Review: Bye Bye Henna... Hello Chebe Clay Gloss!

Curls and Potions Chebe Clay Gloss Review
Chebe just changed my life.
Y’all, I’m about to throw my whole Henna DIY away.

I’ve been introduced to Chebe Clay Gloss by Curls and Potions - and I’m NEVER looking back.

What is Chebe Clay Gloss?
Pure magic. Prosperity in a jar. The most delectable, divine blend of juices, berries, and blessings you could ever ask for.

Okay let me rewind a bit.

Chebe powder recently became the natural hair community’s new “it” ingredient, thanks to this video showcasing how women in Chad are #TeamBlackHairGrows with an indigenous mixture that coats their luxurious locks. Chebe is the nickname given to a shrub that’s grown all across the continent, but primarily in West Africa - namely Nigeria, Ghana, Gambia, and Burkina Faso.

Chebe is traditionally used to treat inflammation, as well as provide antimicrobial properties - both of which are vital to healthy scalp and hair growth. For use, the Chebe shrub is ground into a fine powder, and mixed with other herbs and oils to strengthen, moisturize and protect the hair.

Soooo Where Does The Clay Gloss Part Come In?

Remember how I said in this post I was throwing Michelle at Curls & Potions all my money on Black Friday? Well I kinda did. But 50% off ends up being pretty affordable, so there’s that. Right before the big sale season, she released the Chebe & Mint Collection, and when I saw the Chebe Clay Gloss, I immediately added 2 to my cart (along with my Bamboo and Rice Water Strengthening Hair Rinse).

Curls and Potions Chebe Clay Gloss Review
Inside the Chebe Clay Gloss jar. Peep the shine!
Michelle took the Chebe recipe and adapted it for her brand - including a whole host of good for hair ingredients that I’ll discuss in a bit. But for now just know it’s infinitely better than ANY henna recipe I could ever muster up.

Chebe Clay Gloss by Curls & Potions Review
17.99 for 8oz

Where to Buy
Exclusively at

Active Ingredients
  • Distilled Water Infused with Marshmallow Root, Oatstraw, Nettle, Fenugreek, and Horsetail: A blend of strengthening, nourishing, and follicle stimulating ayurvedic herbs infused into distilled water. 
  • Rhassoul Clay: Also known as Moroccan Red Clay, is naturally found and mined from ancient deposits in the northeastern region of Morocco. Rhassoul clay is mineral rich - high in silica content and also contains significant amounts of magnesium. Rhassoul clay is great for reducing dryness in hair, improving elasticity, removing toxins, and leaving hair with body and bounce.
  • Chebe Powder: Ground powder from the Chebe shrub that’s grown all across the continent, but primarily in West Africa - namely Nigeria, Ghana, Gambia, and Burkina Faso. Chebe is traditionally used to treat inflammation, as well as provide antimicrobial properties - both of which are vital to healthy scalp and hair growth.
  • Coconut Milk: Coconut milk is the liquid that's extracted from the flesh of grated or pressed coconuts by soaking it in water. It's rich in vitamins B1, B3, B5, B6, C, E, and a number of essential minerals with a whole host of benefits for the hair - including hair growth, reduced shedding, fighting damage, and breakage prevention. 
  • Aloe Vera Juice: Acts as a natural conditioning agent that restores the hair's sheen, luster, and shine. It not only makes the hair soft, but it also enhances strength and suppleness.
  • Cassia Henna: An all-natural plant native to Africa, Southern Asia, and Australia used to dye hair, skin, nails, and fabrics. It temporarily stains the aforementioned a reddish hue. The leaves of the plant are crushed and the dye is released using any number of liquids -- from hot water, to coffee or tea. Henna binds to the keratin in the hair, thereby thickening and strengthening individual strands.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple Cider Vinegar is believed to have a ton of internal and external benefits, including being able to kill lice, serve as an antimicrobial agent (warding off infection), and helping to  ease the itching and flakiness associated with scalp conditions such as dandruff, psoriasis, and seborrheic dermatitis. Apple Cider Vinegar is also touted for its ability to improve the shininess of hair and increase moisture retention by causing cuticles to lay flat via pH balancing the hair. Through this same mechanism, it is also believe that Apple Cider Vinegar can correct hair porosity issues.
Protein Free?
Yes. However - the Chebe Clay Gloss does contain henna. While henna in and of itself is not a protein, it functions by binding to the keratin in the hair - strengthening and thickening individual strands. If you have protein sensitive hair, I’d recommend doing s test patch first to see if the moisturizing properties of the Chebe Clay Gloss offset the henna enough for you. I personally have had no adverse effects - but always patch test first!

