I have always had thin hair. It’s long but its always been thin, I call it thin wispy hillbilly hair. It’s long and it’s healthy but it’s sure not long thick and flowing like the Hollywood movies, or the Pantene Pro V shampoo and conditioner hair care ads.
Recently my hairdresser asked me if I would come in and receive a new free colour on a training night for a new Wella product she was attending. I jumped at the chance as my hair needed the revamp and I love the work that my hairdresser does. While my hairdresser went to work on my locks I met Holly who works for Wella, Holly was named hair colourist of the year for 2013, was hosting the training session for Wella and was an expert on all things hair.
Whilst my new hair colour was working its magic I explained to Holly that I have always hated the fact that I have super thin hair. I also pointed out that I especially despise the new baby hair that would grow around the top of my head. I was always positive there was nothing I could do about it but she was certain that the problem could be solved. She presented me with a product called Nioxin Scalp Therapy that she has been working with and also uses herself. I took one look at her hair and knew that she knew exactly what she was doing. She had the best head of hair I had seen in a long time.
Nioxin Scalp Therapy is a 3-step treatment with up to 8 different products, and to be honest I didn’t really understand it at all at first. These products are all designed to assist anyone that suffers from thinning hair. The process of applying this many products did seem daunting but once I got my head around it the process was quite simple. I was now armed with Nioxin Scalp Therapy Cleanse, Conditioner, Hair Booster and Scalp Treatments. It is worth noting that Holly did inform me that Nioxin does not stimulate hair growth, but rather increases the health of the scalp and enhances the condition of hair already present.
The hair cleanser from the treatment range, which was basically what I saw as the shampoo, is used to help unblock hair follicles by removing oil and debris. My favourite thing about this cleanser is the feeling it gives your scalp when you massage it in. Its like a tingling massage, you can feel the cleanser penetrating the scalp all the while smelling like a big peppermint icecream. It is so refreshing, it got me so excited to jump in the shower to wash my hair.
The Nioxin Scalp Therapy conditioner was quite lightweight and not too oily for my hair. I can sometimes have quite an oily scalp and this conditioner did nothing but make my hair feel clean, washed, fluffy and light. Not making my hair feel heavy or full of too much moisture, producing more oil like most other conditioners I have tried.
What really made a difference to the thin baby hair at the front of my head was the Intensive Treatment Hair Booster, which focuses on the hairline, part or crown of the head. I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty busy so when I was advised to use the product twice daily before following up with my Nioxin Scalp Treatment I knew the actuality of me using this product twice a day was pretty slim. But I tried and twice a day hardly happened but I still definitely noticed the difference. I can pull my hair back into a pony tail without a whole clump of baby hair poking out on the front of my head on either side instead of laying flat. And I can definitely see a significant change in the thickness of my hair where I have been using the Intensive Treatment Hair Booster.
The Scalp Treatment is the last step in the process, like the others it smells like refreshing peppermint and when rubbed into the scalp you can feel the warm tingling refreshing burn. Almost like having tiger balm rubbed into your skin. Nioxin does warn that the areas in which this product is applied can leave a red mark on the skin, which will disappear after a short period of time.
Overall these products do the job that they set out to do. If you are looking for an all-natural, chemical free process to help those areas of thinning hair then this treatment process is not for you. The Nioxin packaging does state that the products are chemically treated. The main chemical in these products are ensulizole and sulisobenzone. Ensulizole, which is also known as phenylbenzimidazole sulfonic acid makes up 4 percent of the products. This chemical is normally used as a sunscreen, which absorbs UVB light in the 280-to 320 nm ranges. Sulisobenzone makes up 1.6 percent of the total product. Sulisobenzone is also used as a sunscreen. Nioxin Scalp Therapy Treatment also contains pantothenic acid, or vitamin B5, folic acid or vitamin B9, niacin or vitamin B3, biotin, or vitamin B7, pyridoxine or vitamin B6, cyano-cobalamin, a synthetic form of vitamin B12, and thiamine or vitamin B1.
I am sure many of you can agree we all lead very busy lives, and I know most of you just as I do already have a beauty routine that we need to stick to; nails, waxing, monthly trips to the hairdresser, mandatory skin care regime not to mention our fitness routines. So adding an extensive hair care regime with up to 6-8 products to think about was enough to put me off. But if you are serious about doing something about thinning hair than I highly recommend the Nioxin Scalp Therapy Treatment.
I enjoyed using the product as a one off experience but as I am not overly concerned about my baby hair anymore I will be opting out of the peppermint ice cream hair wash and paying more attention to my other intensive beauty regimes.