Chebe powder, traditionally used in Chad, a country in Africa, is a mixture of cherry seeds, cloves, lavender crotons, stone scent and resin tree sap. The powder appears fine and brown. It has been traditionally used by women in Chad and it helps them maintain long waist length natural hair.
As a leave-in.
For protective styles, chebe powder makes a fabulous leave-in. Follow O’Connor’s tutorial below:
Shampoo and condition your hair as usual.
“Apply your favorite oil or pomade, and spread the powder over the hair,” says O’Connor. After working the oil and chebe powder through the strands, braid or twist the hair.
Leave it for about three days, then reapply the oil-chebe powder mixture directly onto your braids or twists. “The previous treatment should not be washed out. You apply over it,” says O’Connor.
Repeat until your next wash day—just remember to only apply on the lengths of your hair, not on your scalp.
As a hair mask.
To make a conditioning hair mask, here’s what Martey-Ochola suggests:
Mix the chebe powder with water and a lightweight oil, like olive oil or jojoba oil.
Cover with a cap and leave it on for several minutes.
Wash thoroughly with lukewarm water. “Not very hot water and not cold water either,” says Martey-Ochola. The washout is important, especially if you’re applying at the roots: You don’t want the heavy mixture to linger on the scalp.
Shampoo, condition, and style as usual.
As a scrub.
Given its sandy texture, you can use the powder as a scrub, if you choose:
Mix the chebe powder with a lightweight oil until well combined.
Take a dollop of the mixture and rub it onto the scalp in sections. Gently massage—you don’t want to rub too harshly, says Martey-Ochola.
Thoroughly rinse with lukewarm water before shampooing. The rinse is even more important here, as you don’t want to suffocate your follicles with the thick mixture.
Helps hair retain length.
Locks in moisture.
Mildly exfoliates the scalp.
Keeps hair color vibrant.