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,

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.

Cleansing your hair

Hola Queens,

In the next few post we will be exploring the topic of cleansing your hair, I will be addressing some of your concerns when it comes to properly cleansing your hair.

Why should you cleanse your hair?

On my last post I’ve mention that our skin produces sebum & depending on a few of the factors your scalp can be dry, oily, normal or combination.

The more time you spend without washing your hair, the more sebum will have accumulated on your scalp and start spreading to your hair. That combined with the product build-up such as creams, oils, edge control, gels + going outside your hair will be dirty, greasy & smelling bad (Thanks to these fruit smelling conditioners my hair never smells bad, it would just have an off smell). You will need to cleanse your hair!

When you have not washed your hair for so long, in order for the products to efficiently work you’d need to have a clean hair to allow the product to work at his best.

Also, your hair needs water & most people only put water on their hair when they are washing their hair. Water is important for the scalp, for everything really.

How can you cleanse your hair efficiently?

Shampoo

The most accessible and common way to wash your hair. Shampoos clean by stripping all dirt, oils, build up from hair even natural oils. There are different types of shampoo to tackle different scalp/hair needs:

  • Dandruff control
  • Strengthening
  • Clarifying
  • Moisturising
  • Oil Control
  • Coloured Hair
  • Ph Balanced

Co-Wash

Term used very often in the natural hair community, it means that you are a using a conditioner to cleanse your hair. Conditioners nourishes & moisturises the hair. It’s a less harsh than a conditioner & I would opt for this if you wash your hair several times a week.

Clarifying Rinse

Using Apple Cider Vinegar to clarify your hair. Your scalp will feel squeaky clean and fresh. Any type of clarifying method should be use sparingly, I recommend every 4-6 weeks.

Clay Wash

Using clay to cleanse your hair. I will make a separate post about this & my experience with it.

How often should you wash your hair?

You can cleanse whenever you want, only you know how your hair is and feels and know what feels best for your hair. The texture of your hair + scalp type will tell you how often you will prefer to wash your hair. I do not recommend washing your hair everyday as your scalp natural oils are good for your hair & depending on your method of cleansing it can be too strong and strip the natural oil and cause breakage.

For years I have been saying that washing my hair is an event & I cannot remember if I ever washed my hair more than once a week – it’s very time & water consuming. But also it works for my hair, my dry scalp needs the natural oils & sebum + I have high porosity which my hair absorbs the products.

Thank your for reading this post, if you have any questions comment down below

Adios Queen ❤

Say Goodbye to Dry Hair with these 2 Prepoo Recipes

Hola Queens,

After the last 2 post on what is prepoo and how to prepoo , its only right I share my top Pre-poo recipes. There are many reasons why you should prepoo but only you know your current hair struggles, but I guarantee there is a prepoo recipe that will contribute to solving your problem out. Some of the Benefits of Prepoo include:

  • Hydration & Moisture Retention
  • Boost Conditioner Benefits
  • Strengthens hair
  • Easier to manage and detangle
  • Reduce breakage & shedding
  • Protects the hair from Shampoo by reducing the pH
  • Save Time & Water

In this Post I will share two of the prepoo mixtures that allowed my hair to retain extra moisture and leave me stress free during the week.

1. Hot Oil Mix

If your hair is in need of deep moisture penetration, the most effective way to prepoo will be by using Oils. Oils stick to the hair cuticle making it harder to wash away and it repairs hair from dryness, breakage and chemical/heat damage. Different oils have different benefits such as Growth, Strength Or Shine. You can use only one oil if that oil works best for your hair. I have used Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO) , Olive oil or Aloe Vera Oil and I recommend them for prepoo as it will leave your hair feeling nourished.

But I am extra, and I want my hair to be extra also so I do a mixture of oils – if you gonna go through the trouble of doing a hot oil it might as well be a mixture. This is a oil combination I recommend as a Prepoo:

Holy Grail Mix – when you try this you will know why its the holy grail.

Moisture on Beast Mode Mix

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Black Seed Oil
  • Hemp Seed Oil
  • Avocado Oil

Simple but Mighty Mix

  • Aloe Vera Oil
  • Jamaican/Haitian Black Castor Oil
Preparation
  1. Boil some water and put that water on a big bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl put your mixture of oils
  3. Put the oil bowl on top of the bowl with water for it to melt ( using the bain-marie method)
  4. Add your mixture into a applicator bottle and Prepoo away (you can find detailed post on how to maximise your prepoo here)
  5. Remember to allow minimum 30 minutes for the mixture to penetrate your hair shafts
  6. When removing the prepoo, shampoo twice to ensure hair is clean and grease free.

