Chebe powder: the key to perfect hair? Everything in this articleBeauteHerins
Have you ever heard of chebe (or chébé) powder? This product was made popular in 2017 by a youtuber named Miss Sahel. In a video, she shows Chadian women, with thick, waist-length hair, applying chebe powder to their hair.
This is the beginning of the chebe phenomenon. Many people around the world are turning to the magic powder that is said to work miracles on the hair. There are also many products based on the famous powder : chebe butter, chebe oil, etc. You must know that there are many ways to take care of your hair. Does chebe really make your hair grow? We tell you everything in this article.
What is chebe?
Chebe powder is a hair care product that has been used for thousands of years by women in Chad. It is made of a mixture of herbs including the grains of Croton zambesicus (or croton of zambese) called “chebe” in Chad. Chebe is in fact the main component of this mixture. It inspired the name of the chebe beauty ritual practiced by the women of the nomadic tribes of Chad, reputed to have long and healthy hair.
Chebe and hair growth: how does it work?
Contrary to what is said everywhere on social networks and elsewhere, chebe does not make hair grow strictly speaking. Hair growth (i.e. hair that grows from the small bulb located under the scalp) is largely linked to your hormones, your DNA (I feel you a little disappointed, but not so fast! Read the whole article). So you have no control over your hair growth but…
You can control its retention! How? By maintaining the length of your hair and avoiding breakage, 2 very common problems for people with frizzy hair. We often have the impression that our hair doesn’t grow, but in reality it does grow… but it also breaks, especially at the ends.
This is especially the case when the hair is not sufficiently moisturized and when you use too much heat for drying and styling your hair. As a result, there is no change in length, what has grown in is also lost.
That’s where chebe comes in: it deeply moisturizes the hair and helps prevent split ends and breakage. Since it prevents hair breakage, it also helps retain the hair’s length, giving the impression that the hair grows faster…
So, in the end, chebe helps to maintain the length of the hair.
Here’s what you need to remember: the key to having long hair is to increase length retention to keep the hair growing.
How do I use chebe powder on my hair?
There are several ways to use chebe powder. First of all, it is recommended to perform a test on a small part of the hair before applying it to the whole hair.
The traditional way
– Mix about 100 g of your favorite cream with about 100 g of vegetable oil of your choice (coconut oil, castor oil, jojoba oil, etc.) and a teaspoon of chebe powder
– Separate the (clean) hair into several sections
– Moisten hair with a spray bottle
– Apply the prepared mixture to the entire length of the hair, avoiding the scalp, then apply the hair powder. Alternate the 2 until the hair is saturated
– Make protective braids and moisten hair one last time.
– Repeat the operation every 3 to 5 days.
This method is the ancestral method used by women in Chad. It is laborious and messy, and therefore, not always adapted to your lifestyle. That’s why there are other ways to apply chebe to the hair.
Other ways to apply chebe to the hair
An easier and less messy way to use chebe is to :
– Mix chebe powder with vegetable oils and butters of your choice (enough to cover all your hair)
– Separate the hair into several sections
– Moisten the hair
– Apply the prepared mixture to the entire length of the hair, avoiding the scalp
– Leave on for at least 2 hours and then shampoo
As mentioned before, there are derived products on the market that are easier to use: chebe oil and chebe butter.
How to use chebe oil on hair?
Chebe oil is obtained by soaking chebe powder in an oil or a mixture of oils of your choice. Simply apply it to the hair and massage it well. It can also be used as a pre-poo. The benefits of chebe oil on the hair are the same as those of the powder: moisturizes, prevents breakage and repairs split ends.