The average winter scalp is a little greasy, and it may get that way in the spring, too, if it doesn’t get the help it needs in the first half of the year.
But it’s not as bad as it sounds.
To get a more even-looking, moisturized scalp, it’s important to look for the tips and hairs on the scalp that are the right size and shape, says Krista Koehler, a dermatologist and owner of Koehle Haircare in New Jersey.
A dry scalp doesn’t look like a full-blown dry scalp, Koehl says.
If you see a spot where the hair is sticking up and sticking out of the scalp, that’s probably a dry spot.
When it comes to dry hair, Koeshler recommends that you apply the gel directly to the scalp and let it soak in for 30 to 45 minutes.
You don’t want to let it sit overnight, either.
After that, rinse with cold water, and repeat the process.
The gel should feel like it’s absorbing moisture from the scalp instead of clumping up.
You may need to dab the gel onto your skin to get a little more coverage.
It can also be used on the hairline and scalp if you’re having trouble with frizziness.
Koechler says to use the gel to get rid of dry spots and to make the scalp feel more hydrated and plump.
For a better look, she suggests using a gel made of polyurethane or polyethylene foam, which you can buy online.
The foam is more absorbent than the polyester ones.
“It has the same properties as hair gel, but it’s more absorbant,” Koeher says.
The best part about gel products, she says, is that they’re more hydrating.
“They have less of a drying effect, so they don’t dry your hair out,” she says.