I have been no poo for about 4 years now and just started getting this problem in the last year. I don't think mine smells bad, but there is definitely a thickish white/yellow buildup of some sort that I'm unable to get off of my scalp. It's grossing me out.
Have you tried rinsing with white vinegar? It sounds similar to cradle cap which is often tied to a yeast overgrowth, which can be controled topically with vinegar. It will also keep your hair super shiny and soft.
Yes, let vinegar of any kind sit on your scalp for as long as you can stand it and then clean your hair in the shower as usual.<br><br>
If you started no poo without doing the baking soda and shampoo routine and then gradually weaning off the shampoo, I suggest you do that. Also, be sure to perfect the scalp scrub, using the pads of your fingers. Otherwise, if you're not doing that, you will get build up.<br><br>
I have better luck with mixing Suave Tropical Coconut conditioner with baking soda (diluting it in a bottle) and using that to clean my scalp. Coconut oil in the conditioner helps to cleanse and it moisturizes a little. In your case, smelly thick dandruff is a sign of oily dandruff, product residue buildup, and/or yeast overgrowth. Be sure to rinse thoroughly between no poo steps.
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Exactly what I was going to say!
With Asian. ethnic, or curly hair, it seems like it works better with lightweight silicone free conditioner plus baking soda (like Suave Tropical Coconut). Also, if you're just making a paste of water and baking soda, that may be your problem too. I didn't get a clean scalp after a while with just baking soda and water paste (even though in the beginning it did). I too, had yellow dandruff (it's not like dry dandruff, it's oil buildup dandruff, which is a different issue). I have to put some conditioner and baking soda in a container, put warm/hot water in it, shake it up, and then work that mixture little by little by pouring little at a time into my scalp and hair. This works supremely well now. I rinse and then spray diluted ACV (1/2 ACV, 1/2 water) on my hair from ears down.<br><br>
For extra degreasing action, you can try adding orange oil or tea tree oil to your water/BS/conditioner mixture.