I came across this question when I want to describe the feeling after using a shampoo.

The scalp usually feels oily or ????? after using a shampoo

When we feel oily it seems the shampoo is mainly nourished effect. On the other hand, some shampoos are mainly for cleaning your scalp, you will feel very dry. Does this sense of dryness have a better expression?

  • 1
    "Dry" is the name for one of the 'hair conditions' that shampoos target. – Lawrence Jan 12 '18 at 10:15
  • This seems to me more a medical question, which may be better answered on the "health" site. – WS2 Jan 12 '18 at 10:37
  • feels greasy or "stripped of its natural oils" – Mari-Lou A Jan 12 '18 at 10:37
  • 1
    You don't have a squeaky clean scalp, it's squeaky clean hair. You test hair for cleanliness by rubbing a wet lock of hair between your thumb and forefinger. If it squeaks, it means all the grease and dirt has been removed, like after washing the plates. – Mari-Lou A Jan 12 '18 at 11:21

Squeaky-clean, perhaps?

squeaky-clean adjective [informal]

completely clean:

  • I love the squeaky-clean feel of my hair after I've washed it.

Cambridge Dictionary


After a quick scan for synonyms of dryness, I think


preserved by drying

fits your context best, conveying the sensation of a medicine (in this case, a shampoo) being beneficial to one's health.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.