Currently karkar oil and chebe powder are trending. These hair care products widely used by Sudanese women have become a hit in Africa amongst naturalistas. The Sudanese women have long lust-worthy hair, hence you won’t blame people for seeking out the products that they use in their hair care routine.

What is Chebe Powder?

Chebe Powder is a creation of the village women of countries like Chad, Niger, Northern Nigeria, South Sudan, and parts of Ethiopia, Cameroon, and the Central African Republic.Chebe powder is an invention out of necessity. Women use it as a means to maintain their hair to prevent it from breakage. It is important to recognize the dry climate of these places and how it can affect hair growth for these women.

What does Chebe powder do to hair?

The blend of water, karkar oil and chebe when applied to the hair shaft, forms a protective barrier around the individual hair strands. This protection allows the hair to be undisturbed from the harsh elements of the sun and dry arid temperatures that often cause hair breakage.

What is Chebe Powder made of?

Chebe powder is a mix of croton (referred to as shébé seeds from the Croton zambesicus plant), mahleb seeds (Prunus mahaleb), clove, and acacia gum (samour resin). These ingredients are accessible to these areas and are found often in the marketplaces.

Why does Chebe Powder smell burnt?

As a part of the process, the seeds are roasted on an open flame before they are ground by hand and sieved. The result is a soil-like colored powder with a strong scent. The scent is char-like ash. When used with karkar oil, the scent is somewhat diffused.

Where does Lady Prowess Organics Source their Purely Chebe Powder?

We trade with the women in our Northern Nigerian network. They are known to have family and do business in Niger, and Chad. We have developed a working relationship with these women and recognize the tensions occurring in this part of the world. Our goal in working with them is to increase their economic independence in a way that does not endanger them or upset their culture.


KARKAR OIL is a hair care product from Sudan that consists of a variety of ingredients. Karkar oil is a combination of Sesame oil which is heated and then beewax, animal fat,perfume are added to the mixture and use it as a hair cream,also karkar oil can be a mixture of essential oils for hair growth.It is believed to thicken the hair, remove dandruff and stop hair fall.

The Sesame oil in Karkar oil has an abundance of fatty acids that are good for your hair. They include the linoleic acid, oleic acid, palmitic acid and stearic acid. It is also a source of vitamins E and K.

Other benefits of Sesame oil include:

Gets rid of scalp dryness & flakiness.It can be used as a scalp massage oil to improve scalp circulation which can stimulate hair growth

It can be added to your deep conditioner on wash days for the extra moisturising effect

How do I use Chebe Powder & Karkar Oil?

It’s important that Chebe & Karkar Oil is used correctly in order to achieve the desired results.

To use as a Pre-Shampoo hair mask:

Mix equal amounts of Chebe with an oil of your choice (like Karkar oil, castor oil, even shea butter) until it forms a paste.

Apply the paste to wet hair only along the shaft of the hair. Cover hair for at least 2 hours. Rinse thoroughly.

Continue with your wash routine.

To use As a Leave-in:

Mix 1 teaspoon of Chebe with 2 fl oz of oil (like Karkar oil, castor oil, even shea butter) until it forms a paste. Apply the paste to wet hair only along the shaft of the hair. Style as usual and carry for up to 3 days before washing.

Note: We do suggest that you perform a patch test with the product in a small section following these steps prior to putting it to use on all of your hair.

Lady Prowess

Lady Prowess (Okafor, Peace Ngozi), is a Blogger, Website Designer, and Entrepreneur; She started Lady Prowess Blog May 2017; though it has not been easy but God has been faithful all through!!


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