When it comes to hair loss remedies, Nioxin is a name oft bandied about by those in the know. While there is not official Nioxin review that seeks to answer once and for all if the company’s products will grow hair on bald heads, that which soon becomes obvious is that there is more to Nioxin than meets the eye.

What is Nioxin?

First and foremost, the company was founded by a lady – which in and of itself is different in the hair loss industry – who sought to not come up with a miracle cure but a line of products that all work together to achieve a common goal. Nioxin hair products – such as the Nioxin shampoo, Nioxin scalp treatment 3 and Nioxin cleanser 2- seek to attack the problem of hair thinning from a number of venues, and when hair strengthening is reestablished, the substances seek to nourish the newly strengthened hair.

For this reason, Nioxin is sold through the Regis Hair Salons chain that operates some 11,000 worldwide known under such monikers as Supercuts, Cost Cutters, Vidal Sassoon, and Saint Algue, to name just a few. It is interesting to note that Nioxin for bald heads is not actually advertised as such, instead, the Nioxin products are almost always geared toward those who have fine or thinning hair. While Nioxin for hair loss is not advertised as such, many who suffer from this condition seek to find it the daily care advice that the products carry might lead to re-growth.

While Nioxin side effects are not indicated with the Nioxin recharging complex or the Nioxin gel, there are some facts to get straight. Nioxin is different from other products in that it very specifically does not claim to be a remedy for hair loss. As such, those who seek out Nioxin for the cure of male pattern baldness or other kinds of hair loss will find that the system may not work.

Nioxin – does it work for those whose hair is thinning? Nioxin wholesale suppliers and those who sell it in their salons are quick to claim that not only does Nioxin work, but it is so effective that repeat clientele come back demanding it. Those with thinning hair and those who suffer from hair problems brought on by styling mistakes find that the various components work together well to strengthen their hair. Insiders know that for hair repair, Nioxin works well; for hair growth, the jury is still out.

Nioxin Reviews

In the following we are providing reviews for the availabe Nioxin products out there.

Nioxin Follicle Booster Review

Nioxin products are made by Nioxin Research Labs and are carried at hair salons throughout the United States and abroad. Nioxin Intensive Therapy Follicle Booster is a leave in scalp treatment for all types of hair. The product is said to be ideal for anyone with a low-density hairline and thinning hair and is suitable for men and women regardless of age or race. Nioxin Intensive Therapy Follicle Booster helps repair and protect your skin from free-radicals which helps create an optimal scalp environment.

How it works

Nioxin Intensive Therapy Follicle Booster is an intensive booster for areas of excessively thinning hair. Using proprietary Nioxin technology called Scalp Repertory Complex; Nioxin Intensive Therapy Follicle Booster targets hair follicle sites for maximum vitamin nourishment. This protects the follicles from environmental hazards such as the sun and other outside pollutants. The process allows the hair to become full of vitamins and nutrients that it was otherwise being deprived of. The nutrient rich hair in turn becomes thicker and fuller.
Using the product

The product is said to be for all hair types but stresses that it is ideal for individuals with low-density hairlines and thinning hair. The directions for use are short and simple:

  • Use Nioxin Intensive Therapy Follicle Booster twice a day.
  • Gently and generously distribute with your fingertips to areas of excessively thin-looking hair and low-density hairlines.

The product does warn that due to increased microcirculation, a rosy red glow -that may irritate- will appear on the skin. The redness is said to be only temporary and fades soon after it appears.
Benefits of the product

Nioxin Intensive Therapy Follicle Booster boasts several benefits of use such as:

  • Energizing and providing moisturizing nourishment for the scalp.

  • Helping to create an optimal scalp environment.

  • Protecting hair against DHT –the leading cause of hair loss- and the drying effects of the sun and other outside pollutants that can damage hair.

  • Containing antioxidants and helping repair damage to the hair caused by the outside pollutants from the environment.

While the product does not come right out and say that it can re-grow hair it does promote itself to fight against DHT –production of a hormone- which is the leading cause of hair loss.


Nioxin Intensive Therapy Follicle Booster seems to be marketed as more of a hair enhancer and not as much as a hair loss solution. The product is said to make hair thicker and more lustrous and even says it fights the dreaded DHT which is the leading cause for hair loss. But it does not come right out and say that it prevents hair loss or makes more hair grow. The product does say however that the nutrient starved hair that you do have will get the nourishment it needs and be protected from outside pollutants that can further damage it. While it may not make more hair grow, chances are if used properly, it will make the hair you have healthier and thus fuller.

