Nioxin Shampoo System for Thinning Hair

Nioxin Shampoos and System Kits.
Nioxin Shampoos and System Kits.

In my 20 years of researching hair loss, around a dozen brands of products have garnered massive publicity. Among the few of these that I have yet to review is the Nioxin line of shampoos and system kits. Also see my posts on Revivogen and Nizoral for other highly popular shampoos.

The Nioxin system (1, 2, 3. 4, 5 and 6) kits include a shampoo, a conditioner and a scalp treatment lotion for thinning hair. All of these are used by men and women, for both pattern hair loss and generalized thinning. Nioxin was acquired by Proctor & Gamble in 2008. Make sure to check out the company’s Instagram and YouTube channel.

Nioxin Shampoo Recommended by Alyssa Milano

Alyssa Milano was in the news last year due to her major hair loss and shedding due to Covid-19. Recently, she said that her hair regrowth was aided by Nutrafol supplements and Nioxin shampoo and conditioner.


Nioxin System 2 Shampoo.
Nioxin System 2 Scalp Cleansing Shampoo.

This week, a several news headlines mentioned that Alyssa Milano’s favorite Nioxin shampoo was on sale for 64 percent off on Amazon. Between Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Christmas, this shampoo is often on sale.

Only Nioxin 1 (for light thinning of natural hair) seems to be that steeply discounted (current price of $16). Nioxin 2 for progressed thinning is a bit more expensive. The combined line of these shampoos currently have over 20,000 reviews on Amazon, averaging a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars. Note that the cleanser shampoo systems 3-6 are for colored and bleached hair types. Systems 1-2 are for natural hair (see diagram further below).

Even more impressive, the system kits have a combined over 25,000 reviews on Amazon. At an average rating of 4.4 stars out of 5, this is pretty impressive for a shampoo and conditioner related hair loss product. Of course Amazon has a huge problem of fake reviews, so it is also good to check customer opinions on other sites selling Nioxin. The most popular of these include Wal Mart, Costco and Walgreens.

Nioxin Hair Types
Nioxin System recommendations by hair type (natural, coplored and bleached); and by extent of hair loss (light thinning or progressed thinning). System 1, System 2, System 3, System 4, System 5 and System 6.

Nioxin Ingredients

Across it various systems, Nioxin contains ensulizole, sulisobenzone, peppermint oil, nettle root extract, niacin, biotin, numerous other B vitamins, and saw palmetto. The last mentioned is a leading natural dihydrotestosterone (DHT) inhibitor to reverse androgenetic alopecia. Also included are salicylic acid, peppermint oil and menthol. Most of these ingredients are unlikely to cause any significant side effects.

According to the company’s website:

“The Nioxin Cleanser Shampoo removes dirt, excessive oil and other environmental residues from the scalp and hair. “

Ultimately, this reduces hair shedding and supposedly makes existing hair thicker. Note that even the best dermatologist recommended hair loss shampoos will not regrow hair on totally bald areas of the scalp. In a majority of cases, the product marketing overpromises on results.

Newer Products

Apparently, Nioxin now also offers hair care products (including serums, sprays and lotions) that contain Minoxidil 2% (for women) and the unique Sandalore. The company is devoting significant resources for product innovation and also sells a 3D Care System. Hopefully they can even include ingredients such as Stemoxydine and Resveratrol in their products going forward.

27 thoughts on “Nioxin Shampoo System for Thinning Hair”

    1. Admin. That blokes got the “gift of the gab”. Probably just charmed his dying follicles back to life. It’s Hollywood after-all. Never tried Nioxin, but did give Saw Palmetto a bash years ago. And guess what happened?! Nothing.

        1. Probably got a (partial) piece tho. Sean Connery did for all his Bond films. Had a spiffy grey one for The Hunt For Red October I recall. Travolta of coarse uses them also. Not uncommon in the film industry. (Btw: I got thrown out of class once for crapping on about useless celeb info and not the subject itself. Priorities).

    2. But of course he can’t just say what he used – this hugely successful (magical) ointment applied once a day. Either he’s selfish (doesn’t want the rest of us to benefit) or he’s full of it. I’m leaning towards full of it. An ointment that grows your hair back like that?! Call me skeptical.

  1. Total nonsense. The guy is either on fin + several very good transplants or he wears a system. It’s a shame he can’t be more honest so as not to give guys unrealistic expectations.

