They say hair is a woman’s crown and isn’t long hair a woman’s pride and joy? After clear skin and pearly white teeth, most women long for healthy tresses. I’ve always been fascinated and curious to find out about beauty secrets across the globe. So when I came across Chebe Powder – the beauty secret all the way from Chad that promises to give you hip-length hair – I was so intrigued that I set out to find out more. If you are one of those people that believe African women cannot grow their hair past shoulder length then perhaps Chadian women can prove you wrong.
The Basara Arab women from Chad are known to have very long, thick, strong and naturally coarse hair that famously goes down their hips. They credit it not to genetics, but a product that has been passed from generation to generation and that is Chebe powder. Although the Chebe powder has been used for ages by the tribes in Chad and Sudan, it is relatively “new” to the rest of the world.
What is Chebe Powder?
According to YouTuber Miss Sahel who is of Chadian origin, Chebe is a nickname given to the finished powdered ‘magical’ hair product by Chad locals. It is believed that the scientific name of the plant which they refer to as Chebe is called Croton Zambesicus also known as Lavender Croton. It is a tropical shrub grown in Africa, mainly in Chad and Sudan.
While Chebe powder is made of traditional ingredients that are very specific to Chad and Sudan, you don’t have to travel all the way to try this magic powder out. You can buy Original Chebe powder online from Miss Sahel’s store.However, you do have to at least know the procedure to follow.
Besides the Chebe powder, you will need a natural scented oil of your choice and hair grease/cream. You will mix them together in a container. A good example of a scented oil you can try is lavender oil or rosemary oil.
As for the hair cream, Shea Butter will work well. This is because it’s spreadable and easy to smooth onto the hair while locking in moisture.
The next step is to get the hair wet with regular plain water. Thereafter, alternate between applying the hair grease mixture that you just made and the Chebe powder mix until the hair is fully saturated. After some thorough smoothing of the hair with your hands, re-braid the hair. Once the braid is done, wet it again with water. This routine is repeated every 3-5 days.
Take away from this beauty secret.
- Have a consistent hair regimen. If you want healthy, long tresses, you have to be committed to a regular hair care routine.
- Protective styles are important for retaining length.
- If this method sounds familiar, that’s because it’s pretty much modern day LOC (Leave-in, Oil, and Cream) method. Only thing is that they incorporate an extra step which is the Chebe powder.
Here is a vlog by Miss Sahel documenting this beauty secret from Chad and a review below.