Introduction to Chebe

Chebe Powder, The Long Kinky Hair Secret from Africa

Hola Queens ( oh how i missed saying that ),

I have been trying different things with my hair in the month of July. I think there is so many methods and different treatments from different parts of the world. Have you heard of Chebe Powder before?

Have you been curious about trying Chebe? Want to try it on but you don’t know where to start?


What is Chebe?

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Chebe is mix of herbs created by Chadian Women. The mixture is made of Lavender Groton ( which is grown everywhere in africa), Cloves, Reisin Tree, Cherry seeds, Prunus Mahaleb – which these are known to aid to hair growth, thickness and moisture retention. Chebe lengthens the hair making the hair look longer and fuller.

Chadian have been able to grow their hair below their bum and they claim is the chebe powder and their application that keep them locks growing. When I was doing my research on Chebe, the results kept me shoooook, and all I could think about was ” I need to start this ASAP”.

Chebe Powder Hair Growth Powder Plus Indian Gooseberry – S and M Desirables  Apparel

Chebe is not applied to the scalp but rather the hair since it is a potent mix of herbs and it might irritate the scalp, it is applied on the hair itself to nourish the locks. Chebe works better when tucked away in a low manipulation style aka braids/twists. I prefer braid as it keeps everything in and its neater.


Benefits

Length Retention
Balances the Ph of hair shaft
Moisture Retention
Contains Anti Inflamatory Properties
Reduce Shedding

Hair growth

Chadian woman have long, black and thick hair using this method, but if Chebe is not supposed to be applied on the scalp, how can it promote hair growth?

Our hair is always growing, and what most of us struggle with is length retention. Applying the chebe to the hair and tucking it on braids, it keeps the hair protected even if the hair is in contact with cotton or other harsh fabrics. Which puts less stress on the ends of our hair, which will keep them moisturised and healthy. The ends of our hair need to be taken care of on a daily basis.

Chebe powder is used by thousands of people worldwide who attest to helping their hair retain lengths and get thicker.


Traditional Application

Only 2 products needed : Chebe Mix, Oil/Grease & Water. Traditionally use Karkar oil.

  • Separate the hair into medium sections.
  • Get the hair wet with water – ensuring the hair is not soaking wet but wet enough for the cuticles to be open. Detangle that section.
  • Alternating between the chebe and the oil/grease until the hair is fully saturated and braid the section of hair.
  • Repeat in all sections.
  • Apply the water in the hair to lock it off
  • Repeat set 3 every 3-5 days until the hair is due for a wash.

Modern/Easier Application

There are a few application that makes it easy for modern day application of chebe powder. Most of us live in a city and have jobs, and Chebe can make your hair look like its dirty.

I recommend these applications if you have never tried Chebe Powder before, since it’s an introductory level and all natural recipes and it will not be overwhelming for you.

Chebe Paste
  • In a bowl mix chebe powder, deep conditioner, preferred oil and preferred grease.
  • Spray hair with water and detangle
  • Apply to the hair and braid
Chebe overnight mask

There are many different combinations you can do for a chebe mask. Whatever you have at home, what ever your hair needs at the time you can use Banana, Avocado, Honey, Oils, Aloe Vera Gel, Egg, and Chebe Powder. Use all or use selected ingredients and blend it. Your hair will feel stronger and softer – extremely soft

Chebe butter

Chebe butters have become a much easier and neater way to apply Chebe, benefit from the properties but still have your hair look nice whilst having it on.

Chebe, Shea Butter/Mango Butter + Coconut Oil or/and Olive Oil


Have you ever used chebe ? How was your experience ? – Let me know in the comments

Will you try it? Or are you skeptical? I want to know your thoughts. I will be trying out chebe the traditional way and seeing if my hair improves from it.

Adios Queens ❤

My 5 favourite Shampoos

Hola Queens,

Since being Natural, I have tried many different shampoos, some that I loved straight away, other I hated straight away & a few that I loved initially and then was a nightmare for my hair. I think all of us naturalistas have had shampoos that stayed in the bathroom for the longest time and we only used when we ran out of the good shampoos.

A year ago you’d ask me if the brand or type of shampoo matters & I’d tell you it does not! You could use the cheapest shampoo as long as you follow it up with a good conditioner and/or deep conditioner and you are good to go, your hair is going to replenish all the nutrients and nourish the hair. Ohh How I was wrong ..

To be honest with you, there was not 1 type of shampoo I had tried that my hair “loved”, everything just did the job of cleaning my hair & would make hair tangled, rough and extremely dry. There were shampoos I hated and I would not use again but as far as my go-to shampoo? It was none existent. How many of my Queens can agree with me?

As far as I was concerned all these shampoo that claimed to moisturise and hydrate and make it easier to detangle were all lies. This is why I turned to Pre-poo, it was the only thing that helped my hair still be alive after shampooing.

These shampoos have changed my outlook on shampoos and changed my wash day routine and made it much easier. Here are my favourite shampoos which all of them are Sulfate free & are not in any particular order:

1. Shea Moisture – Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil

Hands down my favourite shampoo. It cates to dry, damaged hair. It is a thicker shampoo which replenishes and rejuvenates from root to tip. Detangling will not be an issue with this shampoo. This is my go-to shampoo if I do not want to Pre-poo. It is the only shampoo that will not tuck, pull on my knots.

