By Oluwatofunmi Bamisile
Chebe powder for hair growth is a treatment that has been used for some time among Basara Arab women in Chad, a Northern African country, Niger, Northern Nigeria, South Sudan, and parts of Ethiopia, Cameroon, and the Central African Republic. Chebe powder is an invention out of necessity. Women use it as a means to maintain their hair to prevent it from breakage.
The women of this tribe apply this treatment to their hair, braid their hair in protective styles and then go about their day. It is important to recognize the dry climate of these places and how it can affect hair growth for these women. Chebe powder is a mix of croton (referred to as shébé seeds from the Croton zambesicus plant), mahleb seeds (Prunus mahaleb), clove, and acacia gum (samour resin).
Chebe powder stops hair breakage and dandruff, increases the hair volume(fuller),it also retains moisture and makes the hair shiny, soft, easy to detangle hair and the consistent use aids hair growth.
- Chebe treatments are messy. Take precautions to protect the area that you will be working in by using sales papers or plastic bags. Cover your countertops, rugs or floors and wear clothes you do not care about. But you could also use the hair cream or hair butter in order to avoid the mess.
- You will have to mix your Chebe Powder with an oil or butter.
- A little bit of Chebe goes a long way, avoid being heavy-handed or it will be hard to rinse out.
- Do not apply the mixture to your scalp, it is meant to be applied to your hair.
Chebe should be correctly in order to achieve the desired results.
To use as a Pre-Shampoo hair mask: Mix equal amounts of Chebe with an oil of your choice (like Karkar oil, castor oil, even shea butter) until it forms a paste. Apply the paste to wet hair only along the shaft of the hair. Cover hair for at least 2 hours. Rinse thoroughly. Continue with your wash routine.
As a leave in: Mix a little quantity of Chebe with any essenctial oil (like Karkar oil, castor oil, even shea butter) until it forms a paste. Apply the paste to wet hair only along the shaft of the hair. Make into sections, either braids or twist leave it for 4-5days before washing it out.
Perform a patch test with the product in a small section following these steps prior to putting it to use on all of your hair.
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