Washing too often?

I've been transitioning for about 4 months now and on the CG routine for about 2 months. I have had a dry scalp for about a year but it has gotten worse. I do cowashes and use silicone free products but my scalp will have so much residue build up after 3 days that I just have to wash it (with Burt's Bees a sulfate free shampoo). So I end up washing about 2 times a week, and sometimes 3! I use tea tree oil but it's not helping and my scalp and hair continues to be dry. What can I do about this?
Have you tried water only washes?

Tea tree oil can be very drying - dries my hair out to a crisp.
Sarah.

Based in the UK. 2-something (2b?) hair. Very porous, fine and brittle/fragile

Hair loves: Drip drying, glycerine, shea butter, oils
Hair hates: Plopping, any kind of gel, most conditioners (scalp issues).
essential oils like tea tree should be diluted w/ a carrier oil like olive, castor, sweet almond, and etc because they are VERY drying by themselves. Have you tried using castor oil on your scalp? Shea butter is really good too.
Last Relaxer: Nov. 07
BC: May. 2010 (30 months)
Hair Type: thick 4b/4a
Current length: back at APL
Goal length: hip
Staples: natural growth aides
Thanks I will try your suggestions.
Try co-washing with Suave coconut conditioner (its usually $1-$2). It works really well and has lots of slip.
- Maria

Big Chop: 9/23/07
Relaxer free for almost 5 years!

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