The Basara women in Chad finally reveal the secret to their long hair (photos)

The Basara Arabs women in Chad finally reveal the secret to their long hair (photos)

Hair symbolizes physical strength and virility; the virtues and properties of a person are said to be concentrated in his hair and nails. It is a symbol of instinct, of female seduction and physical attraction. Baldness may suggest sterility.

The Basara Arabs are a people in Chad which is in the West African Sahara Sahel region. Their women are known to have a very long hair because of their secret ingredient. Finally they have revealed the secret mixtures that they apply to help grow and maintain their hair. 

The mixtures has been passed down for generations to generations and is composed of various natural seeds and powders which includes Mahlaba (Cherry kernels), Samour (Mastic Gum), Clove & Sudanese Khumra Perfume oils.

How to make the mixture:

The ingredients are being grounded and then roasted, then you sift it until in powder form. This final mixture is called Chebe/Chewe Powder. Each woman chooses her favourite hair butter and mixes it with fragrance oil. In the olden days, they used to use animal fat but this has changed due to the strong smell. 

Note that before you apply the mixture, you have to wet the hair and apply the newly created Chebe powder then the fragrance oil/butter pomade in alternation until the hair is completely saturated. They then braid the hair and wet it. This process is repeated every 3 to 5 days.

The hair is the beauty of any woman because when she makes her hair she looks more beautiful and attractive than when her hair is unkept or when she has no hair.

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