It’s time to review Nioxin for thinning hair – because it’s one of the most popular treatments right now.
But does this thing really work?
Well – I tested it out myself so here’s all you need to know about Nioxin.
Note: This review is based on my experience + research on this product.
So Let’s Get To The Review
Full Name: Care System Kit by Nioxin
Versions: There are 5 different types (called systems). Each is designed for a certain kind of hair:
- chemically treated, etc.
Best Actual Price: Around $45 per kit (all have the same prices).
You can also buy the products separately – but that’s more expensive overall.
Cheapest Place To Buy: Probably Amazon.
Designed For: Reduce thinning hair – that’s its #1 claim. It can also help with:
- hair loss
- damage protection
So basically – it’s not meant to regrow hair or speed up hair growth. It’s an anti-thinning solution.
My Rating: 7 out of 10 – It’s not so amazing in terms of effect.
Worth Buying?: Not really – it’s far as effective as a supplement:
- needs several months to work
- not effective for everyone
- only works on the outside
So I would personally choose a supplement instead, since it treats the real problem (from the inside).
What I Liked About It
- Uses a different technology than most shampoos/conditioners
- Nice consistency and texture
- Many products available
- Good price for the quantity
- Available on several retailers
- You can find many authentic reviews about it
What I Didn’t Like About It
- No instructions on the label
- Very intense medicinal smell
- Needs about 3 months to start working
- In my case, it wasn’t very effective
- I found enough negative reviews about it
- May cause side effects (especially in the first months)
- Expensive (compared to supplements)
What Is Nioxin? A Quick Overview
Shortly – it’s a range of products meant to reduce thinning hair.
The products are available in 5 different kits (systems):
- Fine hair with light thinning
- Fine hair with progressed thinning
- Color treated hair with light thinning
- Color treated hair with progressed thinning
- Chemically treated hair with progressed thinning
Now – each of these 5 kits contains 3 products:
- Cleanser Shampoo
- Scalp Therapy Conditioner
- Scalp & Hair Treatment
You can also buy them separately – but the overall price would be much higher.
Besides these 5 kits, Nioxin also sells additional products – all meant for thinning hair (serum, mask, spray, etc.).
You can find some of them in certain salons, but also on Amazon (which is a cheaper option).
So now that you know the main things about Nioxin, it’s time to analyze its products more closely.
#1 – Ingredients (8 out of 10)
All 3 products from Nioxin’s kit are made for external use.
For this reason:
- their ingredients aren’t as important as in a supplement
- what matters is the technology behind
But let’s take a closer look at both.
Each of Nioxin’s products contain about the same substances:
- only their dosages are different
- they have the same active ingredients
There’s only a list of ingredients (mentioned one after the other).
So it’s pretty hard to see which are active ingredients and which are inactive.
Now – among Nioxin’s best active ingredients, I would mention:
- Nettle Extract – it’s really effective against hair loss.
- Biotin – helps thickening and decreases shedding. 
- Tocopherol – can increase hair growth. 
Obviously – there are more than 20 others, but most don’t have huge benefits for hair.
So just like in other topical products, it’s hard to analyze Nioxin’s formula. It’s not very relevant, actually.
That’s the secret behind Nioxin (according to its website).
Basically – it uses 3 different technologies:
- Active Renewal – eliminated scalp residues.
- Bioamp – controls hair moisture.
- Scalp Access Delivery 2.0 – thickens and protects hair against UV.
So Nioxin actually works only on the outside.
That might sound great – but in my opinion, it’s bad. Best results come up when you treat the hair from the inside.
Nioxin’s ingredients are pretty basic (just like in every shampoo/conditioner).
However – it uses a different technology, which probably makes it more effective.
But in my opinion, Nioxin will never work as well as a supplement:
- doesn’t work on the inside
- doesn’t help the roots in any way
#2 – Smell & Texture (8 out of 10)
First of all – I only tried out the products from Nioxin’s System 2.
But from what I read, the others look the same (in terms of consistency).
So here’s what I would point out:
- Scent is very intense and medicinal.
