Hair Thickening Products

There are many hair thickening products that claim to stop and even reverse thinning hair. Usually there's a lot more enthusiastic hype and unsubstantiated claims than there are real results. However, there is one product called Nioxin that users have generally recommended for over 20 years. What is Nioxin and what can it do for you?

Nioxin is not a specific chemical substance but rather a line of products that promote exceptional hair and scalp health to encourage thicker, fuller hair growth. A Nioxin treatment is a 3-part kit consisting of a cleanser, conditioner and scalp therapy product that are tailored for a specific hair type and condition. Nioxin ingredients include natural hair thickeners and botanical extracts which the company claims improves the appearance of thinning hair.

Nioxin Kits and Systems

Nioxin is usually sold as a 3-part kit containing the following products:

  • A Nioxin Cleanser to remove residue, DHT and follicle clogging sebum
  • A Nioxin Conditioner to improve hair strength and increase moisture
  • A Scalp Therapy to stimulate follicles to produce thicker hair

When buying Nioxin, there are six different 'systems' to choose from. A system is simply a specific combination of formulas used in the products. Each system contains the formulas that will work best on a specific hair type and condition. Using the chart below, a person with normal to thin-looking, fine, color-treated hair would choose a Nioxin System 3 cleanser. However, if that same person had noticeably thinning hair instead they would choose a Nioxin System 4 cleanser. Similarly, a person with noticeably thinning, medium to coarse, natural or color treated hair would choose a Nioxin System 6 cleanser.

The Nioxin System 7 and Nioxin System 8 cleanser were discontinued when the company condensed their product line in 2012. These products are still available from various online vendors but check their expiration dates.

Hair Type                                           Formulas Used                    Nioxin System

Normal to thin-looking                                                                                                          
Fine Hair                                                 1,4,6                                        1                                 
Natural color

Noticeably thinning                                                                                                          
Fine Hair                                                 1,3,6                                        2                                 
Natural color

Normal to thin-looking                                                                                                          
Fine Hair                                                 1,2,4                                        3                                 
Color Treated

Noticeably thinning                                                                                                          
Fine Hair                                                 1,2,3                                        4                                 
Color Treated

Normal to thin-looking                                                                                                          
Medium to Coarse Hair                               2,4,5                                        5                                 
Natural or Color Treated

Noticeably Thinning                                                                                                         
Medium to Coarse Hair                               2,3,5                                        6                                 
Natural or Color Treated

Nioxin Hair Care Formulas

To promote hair growth through better health, Nioxin developed these six hair care formulas to address specific hair and scalp conditions:

1. BioAMP contains cystine amino acids and lightweight conditioning agents to increase hair strand fullness and volume;

2. Glyco-Shield contains conditioning agents, white tea extract and peppermint oil to protect and balance moisture in color-treated hair;

3. Scalp Access Delivery System contains purifying agents, botanical extracts, vitamins and a SPF 15 sunscreen to remove environmental residues and follicle clogging sebum;

4. Transactive Delivery System contains purifying agents, botanical extracts, vitamins and antioxidants to remove environmental residues and follicle clogging sebum;

5. Smoothplex contains protective conditioning agents, silk amino acids and kukui nut oil to smooth hair, strengthening against breakage and provide moisture;

6. Activ-Renewal contains cleansing agents, white tea extract and peppermint oil to refresh scalp and add healthy shine to hair.

Other Nioxin Products

To boost the effectiveness of Nioxin hair thickening products, supercharge your hair regimen with these hair care treatments. The Nioxin intensive therapy recharging system is a dietary supplement that strengthens hair and promotes healthy growth. It includes a proprietary blend of Nioxin vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and essential fatty acids. If you're looking for a shampoo to make hair grow healthier and look thicker, try the Nioxin shampoo. It contains a trademarked formula called CoZyme which supports hair growth with the antioxidant Coenzyme Q10 and various herbs.

Nioxin Bliss is a highly rated lightweight, conditioning spray. According to users it protects hair from damaging heat when using blow dryers and flat irons. It also appears to repair cuticles, tame frizz and increase hair volume. Unfortunately this product has been discontinued but it can still be purchased from various online vendors.

Nioxin hair thickening products are generally available only at authorized salons and select beauty stores to ensure consumers learn which treatments are best for them. However, many of their products can also be purchased from various vendor sites. To learn more, here's an informative Nioxin review that lists the pros and cons of these hair thickening products.

Natural Hair Thickening Products

If you're looking for a natural remedy for hair loss and thinning, there are several options. Many people say there's an olive oil hair loss connection and claim that olive oil applied to the scalp promotes healthier hair growth. Olive oil has anti-bacterial properties, is full of powerful anti-oxidants and helps prevent the formation of detrimental DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) which decreases hair follicle size. Similarly, emu oil for hair loss has also been marketed and used in many natural hair thickening products. Clinical studies in Australia suggest that emu oil rejuvenates hair follicles, increases DNA synthesis in the skin and stimulates larger follicle development leading to thicker hair. As an added benefit, these and other penetrating oils can transform dry hair into silky tresses.

Aloe vera for hair loss has been used for centuries and added to many hair thickening products. Devotees claim it stimulates the scalp with polysacchardes and glyoproteins to grow new hair. Aloe vera does have many healthful benefits and can soothe a sunburn, skin abrasions and dry, itchy scalp. However, there are no clinical studies that support claims it promotes thicker hair growth. Nonetheless, some people swear by it and say massaging it into your scalp for at least 3 months will show results.

While trying natural hair thickening products, be aware that some nutrients can actually cause hair loss if too much is obtained either through diet and/or supplements. There's a well-known correlation between excessive amounts of vitamin A and hair loss. This fat-soluble vitamin is stored in the body and can accumulate to unhealthy levels. Similarly, there's also a correlation between excessive amounts of iron and hair loss. Check with your health care provider to make sure you're getting the appropriate amounts of these two nutrients.

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