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?


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.