- It feels like strong peppermint or camphor.
- Both shampoo and conditioner have a whitish color.
- The hair treatment comes as a spray.
- The shampoo foams pretty well.
So in terms of consistency – Nioxin’s products look like any regular shampoos/conditioners.
The only downside is that the smell is very strong – too strong, if you ask me.
Other than that, there’s no major thing to complain about.
#3 – How To Use It (8 out of 10)
To be honest, Nioxin has some pretty bad instructions:
- there’s no “how to use” section on the products
- it’s not mention how often you should apply them
- only the spray has some directions
The only instructions you can find are on the official website.
So here’s how you should use the kit:
- Use the shampoo whenever you wash your hair (ever 2-3 days).
- Apply the conditioner after every wash.
- Let it sit for 1-3 minutes, then rinse.
- Apply the treatment (spray) on the entire scalp.
- My advice is to use it daily, or every 2 days (at least).
#4 – My Results (7 out of 10)
Nioxin did work for my hair – but the effect wasn’t amazing.
In fact, compared to other products – it was quite weak. That’s my overall impression.
1. My Background
Some years ago, I had been dealing with a massive hair loss.
Even though I managed to stop it (more or less), my hair was still affected:
- I had thick roots and very thin ends.
- My hair would get thinner once it got beyond the shoulders.
- The ends were also very fragile.
- I was still falling out a lot.
Nioxin is specially designed for thinning hair. So I was curious if it could really do anything for my hair.
I admit I was a bit skeptical (since it was a topical product, not a supplement).
But even so – I decided to give it a try.
2. How It Worked
As I said, my results with Nioxin weren’t amazing.
I bought the System 2 kit – which is designed for normal hair with serious thinning (as mine was).
So here are my conclusions on how it worked:
- I used the products for about 2 months.
- In the first month, there was absolutely no improvement.
- Afterwards, my hair wasn’t shedding as much.
- I could see less hairs on my brush, pillow and clothes (compared to previous month).
- I also seemed to have more volume on top of my head.
- However, the ends didn’t seem any thicker.
- My hair didn’t grow more than usual either.
So basically – what Nioxin did was to make my hair look thicker.
And yes, it also reduced my hair loss (but not completely).
But regarding thinning hair, it didn’t help almost at all. My ends looked as thin and fragile as before.
Maybe I should have used it for more than 2 months, but that’s when the products finished.
So why should I buy another kit – if it didn’t really help?
Nioxin didn’t help me tremendously.
Other than adding volume to my roots and improving my shedding – it was kind of useless.
It might work if you use it for longer (maybe 3 months). But I wouldn’t really recommend it.
There are products that work way better in 1 month (and cost less). So that’s what I would choose instead.
#5 – Other Opinions (7 out of 10)
I tried to check out some other reviews on Nioxin – so that I could give an unbiased verdict.
Well, the good news is that I found plenty of opinions from real customers.
The bad news is that I also found enough negative reviews.
Note: I only considered authentic reviews, not general ones.
1. What People Say
As I said, I found both good and bad opinions:
- Some people praise Nioxin for its effects.
- Others say it really speeds up hair growth.
- Some others say it’s better as a volumizer (not as a thickening product).
- A few say it doesn’t work at all.
- Some claim they used it for over 3 months without any effect.
- There are a few criticizing its high price.
To be honest, it’s quite hard to draw a conclusion from these reviews.
But it’s quite clear that Nioxin works really well for some – and it doesn’t work at all for others.
2. Biggest Complaints
It’s obvious that the #1 problem is Nioxin’s effect.
Some people claim it’s totally useless and doesn’t work at all.
But other than that, here’s what many people complain about:
- It takes a long time to see an effect (about 3-4 months).
- It’s expensive for the quantity.
- Ironically, it causes even more shedding in some people.
Now – it’s clear that only certain people had these problems.
After all, Nioxin has enough positive reviews – so it’s surely not a scam.
But one thing is clear: it doesn’t work for everyone and if it does – it needs several months to help.
