I have compiled all my research into this article and will expound on it as more information on chebe powder becomes available.
In this article, I’ll cover chebe powder benefits, chebe powder ingredients, how to use chebe powder and where to buy authentic chebe powder.
Chebe powder originated from a tribe in the Chad Republic. The women from this tribe have very long hair and attribute this to the chebe powder.
Below are some pictures of the women from this tribe:-
What is Chebe Powder?
Chebe powder first came into the limelight when a blogger from the Chad Republic, Miss Sahel, discussed chebe powder and its origins.
Chebe powder is derived from a plant known as Croton Zambesicus (Lavender Croton).
This shrub can be found all over Africa especially the Gambia, Ghana, Nigeria, and Burkina Faso.
My mother grew this plant back home and used it for herbal treatments back in the day.
If you live in these regions of Africa, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find chebe powder.
Another plant chebe powder can be derived from is Croton Gratissimus (Lavender Feverberry).
This plant is found mainly in the southern part of Africa. The plant is roasted, pounded and sieved to obtain the chebe powder.
5 Chebe Powder Benefits
1. Chebe Powder Moisturizes Hair
Chebe powder moisturizes and conditions the hair. It also strengthens the hair and helps lock in moisture for longer.
2. Improves Hair Density
Chebe powder can also improve the density of fine hair and give hair an appearance of thickness over time.
3. Chebe Powder Nourishes Follicles
Chebe powder is an all-natural powder that’s derived from natural plants and herbs with properties that nourish the follicles.
4. Helps Hair Retain Moisture
If your hair has a hard time retaining moisture, chebe powder could be especially beneficial in this regard. It locks in moisture for longer.
5. Chebe Powder is Type 4 Hair’s BFF
Chebe powder is fantastic for type 4 hair. Though recommended for 4 hair, it should work for type 3 hair as well.
Chebe Powder Ingredients
Chebe powder consists primarily of the following ingredients:-
- Lavender croton
- Prunus Mahaleb (Cherry plant)
- Misic – used for fragrance
- Mastic gum
- Sudanese Khumra Perfume oil
However, some sellers include additional ingredients to make the powder work faster.
Due to additional ingredients included, I highly recommend doing a strand test a few days before full application on your hair.
If you are pregnant and or nursing, you may also want to exercise some caution with using chebe powder.
How to Use Chebe Powder
Chebe Powder Application Method 1
- Apply water to the hair followed by chebe powder. An appropriate oil or pomade is then layered over the chebe powder.
- After working the oil or pomade through the hair, braid or twist up.
- After 3 – 5 days, the treatment is repeated without washing out the previous application.
Chebe Powder Application Method 2
- Another variation of this is mixing 100 gms of your favourite hair oil with 100 gms of your favorite natural butter. Add 1 teaspoon of chebe powder and mix thoroughly. I also highly recommend Arewa Hair Styling Oil, a great combination of plant oils formulated to promote long-lasting hairstyles, definition and seal in moisture.
- To use, apply the mix to wet hair before braid up or twist up.
I use grapeseed oil and sweet almond oil for this recipe but plan to try out argan oil and emu oil later on.
This should work very well if you’re wearing your hair under a wig. For practical everyday purposes though, I’m not sure how well this would work.
I would also recommend not applying this to your scalp. It may cause breakouts and clog the scalp after repeated applications.
Where to Buy Chebe Powder?
It’s available in 10 gm – 50 gm packs. Since you’re using only 1 -2 teaspoons at a time, this should last you for a very long time. Buy from Amazon HERE.
Some companies also have sample sizes that you can test out before investing in the full-sized product.
Chebe USA also produces a pre-mixed chebe powder paste available HERE.
This chebe powder paste contains chebe powder, ostrich oil, tallow, rosemary, lavender, and peppermint essential oil.
If you’re keen on DIY though, you can easily buy the chebe powder and mix your own paste at home.
Try out on a small patch of hair for a few days before applying to your whole head.
I expect some form of chebe powder shampoos, deep conditioners, etc to pop up over the next few months or years once everyone gets on this.
Can Chebe Powder Make Hair Grow Faster?
Do not be deceived by all the buzzwords online about chebe powder. This powder cannot make your hair grow longer or faster.
However, what it can and does do is help you retain moisture and make your hair stronger and less prone to hair shedding and hair falling.
If you pay attention to the hair care regimen of the ladies from Chad, you will see that low manipulation is one of the things to note.
They apply the powder, braid up their hair and go about their business.
The age-old advice of keeping manipulation to a minimum is very clear here. Their diet may also play a major role in length retention.
If you also take a closer look at the pictures, they seem not to have prominent edges.
This may be due to wearing the same hairstyle repeatedly and pulling hair into braids over an extensive period.
This is my analysis and it could be something else. However, wearing a tight hairstyle for an extensive period of time is the main reason I suffered hair loss in 2012/2013.
Using herbs for hair care has been around for centuries and these hair regimens offered a very low manipulation lifestyle, which is the main reason for long and healthy hair.
For more on using herbs for hair care, read Ayurvedic Treatment for Hair Loss.
Have you tried chebe powder? Share your experience in the comments section.