This shampoo can be a little more pricier than other shampoos mentioned but if you find it on any promotion, don’t think about it. Grab it and watch your hair thank you.

  • I recommend this for colder months or if your hair is in desperate need of moisture and life. You can purchase it here

2. Creme of Nature Clay & Charcoal

It was not until last year when I tried the Creme of Nature Charcoal Shampoo, that i had realised the are shampoos that cleanse but also make hair much more manageable & soft. This shampoo was a big changer for my hair. It did everything it said it would do .

It gently cleanses the hair and control frizz. This is the Bomb specially for the price. If you are on a budget, just get this shampoo. – You can purchase on amazon here

3. Shea Moisture – Jamaican Black Castor Oil

Jamaican Black Castor Oil reduces scalp irritation by fighting inflammation with its fatty acid properties. Promotes overall healthy hair by thickening the hair follicles and promote hair growth.

Peppermint oil increases circulation on the scalp which promotes hair growth. & Apple Cider Vinegar cleanses and helps regulate and balance the scalps pH levels.

I can’t tell you how much my hair loves this product. I keep this one in my room to ensure nobody else is finishing it up hehehe. – I mean who wouldn’t? – You can purchase it here

4. Imbue – Curl Liberating Sulphate Free Shampoo

I love this shampoo. It says it will unleash coils from the daily grime without leaving them parched and it did just that. My hair was manageable after using this shampoo and it was moisturised. The shampoo has Coconut Oil which promotes healthy scalp & minimises split ends which helps length retention. It also includes Cupuaçu Butter which is extremely moisturising which improves hair elasticity.

” It’s not about controlling kinks, curls and coils; it’s about liberating them” – and boy my hair was definitely liberated, my kinks loves this vegan + cruelty free. You can purchase it here

5. Creme of Nature Aloe Vera & Black Castor Oil Shampoo

You know I love Aloe Vera and I swear by it. My hair changed when I started incorporating regular use of Aloe Vera. Hence why I had to try this collection. I love this shampoo, a little goes a long way and for someone like me that shampoos twice, it’s very cost effective.

This shampoo promises to cleanse, detangle and restore moisture. Aloe Vera retains moisture and make it easier to detangle and the Black Castor Oil has strengthening properties which will fortify the hair and promote growth and length retention.

Bottom Line

It is important to change your hair routine every 2-3 months, change up the products so they still work and your hair is not used to it. I alternate between these shampoos depending on what my hair needs.

If you are using a shampoo that makes your hair rough, extremely tangled and hard to manage then your search for the perfect shampoo still stands.

Thank you for reading this post Queens, comment down below and let me know:

What is your favourite shampoo?

Have you tried any of these shampoos?

Adios Queens<3 & I hope you hair an amazing start of the week.

How to Pre-poo

Holaa Queens

By now we all know what Pre-poo is, but how do you incorporate it into your wash day? How do I create it and what am I supposed to do? Don’t worry, I got you covered sis .

How to Pre-Poo

You will start with dry hair, and you will separate your hair into 4-8 parts – I have thick hair and the front part of my hair has to be divided into 2 ( adjust the parting to your hair thickness & whats manageable to you). Going section by section you will apply your Pre-poo concoctions to your hair and use a wide tooth comb or your fingers to detangle & you going to make sure its well coated and twist that section of your hair.

You can leave the mixture for as long as you would like, but I recommend minimum 30 minutes to allow the nutrients to penetrate through the hair shaft. I also recommend using a plastic cap to trap the moisture in or use a hooded dryer.

Ways to Pre-Poo

Overnight

Easily the best way to Pre-poo is overnight as it allows the hair to thoroughly absorb the nutrients and active properties of the conditioning method.

You can apply the mixture to the hair and twist, braid or bantu knot the hair to retain the moisture and keep hair from matting up, and put a plastic cap and tie it down with a scarf to ensure the plastic cap does not come out during sleep.

If you choose to do an Oil Pre-poo, I highly recommend using a plastic bag as you can tie it down to ensure it wont come out at night – the last thing you want is your your pillowcase and pillow to get stained ( I’ve been there too many times)

Hooded Dryer

This is the fastest way to ensure your hair is absorbing all the nutrients in a short amount of time, you really only need 15-30 minutes. Heat allows the hair shaft to open up for easy penetration, improved moisture retention, it improves elasticity which reduces breakage and leaves hair extra smooth.

I recommend this for low porosity as heat allows the cuticle layers to open and lift and ensure the strands are nourished from within

Plastic Cap/plastic bag

This is the most practical way as it just requires a plastic cap. If you do not like overnight mask then I recommend doing this in the morning, to allow time for the Pre-poo to penetrate the hair.

Do not think that you have to sit there whilst Pre-Pooing, you could still get things done sis. Jazz up your look by wearing a turban/ head wrap on top of the plastic cap and running your errands – nobody will notice you have a plastic cap underneath & you will receive many compliments and looks. Yesss, Slay sis !

