My hair is very dense and tightly packed in, so i apply it to the scalp, but around the root area of the surrounding hair gets dry, but I have dry hair to begin with. I may apply it earlier in the day, so I can apply an oil after it dries.I don't experience dryness either. I just make sure to concentrate the rogaine on my scalp alone. My scalp is not prone to dryness. Neither is my hair so as long as I apply to scalp alone getting as little on my hair as possible I don't get dryness.