Are you a spontaneous shopper? Or do you research each product before you buy? (How very responsible of you – then you’ll appreciate these Nioxin reviews! ;))
Me? I have an impulsive shopping streak. And I tend to believe in whatever miracles brands promise to deliver. (As a copywriter, I should know better!)
It’s usually harmless. Fine, so that lipstick didn’t turn me into Angelina Jolie. So what? I never really believed it would.
But when it comes to hair loss treatments, you’ve got more to lose. You could put all your confidence in a product, investing time, money and hope… only to be sorely disappointed. Maybe even shedding more strands as a result.
LA Says: During my many years as an alopecian, I’ve tried countless “miracle cures”. And I’ve learned to avoid trusting every product that claims miraculous regrowth. To do my research first. And to know what’s involved before I commit.
Emma’s ‘not a doctor’ disclaimer
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I want to help those with thinning locks, alopecia areata, or other forms of hair loss find a solution that’s tried, tested and trusted.
By someone who knows what she’s talking about. Who’s actually used the products herself and who has seen success with them. (That’s me – Lady Alopecia!)
If you’ve never heard of Nioxin Research Laboratories before, they’re not an organisation from Stranger Things. They’re considerably less evil (even though Proctor and Gamble have been at the helm since 2008 – think of them what you will).
The company comes from good roots. Long story short, a woman called Eva Graham experienced alopecia after giving birth to her daughter. She couldn’t find a decent natural solution on the market – so she decided to make her own.
Eva used $500 and a dream to experiment with herbs and botanicals, eventually linking in with biologists, pharmacologists and dermatologists. Thanks to her smarts and skills, Nioxin for men and women became a big deal.
And although the company has reputedly changed its formula since P&G’s takeover (it now contain sulfates) and has moved operations from the US to Mexico, it’s still one of the leading brands in the hair loss shampoo market.
Well, that’s what the Nioxin reviews imply.
It also maintains the same premise as when it began: “Scalp Hair Creates Hair Health.”
LA Says: That’s a super-quick overview of the business behind the bottles. But if you want to read more about the company’s background, check out this post.
Before I get stuck into what these products can do, let me highlight what they can’t do. They will not miraculously regrow hair overnight. (Sorry. But there are no quick fixes here.)
In fact, unlike many other hair care brands, the company never claims to be a hair regrowth solution. Or to stop hair loss. Rather, it says that it’s “designed specifically for thinning and fine hair”. Which is true.
Using premium skincare as inspiration, these treatments:
But does Nioxin work? I can honestly say that for me, it ticked all of the above. My fine, brittle strands became thicker and healthier-looking in a matter of weeks.
If I’d had more of the stuff, I would’ve tossed it over my shoulders like all those L’Oréal ladies!
LA Says: I’m not alone in seeing great results. In fact, 89% of people who used the 3-part systems noticed a thickening effect.
*Based on a 2016 US survey, conducted by SIRS and involving 230 participants with thinning hair concerns.
Back when Eva founded the company, she came to the following realisation: “The scalp is simply an extension of the face: it needs gentle ingredients to breathe and function correctly.”
So Nioxin’s 3-part systems contain a blend of 3 technologies – formulated to promote scalp health and to improve thinning hair in men and women.
Nioxin identified these 3 danger signs and created a line of products to blast them out of the water. Their formula removes follicle-clogging sebum to foster a healthy scalp environment while boosting the volume and texture of what you already have. Yay! 🙂
Too much choice can get confusing. I get it.
And if you’re already curious about these products, you might wonder: “Which Nioxin system is right for me”? Don’t worry – let Lady Alopecia help you in your shopping quest! 😉
See below for a summary of each 3D system, or click the individual links to read my Nioxin system reviews.
Now you know about the company and its different systems, here are the top 8 products I’d recommend – with links to further Nioxin reviews to give you the full story.
Since System 2 is the best one for my particular hair type, that’s the one I talk about here. But you can choose whatever kit you like.
LA Says: There are pros and cons to all of these products – and customers have had very different experiences. So some of these Nioxin reviews aren’t exactly positive. But all I can say is that the treatments worked for me!!
The first part of each 3-step system, this cleanser is possibly the most important Nioxin product you can own.
Salons have voted it their #1 Hair Thinning Shampoo and it’s scooped up the Stylist Choice Award for Favourite Fine/Thinning Hair product for 15 years (and counting.)
