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My EPIPHANY was the moment I decided to do a ‘strand test’ by tugging hard at several single strands of my hair. I tugged and tugged..neither of them budged 😅. It was at this point that I figured, This. Thing (Chebe). Is. Actually. Working!!!
For a few years now, Chébé powder has been the rave in the natural hair community. The first time I came across/heard about this powder was when I watched a video by Chadian natural hair youtuber, Miss Sahel. I found it deeply intriguing because the women in the video had hair so thick and long it fell all the way to their waists and even their bums!
Even more interesting (and convincing) was, because these women rarely used the powder on the front part of their hair, that section was visibly thinner and shorter.
Because the women rarely use the powder on the front of their hair, that section is visibly thinner & shorter.
What is Chébé Powder and Does It Really Work?
Historically, Chebe has been known to be used for hair growth and length retention in Africa within the tribes of Fulani, Tuareg and Bassara Arab. It is also popular in parts of Northern Chad, which is known to be an arid region. Notwithstanding the dryness of their weather, the women of that region have managed to grow very long hair and this is apparently thanks to the magic of Chébé Powder.
Research and experience have shown that Chébé undoubtedly works wonders on our hair. But the question on many minds is, how?
Simply put, the Chébé powder mix contains natural ingredients – that are highly nutritious to the hair – that allow the hair retain moisture for longer, while strengthening the strands hence significantly reducing breakage.
Think about it, when you experience a significant reduced
amount of breakage, you automatically retain more length and consequently,
grow your hair longer!
Chébé Ingredients and Benefits to the Hair
Ideally, authentic Chébé powder should be made of the following ingredients:
♥ Lavender croton – a shrub also called croton zambezicus. It is roasted, pounded and sieved to make Chebe powder. Lavender croton can be found in parts of Africa like Chad, Gambia, Ghana and Nigeria.
♥ Cherry Plant – also known as prunus mahleb or mahalab
♥ Natural fragrance – like Khumra or Misik incense
♥ Gum Arabic – also known as mastic gum
♥ Cloves – to reduce hair fall and promote hair growth
The combination of the above natural Chébé ingredients work beautifully together by:
- helping the hair better absorb and retain moisture for longer than the regular LOC method.
- naturally conditioning and nourishing the hair while preserving its moisture.
- strengthening and thickening the hair by boosting its density.
- SIGNIFICANTLY reducing breakage and helping with length retention when used CORRECTLY and CONSISTENTLY over a period of time.
Chébé Mix & Application
The methods of mixing and applying Chebe to the hair vary, and are continuously modified to fit into our everyday, urban lifestyle (as opposed to the more traditional application methods in rural parts of Chad).
As long as you understand the basic logic behind Chebe’s purpose which is: ensuring it stays long in your hair such that it is constantly at work while you wear your preferred protective hairstyle like braids, twists, wigs, or even buns; how you apply Chebe to your hair should depend on what works best for you!
Find below a demo of how I very easily apply my Chebe mix and incorporate it into my wash day moisture routine.
Be cautious when applying chebe powder to your hair, it is strongly advised to avoid applying the mix to the scalp as the cloves in it can cause dry and itchy scalp and subsequently, dandruff.
Like I mentioned earlier, there isn’t a single method of mixing and applying Chebe to the hair. Over time, I would put out updated methods of applying Chebe to the hair, to give you guys an array of options such that you can select what works best for you.
Trust you found this post helpful. Leave your comments or experiences with Chebe powder – if any – below so we can share some knowledge 😉
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❀ L O V E & L I G H T ❀
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1 WHAT’S IN CHEBE POWDER
2 CHEBE POWDER INGREDIENTS
3 CHEBE POWDER BENEFITS