Nioxin was founded by Eva Graham, a beauty industry pioneer who worked from the scalp up in developing a ‘healthy environment’ to grow the best quality of hair. Much like skincare (cleanse, tone and moisturise) the 3-Part System works similarly, cleansing, optimising and treating the scalp for ultimate hair health from root to tip. As an extension of the facial skin, the scalp needs the same attention and care. Nioxin’s ‘skincare’ approach to thinning addresses hair density and diameter from its foundation – the scalp.
Supporting the System Kit, there are additional treatment products such as Diaboost, Nioxin Night Density Rescue, and my new favourite – Nioxin Instant Fullness Dry Cleanser, which has all the attributes of the full range in a handy, throw-in-your-handbag bottle that you can use on the go. Fully equipped with my consultation and products, I head off home to begin my Nioxin 30 Day Challenge…
That night I start with the shampoo – lathering well with water as instructed – and then apply the conditioner to my scalp and strands (contrary to most conditioners which are best on the mid lengths and ends). The thing I notice straight away is how fresh my scalp feels. The products contain peppermint oil (which you can feel a cool tingle almost instantly) and caffeine, along with ingredients to thoroughly cleanse the scalp and remove follicle-clogging sebum and fatty acids – which can contribute to hair and density loss. Apparently if the follicle is properly clear at the root, the strand has more space to grow fuller, thicker and healthier. Imagine your hair strand as toothpaste, being squeezed out of a tube… the more ‘blocked’ the tube is, the thinner the amount can escape – it is a similar process with hair. I was concerned at first that the tingle would irritate my sensitive scalp but was pleasantly surprised that it caused no problems over the 30 days, and even soothed my scalp when it started to flare up. Cue relief!
After washing, the next step is to spray the roots generously with the Nioxin Scalp and Hair Treatment. This contains Vitamin E, A and Niacinamide to work at the root of the hair, boosting the growth and giving the feeling of fuller hair. I then apply the Nioxin 3D Intensive Diaboost here, before styling and blow drying my hair. Diaboost is a leave-in gel which you apply when wet to plump upthe thickness of each strand.
Some nights I also amp up the routine with Nioxin Night Density Rescue which is almost like a night cream for your scalp. As before – just like skincare and your face – the scalp regenerates best at night when we’re resting, absorbing ingredients as we sleep. I put this one next to my toothbrush to remind myself and use the dropper – distributing a drop every 2-3cm across my head and massaging in before hitting the pillow.
And that’s it… 3-steps to follow, with additional treatments should you need to boost your results. The online consultation includes these additional treatments into your ‘diagnosis’ – depending on your level of thinning and hair type.