Difference between YAYA Creations Chébé Butter and Chébé Creme

Updated: Jul 5, 2020

Creme or Butter? What’s the Difference? I get this question multiple times a day, so I want to address it here because it may help more people get an understanding. Here is my response to previous supporters who have asked this question.


Which is better is a matter of preference and what "your" hair needs. The Chébé butter and creme were formulated to compliment each other, working together to achieve what most would call the L.O.C Method.

Liquid, Oil, Creme:

The L.O.C Method is a simplified, step by step guide to obtaining and retaining ultimate hydration and moisture retention. Hydrate with a liquid and seal/lock in that hydration with an oil/butter or both. Master this method and you are on your way to stronger, healthier hair. This may be misleading to some since the Chébé creme is the hydration part of this method, while the Chébé butter and Chébé infused oil are the lock in/sealant part of this method.

So, How are they different?

Here are some ways in which they are different. Maybe this will help you figure out your needs and if one or both are right for you.

  • The Chébé creme is water-based and used for hydrating and inserting moisturizer into the strands.

  • The Chébé butter, on the other hand, is oil-based and works to seal in that hydration/moisture; and protect the hair from breakage.

  • The Chébé infused oil is the most potent with Chébé, followed by the butter, and lastly the creme; which is made using a little of the butter.

With that being said, I believe they both would work together perfectly for hair that has a hard time inserting moisture, keeping moisture, or dries out easily. The lubrication from the Chébé will provide a breathable protective barrier for each strained, preventing water loss that could overtime lead to breakage.

Vulnerable hair types:

  • High porosity

  • Low porosity

  • Tightly coiled (4b to 4c hair type)

The Difference between Normal, High, and Low Porosity

Comparison of Low vs High vs Normal hair porosity
Difference between Normal, High, & Low hair porosity
Figure 1. Shows picture example of a normal hair strand, highly porous hair strand, and a low porous hair strand. The blue arrows represent the water absorption relation to each hair type, as well at the repellent of it. The blue film on the third strand represents product build up.

High Porosity

Having porous hair might describe most of us of African decent with naturally curly, kinky, or coily hair. Or curly, kinky, coily hair loops and bends causing more breaks in the hair shaft. Porous hair is also commonly associated with damaged hair from chemical processing like bleaching the hair, excessive use of heat, or even relaxing the hair.

Extremely porous hair, or High porosity, simply means the cuticles along your hair strand shaft are flared up/open. This hair type has the best absorption ability to soak up water/products due to its highly porous state; but the hydration/moisture also escapes as fast as it enters. This leaves behind dry, brittle hair that is susceptible to breakage.

Do you have High porosity hair?

  1. When you wet your hair for washing, does it soak up water instantly?

  2. When you are done washing your hair, does it dry out super fast?

  3. Do you have to constantly rewet your hair in order to get through one styling session?

  4. Do you find yourself soaking up large amounts of product and layering on heavy cream after heavy cream just to be left with dry, brittle hair the next day?

More than likely, you have high porosity hair! To combat high porosity hair, we must find a way to lock and seal in the moisture we initially absorbed into our strands after washing.

How can YAYA's Chébé Line help?

By providing superior lubrication, YAYA's Chébé line will help smooth down cuticle layers and seal in/lock in hydration and moisture. This lubrication, along with protective styling, will hold onto moisture longer and prevent water loss to keep your strands plump and strong. Increasing elasticity and healing with powerful antioxidants that will strengthen strands and prevent excessive breakage, this is how YAYA's Chébé line works to encourage length retention. With soothing emollient like Kokum butter, mango butter, hemp seed oil, jojoba oil, and more; YAYA's Chébé line is a great choice for those wanting to master the L.O.C Method to combat High Porosity hair.

Low Porosity

I am personally more familiar with high porosity hair types, but I have experienced low porosity characteristics before. Low porosity can be even more difficult to deal with, because there are steps that must be taken before the L.O.C Method can even begin.