Nioxin’s products have mixed opinions:
- some say it’s really helpful
- others say it doesn’t work at all or that it made their hair worse
However, you should know that it takes at least 3 months to start working for real.
Before that, you might experience shedding, itching or no effect. It depends on your body.
#6 – Price (8 out of 10)
In my opinion, Nioxin’s products are quite affordable:
- claim to be professional
- don’t cost a lot more than regular hair products
- you get the chance to buy several versions combined
But let me give you more details.
1. The Exact Price
As I said, there are 5 versions of Nioxin’s kits – all meant for 1 hair type:
- they all cost about the same
- price is around $45 per kit
Now – there are 3 products in 1 kit:
- Shampoo (10.1 oz)
- Conditioner (10.1 oz)
- Scalp & Hair Treatment (3.38 oz)
They all cost $45 together. To be honest – the price doesn’t seem very high for this quantity.
I mean, there are plenty of hair products that cost $20 for 5 oz.
With Nioxin – you get 2 products twice that quantity and a small spray.
So I personally can’t call Noixin expensive.
2. The Separate Prices
Instead of buying a kit, you can buy Noixin’s products separately.
Obviously – it’s a lot more expensive in this way:
- shampoo costs about $20
- conditioner is almost $25
- scalp & hair treatment also costs about $25
So if you make the calculations, that’s $25 more (compared to the kit).
Basically – if you buy the kit, you get the conditioner or treatment spray for free. I say that’s a much better deal.
Noixin also has additional products for sale on its website – but they are too numerous to mention here.
But you can find them on its official website easily.
Noixin is actually quite affordable, if you ask me.
At least if you buy the whole kit – otherwise, it’s starting to get pricey.
However, I personally wouldn’t pay $45 on a hair shampoo + conditioner + spray.
If you want real results – supplements work much better and faster. Plus, they’re much cheaper.
#7 – Where You Can Find It (9 out of 10)
Nioxin is available in several retailers – but there’s something interesting.
My first instinct would be to buy it from the official website.
However – they request you to:
- create a professional account OR
- check for a salon selling it nearby your home
In other words, you can’t really see the prices on the official website.
And as far as I know – you can’t buy it without a special account.
That’s why I don’t really recommend getting it from there.
Instead – you can find it on:
- Amazon (my recommendation)
- Several beauty websites
#8 – FAQs
Up next, I will try to answer the most common questions about Nioxin.
Note: I might repeat something I already mentioned, but it’s easier to spot here.
1. How often should you use it?
The instructions aren’t very clear – but here’s what I recommend:
- use the shampoo every 2-3 days
- apply the conditioner after every wash
- use the spray daily
2. How long lasts 1 kit?
That really depends on how often you use it.
But from my experience, I say about 1.5-2 months (more or less).
3. Are there any side effects?
I couldn’t find anything on the label. But I found a few reviews complaining of:
- itchy scalp
From what I understood, these side effects appear mostly in the first month (until your body gets used to these products).
Afterwards, they might go away.
4. How fast should I see an effect?
Nioxin seems to be pretty slow from this point of view (which is a downside).
In my case, it started working after about 2 months.
But in most cases, it needs at least 3 months to start working.
So compared to other products (especially supplements) – it’s really slow.
#9 – Nioxin VS Others
I won’t compare Nioxin with another shampoo/conditioner.
Instead – I will compare it with my #1 recommended product for hair (including thinning hair) – Folexin.
So here’s how Nioxin (N) is different from Folexin (F):
- N works only on the outside, F works from the inside.
- N is mostly designed for thinning hair and shedding.
- F works for hair loss, thin hair and hair growth (+ others).
- N costs about $45 per kit, F costs $25 per bottle.
- F offers a discount for buying more bottles together, N doesn’t.
- N has a lot more authentic reviews compared to F.
- N ships in more countries than F.
- F starts working from the first month, N needs around 3 months.
Basically – I recommend Folexin (and some other hair supplements) way more than Nioxin.
Pills have a much better effect overall, since they work from the inside.
Nioxin only works at the surface, so the effect isn’t as strong and long.
