Need suggestions for getting rid of build-up on my scalp

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  • 1 Post By Morgan_Adcock
  • 1 Post By TwistySister

After 6 weeks of following the CG method, I notice my hair feels and looks better, however, my scalp has alot of white flaky build up. I'm a 2c/3a, high porosity, High density and coarse hair. I currently use L'Oreal EverCurl Conditioner as a co-wash, shampoo once a week with L'Oreal EverCurl shampoo, Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner as a leave in, and Herbal Essences Twisty Twirly Curl Scrunching Gel.

I think I need to do something to get rid of my itchy, flaky white scalp. Any ideas?
You shouldn't be having build up on CG so you need to change the shampoo you are using and the conditioner you use for co-washing. I know lots of people don't like or rate the evercurl line.

Make sure every time you wash/co-wash you rub your scalp with the pads of your fingers NOT your nails. Also rinse really well so rinse them rinse again.
I don't know much about the EverCurl line, mostly because I haven't really heard any curlies talking about it. Which I'm personally going to take as a sign that it might not be the best line (I may be wrong, but I think word of mouth can be quite a useful thing).

You could also be using products that are too heavy for your hair, so perhaps you need a lighter leave-in? The SM Restorative is what I use as a rinse-out, so maybe it's too heavy for you to leave in?

The conditioner you mentioned may also not be an effective co-wash. Plus, your hair may just not get along with co-washing and you may need to low-poo instead.
3A with some 3B thrown in. Medium porosity. Medium Thickness. High density.

Pre-poo: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Low-poo: SM Coconut & Hibiscus shampoo / ElastaQP Créme Conditioning shampoo
Conditioner: Jason Moisturising Aloe Vera Conditioner

D/C: Experimenting!

Leave-in: Baptism rinse
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I echo the others, that shampoo and conditioner may just not be for you. There are others you can get from drug or department stores if you like, which country are you in? I'll mention that some people have luck doing a scalp scrub with sugar, just mixing some with their co wash to make a paste and using it to clean the scalp. It rinses out just fine. When I tried this, it actually helped me realize that I hadn't been using my fingers correctly to massage my scalp and get it clean.
2c/3a, dense, fairly coarse, normal porosity and elasticity, bsl curly, WL wet
Low poo: Giovanni 50 50
Co-wash: down under naturals, tresume naturals
RO: AOHR
LI: Giovanni Direct, Desert Essence curl cream
Stylers: kccc, HE smu, brhg
Oils: coconut, argan or evoo
I was going to mention doing a scalp scrub. You said it was itchy and flaky. Is it dandruff? Maybe you could try just using conditioner to cleanse. Or it could be an allergic reaction. I think the Suave Naturals line is CG and many curlies have great success with it plus it's fairly cheap. I know there's a stickie for CG/All Natural products on this forum that'll be helpful for you.
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Hey TwistySister, I remember considering using the evercurl line and if I remember correctly, they have cones(even the shampoo), which in my experience can definitely cause build up. I've been using the SheaMoisture Africa Black Deep Cleansing Shampoo, and I have to say I'm in love with it haha Even my mom likes and her hair is more like a 1c. It cleans up pretty well and it doesn't dry my hair, although my hair is more on the oily side. Hope this helps!
They do have cones. There is cheaper and better out there. Try Suave Naturals. For clarifying I just dilute Suave Clarifying.
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Thanks, ladies. I am a little confused - the Suave Naturals seem to have sulfates - at least the shampoos do. I like SM so I'm going to give its shampoo a try. Stay tuned....
I meant for co-washing use suave naturals conditioner. A lot of wavies occasionally need to clarify. I do that by diluting a regular shampoo.
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This sounds like buildup from products with cones which is lifting from your scalp. Lorrraine Massey's suggestion in Curly Girl: The Handbook (also available here) is to do a brown sugar scrub. Just mix a tablespoon of brown sugar in with a co-wash conditioner, such as Suave Naturals or VO5, and give yourself an extra thorough scalp massage to break it up, so it can be rinsed away.
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Morgan

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008
I agree with you, SereneCurls. Before doing a brown sugar scrub, I didn't understand fully how to massage my scalp when co-washing. It was a really good learning experience.
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Morgan

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This sounds like buildup from products with cones which is lifting from your scalp. Lorrraine Massey's suggestion in Curly Girl: The Handbook (also available here) is to do a brown sugar scrub. Just mix a tablespoon of brown sugar in with a co-wash conditioner, such as Suave Naturals or VO5, and give yourself an extra thorough scalp massage to break it up, so it can be rinsed away.
Originally Posted by Morgan_Adcock
I totally agree with this, one reason I was happy to get off the 'cone bandwagon was that they irritated my scalp and caused me to eventually have a horrid case of "dandruff". I do own a couple of COs that have a 'cone low on the list but in reality I rarely use them, one I replaced sort of out of habit and the other bought at a $ store out of curiosity (and didn't particularly care for it...). They have also affected my daughter (who never listens...) to some degree. She straightens her wavy hair so she uses them regularly.

I also second the brown sugar scrub. Alternatively, you can use Epsom Salt instead of sugar and it'll have the "side effect" of boosting your curl.

Last edited by CGSince2002; 06-27-2014 at 11:51 AM.
Curlies - thanks for the suggestions. I have now switched to As I am Coconut Co-Wash, no more L'Oreal EverCurl for me! I am still using my SM leave in and am now using Organix Kukui Oil and Curl Cream - MAJOR improvement with my scalp! Also helped to reduce frizz and hair is now soft soft, curly and happy!
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