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My Chebe Powder Experience

by Evenes Ruth Mafupa
Chebe Powder
Chebe Powder

Chebe Powder

I heard about Chebe Powder for the first time, early last year, in 2018 and I didn’t even know what it looked like and had never set my eyes on it. A lady that comes to our natural hair salon, Nashe Hair Studio, often asked us to stock it and she vowed not to get it from any way else. She wanted to get it from us.  Let me brag a bit here. Because of our amazing service when it comes to natural hair products and online shopping, our clients sometimes, literally beg us to stock some product brands. Another customer actually told us that she knew where we could order it from in bulk but she preferred dealing with Natural Moisture when it comes to natural hair care products. How awesome is that?

So, since we didn’t know nothing about Chebe, Google is our friend. We researched and found out the crazy hype that was going on about the Chebe powder. After being natural for a good 8 years now, I have seen these hypes come and go and really, I thought this was one of those and did not pay too much attention to it. After watching the videos of those women from Chad, I was only thinking of the fact that their hair was obviously of a looser curl than ours and who knows, it’s probably in their genes to have long hair. For real, to me it was just a craze that would pass. But when I used it, my views were quite swayed. Maybe it’s not all in their genes after all. And according to Miss Sahel, the hair along the hairline is not long because they do not apply the Chebe powder to it. However, all the hair that has Chebe applied to it, has less breakage. This I understand. However, my question here has been the hair growth cycle  that everyone has genetically determined. If mine is 2 years, the length can never get to that of a person who has 6 years in the growth phase. However, arresting breakage is a big step in growing longer hair. At the average 6″ of hair growth a year, in 2 years, a person should have about 12″ of hair if there is no breakage. And in 3 years 18″. Wow! Let me not get too carried away.


As months went on, some clients started bringing it with them to the salon to have their hair braided after applying it. That is when I managed to see, feel and even smell Chebe for the first time. These clients also told us of the amazing results that they were getting since thy started using it and that aroused my interest even more. Their hair looked super healthy. Although some of the hair was quite tangled and I blame that on how they were applying it to their hair, all in all, the Chebe powdered hair looked strong and healthy. I had to try this Chebe powder thing. And I did.

A bit of background. If you are living on mars, you probably need an introduction to Chebe Powder. Well, in July 2017, Miss Sahel posted a video on Chadian women and how they use Chebe powder and why it is a secret to their long hair. If you have not seen the video, well, you can watch it here. Miss Sahel Chebe Video. And looking at the lengths of hair these women are dealing with, you can understand the craze. However, I would like to clear some things before we get carried away. Chebe powder is not applied on the scalp so there is no way it can make your hair grow faster. It is supposed to arrest breakage because it is applied on the hair shaft.

What is Chebe powder

Chebe Powder

Chebe Powder

Chebe powder is actually made of a number of ingredients with the main ingredient being Lavender Croton which is what is called Chebe or Chewe in Chad. Another type of the shrub is also called Lavender Gratissimus and grows in most parts of Africa, in Zimbabwe it is known as Gunukira. The Chadian women then grind the Chebe seeds mixed with cherry kernels, Mastic gum, clove and some perfumes to make what we know as Chebe Powder.

And that is what we sourced for and in no time, had it delivered to us, straight from Chad. At a huge cost of course. That is how we started selling Chebe powder and that is when I had a chance to try it on my hair as well. Which was late last year. And now, I am telling you my experience.

I have used Chebe powder for about 5 times to date and I do it the busy natural way. There are a number of ways that one can use Chebe powder. You can do it to the book like what Miss Sahel shows in the video or apply it more or less like a hair mask which you will rinse out later or do it like I do. Mix it with my sealing products and leave  it on my hair for the week.

How I use Chebe powder.

Chebe mixture

Chebe mixture


1 Tbs Chebe Powder

1 Tbs Nashe Organics leave-in conditioner,

1/2 Tbs Nashe Organics Unrefined Shea butter

1 tsp Karkar oil or any oil of choice. At first I  used to use castor oil.

I mix all the ingredients together in a small container or jar and then, after my hair is washed and conditioned, I apply the Chebe mixture onto my hair as I do African threading to stretch my hair or some twists. I keep them in for about a week and then wash my hair and re-apply the mixture. That’s it.

Chebe mixture

Chebe mixture comes out more or like this.

My experience with Chebe powder.

What I have found out though is that, making the Chebe mixture, saves me so much time in the application process. I am a real sucker for quick tricks to get my hair done in the shortest time possible. In this case, I just need to apply one thing to my hair and that is the mixture. My leave-in conditioner is water based and that keeps my hair moisturised through out. The Shea butter and the oil also help with sealing the moisture in and helping Chebe powder to stick to my hair for longer. How cool is that? Instead of applying the water, then then Chebe powder and then the oil and, and. I’m getting tired just writing about it. After applying the Chebe mixture, I do chunky twists, chunky braids or African threading and then I leave it on my hair for about a week before taking it out, washing and repeating the process. I normally wear a cap, a wig or if my twists are neat enough, I will leave them out.

covering up for African threading

covering up for African threading

Afro Wig

Afro Wig

My results from using Chebe powder.