So my advice for you is to use a supplement instead of a shampoo + conditioner. It will work much better.
My Verdict – Is Nioxin Worth Buying?
Short answer: Not really – I don’t like it because it’s a topical product:
- Only works on the outside.
- Doesn’t treat the real cause of the problem.
- Needs a long time to work (about 3 months).
- Not effective for everyone.
- Expensive – compared to supplements.
Now – Nioxin has a decent price for the quantity. But it’s still expensive as a hair product ($45 per kit).
Besides, in my case – the results weren’t too good.
So I would definitely use a supplement instead, since I had much better results with this kind of products:
- Much stronger formula
- Cheaper overall
- You can see an effect in 1-2 months (most cases)
- Can even regrow new hairs
If you want to try Nioxin, feel free to do it. It can really help – just make sure you afford to buy it for at least 3 months.
But if you prefer a cheaper and stronger alternative, supplements are my #1 recommendation.
1 – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/-pubmed/28879195
10 thoughts on “My Review: Nioxin For Thinning Hair (2023) – Does This Treatment Work?”
Hi! My cousin works in a salon and they sell Nioxin. She’s been recommending their products to me (I have had fine hair all my life). Do you think it could improve the texture of my hair? I’m a bit skeptical since nothing I used helped with that…and these products also seem to be pricey. They don’t sell them separately, just in whole packs so I have to buy one whole. I’m not very sure what I should do.
First of all – if your hair texture is very thin (and has always been so), no product can really change that. Some can help by adding volume – but they simply make your hair LOOK thicker, they DON’T THICKEN it. So it’s basically an illusion.
That’s why no product you ever used helped. Some surely worked, but not as much as you wanted. I’m sorry to say it – but if your hair has always been very thin, you just can’t make it thick no matter what $1000 product you used.
For this reason, you shouldn’t expect miracles from Nioxin. It might help, but it won’t increase your hair density too much. However, it could make it look thicker – but I don’t think that’s what you want.
Secondly, you don’t necessarily have to buy Nioxin products from a salon. They also sell online, but you have to create an account on their website. It’s a bit more complicated than with other products, but once you create that account – you can order the products separately, not just the whole kit. Maybe that would suit your budget better.
However – their separate prices are much higher, and you usually need all 3 products for best results. So I think it’s better to buy the whole kit, if you really want to try Nioxin.
But as I said, it’s all up to you.
No matter what product I would recommend you, it’s still not going to make your hair really thick. So I don’t want to deceive you by recommending a certain brand – because none would change your hair so drastically.
Sorry I can’t help more but hopefully my advice helps you take a decision about Nioxin.
This is my second month with Nioxin and I can’t notice any difference in the density of my hair. Ends are still damaged and very very thin. I only ordered one full pack which isn’t very cheap… I have followed the exact instructions on the packaging but no change so far. Maybe it’s helpful if you use it for a long time, but I don’t have so much money to spare. Would not recommend it.
Hi there, thanks a lot for sharing your experience with Nioxin. I totally agree that it needs more than 2 months to start working – actually 3 is the minimum. But it’s surely pricey, so not all of us can afford it. In fact, I couldn’t buy it on a monthly basis either, so I totally understand you.
Plus – Nioxin is a topical product, which is not an advantage. Topical products usually have weaker effects, simply because they only work on the outside. But in most cases, hair thinning and shedding are caused by an internal problem.
That’s why I prefer supplements instead of creams, shampoos and other topical products. They just have a much better effect overall – and it usually appears in 4-6 weeks. Plus, supplements also have a better price (if you know how to choose them).
In case you haven’t checked out my #1 recommendation, I advise you to do so – because it’s a pretty cheap product. Hope this helps.
Hi Olly, thanks for reviewing Nioxin, I really enjoyed reading this. My hairstylist is working with this brand and selling their products, so she recommended them to me too. Can’t tell if it was just a promotional offer or she really thought it was good but I agreed to buy a kit. I chose no 4 for colored hair with massive thinning. After 5 months I can tell that it really works, but it needs a looong time.
