About Marsha Buchanan

As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing. After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.


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  1. Jackie says

    Excellent article. Smooth and very easy to read and digest. First time in my life I read about hair. Have no idea what got into me to read this article but i am glad that i did and I will share it with friends that are into this type of work.

  2. Kat says

    I think we should take part in this ‘challenge” and report back to each other. It does not seem to me, that it would cause any harm. What do you all think?

    • Fitness With Veronica says

      I agree. I’m looking forward to making this recipe. I’m currently using fenugreek seeds in my oils. I use a little leave in after deep conditioning and that’s pretty much it. Giving my hair a break from wash and Go’s and botanical gels.

    • Chele B says

      I agree with all the excellent comments on this article. And the Video is very inspiring. I’m new to “Natural” but like the other viewer, I’ve been using fenugreek seeds as well. Being a cancer survivor I’m somewhat familiar with the successful studies of C. Zambesicus on cancer cells. So after examining the plant/seeds I wondered if it might be related to the JamalGhota Seeds (Jamaal Gota/Jayapaya) or Croton Tigium? Also, a blogger named “Jostylin” from Nigeria gave an interesting review of the video and credited Ms. Sahel. She also sheds some insight on geographic uses of chebe: https://jostylin.com/chebe-powder-for-natural-hair-growth/

    • C Foster says

      Anyone’s hair will retain moisture if you are drenching it in grease and water and sealing that all in with chebe and barely washing.

  3. Marie says

    Thanks for the article because I was in the process of looking these items up too. I liked the lady’s video on the hair growth routine however, I thought she should have done a better job in finding the products. You have done an excellent job in that regards. As I was looking at your substitute ingredients I noticed that I’ve seen them before. Most of the ingredients, if not all you mentioned can be found in an Indian store, that is in “India” not Native American Indians. Those we have here in America. I watched an Indian womans’ video last year but I was hesitant to use it because I have non porous 4C hair. However, after watching the video of the Chad women I think I will order the ingredients.

  4. D. Cricket says

    I might try this out. I wonder if the every five days is specific to the climate? Mostly, I’d like to do it once a week if possible. Guess I’ll have to experiment!

  5. Rachelle B. says

    Someone decided to share their tribes hair rituals with a westerner; and it would take a westerner to want the same results but at cheaper price. Imitations devalue the real product. This newfound demand will create economic development opportunities in a black country. Have you looked at the economic situation in Chad? Think twice before you give credens to the Whites to exploit, and Chinese opportunity to offer us the cheap, chemically poisionous subsitutes.

  6. CJ says

    The problem with a lot of those Indian powders is that they tend to dry afro hair out really bad no matter how much oils or conditioner is used. Henna dried my hair out so bad even after deep conditioning and forget about Shikaki that’s even worse. I’m guessing the Chebe is geared mored towards our hair texture that’s what makes it so appealing. Also, she mentioned their texture is like that from the mixture. I don’t think that’s so farfetched. How do we know years and years of coating your hair with this mix and never using harsh surfactants to wash it out wouldn’t change the texture especially if you are doing it religiously and not product hopping like we do?

    • mg2017 says

      does the product contain protein? Im protein sensitive and im dealing with protein overload I really want to use it to help my protein overload but I dont know if it has protein in it

  7. starvibes says

    I found this awesome article written by a Nigerian woman who has butt length 4C hair. She goes into detail on the true ethnicity of these African Basara Arab women. The presenter said she asked the women if their genetics had anything to do with their hair length and apparently they told her no, but it seems that perhaps what they take for granted goes a bit deeper. Here is an excerpt from her article and I suggest anyone looking for ways to grow their hair read the whole post.
    “Africa is extremely diverse and there are over 100 different tribes in the Sahel region alone, so no doubt hair textures will vary. Their hair types range from light wavy 2b waves to thick 4c kinky hair. Hair textures also vary within the tribes themselves. So, the great thing about ‘Chebe’ is that it seems it will work for all hair types. The Fulanis and a few other tribes like the Hausas, Mandinkas and Soninkes who live closer to Senegal, tend to have kinkier 4a -4c hair. The hair types of the Basara, Tebous and Tuaregs in Niger and Chad, range from a wavier, looser 2b hair texture to 3b curly hair. The Baggara Arabs of Sudan tend to be more dark skinned with a wider spectrum of hair types from 3b – 4c hair.”
    ~ https://jostylin.com/chebe-powder-for-natural-hair-growth/

  8. Nicky says

    Hello! This is a great article. 🙂

    I want to try this, but I’m wondering when do we wash after the initial 5 days of adding this to our hair? (maybe on the 10th or 11th day after doing it twice)? TIA!

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