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CHEBE HAIR POWDER: Chadian Hair Secret


There is a perception that women of colour can’t grow hair past their shoulder. S+AVA aims to unveil the haircare secrets of an African ethnic group called the Basara Arabs. The Basara women of Chad are known to have very long naturally coarse hair that famously goes down to their thighs. They cover their hair in a home made mixture that keeps their hair super moisturized and lubricated. This is the reason why they say their hair never breaks; even from childhood.

As a hair tonic, they use camel urine, which had added hydration benefits, leaving it glossy, lustrous and thick while also preventing dandruff.

The Chebe product will work for the 4C hair type. When analysing the Basara women and their hair, it is worth noting that the front section of their hair is short. They claim that this is the area where the Chebe powder is not applied, hence the short length. But the area the Chebe powder is applied, their hair length exceeds over 30 inches.

Application Method:

Apply the chebe infused mixture to damp hair and braid thereafter. The extensive oiling and protective styling with braids seems to play the biggest role in their fast hair growth. Braiding keeps the hair moisture locked in, and if you blow dry like I do, your length stays retained. Chebe powder helps hair to retain moisture, which ultimately promotes hair growth.

For many 4C kinky haired girls, who have hair that is thicker and more prone to breakage as their hair sucks up moisture very fast, it is best to braid your hair into at least 6 braids on each side of your head, rather than just 3 braids like the Basara women. With more braids, you can ensure that your hair stays well moisturised.


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