After 2 months I wasn’t seeing any change so obviously I didn’t want to order anymore, but my stylist insisted and said I could not see results so fast. I gave in an bought another pack, and so on until the 5th month. Now I’m glad I listened because my hair is visibly thicker, but I’m wondering if it’s really thicker or it just seems to…
What would happen if I stopped using these products, would it get thinner again? I’ve only washed my hair with Nioxin shampoo in the last half of year so I’m kind of scared to give it up out of the sudden. But it’s costing me quite a bit now and I sometimes feel like I could get some cheaper products.
Reading your blog has really given me an insight on what I should use, shampoo and conditioners seem quite a mess compared to pills, which are so easy to take. I might place an order for Folexin in the following days, it’s so cheap that I have absolutely nothing to lose. Could I use it together with Nioxin or that would be too much?
Hi Miranda, thanks for giving all these details on your experience with Nioxin. It’s really helpful both for me and the readers.
First of all, I can’t really tell you what happens if you stop using Nioxin. As it’s a topical treatment, results may disappear some weeks/months after you give it up. If it was a supplement, that would surely not happen.
However – if you still have some products left in your bottles, continue using them. It’s up to you if you want to order another kit or not.
Regarding Folexin, you can surely take it together with Nioxin. Folexin comes as pills and Nioxin is a topical treatment – so there’s no possible interaction between them. You’re also not taking too many pills either, so it’s totally fine.
Sorry I can’t give you a clear answer about what happens if you stop Nioxin. As I said, my advice is to continue using as much as you have left – and if you can’t afford buying another kit, then just give it up and see what happens.
In the worst case, if your hair gets thinner again – you can reorder a kit. But if you also start using Folexin, your hair will surely not get thinner once again.
Hope this helps.
It just takes so much time to use it! I wash my hair every 2 days and I don’t normally use conditioner (hair is very fine and smooth). With Nioxin I spend about 45 minutes in the shower because I try to respect all the instructions. Then I also have to apply the treatment daily and I’m losing a lot of time spreading it through, massaging the area and so on. So far I can’t see any results, so it’s just a waste of time and money. Will keep using it though, maybe it gets better.
Hi Johnny, thanks for your feedback on Nioxin. I know most men don’t use conditioner, so that’s why you’re not used to spending so much time with your hair care routine. But I agree that 45 minutes is a lot, even for me.
However – that’s the #1 downside of topical treatments (besides their weaker effect). You just need to use them for a long time, apply each product manually (and daily) and follow this schedule for months until you start seeing results.
That’s one of the main reasons why I don’t recommend Nioxin or any other topical products, no matter how amazing they claim to be (Keranique is a great negative example). But if you already ordered Nioxin, continue using it until you finish it. Then you can decide if it’s worth getting another kit or not.
My advice is to try a supplement next time. It’s a lot easier to use, starts working in about 1 month and the overall effect is much better. Not to mention that if you choose the right one, it’s way cheaper than Nioxin. So that’s what I would use if I were you.
I started using Nioxin shampoo (“cleanser”) about 25 years ago. Recently, after thinking about it, I realized it wasn’t helping me. So I started using the conditioner $ the scalp treatment to enhance my hair growth. About 3 wks later, I realized that I now had a HUGE bald spot on the top of my head!! I immediately stopped using all Nioxin products in hopes my hair would go back to normal. When it didn’t, I called the company not just to complain, but also to see if they could suggest an antidote. Not only could she not, but she claimed the purity of their products & tried to the blame on the middle man I bought it from. I was shocked. I will never buy their products again!!
Hi Nita, thanks a lot for your feedback on Nioxin. I’m both sorry and shocked to hear it hurt your scalp so badly. But I’m just wondering, did you use the original product or a fake one? Because if it was a fake one, you can’t tell what it actually contains so it might have had some harmful substances inside it. Still, your hair should grow back normally, it’s only that you’re going to need some time. This guide on growing hair faster might help you, but until then, hair fibers can be really helpful when it comes to hiding the bald spot.
Please let me know how it goes in the future.