I recommend going on a walk, or even the gym or just working out at home as it will make your blood flow to the head and it will make your scalp increase temperature for faster absorption

I hope this post has helped you understand how you can Pre-Poo and make the most out of it. Please try a Pre-poo method, as it will change your life and you will never look back.

Have a good week Queen

Is having a hair schedule/regimen important?

Hey Queens,

As I was preparing my wash day, I realised how much more healthier my hair is, compared to 2 months ago. And as much as I would like to say that before I was not taking care of my hair that would be a lie. I was taking care of my hair, but I did not have a regimen, I had a routine, it was the same every wash day. And that is not an effective regimen.

Why not you ask?

Well, your hair needs hydration, nutrition, protein, and you need to do these mask at least once every 4-6 weeks depending of what your hair needs and if you hair is damaged. I was not doing that, I was using the same deep hydration mask – every week. The mask worked for me, and as my hair was dry, I instantly assumed thats all my hair needs. You need to have a balance of hydration, nutrition and protein in your regimen. For me it means that when I am scheduling my week I am also adding which deep treatment I am doing that week so I am not overloading my hair with just one type of treatment

You might think that a “Hair Regimen” is overhyped by hairdressers and naturalistas. You might think that it is too much work and time consuming. I used to think that, and chances are you already spend time doing your hair, why not invest it into achieving your hair goals. I guarantee you the time you will spend wont be as much as you making it in your head. Not having an effective hair regimen, only hurts you.

Why is a hair regimen necessary?

Yes, it’s imperative to have a hair regimen. Here are 5 reasons why its a must.

  1. Your hair will thrive – your hair will be shinier, moisturised and stronger.
  2. You will be your own hair goals – you’ll have healthier longer hair
  3. Its more cost effective – when your hair is damaged, you are always trying new products and overspending on products you don’t need.
  4. Confidence Boost – you’ll find yourself checking your hair out at anything that reflects. You will want to rock your natural hair and ditch the wigs and hair extensions.
  5. Timesaving – creating a schedule will lead to being more organised. Before it would take me 2 hours to wash my hair, but now it only takes me 30 minutes to wash my hair + my wash days would be 2 days long as opposed to 1 day now. Leaving time to do things I enjoy.
  6. Self-Care Queen – when you start seeing results, it will motivate you to have effective regimen when it comes to your skin, your body or even a diet.

Do you have a hair regimen? If so what is a must for your regimen?

Thanks for reading & continue to rock your natural hair.

IS HAIR TYPE IMPORTANT ?

Heyy Queens,

Often times when I speak to someone about natural hair or I get questions, people are either confused about their hair type or the only thing they know about their hair is what type it is. . This post will help you find out your hair type and all you need to know about achieving your hair goals once and for all.

What is Hair Type?

Hair Type is a system where you can identify your curl type, its based on the diameter and tightness of the curl. It was created by Andre Walker known to be Oprah’s hairdresser, made to be easier to identify the curl pattern and how it behaves when it comes to styles, and products. Personally I think its a easier way to speak explain what curl pattern you have, specially if you have more than one curl type, by using the Hair type system ” I have 4C in the middle, and 4A in the back and 4B in the front and sides ” rather than ” its tight kinky curls in the middle, kinky curls with a little frizz in the back, and frizzy zigzag coils in the front and sides” although you can understand it, its harder to visualise it.

Andre Walker Hair Typing System
LOIS Hair Typing System

There are 3 curly hair types which are 2(wavy), 3(curly) and 4(coil/kinky). Under those categories, there are sub-categories which range from A to C which refer to how tight the curls pattern is – A being looser than C.

I prefer the LOIS Hair Types which came after the Andre Walker Hair Typing Chart and focuses on curly hair types making it easier identify curl types by also volume and frizz.

Is knowing your hair type important?

Important? No! The Purpose of hair typing is to make it easier to identify products and methods that would work for the hair in order to make it easier for each category to achieve their hair goals – but its not its true reflection. However, it does make it easier in conversation and when speaking about the curl type. Although it is good to know your curl pattern, it doesn’t tell you much other than what it actually is, the type of curl you have.

What is Important ?

Hair type tells you nothing about how to manage your hair, if you want to know such information I recommend you to learning about Hair Structure, Density and Most importantly Hair Porosity. These will ultimately tell you what exactly works for you hair and what to stay away from.

Bottom Line

The journey to effective communicating with your hair, and knowing what it needs its not easy at all. Too many people focus on hair type and still struggle with their hair, because how porous your hair is has nothing to do with hair type but it will tell you what products work for your hair.

You want healthier, longer hair with beautiful bouncy, defined curls or a lot of volume on your hair, learning about Porosity and Structure will lead you to products but even then you will still have to experiment with products and methods to find those that work the best for your hair. It is a tedious task but don’t give up. and sort to easier ways. It took me long to know what my hair needed and the products it likes, but I figured it out and so can you.

If you need any help, you can contact me on instagram @thelenalogy and I can help you with your hair dilemmas.