Karkar oil for hair

What are the benefits and how to use it?



Karkar oil is a combination of different ingredients which come from Chad in Africa. It has been used by women in Chad and Sudan who are said to have the longest hair in Africa. This is in spite of the fact that hair in northern Africa is usually more dry and brittle than hair from other regions.   

Karkar oil protects hair in several different ways. It protects by sealing in moisture and preventing breakage. It also contains Vitamin A, Vitamin C, unsaturated fatty acids, and other minerals that contribute to hair growth. It also has natural anti-bacterial properties and protects the scalp from parasites and other irritants which can cause dandruff and dryness.

There are other benefits to hair from Karkar oil. Here are a few.

  • Can slow down premature graying
  • Protects hair from the sun's damaging UV radiation

  • Prevents split ends

  • May help reduce symptoms of eczema and psoriasis

Karkar oil is becoming much more popular worldwide. It is one of the most popular natural hair care options for African-American hair, which often becomes dry and brittle from chemicals such as relaxers. 

How to use Karkar oil

 Karkar oil and Chebe powder are two African products that are often used together. This gives your hair the additional benefits of each.


Chebe powder is often used for cleansing the scalp due to its gentle, non-irritating properties. Karkar oil is used to make the hair softer and more manageable because it provides Vitamin A, Vitamin C, unsaturated fatty acids, and other minerals that contribute to hair growth. The mix of both chebe powder and Karkar oil can help keep your scalp healthy, caring for your roots while adding body to your locks. 

Here is one DIY method for treating your hair with Chebe powder and Karkar oil 

After you have shampooed your hair, mix the following ingredients in a bowl. 

  • Add five tablespoons of chebe powder to one cup of warm water in a bowl, mix together until it turns into paste-like consistency.

  • Add the karkar oil to the mixture and stir well. Massage the mixture gently all over your scalp for ten minutes

  • Rinse out. 

Caution: Always do a patch test on your skin before applying any new product to your hair to check for any allergic reactions. 

Using Karkar oil about three times a week is sufficient for keeping hair moisturized, soft, and thick. Using more often than this can break down the protective barrier on the scalp which could cause the other issues with your scalp.


Other ways to use Karkar oil in your hair

  • A small amount of Karkar oil can be added to your other hair conditioner for regular use.

  • Some people use Karkar oils as a mask: leaving on their head for 1-2 hours, and then rinsing it off with shampoo. 

It can be applied as a hair oil between washings. 

Some people say that chebe powder can damage the scalp. Most people who we have seen or read from say that using chebe helps their scalp. Karkar oil definitely helps to protect the scalp from any possible damage, so using chebe and Karkar together, makes sure that you are protected this way. 

How to use Karkar oil in a hot oil treatment for your hair 

You need to mix it with a carrier oil, such as coconut, olive, argan, or mustard seed oil. Apply the mixture to your wet hair and scalp. Cover your head with a plastic bag to retain heat and leave the mixture on for 5-10 minutes. Rinse out the mixture and shampoo your hair as usual.

What benefits does your hair receive from this? 

Standard benefits: 

  • Hydrates hair and scalp

  • Softens hair for easier styling

  • Adds shine to dull, dry hair

Emotional benefits:

  • The scent is relaxing and calming.

  • You'll be able to wear your favorite hairstyles again!

FAQs about Karkar Oil

What is karkar oil?

Karkar oil is a traditional hair growth oil that is made in Somalia. It is made with a blend of natural ingredients, including sesame oil, ostrich oil, cow fat, and honey wax. Karkar oil is often used to promote hair growth, reduce breakage, and improve the overall health of the hair and scalp.

What is karkar oil made of?

Karkar oil is made of the following ingredients:

  • Sesame oil: Sesame oil is a rich source of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E, which is essential for hair health.
  • Ostrich oil: Ostrich oil is high in essential fatty acids, which can help to moisturize and nourish the hair and scalp.
  • Cow fat: Cow fat is a good source of protein and fatty acids, which can help to strengthen the hair and reduce breakage.
  • Honey wax: Honey wax is a natural humectant, which means that it helps to attract and retain moisture.

Can I put karkar oil on my scalp?

Yes, you can put karkar oil on your scalp. Karkar oil is often used to massage the scalp, which can help to improve circulation and stimulate hair growth. Karkar oil can also be used to treat dry scalp and dandruff.

Does karkar oil darken hair?

Karkar oil does not darken hair. However, it can help to make hair appear darker and shinier by nourishing it and protecting it from damage.

Is karkar oil the same as sesame oil?

No, karkar oil is not the same as sesame oil. Karkar oil is a blend of sesame oil, ostrich oil, cow fat, and honey wax. Sesame oil is a single ingredient oil that is extracted from sesame seeds.