Nioxin Sytem 1 Review

If you walk into any beauty store and ask for a product line for hair loss, they will likely recommend Nioxin. The company has been extremely successful in its campaign to hair stylists making them believe it is the best product to prevent hair loss. I remain skeptical. I’ve always considered this system to be an overpriced dandruff product, but I’ll let you decide that.

I can understand the need for people with fine or damaged hair to use a product that is not going to cause any further damage to hair. But Nioxin has 8 systems. To me, it seems to be all about branding and making money.

What’s in the Nioxin System 1 Package?

BioAmp: This product is aimed at thickening and strengthening hair.

Trasactive Delivery System: The company says this system is designed to provide nutrients to the hair. The last time I checked, hair strands are dead. How can you add nutrients to dead cells? You can’t so that’s why they mention this product is meant for the scalp? Well, vitamins better serve the body when they are taken internally.

Nioxin Cleanser: I’ve always seen the term cleanser applied to facial creams. Using it on a bottle of shampoo just promotes the idea to me that this product is supposed to be upscale. I translate this to mean that the price is higher because this hair cleanser is so fine for your hair. Don’t get me wrong. I’m sure it cleanses just fine. I’m just not sure the price is worth the fine words.

Nioxin Scalp Therapy: Here is your conditioner. They add essential oils, which I will admit are good for your hair. They will make it shiny and more manageable. It also includes antioxidants and enzymatic complexes.

Nioxin Scalp Treatment: This is the focal product that made Nioxin famous. It contains menthol, the smelly ingredient in many topical pain relievers. Menthol has been used for years as a pain relief agent. It makes your skin feel tingly and brings blood to the surface of the skin. That’s why the Nioxin label tells you to be aware you will have red skin for a short period.

The selling point Nioxin promotes for this product is that it brings blood back to hair follicles, nourishing them while it removes DHT and follicle-plugging sebum from the scalp. I’m sure it helps cleanse and it definitely brings blood to the skin surface. Does that translate into hair loss prevention? I am skeptical.


These six products can be found online for around $60, but if you buy it in the store, you will probably pay more.


You’ve probably noticed I’m not very excited about this product line. Why? I’m not saying Nioxin is a bad product. It’s actually a very good hair care system with ingredients (too many to mention that’s why I didn’t list them) that will clean and condition your hair. I’m just skeptical that it has any real value for hair loss.

Would I buy Nioxin? I would buy it for dandruff treatment but not for hair loss prevention.

Nioxin System 3 Review

Moving on with my Nioxin reviews, I’ve reached System 3. This system is designed for those with chemically treated hair. For those of you who don’t know, Nioxin is very popular with hair stylists. To me, that means they’ve been very successful at marketing their product.

Is there anything wrong with marketing a product? No there isn’t. However, there is so much hype out there, especially with hair loss products that you have to watch out for snake oil salesman.

Would I put Nioxin in that category? That’s tricky. Nioxin doesn’t come right out and say that their product will improve hair loss. They do hint at it strongly whenever they mention cleansing DHT, which causes hair loss.

What’s in Nioxin System 3?

BioAmp: People with thinning hair will definitely benefit from a hair thickener.

Glyco-Color Shield: Nioxin says this product works for your hair in two ways. First, it moisturizes the scalp and hair. Second, it protects colored hair from over processing.

Nioxin Cleanser: This shampoo adds volume to thin hair. It claims to cleanse DHT from the scalp and hair. This really isn’t any different than what any shampoo would do.

Nioxin Scalp Therapy: With essential oils, this conditioner will help your hair retain moisture and stay smooth. Unlike some conditioners, this one adds volume. In other words, it won’t weigh your hair down like so many other conditioners do.

Nioxin Scalp Treatment: This is Nioxin’s signature product, developed at the beginning of the launch. Containing ingredients that cause your scalp to feel cool and tingly, it brings blood to the skin surface.


I’m not listing the ingredients because there are too many. Suffice it to say that they are common to other brands.


Several years ago, Nioxin was very expensive. It still is in many specialty beauty stores. You can find it online for about $60. That’s not a huge price when you compare it to Rogaine. But it is expensive if you are looking for a product that will fight hair loss because I am skeptical that this product will help against hair loss.

How it all Works

The theory goes that Nioxin products help fight hair loss by cleansing and nourishing the scalp, and increasing blood flow to the hair follicles.


I believe Nioxin is a good product for cleaning and maintaining healthy hair. I’m skeptical that it provides any benefit as a hair loss preventive agent.

