Chébé: The wonder herbs from the perspective of a Chadian Trichologist
There has been a lot of attention centered around the recent video a YouTuber and fellow Chadian, Miss Sahel, that brought to light the very ancient hair care treatment originating from Chad, Africa. I have seen chébe/chéwe being used throughout my life and childhood. I am truly excited to be sharing a part of my culture with you. Shebe is something that my country has used for a long time, and it has proven to restore and maintain the health of our hair and to help it grow into long, silky black hair. It is only now that I can explain the benefits of chebe and how it affected the incredible growth of our hair.
Shébé a Chadian mixture of herbs is made primarily from Croton gratissimus, also known as the lavender croton. It is a bush tree mainly found in Africa.
Benefits of Chébé for Hair:
- Anti Inflammatory: cleanses the scalp and prevents fungus and other scalp issues from growing in scalps, which causes hair loss which mimics Female Pattern Thinning (FPT) and the prevention of hair growth.
- Alkaloids: It neutralizes the PH of the hair Shaft and the scalp
- Moisture: This is the biggest factor in hair growth, It is moisturizing and allows the hair to grow in long, black and nourished locks
Those are the three main compounds found in Chebe mixture that is important for healthy Hair and growth. The mixture works in such a way that the benefits lie for most people of African descent, people with black hair.
As a Trichologist and originally from Chad, I came up the best method to use in modern days I have found that there are two methods to use this product. My knowledge of hair and hair growth coupled with my own cultural experience will help to provide you with best two options of use:
Shebe powder can be used as a treatment once or twice a week by mixing it with preferable oil to make a paste. This can then be applied to the hair for a minimum of two hours. Afterward, rinse it with water to get the powder out, this way you would keep all of the benefits of the Shebe without the aroma or the powder.
Diffuse it in the oil for a period of time and used as needed. Olive oil can be used as a carrier oil and leave it in for 2-3 weeks in a glass jar in a dark and dry place. Shake every day ( meanwhile, you can do the treatment as specified in option one) once done, the oil can be applied daily to dry hair to be left on.
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