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For the past year or so, something that I have become a huge fan of is Chebe powder. If you’re not familiar with what that is, basically it’s a powder that is made by the women from the African Republic of Chad. It consists of ingredients like cherry seeds, cloves, lavender crotons, stone scent and reisin tree sap and has a great reputation for increasing hair thickness, retaining moisture and ultimately promoting long locks—get this—especially when it comes to women with type 4 hair (more on that in a sec)! And when I say, “long locks”, I don’t mean chin-length. I mean, there are many Black women, who are regular users of the powder who have been able to grow their hair, well past their shoulders and beyond (you can check out some YouTubers who have done it here, here and here).

So, if you’ve been looking for a way to retain your inches—because remember, our hair is always growing; we get length my reducing shedding and breakage—check out some of my personal-experience reasons why investing in some Chebe powder could be the solution that you’ve been looking for. (By the way, I purchase mine on Etsy but it’s also available on Amazon.)

 

It can balance the pH of your scalp.

Since your scalp is the foundation of your hair, it’s important to keep it as healthy as possible. One way to do that is to do all that you can to keep it at the right pH level which is somewhere between 4.5-5.0. When its pH level is off, that can lead to all sorts of problems. For instance, if your scalp is itchy and dry or you notice you’ve got dandruff or eczema patches, chances are, its pH level is somewhere above 7.0. Something that can neutralize a highly alkaline scalp (a scalp that’s between 7.0-14.0) or keep a healthy one balanced is using Chebe powder. That’s due to the alkaloids that are in it. You can simply apply some of it to freshly washed hair, gently massage your scalp with the powder, let it sit for about 20 minutes and then rinse clean.

 

It contains potent anti-inflammatory properties.

Something else that’s pretty cool about Chebe powder is it contains anti-inflammatory properties. How can you know for sure that you’re dealing with scalp inflammation? If your scalp is tender, if it’s red or if your scalp seems particularly dry, these are indicators. Something else to keep in mind is if you tend to use a lot of product and you don’t wash it out often (at least on a bi-weekly basis), the build-up can also lead to inflammation overtime. The powerful yet soothing ingredients in Chebe powder will wash the build-up away while also healing your scalp so that your hair follicles can remain strong and your hair can grow as a direct result.

 

It’s one of the best deep conditioner ingredients.

Most of us know that deep conditioning is one of the keys to growing and maintaining long and healthy hair. Well, something that I do to make my hair feel super soft, is I add a tablespoon of Chebe powder to my hair conditioner. I mix the two things together and then apply it, right after shampooing my hair. Then I let it sit for at least four hours (sometimes, I even leave it on overnight). That gives the powder time to totally penetrate my hair shaft. After rinsing the conditioner out, it’s amazing, just how soft and strong my hair feels. I honestly haven’t found another deep conditioner that has been able to compare to this particular combo and its benefits yet.

 

It’s a great way to keep your hair moisturized in between washes.

Are you someone who, after about three days of deep conditioning your hair, it’s back to feeling dry; brittle even? I wouldn’t be shocked in the least if Chebe powder ends that dilemma for you. But, if you feel like your hair needs a little reinforcement in between wash days, especially when it comes to protecting the ends of your hair, applying some homemade Chebe butter is a great solution. I like it because it’s moisturizing without being super greasy. I will give the heads up that sometimes purchasing Chebe butter can be a little on the pricey side. So, if you’d like to keep some money in your pocket and make your own instead, there’s a cool DIY recipe video here.

 

It’s able to provide length retention results for type 4 hair.

Remember how I mentioned at the beginning that Chebe is great for type 4 hair? As someone with (mostly) type A hair, that is what makes me such a big endorser of it. While it has been a long time belief that women with hair like mine cannot grow long hair, that actually couldn’t be further from the truth. Every type grows hair. The key is figuring out what helps you to maintain what you are growing and Chebe is able to do that. Since using it, I’ve encountered a lot less breakage. The less breakage there is, the more length retention that occurs and the longer your hair becomes. So yeah—do yourself a favor and treat your hair to a little Chebe powder. I’d be absolutely floored if you don’t become an immediate fan. Just like I am!