty washing it out.
The only problem is that there is a small order fee for orders under $20. So, you want to stock up-- or get some spices or teas for your kitchen.
After I posted this, I was looking for something else and remembered this site:
and checked them out--they sell the same cassia you order (senna alexandria, I think) for $3-something per pound--and I went ahead and ordered it and was going to "experiment" and report back.
(I could also get a pound of Earl Gray tea for $6--much better than the $2-something for 1 1/2 oz in teabags from Walmart!!)
Good to know you're using similar and having good results; I can't WAIT to try it out!! I have a small amt from hennaforhair that I used this morning; no great results yet, but I'm going to do it again in a few weeks.
I also just ordered a pound from herbco.com. After hearing good things on the cassia thread I have high hopes. It's so much cheaper then H4H.
Interesting! I had problems with the fine sift of H4H, I wonder if herbco.com's henna mixes are coarser as you say their cassia is? The prices are very good!
link to the henna information page.) It does sound like it may be BAQ (since they mention body art), but I'm not sure. The senna is still not very coarsely ground (it still will blow around a bit when you are pouring liquid in), but it does sound like it is coarser than the stuff from H4H or mehandi. I have a picture of the powder somewhere, let me look...
Here it is! This is cassia powder, about 2 tablespoons, IIRC. Hopefully this gives you an idea of the roughness...
I would get the henna myself, to try it out (and let you know about it), but I have FIVE pounds of cassia, and I'm only just about to finish the first pound bag (which did 8 treatments). So unless I see a bunch of other herbs that I want to try out, I probably won't be ordering for quite some time!
I do remember that you and your husband were having coughing problems from the fine powder, so I'm sorry I can't help more!
Last edited by chloeishere; July 26th, 2008 at 09:39 PM. Reason: Forgot to paste cassia picture link. OY!
chloeishere- I got more then just the cassia from herbco.com, I got some oils and tea and stuff, spent more then $20 so no fee. Not sure what the fee is for orders under $20 but 400 grams from H4H is $34 so unless the fee is incredibly high I would think you would still come out better with herbco.
Henna at herbco-
I just looked and they do sell henna leaf powder, 5 kinds. black, blond, red, chestnut, and neutral. I clicked on the description and it doesn't say what it is mixed with.
Thanks Chloeishere for the photo! It does look a bit coarser and hopefully would be OK! I am curious to try it...
Jeni, they do list what is in their mixes, just scroll down towards the bottom of the page. For example on Henna (Black), they list: "A blend of: Lawsonia inermis (86% and Indigo (17%)" And Blond is "A blend of: Lawsonia inermis (97%), Rhubarb (1%), and Lichen (2%)".