    1. Likely his ego won’t allow him to. Why go on and on about how it was only ointment, ointment grew it all back, but failing or refusing to say what the ointment was (as if said product wouldn’t have been all over the blogs and news by now)? There is no ointment that can do that, unless he took a delorean to the future. Probably he had a transplant (maybe more than one) and doesn’t want to admit it.

      As far as shampoos go, I’ve tried dozens and none of them have done anything. I’m sure for some they might but nada for me. Not I could tell, anyway.

        1. He never admitted in the past that he did not get a hair transplant. Or it was not widely covered. Also funny to hear how a surgeon kept lying that he did McConaughey’s hair transplant.

            1. An honest surgeon is not supposed to divulge private info without client approval. Like Elon Musk’s surgeon, who remains unknown.

              1. I agree. And he could get in trouble for doing it…but we pretty much know he did get the surgery (more than likely, anyways)…so who knows. The whole thing/story is odd. I believe very little of what celebrities say because it’s all about image and marketing themselves. So we’ll probably never really know.

        2. From the Regenix website:

          “ Unfortunately, Regenix takes existing hair and makes it cleaner, healthier, thicker and stronger. If you are bald, we cannot grow hair that is not there. In fact, nothing regrows hair, except a procedure like stem cell therapy or PRP.”

          So he’s full of it.

  2. Nioxin conditioner helps in the early stages of baldness by making hair thicker and more voluminous, I used it about thirty years ago, but in the end it is just a cosmetic and does not solve the problem.

  3. Me hopefully on a Sunday: hey let’s check out this page again, maybe there is some progress in the hairloss cure world.

    Admin: drops article on a shampoo recommended by Alyssa Milano.

    It feels like we were closer to a cure in 2018 before tsuji turned out to be scam.

  4. Going back to the actor … the guy in the not too distant future would like to become president, this is what actors do when they get old, and saying that he has had a hair transplant is not something that would benefit his image.

    1. I don’t think it matters. Joe Biden had a hair transplant. Trump had a botched one.Ted Cruz is rumored to. Marco Rubio is rumored to have worn a piece on his bald spot his entire public life. The only one who might be damaged is Rubio cuz he may be in too deep. No one seems to care enough to know if you had some grafts. Also the guys with grafts are still obviously balding so if you have the in between look people feel like you’re not a total fraud. I think Elon musk gets criticized cuz that nonsense looks too good.

  5. Trump has always been teased about his hair. Biden is a total joke I wouldn’t even dare call him a president.
    Believe me better to have a full head of hair, especially in American politics … all right all right.

    1. So you admit Biden has rarely been critiqued for a hair transplant? What are your thoughts on all the other politicians I mentioned? Trump was mocked because he uses a double comb over. Almost no one discusses the botched hair transplant.

      For Biden, personally I’m suprised that it’s not one of the running jokes his political opponents use but clearly it has never been. I suspect many tv pundits either have their own ht (or plan to) and they feel self conscious about throwing stones. A lot would probably even relate to him.

      And you didn’t address the other politicians I mentioned or the fact that many many others surely have had things done. The fact is no one pays enough attention to politics to worry about hygienic is cosmetic issues. It’s background noise at most. In the case of mccouggnhey its different because as film star you’re famous for your looks. But even there 99 percent of fans have no idea what’s going on with someone’s head. At most It’s only going to be fringe internet sleuths calling it out but it never becomes part of the public discourse on even the most famous celebrities.

  6. As you’ve said, on television there is no talk of baldness because often the subject could come back like a boomerang, even us unfamous baldies do the same, when someone mentions baldness in a conversation we often disappear quickly. People in general don’t care about baldness, the subject touched me only when I was touched by it personally. People with heads full of hair don’t really care, but we do, because we have the problem not them. Biden is just too old to make fun of, people just feel sorry for him. I mean look at him, is he even alive? Maybe he’s got remote wires hidden behind his back. I don’t know the other politicians, I live in Europe.

    1. We have people way older in office right now. Biden is 79. I believe there is an 88 year old senator still serving. A few others are 86 plus (another is 87, I think).

  7. This stuff is an overpriced scam. No picture of the ingredients that you could get and put together at a tiny fraction of the price.
    Not to mention a shampoo will never ever fix or treat MPB it cant. It simply doesnt stay in the scalp long enough.

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