Curly Girl Friendly?
Yes. The Chebe Clay Gloss is silicone free.

Curls and Potions Chebe Clay Gloss Review
My hair, totally covered in Chebe Clay Gloss. #whatfrizz
The Good
Where do I begin?! The Chebe Clay Gloss is truly magical. The consistency reminds me of pudding or a thick batter - but it's not difficult to work with at all. In fact, it's quite similar to that greek yogurty consistency I like with my henna mixes. But let me tell you - the handful of times I've combined henna and clay ain't got NOTHING on this.

The Chebe Clay Gloss is a pre-shampoo treatment, so I started on dirty, wet hair in dire need of a wash and detangling. Section by section, I generously applied the gloss from root to end, and massaged it into my scalp. I know, I know. The jar says to avoid the scalp - but I regularly slather henna, ACV, and everything else under the natural sun on my scalp to help with psoriasis relief. Examining the ingredient list, I (correctly) assumed the potential benefit would outweigh the risk.

I noticed immediately that the Chebe Clay Gloss was easier to apply, and infinitely less messy than henna. Plus, I did it without gloves and experienced zero staining of my hands and nails. Pure henna, without a doubt, turns everything orange. I loved that it soaked into my hair instead of just caking up on the outside - a sure sign that blessings were to come. 

I noticed that once the gloss saturated my hair, my frizz (especially in those disrespectful areas) disappeared. I wondered if these results would stick around after rinsing. Spoiler alert: they did. They stuck around, even after a good shampooing too. And through deep conditioning. The Chebe Clay Gloss was a blessing to my hair - especially the front and crown that are low porosity and tend to be drier and frizzier than the rest of my curls.

My curls felt SUPER moisturized - even after shampooing. I'm officially hooked.
Curls and Potions Chebe Clay Gloss Review
My 100% product free hair after rinsing the Chebe Clay Gloss. Again #aintnofrizzbihhhhhh! 

The Bad
The one downside was how much of the Chebe Clay Gloss I used in one session - my first jar is almost empty. Because it's not a slippery gloss, I ended up using more product to work through my tangles and saturate my hair. I'm sure if I had detangled first with something else, I would have used a lot less. Either way, Michelle - sis, I need 32oz. #putitintheatmosphere

The Bottom Line
If you've got dry hair, frizzy hair, disrespectful hair, dull hair, hair that needs divine intervention - Chebe Clay Gloss is definitely worth a try. Especially if you're not a DIY kinda gal. I'm a firm believer in letting entrepreneurs walk in their purpose, making infinitely better versions of my bootleg hair mixes. Curls & Potions Chebe Clay Gloss works far better than anything I could ever create.

Would I Buy it Again?
In a heartbeat. I ain't too proud to admit that I went to the website, put in my e-mail address, and spun the prize wheel to win $10 off $25 lol. I took a screenshot so I could use it for more Chebe Clay Gloss when it's back in stock.

The real question is - are you about to get some? Let me know in the comments below!


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  2. Hi Christina!

    Your reviews are always super helpful! Thanks for taking the time to do this for us :)

    Would you say this performs just as well as (or even better than) the clay washes from Naturalicious or Femme Noire?

  3. Did you try their Chebe Hydration Mask too? I'm wondering which I should get... the mask or the gloss.

  4. Been thinking about trying Henna, but after this review I'm going to try this first! Thanks for another amazing post.

  5. This hair gel seems effective, maybe I will consider it.