Due to aging and health issues, my hair had become noticeably thinner and finer. I was desperate to find something that would reverse the loss and improve its appearance. A hair stylist recommended Nioxin shampoo and conditioning treatments.
I researched it online, and read reviewers’ opinions. I wasn’t surprised to find 50% would recommend it, and 50% wouldn’t. On Nioxin’s website, it states; “This product has stimulated new hair growth at the root, and increases thickness of each strand.” I decided the only sensible thing to do was try it myself. I bought the shampoo and the conditioner, as the manufacturer advised, to get the best results.
I asked reviewers for advice on usage, and some suggested I use it daily to see results. Another stylist advised against doing this, as Nioxin could “stress” my hair by stripping it of essential natural oils. I started using it as I did my regular shampoo, every three days.
The first time I used it, I noticed a refreshing tingling in my scalp, along with a strong peppermint smell, and felt sure something positive was happening. It felt like my pores were wide open and follicles were bursting to grow! But after rinsing, my hair was coarse, tangled, and felt so dry that it concerned me. I quickly poured some Nioxin conditioner in my hand, and massaged it in. Shortly after, my hair smoothed out.
After combing and drying, my style looked flatter, not fuller. From experience, I knew heavy conditioners weighed down the strands of my fine hair. Apparently, Nioxin was in that category, and I made note to use less the next time.
Three days later I repeated the process, this time using a light styling spray to curl my hair. The next morning, after spritzing with water, I had difficulty combing it. The water made my hair gummy, and styling was impossible.
I’ve used this product for two months now, and I’ve not had any actual new hair growth. I think advertising Nioxin as a treatment that will stimulate new hair growth can be misleading, although not entirely untrue; massaging your scalp, using any shampoo, stimulates the scalp and increases blood circulation. Scalp Massage For Hair Growth
Peppermint oil and menthol are among the ingredients in Nioxin. These additives contribute to the cool, refreshed sensation. It does cleanse the scalp and hair follicles, but in my case, it stripped my hair of natural oils, and made it coarse. If one’s hair has a build-up of oils, sebum, dirt, and pollutants, then any good cleanser can be used. I’ll use the Nioxin products once a month, just for that purpose.
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