How to remove white gunk while washing hair

Hi, i have 2c/3a hair. I recently purchased EdenBodyworks coconut co-wash since it says it removes product buildup. While washing my hair and scratching my head with fingernails, some white sticky gunk came out and I am not sure if it is because of product buildup or dry scalp? I do see white flakes in my hair sometimes. I have been trying to do apple cider vinegar rinse but it hasn't helped. I wash my hair once a week. This is embarrassing, please help! Also, the co-wash did not seem to cleanse my hair. has anyone used it?

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It's probably from the co-wash! Co-wash (as you probably already know) means conditioning washing and conditioners are known for being thick and rich in oils and butters which are heavy. So I think you know where I'm getting here... Conditioners were not meant for cleansing but even though this one was, it still has conditioner attributes like the thick oils and butters and stuff! I suggest using just a regular shampoo with a gentle but purifying cleansing agent like decyl glucoside! SheaMoisture's Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo contains this cleansing agent! Ok ok ok I know I said co-washers usually contain thick butters, for, they are conditioners but this shampoo has decyl glucoside as the 2nd ingredient meaning they put a lot of it in there! Try it! Enjoy!- Rahmat The Hair Obsessed 12 Year Old
Thank you Rahmat! do you know of or use any shampoo that has decyl glucoside? Also, i read up more and found out that the white stuff could be dead skin cells and oil that builds up. Hopefully, after using clarifying shampoo it goes away. 
Oh! Sorry it took me so long to respond; I was eating salad! Yeah, I mentioned the shampoo in my first response. It's in the 8th line.Your Welcome!- Rahmat The Hair Obsessed 12 Year Old
Hold it there. Do not scratch your scalp with your fingernails while cowashing, that's so bad! You could make wounds and the white stuff is probably dry scalp mixed with the conditioner. Cowashing or even regular washing do not need fingernails. Massage the scalp with your fingertips, the intention is not to scratch it all off but to make your hair and head clean.