Seeking advice/tips on gently exfoliating scalp regularly :)
Hello I'm new here and wasn't sure where to post, so if I'm in the wrong thread, please do redirect me!
The issue that brought me here is a little complicated. I have psoriasis (though I don't have flare-ups because I control my diet and use a shower filter). However, I do still regenerate skin cells faster than someone who doesn't have psoriasis. And I find that this gives me scalp buildup quickly!
I never wash my hair any sooner than 4 days apart, and my routine for years has been: Brush scalp to loosen buildup, wet hair with hot water (sorry but I always use hot - warm does not work on me ), use a LOT of Giovanni TTTT conditioner to massage my scalp and my hair, rinse w/ hot water, shampoo 2x with Giovanni TTTT shampoo (the only way I can get all the buildup and conditioner out), then condition with Nature's Gate Daily Herbal conditioner. I used to clarify my scalp with straight lemon juice (for some reason my hair loved this?!) before washing 1x and conditioning, but I admit I haven't done that in years. I never use styling products. I spray only Aloe Vera Juice on my dripping wet hair after my usual routine, which helps lock in moisture and makes my hair soft. I have fine hair, a mix of 3a and 3b. Not sure of the porosity, may be a combo, but it does take my long hair 4 hours to air dry (short hair takes about 1.5 - 2 hrs to air dry). I never use styling appliances, no hair dryer, never rub my hair with a towel (I use only a 100% cotton tshirt to absorb excess water).
Last week I tried sodium bicarb & water to get rid of some stubborn buildup and it worked perfectly - as far as getting rid of it. It dried out my hair & my scalp was tight, however! (I shampooed 1x & conditioned after, but forgot the aloe vera juice!) Four days later, I tried again and naively used more sodium bicarb than before, but same routine of washing 1x and conditioning..and again forgot the aloe vera juice. It wasn't as dry but my hair wasn't as curly as it should've been. Then I read that some people's hair got damaged. Today was 'Day 2' after the last sodium bicarb wash, and my hair looked lifeless and dry, so I wet w/ hot water, and caked a LOT of Nature's Gate Aloe Vera Conditioner into my hair and scalp, massaging to hopefully also lift the mild buildup I was getting from where my head rests on my pillow. After rinsing it out, I sprayed dripping wet hair w/ aloe vera juice, then combed my hair back (I wash upside down, and currently my hair is in a pixie - or else I would NOT comb it ). It was not 'squeaky' any more (thank God!) but the buildup remained.
So I am looking for a natural way to exfoliate my scalp as needed (which right now looks to be about every 4 days). I can't use oils (my hair hates them) and cannot use sulphates (they break me out). Baking soda doesn't seem to be good for my hair.
The only thing I can think of is...sugar?? I found an article that mentions putting sugar in your shampoo to exfoliate your scalp (http://www.marieclaire.com/beauty/news/a24812/adding-sugar-to-shampoo/) , but it says "do this every 3-5 washes depending on your individual scalp health". Would that mean that if I don't find it drying, that I could do it every 4 days? (I really do think my 'buildup' is due to rapid cell regeneration, as my skin is like this as well - I could exfoliate my skin every day and I'd still have to do it EVERY day. )
I would be very grateful to hear suggestions. I'm so dismayed that the sodium bicarb was brutal on my hair, because it really did clean my scalp so easily and well! Is there something else natural that would work as well but without the drying effect and without relaxing my curls?
Thank you in advance for any and all responses.