Chebe Powder

The history of Chebe – (pronounced shea bay)

Chebe Powder is popularly used by women in Chad who are known for having hair past their waists. They make a chebe powder past paste and work it into their hair, which keeps the hair moisturised which stops it from breaking. The main ingredient used in Chebe Powder is derived from a plant known as Croton Zambesicus (Lavender Croton), a shrub which can be found all over Africa especially the Gambia, Ghana, Nigeria, and Burkina Faso,the powder also has other ingredients such as Mahlaba seeds, Missic resin and cloves. The benefits of using Chebe Powder on your natural hair include, strengthening hair, minimizes breakage, aids in moisture retention and aids in length retention.


There are a variety of ways to use Chebe powder, it is best used on damp hair.  It works well for curly hair and most other types of hair, see recipes below.


Measure four heaping teaspoonfuls of chebe powder and put it into one of the bowls. Add three teaspoons of coconut oil and five teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil to the second bowl. If you chose different essential oils,  feel free to use them during this step. Put the oil mixture in the microwave for 30-40 seconds. This will melt the coconut oil and make it easy to mix with the powder. Pour the oil into the bowl with the powder. Mix all of the ingredients with a spoon. Be careful to stir down to the bottom of the bowl, as the powder may settle. The powder should have the consistency of runny applesauce. If the mixture is too thick, add more olive oil or coconut oil. If it is too thin, add more powder.


Powder may be mixed with Shea butter or a carrier oil and applied to the lengths of hair. Not suitable to use on the scalp as this may block pores. The Chebe mix can be left on the hair for up to 2 weeks in a protective style like braids. It is recommended to wear a bonnet or hair covering so as not to damage your clothing and linen.


Put the Chebe powder into an old stocking, sock, piece of muslin or cloth and soak in 250ml of boiling water for 24 hours.  Essential oils such as Bergamot, Lavender, Rosemary, Chamomile, Clary Sage and Lemongrass amongst others may be added with a drop or two of glycerine. this mixture is then poured into a spray bottle and spritzed onto the hair (preferably damp) and then dried as normal.

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