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Nioxin System 1 | 4 Week Trial | Honest Review

It’s been 4 weeks and I’m now ready to give my honest review of Nioxin System 1. Does it make your hair thicker? Fine and thin-looking hair is something very close to my heart...

It’s been 4 weeks and I’m now ready to give my honest review of Nioxin System 1. Does it make your hair thicker?

Fine and thin-looking hair is something very close to my heart and when I was sent this kit, I was really eager to try it. I’m always very sceptical with products that claim to thicken your hair, so I wanted to really put Nioxin System 1 through its paces.

See my video review at the bottom

Nioxin System 1

Nioxin was created by Eva Graham who had herself struggled with fine, thinning and even the loss of hair. In 1987, she created research laborites to develop a line of products that would really target thinning hair.

At the heart of the brand is the thought that the scalp is an extension of the face and should be cared for in order to retain its youthful appearance.

The Nioxin philosophy can be seen in their product range which includes shampoos, conditioners and scalp treatments.

There are 6 different 3-part system kits but System 1 (the one i’ve been using) has been created specifically for normal to thin-looking hair.

The kit includes a cleanser (shampoo), scalp revitaliser (conditioner) and scalp treatment (tonic).

Nioxin-System Kits group

Product Claim

With any product review, it’s important to measure the success (or failings) of the product based on what it claims.

What it does:

“System 1 amplifies hair texture while protecting against breakage.”

“It is specially designed for normal to thin-looking, fine, natural hair. It amplifies hair texture while refreshing the scalp and delivering a healthy shine.”


“Helps to remove follicle-clogging sebum, fatty acids and environmental residues from the scalp skin and hair.”

“Cleanses to provide thicker-looking hair.”

Scalp Revitaliser

“A lightweight conditioner that helps provide hair resilience and control moisture balance.”

Scalp Treatment

“Contains antioxidants and botanicals that help to provide a refreshed scalp environment.”


Nioxin ingredients

The shampoo does contain Sulfates which I have spoken about before in terms of stripping the hair of natural oils, but I was keen to see how these products really work.

We really shouldn’t be too scared of them, as long as we monitor our own hair and scalp health.
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The cleanser (shampoo) says to use daily, but I normally wash my hair 2-3 times a week, maximum.

  • Apply the shampoo to wet hair and massage into the scalp and throughout the length of the hair.
  • Lather for one minute before rising thoroughly.

The cleaner smells minty in scent but doesn’t feel any different from any other shampoo I’ve used.

The scalp revitaliser (conditioner) has been designed to use after the shampoo.

  • Distribute onto the scalp and throughout the hair.
  • Leave on for 1-3 (I went for 3 each time) minutes before rinsing.

Unlike the shampoo, you can really feel the conditioner working. It tingles all over with a fresh, menthol sensation.

The final step is to use the Scalp Treatment. Unlike the shampoo or conditioner, I used this every day after showering.

  • Apply directly to the entire scalp.
  • Gently massage across the whole head.
  • Do not rinse and leave to dry naturally.

This product was easy to use and I had none of the possible ‘redness’ side effects that the product said might happen.


I recorded my hair before using Nioxin and once after every week of use. During the 4 weeks, I didn’t use any other shampoo or conditioner – even when I was at my barber.

From weeks 1 to 4, I have genuinely noticed that my hair looks and feels thicker. My scalp is less visible and the hair feels stronger, especially in the front.

I noticed the biggest difference after the first week of use. It felt like I had more hair and by the fourth week, my hair felt fuller and had more body.

Although I’m using the same products, I actually think my hair looks pretty good without any without any pre-styling or boosting product.

My barber even commented (without being prompted) that my hair looked and felt thicker!



To be totally honest, I didn’t actually know how much the product cost until I was writing this review. I was gifted it about 4 months ago but I hadn’t got round to using it.

When I saw the results in my hair, I thought it would be a lot more expensive than it actually is.

The product ranges in prices from small starter packs of 100/150ml product, all the way up to a litre.

I’d recommend that you start with a starter pack to see how you get on before moving onto a larger bottle (which I’m very keen to do now!).


I’ve been seriously impressed with Nioxin System 1 and would definitely recommend it.

I was – as I always am – sceptical at first but I’ve been amazed at the results. My hair really does feel and look thicker!

You know me, if I don’t like something, you’ll know about it. And when I say how great a product is, you know I really mean it!

Nioxin System 1 has really made my hair look thicker and feel stronger. It’s also left me with a new lease of hair confidence. Seriously impressed.

Shop Nioxin System 1 on Amazon here

Find Nioxin on Ulta here.


  • mandown says:

    Nioxin worked but it’s too expensive to keep up! I use something I order from the Uk called Divine Herbal hair oil which is much more cost-effective and works as well if not better. Also be mindful of what you eat, a lot of foods we eat daily can cause inflammation in our bodies and this can effect our hair too.

  • Janie says:

    Do you have trial sizes? I am a female, 55yrs old with thinning hair.

  • Michael Carrigg says:

    I am 70 years old male and I have thinning hair. I would like to know what Nioxin solution would work for me. Thank you for your considerations.