Not sure if my hair growth can be attributed to Chebe powder but yes, my hair has grown so much sometimes I’m even shocked it is this long already. Not much thickness I’m afraid. It is still the way it was before when it comes to that. However, I have noticed way less breakage and my hair is relatively softer after taking out the twists. And the only thing that I can attribute that to is the Chebe mixture. I have noticed as well that Chebe powder and my scalp are not exactly friends. This does not come as a shock though. When I was doing my research about Chebe powder, I read that there are some people, like me, who have sensitive scalps who may trigger dandruff if the Chebe gets to their scalp. This I noticed was the case with me when I applied Chebe powder and then did flat twists which I know now was not a good idea. My scalp got so itchy it was not funny. I had to take out the twists prematurely and wash my hair. So if you are like me and have a sensitive scalp, then you may want to take precaution and not do styles that will transfer the Chebe powder on your hair to your scalp. All in all, I am happy with Chebe powder.

hair growth with Chebe powder

hair growth with Chebe powder

Have you used Chebe powder? What do you mix it with, if you do mix it with something? I may want to try your combination sometime. I would also like to read of your experience with Chebe powder or Karkar oil. Let’s have a conversation.





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Aquillina 24 April 2020 - 12:49

Interested in trying

Aida 13 May 2020 - 11:30

Thank you so much for the post

What would happen if i use chebe as Deep Conditioner instead, to wash off in that moment? Is it a waste? Would you think you’d require much more?

Evenes Ruth Mafupa 26 May 2020 - 21:08

I think it would be a waste but if that’s all you ca do, why not. A lot of people apply chebe powder only overnight or for the weekend and wash it out so that they don’t have a lot of explaining to do to their work mates about the chebe particles in their hair.

Meni_Special 27 May 2020 - 22:38

Pls my hair is nt 2 short bt its short…its lyk wen u cut ur hair 2months ago nd it grows back dats hw it is…xo pls hw du i mix and apply the chebe on th hair coz i go 2 wrk 2

Evenes Ruth Mafupa 28 May 2020 - 18:02

It may best to hold off chebe powder until it is longer and you can braid it.

Dee 6 June 2020 - 16:10

Very well put article. I came to read this because I’ve been contemplating on Chebe as with rice water, which proved VERY positive by the way. Enkosi I think I’ll give it a go.

Evenes Ruth Mafupa 17 June 2020 - 14:43

Great. Thank you for your comment.

Ziyana 20 June 2020 - 18:45

Hi Eve

I think I’m going to use chebe because I’ve been giving up on my hair because of breakage and not growing longer. So this could save me ..and this could break this myth that says only people with strong hair , grow hair long. Nathi as light hair people could boost . ☺️

Alicia 4 July 2020 - 22:34

I want to be a distributer of chebe where can I get it in south africa?

Evenes Ruth Mafupa 27 July 2020 - 10:57

Please send email to sales@natmoisture.co.za

Esther Adefala 8 July 2020 - 18:08

I had the after effect of Chebe powder. I applied it on my hair for three days with twists. I washed off after day 3 with shampoo, deep conditioning and braided my hair afterwards. Day 6 my hair is itching so bad with a lot of dandruff. Pls what do you advise for the dandruff to go away.

Evenes Ruth Mafupa 27 July 2020 - 10:59

I am sorry you had to go through that. Wash your hair more often and stay away from long term protective styles for now. Get a dandruff shampoo and heal your scalp first. But, you will be fine.

Niccole Ogarro 16 July 2020 - 07:32

Where can I purchase Chebe? I am having a very difficult time in findind authentic Chebe to purchase. I would love some assistance with website information to purchase this product.

Johanna Bapela 16 July 2020 - 07:57

Hi Eve
I’ve lost my hairline n I’ve tried many product to regain it but I had no luck.Do u think chebe can help me?

Evenes Ruth Mafupa 27 July 2020 - 11:02

No it will not. It’s not a scalp application product. If anything, it may make it worse. Email sales@natmoisture.co.za for advise on what you can do and apply.

Marilyn 19 July 2020 - 20:03

Hi, i have a problem with my hairline especially, i cut it short thinking the hairline would grow back but it still hasn’t. I want to grow my hair again, do you think the chebe powder will help my hairline grow back? Thank you for the help

Evenes Ruth Mafupa 27 July 2020 - 11:04

No it will not. It’s not a scalp application product. If anything, it may make it worse. Email sales@natmoisture.co.za for advise on what you can do and apply.

Bongiwe 21 July 2020 - 04:38

Hi Eve,

I started using Chebe powder 2days ago… my hair was already braided and I’m a bit worried that it might not work. My plan is to take off the braids after a month because the lady that sold it to me said the longer you leave it in the hair, the better the results… my main concern was the smell, I was so embarrassed at work when my colleagues kept on asking about it …luckily some of them know the product

Evenes Ruth Mafupa 27 July 2020 - 11:06

I don’t know how it will work since your hair is braided already. However, when I use chebe powder/butter, I apply it on the hair, which makes my hair stay soft, moisturised and when I remove the protective style, my hair does not break that much.

