First time trying Chebe

Hola Queens,

Last post was a beginner friendly explanation to Chebe – which you can access here.

I kept seeing chebe powder everywhere – instagram, youtube, facebook and even here on wordpress. I kept seeing it so much I decided to do further research into these herbs. Everything about Chebe sounded good to me and I purchased it from amazon. I read all the benefits and how the Chadian women use it and the results made me want to try it .

I regret not taking pictures or filming this process because it was a messssssssssss & I was over taking pictures !

Part 1 – Application

I had already seen videos on how to apply it, so i sectioned a part of my hair and as I put the oil on my hair and i reach out for the chebe, I realise the horrible smell it had. It smells like burnt herbs, literal charcoal that was burnt and kept in a bag. I do not know if its the Chebe i purchased but the smell was bad.

After trying to apply the chebe the traditional way , there was way too much fall out on my body and floor and the smell was slowly creeping in to the point I had to light some candles and spray some body spray on myself because it was becoming unbearable.

I began looking for a youtube video that showed clearly how to apply the chebe as I wanted to find a different method to apply the chebe. I came across a video where this youtube had left the chebe on her hair for 6 months, and I said ” Hell noooo” – I cannot leave it on my hair for more than 2 weeks.

I started giving up and really thinking about the fact that I had to pre-poo, shampoo + conditioner + deep conditioner & that process was already long and now I have spent 30 minutes trying to make this work – my motivation was falling.

Application – Round 2

So after taking a break of 2 hours and contemplating if I really wanted to try out Chebe, I decided I needed to try it at least once.

I decided to make a paste, since that would be better to apply and there would be less fall out of my body & floor. The paste consisted of olive oil, coconut oil, aloe vera juice, little bit of honey and of course chebe powder.

After making the paste, I now decided to cut a plastic bag and put it underneath my chair so it can catch all the fall out as I realised my carpet starting picking up the smell.

I began by applying the Shea Moisture JBCO Leave-in followed up with the paste, which I applied by pressing on the hair and sliding down and topping it up with a lil more oil and then began braiding my sections. As I would braid the chebe was falling out, all over my body, my floor my clothes. So I recommend using an old tee you do not really care about.

Part 2 – The real challenge

After finishing up all the braids and cleaning up, I oiled my scalp so finish the look. I realised you could proper see the Chebe powder, and my hair looked ” dirty”. I have never used a wig and I usually rock my natural protective hairstyles such as braids and twists most of the time but this time I did not feel comfortable at all.

Long story short, I put a bandana around my hair covering most of my hair but despite all of that as soon as my mom saw me she said ” what do you have on your shoulders & back?” followed by ” theres something on your hair”. Pretty much I had excessive fallout on my clothes and it was very visible that I had something on my hair which made me feel uncomfortable. The fallout continued for the next 2 days but then it stopped and you could also barely see the chebe on my hair, so I thought all the chebe fell out -so I was bummed that everything fell out because I have a looooot of fall out right.

Lets not forget about the smell that lingered, its a musky “my hair is dirty” type of smell, which I had to spray my hair with Imbue Curls – Leave in Spray which smells amazing + apply a cream pretty much everyday.

Part 3 – Taking it down – the nightmare

After keeping the Chebe on my braids for 6 days, I just had to take it out, my hair was due for a good wash. As I was taking it out it felt like I opened a bag a of chebe and spilt it over me, the amount of fall out I had was immense. The smell had gotten worse, and it was sticky and I was trying to take it out as fast as possible however I had to set the plastic bag underneath my chair and put a plastic over my shoulder so it would not touch and stick to me.

Let me just say I hated every part of this, I shampoo’d my hair about 3-4 times, twice on friday and then shampoo’d it twice on saturday & GUESS WHAT SIS? I still had Chebe in my hair and falling out of it and it got stuck to my tangle teezer and was very hard to clean up.

Bottom Line – Would I try it again?

I personally think this would be hassle free if you wear wigs, so putting the chebe under the wigs and not having to deal with all the fall out and the smell. It has a pungent smell & your scarf + bonnet & pillow will pick up the scent. Also a week later I washed my hair and despite pre-pooing and detangling my hair, I still had chebe on my hair after the shampoo & mask stage.

I am up to trying it again, if Im spending the whole week home or not going anywhere or maybe if I had someone do my hair because I think for the stress and clean up I had to do, I do not think it’s worth it.

Let me know if you have any recommendations for me or any tips because I still have some chebe herbs left over and I am open to try it again if it is a smooth process. I’m thinking of using it to make a chebe oil, leave in or even a mask.

Also there are so many ways to protect your hair, and help it grow and become stronger that I think the hassle I get from chebe isn’t really worth it.


Thank you for reading this post Queens, comment and let me know what you think of posts like these where I tell my own experience with a specific product or powders. If you would prefer shorter posts.

Adios Slay Queens,