Nioxin System 4 Review

Take a trip to your local store and you will find many products that will clean your hair. If you want to spend a lot of money, walk into the beauty salon and get similar products that cost you more. This is my take on Nioxin. The products are aggressively marketed at people with thinning hair. But when I look at the ingredients, I see that many of them match what you see on most hair care products. Oh sure, they have a few that are different, but I’m not impressed. Back it up with clinical research and maybe I will change my mind.

Moving on with the Nioxin hair system, I’m looking at Nioxin System 4. It is aimed at chemically enhanced and thinning hair. So if you color your hair, this product is supposed to be for you.

What’s in it?

BioAmp: I guess people with thinning hair will benefit from a hair thickening system. Personally, I would buy it from a less expensive store.

Scalp Access Delivery System: The product provides moisture to the scalp and contains sunscreen at SPF 15.

Nioxin Cleanser: I guess if you like shampoos with fancy names, you can use this product. If you enjoy spending a lot of money for what I’ll admit is a good quality shampoo, okay, go ahead. But I think there are plenty of quality shampoos that do the same things Nioxin does without spending a lot of money. I don’t buy into the idea that removing dirt and sebum alone will help stop hair loss.

Nioxin Scalp Therapy: When you shampoo your hair, you need to make sure it stays moist and soft. Bring in the conditioner. The Nioxin Scalp Therapy is your conditioner. I’m not sure what it has to do with preventing hair loss, but your hair will be softer.

Nioxin Scalp Treatment: Now we have to treat the scalp. Apparently if you apply a leave-in product that makes your hair feel cold briefly (the effect of Menthol), turning your scalp red, that is supposed to help reduce hair loss? That’s my take on this product. It has been around since the beginning as one of the company’s signature products. This is the focal product that made Nioxin famous. They say it provides nutrition to the scalp to help prevent environmental residue and DHT buildup.


Spend your money on something less expensive for you shampoo and conditioning needs. Nioxin is a quality product, but I have a hard time liking a product line that clearly markets itself as a potential solution to hair loss problems. If I’m going to spend my dollars on a product that helps hair loss, then I want something that has some clinical research to back it up.

I’m not impressed with the marketing of this company and the price of the products is pretty high when you consider that all it probably does is clean and condition your hair. Well I take that back. It also has sunscreen to protect your scalp, so you won’t get sunburned?

Should you buy it? That’s up to you.

Nioxin System 5 Review

Well, we’ve made it all the way through the maze of Nioxin products to System 5. It seems like the instructions make this product special for almost any type of hair. Of course they also had to cover thinning hair as well.

This has some different products from the other systems we’ve looked at. According to Nioxin, most people feel they have better control of the hair moisture levels with this set of products.

What’s in it?

Smoothplex: This is a control product. It helps keep hair smooth and easier to manage.

Activ-Renewal: Nioxin says this product has bionutrients that make hair and scalp more youthful looking. Does that mean it prevents scalp wrinkles? Since when does anyone care what their scalp looks like? That’s just ludicrous in my book. As far as younger looking hair goes–your hair gets shine and health from internal nutrients, not from hair products.

Transactive Delivery System: This product says that it creates an environment for fuller and healthier looking hair. It also claims to make hair looks thicker. My question is how does it help these two situations? Which ingredient makes your hair look thicker or full or helps create a fuller hair environment? To me, the claims for this product are laughable at best.

Nioxin Cleanser: Here is a good shampoo. Yes, I said shampoo. Why use a fancy word like cleanser? Do they think it justifies a more expensive price for the bottle? While this will definitely “cleanse” your hair, I think money is better spent on a less expensive method of hair cleansing.

Nioxin Scalp Therapy: Scalp Therapy is just another conditioner. Oh sure, it has a few ingredients that differentiate it from other products, but nothing that is going to do any more for your hair than a less expensive product off your drugstore shelf.

Nioxin Scalp Treatment: Add some Menthol to a leave-in product and that makes it good for hair loss? At least that’s the impression I get from leading the literature on the product. Just because it may turn your skin red for a few minutes does not mean in my book that it will help control hair loss.

It seems the theory behind this product is that if it brings more blood to the skin surface that will help the circulation around the hair follicles making the hair less likely to fall out. I guess it also is supposed to remove DHT and sebum, making the hormone less likely to kill the hair follicle.


The entire line of this package makes some interesting claims that are short on proof in my opinion. I think this product line is big on hype and short on support. But the price isn’t low. I would not recommend this product because I don’t think it is any better than any other product out there. I think it’s all about marketing.