Could an all-natural African herb powder be the key to booty-length locks? Well, sort of, according to the Basara tribe of the country Chad. Chebe is made of ingredients that include shébé seeds (from the Croton zambesicus plant), mahllaba soubiane seeds, missic stone, cloves and samour resin. The powder has been used for years and years, but only recently made it to the states. So, really, what is chebe powder and how does it work? Keep reading for everything you need to know!
Before you dive in, it’s important to note that the reddish-brown powder is mixed with water and is likely to stain if it touches fabric. You’ll probably want to wear gloves, and you definitely want to apply to bare skin or while wearing clothing you don’t care about.
It’s Especially Popular Among the Afro-Textured Hair Community
According to Allure, hair types ranging from 3A to 4C are most likely to benefit from the powder. The powder “could weigh [the hair] down,” the outlet explains of why looser hair textures should probably steer clear. Because chebe powder is a heavy mixture, it could potentially cause breakage in fine hair, depending on the formula.
Calling It a Growth Powder Is Misleading
What is chebe powder? Well, we’ll tell you what it isn’t. Many people refer to chebe powder as a growth enahncer, but that’s literally impossible because hair grows from the root and chebe is applied to the strands. The powder does, however, help with length retention due to its pH balancing and moisturizing properties. The ability to prevent breakage also allows for hair to grow longer, and the inclusion of resin coats the hair and can make it feel fuller.
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