SHIRLEY 3 December 2020 - 03:15

Please do tell – WHAT does it smell like? Did your co-workers smell it just from sitting/standing beside you?? PLEASE share more details. THANKS

Evenes Ruth Mafupa 14 December 2020 - 18:27

It does not smell too much especially when mixed with Shea butter. I did not smell anything after a while and unless someone is trying to sniff out your hair, it should not bother anyone at all.

wandi 24 August 2020 - 10:48

Hi Ruth I want to stock these products and start to sell to ladies in my neighbourhood, how can I visit you

Evenes Ruth Mafupa 6 September 2020 - 11:44

You can email sales@natmoisture.co.za and we can arrange from there.

Sindi 27 August 2020 - 08:10

Hi I would to know if Nashe Chebe Butter has the same benefits of using your own mixture of Chebe powder with karkar oil? I have bought the butter

Evenes Ruth Mafupa 6 September 2020 - 11:45

Indeed it has with the added benefit of water, conditioners and Shea butter added to it.

Mavis...RSA 16 September 2020 - 13:30

I used chebe powder it’s 2 months now on my very short hair.First time I leave it for 7 days and I noticed a very big difference,my hair felt strong and full.I order again from this lady but the chebe powder was different from the first one.I applied it and it also works wonders.My concern now is to get authentic chebe powder and I think you can be helpful.Im selling it also but it’s totally a different powder……plz help.

Evenes Ruth Mafupa 26 September 2020 - 17:52

You just need to have a trusted supplier and master on how it smells. Then you will not go wrong.

Rhonda 23 January 2021 - 09:50

I used Chebe power on my hair for the first time and it changed my hair color. I have silver Grey hair in the front of my hair and now it is a copper color. What can I get my hair color back. I don’t like that it change my hair color. Please get back with me ASAP!!!!

Evenes Ruth Mafupa 25 January 2021 - 10:43

Hello Rhonda. This is the first time hearing of change of hair colour after using Chebe powder. What did you use it with? Which oils did you use it with? Does your hair retain the copper colour even after washing it?

Eastlene 21 September 2020 - 15:00

Good Day my is a bolt whole on my right side, and my haur is very short, my hairline is also
very bad. please help what can i use

Evenes Ruth Mafupa 26 September 2020 - 17:54

You can use the hair grow scalp balm. It encourages hair to grow healthier.

Eastlene 21 September 2020 - 15:06

My hair fall out a blot whole on my right side, my hair line, also dont grow, I have
used Chebe now for 3 weeks but it dont help, please help what can I use, for that problems

Evenes Ruth Mafupa 26 September 2020 - 17:55

Make sure the hair is well moisturised at all times, also, use the Hair Grow Scalp balm. You can also email me for more support.

Reeree 2 October 2020 - 16:25

I just tried chebe and ambunu. My hair cut so much but I’m willing to give it another go as it was mostly my highlighted part of the hair that came out.

Is this something that’s bound to happen. Maybe it’s taking out the dead hair or something. Because all that hair fall freaked me out.

Evenes Ruth Mafupa 16 November 2020 - 15:17

Indeed. If you highlighted your hair or bleached it, it tends to break off.

Reeree 2 October 2020 - 16:30

Also, do you have to moisturize during chebe treatments (in between days) and what’s the best go to thing, should one have to.


Evenes Ruth Mafupa 16 November 2020 - 16:41

You don’t really have to if you do the treatment every 5 days.

Hertestine 24 December 2020 - 02:09

do you sale the Nashe organic Chebe powder

Evenes Ruth Mafupa 15 January 2021 - 12:36

Yes we do

Judith 11 January 2021 - 11:44

After I applied the mixture on my hair people complain about the smell, what do you think I can do to reduce the smell

Evenes Ruth Mafupa 15 January 2021 - 12:38

Try not to use too much chebe powder and also mix it with a product that smells really well.

Eniola Adeyemi 7 March 2021 - 02:11

I believe it’s not necessary you mixed chebe powder with kaikai oil to make it effective, but where I buy from the sell it together

Evenes Ruth Mafupa 26 March 2021 - 12:30

You can both chebe powder and karkar oil at http://www.natmoisture.co.za

Gift sammy 19 February 2021 - 13:01

Pls can chebe make my front hair grow?? Cuz it’s very short nd scanty, and y is chebe not directly added to the scalp??

Evenes Ruth Mafupa 26 March 2021 - 12:00

Chebe cannot be applied to the scalp because it may cause clogging of your pores, cause irritation and inflammation and even worsen your hairline problem. So, you cannot use chebe powder to grow your hair line. Use Nashe Organics Scalp balm instead. It is specifically made for the scalp and does not clog pores.

Ama 15 March 2021 - 20:27

Please can Chebe products be used on permed hair?

Evenes Ruth Mafupa 26 March 2021 - 12:31

I am sure it can. For me it helps me retain moisture and if your permed hair needs moisture, then the answer is yes.

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