It may or may not be the best shampoo for hair growth – but people seem to love it either way and Nioxin shampoo reviews are a reflection of these positive vibes.
Oh, and it’s also an anti DHT shampoo – DHT being one of the leading causes of androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness).
You can buy it in both 10.1oz (300ml) and 33.8oz (1L) bottles as standalone products or get it in the full kit.
To use: Apply a little to wet hair, build up a nice lather and gently massage into your scalp for up to 1 minute before rinsing. The peppermint oil and white tea extract bring a cooling, tingling sensation and make a refreshing addition to your morning shower!
Even superheroes need a sidekick from time to time. So while I really love the cleanser, it works even better when you follow it up with this creamy conditioner.
Otherwise, the shampoo alone can dry out your crowning glory. Although this usually improves after a week or two, the conditioning Nioxin scalp therapy keeps your locks nice ‘n’ nourished throughout this time.
Once again, you can buy it in a 10.1oz (300ml) bottle, as a 33.8oz (1L) bottle or in the full kit.
To use: Rub a pea-sized amount of conditioner into your scalp, and from root to tip. Leave in for up to 3 minutes before rinsing.
The final step in your 3-part kit, this scalp and hair treatment helps the shampoo and conditioner do their job even better – by providing a much healthier foundation for them to work with.
It includes SPF15 and two trademarked technologies (BioAmp and Glyco-Shield), to protect your scalp from environmental damage while giving it some added moisture.
It feels really cool on your scalp, too – good for hot-headed types! Any downsides? Well, the 6.7oz (200ml) bottle is pretty expensive. You’d be better off trying it out in the 3-part kit instead.
To use: If you’ve got some hair to work with, use a comb or your fingers to separate it into sections before spraying the treatment into each area. Rub it in and leave it to work its magic without rinsing.
Designed for progressed thinning hair, this treatment works on specific areas of concern – like a receding hairline or thinning crown. So if you’re looking for a product to make hair thicker, it makes a great add-on to your System 2, 4 or 6 kits.
It isn’t part of any 3-step system, but I’d still highly recommend it. My hairdresser friend (who originally recommended Nioxin to me) told me that it’d be like my secret weapon. And she was right.
Not only did it add volume to the little hair I already had, but it also acted as a styling mousse – making my short curls soft and springy, and my attempt at a mohawk look more like a style choice.
I had been using wax and styling gel before trying this product and noticed how the harsh chemicals seemed to be doing more damage than they were worth. So I was relieved to find a more gentle styling alternative.
Plus, the booster forms a protective barrier against cuticle damage. (Pretty and protective? Yes, please!) And even though the 3.38oz (100ml) bottle is a little on the pricey side, it lasts for ages.
Another standalone product, the Night Density Rescue treatment looks like something out of a Bond film.
Its slick blue bottle and glass pipette is another weapon in your hair care arsenal. A scientific gadget that you’ll have at your disposal, whenever you need it.
Making use of NIOXYDINE24 technology (a blend of antioxidants to neutralise free radicals on the scalp), this leave-in treatment can reduce hair fall associated with scalp surface oxidation in 3 months. Good job.
Did it work for me? It’s hard to say. Since I used it in conjunction with all the other products, I don’t know if any single product helped my hair grow back. But together, they did!
To use: Using the pipette to divide your hair, apply one drop every couple of centimetres. Next, gently massage the solution into the entire scalp, moving your fingers in a circular motion. Finish by gently brushing your hair, then have sweet dreams as the Night Density Rescue works its magic.
I think this might be my favourite Nioxin product. Because I saw instant results!
It feels like a facial for the scalp. You apply the exfoliator to regenerate and revitalise scalp skin, just like you’d use an anti-ageing treatment for the face.
The aim of this treatment is to remove build-up on the scalp and it’s a pretty fun process to watch – some people might be grossed out by the sight of dead skin falling away but I was fascinated!
To use: Apply every 4–6 weeks to dry, unwashed hair. Spread the treatment in thin lines, following a grid-like pattern across the scalp. Leave it on for 10 minutes and rinse well (watching in awe as your dead skin flakes away) before following up with your 3D-care system.
Here’s another product that you don’t need to use regularly, but that can give your hair a powerful boost when you do.
One of the problems with living in a modern world of traffic, pollution and an ever more messed-up climate is that our bodies simply aren’t used to these external stresses.
