Does Nioxin help prevent Baldness?
Nioxin Research Laboratories claims that Nioxin can prevent androgenic alopecia (male pattern baldness) by decreasing the amount of DHT that is on your scalp. DHT, also known as dihydrotestosterone, is the main cause of male pattern baldness. DHT is actually a compound that your body (both men and women) produce naturally. DHT is a by-product of testosterone. Dihyrdrotestosterone can attach to hair follicles that are not genetically programed to resist the compound and progressively shrink them. This is what causes “thinning hair”. Nioxin does not contain any proven ingredients that remove DHT, there is no evidence that it removes DHT and they do not claim to be a hair loss product.
What Nioxin does claim to be is a high quality shampoo that rids the scalp of extra sebum and product build up which allows the follicles to grow. It also reduces inflammation and provides the scalp with additional nutrients giving your follicles the optimum environment to grow in.
Nioxin comes in a three step process containing the shampoo which rids the hair of extra sebum and product build up, a conditioner which provides essential oils a minerals to the hair and scalp and a leave in nourishing scalp treatment which provides nutrients and prevents any additional build up.
Nioxin claims 9 out of 10 people experience a “thickening effect” with daily product use. However, scientists say that while hair might seem thicker, it is not actually thicker. The leave-in scalp treatment contains ingredients that can coat the hair, making it slightly stiffer and giving the illusion of greater body.
So is Nioxin worth it?
If you want to buy Nioxin for the DHT removing properties then buy something that is proven like a shampoo with ketoconazole, you can buy Nizoral for about 1/4 of the price of Nioxin. But if you are buying it for the other ingredients that help the hair and scalp be in optimum condition to promote hair growth, then it is worth a try. I used this product for awhile and I admit it made my hair shiny and bouncy which for people with thinning hair gets harder to do. When the hair follicles minaturize the hair gets finer and drier, less shine and bounce. Nioxin also had a great protein mask and a sunscreen spray which I have not really seen in other prodcucts which shows they really understand thin hair. Thin and fine hair need protection from the sun, not just because you get a burnt scalp but because the UV rays damage and break down the hair itself and it does this much easier on a fine hair shaft, leaving it dry and damaged. I ALWAYS wear a hat. But in saying all the good things about Nioxin, I did not see my any hair grow back, and it is very expensive.
The sunscreen spray is around $70, and if you are like me you are already investing a good deal of money in treatments, supplements etc.. then you really need to consider if you need it, is it worth investing this amount of money in a shampoo that makes your hair just shiny and bouncy?
If you have the money, I would say yes…at least its not doing harm as I have found many of the shampoos today are.
If you dont, get Nizoral, use it once a week and get yourself a good quality sulphate free shampoo…