Note : For the measurements, I leave it up to you – only you know what oils your hair loves most. But for reference the order I wrote the ingredients is from biggest to smallest – so for instance in the first mix I put more olive oil than I’d put JBCO.

Aloe Vera Leaf + Fenugreek Seeds Prepoo

This is my go-to Prepoo recipe. I cannot even express how much I love this recipe. It is foolproof and you see results instantly I feel like. There isn’t a better combination when it comes to Prepoo, specially if you want to keep it all natural.

Aloe Vera is the real goat in this mixture as its good for literally anything. Benefits of Aloe Vera:

  • Promotes Hair Growth
  • Increases Moisture
  • Promotes Softer + Shinier Hair
  • Natural Conditioner
  • Rejuvenates hair by strengthening & repairing
  • Prevents Itchy Scalp
  • Reduces Inflammation & Dandruff
  • Increases elasticity & prevents breakage

Fenugreek Seeds is an amazing hidden not-so-hidden secret from India. It has many benefits for the body & hair. These include:

  • Restores Luster
  • Hair Growth
  • Reduce dandruff & scalp irritation

These two ingredients together are like meant to be and that is why you need to try this prepoo.

Recipe

  • 2 tablespoons of fenugreek seeds
  • 1/2 cup Aloe Vera Juice (Optional)
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • Aloe Vera Leaf

Note: use 1 cup of water if you do not have aloe vera juice.

Preparation

  1. Mix the fenugreek seeds, aloe vera juice & water in a spray bottle
  2. Leave the mixture to infuse for minimum 2 hours. I recommend leaving it for 6 hours.
  3. The fenugreek seeds will have sprouted.
  4. Cut the small spines out and cut the Aloe Vera in half and into smaller pieces (as shown in the picture above)
  5. Section your hair between 4-8 parts. I recommend 6 parts+ as it ensures every strand is coated.
  6. Apply the spray from roots to ends & detangle
  7. Apply the Aloe Vera from roots to ends concentrating in the roots and ends ( these need extra love)
  8. Twist the section & proceed to the next
  9. Apply the Aloe Vera all over the scalp once you finished twisting all sections
  10. Apply plastic cap & allow the mixture to sit on your hair for minimum 30 minutes.

These are the two prepoo recipes that I know have worked for my hair, try it and share the results with me. I would love to know how you found it.

Let me know if you’d like to see a demonstration of how to apply these for the ultimate moisture retention !

Adios Queens ❤

Day 1: Setting goals for natural hair

Hola Queens,

For day one of the #selfcarechallenge created by me, we need to set up a hair goal, I’m sure you already have your own hair goals but this should be a short-term that fits into your long-term goal.

There are many factors that play into successful goals and how to set and reach them. I recommend breaking the Month of July into 5 weeks and set your hair regimen for each week and ensuring you do something to contribute to your hair goals. For example if you want your hair to grow that means your ultimate goal is Long Hair, to achieve that you should set short terms goals such as keeping protective styles and low manipulations styles for 1-2 weeks and just moisturising it. Low manipulations hairstyles can take a long time and it requires patience but you can do it.

If you have a goal of reducing shedding perhaps you could commit 4 weeks to a method and see if it works, you could try Tea Rinses and Rice Water and see if the shedding is reduced.

For this month I want to create DIY hair mask for every wash day, I deep condition every time I wash my hair as I find it works best for my hair otherwise my hair is super dry and rough. I will post about the mask I’ll do. I usually alternate between a nourishing mask, moisturising and strengthening mask. My ultimate goal is healthy hair & growth , and my hair is the healthiest when is nourished from inside out. Proper Hydration is imperative for hair growth and length retention.

Let me know what your hair goal for the month is, remember to keep it realistic and do not put too much pressure on yourself. I recommend getting a journal where you can document your journey – your frustrations, your small achievements and products who work and do not work .

Remember to tag me in any of your selfies or #selfcarechallenge check using @thelenalogy on instagram.

Let’s all work together and motivate each other.