We wind up with immune and respiratory problems. With stress and anxiety. And with poor skin, brittle nails and dried-out, lifeless hair.
Now, a hair masque clearly isn’t going to solve many of these issues. But it can improve the condition of your hair!
Deeply conditioning and nourishing, the mask provides your head with much-needed moisture while strengthening each hair shaft against further damage and breakage. Nice one.
To use: I recommend using this once a week if you have normal hair, twice a week if you have very dry, brittle hair and every fortnight if you have oily hair. After rinsing your Nioxin shampoo and conditioner, apply the mask to damp hair and leave it in for up to 5 minutes before rinsing.
This is the kit that’s best for my hair type – normal with progressed thinning. It contains one cleanser, one conditioner and one scalp and hair treatment, all of which make up the 3D, 3-Step Treatment Plan that I outlined above.
Read more about the full benefits of Nioxin System 2 or read on to see which system might be the best choice for you.
They emphasise that the products will not regrow hair (like say, Rogaine or Propecia). But they do promote a much healthier scalp, which in turn can lead to regeneration of the skin cells and new hair to take root. (A process which takes time. Patience, my friend.)
It’s also worth noting that if you order from Amazon, make sure you check reviews for that particular supplier. Some suppliers have been reported to send out trial-size kits while charging customers for the full system. So do your research first!
To use: Follow Steps 1–3 from the “How to use Nioxin” section and stick with the system for at least 3 months. 6+ months is what the manufacturer recommends.
Good question. You’re going to be investing a lot of time and money in Nioxin so you want to invest in the best product. Right? Right.
But the best Nioxin system for hair loss will change from person to person.
So before you buy, consider the following factors:
We’re all built differently. And one solution won’t fit all. Luckily, you’ve got 6 solutions to help you decide which Nioxin to use!
Some depend on the amount of shedding you’re experiencing, while others depend on your hair type.
Some of us shed more than others. So if you’re only experiencing a little hair fall, there’s no need to go in with the most powerful treatment. Stick to Systems 1, 3 or 5 if that’s the case.
If your loss is more extensive, choose between Systems 2, 4 and 6. Use the recommendations under “Hair Type” above to help you make your final decision.
Price is always a factor. And although this brand is actually quite reasonable compared to many of its competitors, you’ll still need to invest in several products over a long period of time.
Personally, I justified the money I spent on Nioxin with the fact that I don’t spend money on hairdressers. I never go in to get my roots done, for instance. So I’ve extra cash to spend on nourishing those roots!
Since the scalp is an extension of the face, it makes sense to give it the same care and attention. So just like a 3-step plan to cleanse, tone and moisturise the skin, Nioxin uses a 3-step system to treat the scalp.
Use the minty-smelling cleanser to rid your scalp of all that gross excess sebum, which can lead to conditions like seborrheic dermatitis. The shampoo lathers well, so you won’t need much.
Simply massage it into the scalp and from your roots to tips. (About a minute should do the trick.) Rinse.
Psst… Want to know more about this particular product? Then read my full Nioxin shampoo review here!
If Step 1 was like applying cleanser to your face, Step 2 is like following up with your favourite moisturiser. Because now it’s time to give your mane some much-needed moisture.
Apply a pea-sized amount of conditioner and comb it gently through your wet mop, really rubbing it into the ends. Leave it in for 2–3 minutes while you work on your shower setlist. Rinse.
This step is like a face mist – something you use to pamper your skin, protecting it from harmful external elements. The Nioxin scalp treatment acts as a barrier to pollutants while giving your scalp added protection with some SPF.
Simply divide your towel-dried hair into sections, spray a little of this treatment into each area and comb it through with your fingers. No need to rinse.
LA Says: If you don’t have any hair to begin with, you might feel silly rubbing all these products onto your noggin. I know I did. But even though I didn’t have any hair to rinse – just my shiny head – I still took time to massage in and lather up the shampoo, to apply the conditioner and to spray on the scalp treatment before rubbing it in. It just meant I needed less and the products lasted longer!
Now, I haven’t tried every product in the following systems. But if you want to go further in your Nioxin journey, you can choose from the following…
I’ve already mentioned the masque/mask, the hair booster and the night density rescue treatment from this range. But these products are worth a try, too:
The 4 products in this line include a cleanser and conditioner, plus two different treatments for men and women.
