Chebe powder, Chad
The Basara women of Chad have been known to grow unusually long hair in times past. The secret, it turns out, is Chebe powder, a mixture of Chebe (Lavender croton), Mahlaba (Cherry kernels), Samour (Mastic Gum), Clove & Sudanese Khumra Perfume oils – all products that are locally sourced.
The powder is applied to the hair with some hair grease (mostly shea butter mixed with perfume oils) after the hair is wet with water. The grease and powder are applied to the hair alternatively until the hair is fully saturated. Afterwards, the hair is braided and wet with water again.