Low porosity hair types simply means the hair cuticles along the hair strand shaft are tightly closed shut. This is a great thing! Your hair tends to be healthy, shiny, strong, and less susceptible to damage. However, low porosity hair does not absorb water and other products well. If your hair ever becomes dry or damaged, you will have a hard time opening your cuticle layers to allow moisture in. Low porosity hair is also more susceptible to product build up. Water, nourishing oils, and products tend to sit on top of the hair, unable to penetrate. This could lead to dry, brittle, dull hair.

Do you have low porosity hair?

  1. When you apply products to your hair, do the products tend to sit on top of your hair causing a white film that never absorbs in?

  2. When you wash your hair, does the water bounce off your strands?

  3. Do you have to wash your hair at least once before the water will really soak into your strands?

More than likely, you have low porosity hair! To combat damaged low porosity hair, we must find a way to open the cuticles layers to allow moisture/products into the hair strands.

How can YAYA's Chébé Line help?

We can provide you tips to help you open your cuticle layers so that you may reap all the benefits of YAYA's Chébé products properly.

Tip 1. Steam hair before applying products. The heat from the steam will open your cuticle layers to allow hydration from the Chébé Creme in. Then you can reseal with the Chébé butter or oil. You do not need much to do this. Even though the butters and oils absorb super fast in the hair, low porosity hair may be easily weighed down by them. A little goes a long way!

Tip 2. Wash hair before using YAYA's Chébé line. The heat from the water, as well as the pH from the cleansers in your shampoo will open your cuticle layers to remove build up and dirt. This will leave your hair strands open and ready to receive the conditioning and hydrating properties of the Chébé Creme. Follow up with a small amount of the Chébé butter or Chébé infused oil to reseal and lock in moisture until next wash day.

Effectively utilizing these tips will lead to highly lubricated and stronger strands that may reverse your damage. In turn, you will have less breakage and encourage length retention.

*The following hair types should follow the normal How to Use method of YAYA's Chébé line.

Normal Porosity

Normal porosity is what we all hope to achieve at some point. This hair type equally absorbs and repels water/products. This hair type is not easily damaged, but can become damaged with excessive processing like bleaching, straightening, etc. It can also become damaged and dry if neglected without properly sealing in moisture and hydration.

Tightly Coiled 4b to 4c hair type

Photo by Edson Assis from Pexels
Figure 2. Example of tightly coiled 4b to 4c hair type

First off, your hair is beautiful and beyond special. No one in the entire world has hair like you. It is unique and it is appreciated. Your ancestors gave you this gift. Your hair is the result of years and years of evolution. The land of your ancestors was extremely hot and tightly coiled hair protected them from prolong exposure to harmful UV rays. That is why it is so dense and coily. It is because your ancestors loved you and past down a gift through each generation to you.

With that being said, we were not taught how to care for it. It easily breaks and is usually extremely dry. You have dandruff and scalp irritation because the sebum on your scalp can not travel down your tight, coily hair strands. Instead, it builds up on the scalp causing itchy scalp, inflammation, irritation, dandruff, and flakes that you mistake for dry scalp. This is wrong, and adding more oil will only make it worse.

I know your frustration. I encourage you to cleanse/clarify your scalp often and avoid oiling or greasing your scalp. If you want, you can use the Chébé infused oil as a hot oil treatment to soothe itching and inflammation; but make sure you wash throughly after. I encourage you to embrace the L.O.C Method and discover the wonders of your gift. More than likely, your hair strands are highly porous, so start there.

You may believe that you need heavy creams to master your hair type, but that is not necessarily true. You will only weigh down your super fine, fragile strands. A light weight creme like YAYA's Chébé Creme after washing is all you need. Follow up with the Chébé Butter to properly seal and protect. You can retain length and you can have healthy, strong hair.

How to Effectively use the YAYA Creations Chébé Hair Care line for Length Retention?

How to Use:

On wet or freshly washed hair, evenly apply the creme to length of hair and then seal with the butter and/or oil. The butter may help your hair hold onto the moisture longer, especially during protective styling. The lubrication will help prevent breakage and encourage length retention. *The oil and butter may be used on the scalp, especially for trouble spots. Use the oil as a hot oil treatment to soothe severe scalp irritation and promote healthy scalp.

*For those with sensitive scalp, or an over production of sebum on the scalp, should test a small section for reaction before applying the chebe oil or butter all over the scalp.

I hope this helps 😊💜