In regards to the shampoo and conditioner within this line, they don’t appear to be all that different to the ones in the usual 3D system. But feel free to try them out and tell me otherwise! 😉
I haven’t used any of these products as for me, the booster was enough to style my short supply of strands! But Nioxin does offer thickening gels, strong hold sprays, definition creams and much more.
All of which are really good value – so if you’re into experimenting with funky new styles, they’re worth checking out! 🙂
If you’re a cautious buyer, you won’t want to go slapping all these treatments on your scalp without knowing what’s actually in them. It’s good to check.
Nioxin contains natural ingredients like white tea extract and peppermint oil, a whole bunch of B vitamins, plus other antioxidants, amino acids and botanicals to promote hair growth.
Here’s my full breakdown of the technologies and active ingredients used in Nioxin products.
It’s worth noting that since P&G took over, the formula has changed a little. Now it contains sulfates, which are commonly viewed as harmful for the hair – however, there is no scientific evidence to support this claim.
LA Says: That’s an important fact to note, and one that I’ve just come across in my research. I was previously attached to the anti-sulfate wagon, so it’s good to know they’re not that bad, after all!
Well, yes actually. There are. Some are nice and pleasant, others are a little more uncomfortable. Most are totally normal. The Nioxin reactions you can expect are:
Don’t worry about these side effects – they’re completely normal, simply an indication of your scalp getting used to the new treatment. That redness and tingling mean it’s working!
But in some cases, you might experience a more severe reaction – for instance, if you’re allergic to any of the active ingredients. Check out Lady Alopecia’s post on these reactions to learn more.
Because we’re all different, I can’t give you a clear answer on that one. Sorry.
But personally, I had thicker, fuller hair after just 2 weeks. I noticed some white fuzz growing back after using the above 8 products for about a month and my hair grew back after 3 months of use.
Unfortunately, when I stopped using Nioxin, my hair began falling out again. Maybe I should’ve kept it up, or at least for the 6 months that the manufacturer recommends.
I’d recommend using these treatments for at least 3 months. If you don’t notice any results within this period, it might be time to give it a rest and try something else. My other fave shampoo for hair loss, incidentally, is called Revita. And it doesn’t have any bad side effects (see my full review here).
Although you can get cheaper hair care products, I actually think Nioxin is really good value – especially considering that the treatments are professional salon quality and that they last for ages.
Prices range from $11 up to $50, with most ones around the $30 mark. For instance, you can get a 33.8oz (1L) bottle of cleanser for $20–$30 from Amazon. (That’s nearly half the price you’ll pay at a salon.)
And you can buy a full 3-step system for under $40 if you shop around.
We’re almost at the end now – well done for sticking with me! So to recap, here are the top Nioxin pros…
Of course, there are a few cons to consider, too. Such as:
You can stock up on all these products from Amazon, from the manufacturer’s site or from your local salon.
The cheapest place to buy Nioxin might actually be your nearest large retail outlet, like Walmart. However, beware of stockists with prices that seem too good to be true. They probably are.
I used it daily – some of the products twice a day – but for those with particularly sensitive scalps, it might be best to use it 3 times a week instead.
Natural shampoos and conditioners from JĀSÖN Organics are great Nioxin alternatives.
For me? Yep, totally. I only experienced a little redness and tingling when I used these products. Others, however, might have a systemic reaction to some of the botanicals in their formula.
If you experience any facial swelling or hives, discontinue use immediately and consult your GP.
Unfortunately, yes. That seems to be one of the immediate side effects. And it’s something I experienced, too.
But once I had shed this “dead hair” and stuck with the treatment plan, new and stronger strands did take its place. I should have taken some Nioxin “before” and “after” pics as an example… next time! 😉
Hopefully, this post has provided enough detail and advice for you to make an informed decision about Nioxin. In my own experience, it’s been really effective – but I appreciate that it won’t be the same for everyone.
I’m not a doctor. Or a dermatologist. Or a trichologist (that’s a hair doctor, btw).
I’m just a lady with very little hair on her head. Who has tried countless alopecia treatments and found this one to be effective… for a while, at least.
Does Nioxin work? Well, whether or not it works for you is anyone’s guess. But give it a go, see what you think and share your experience below.
Maybe your own Nioxin reviews will help a fellow alopecian in need!
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