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Nioxin Cleanser, System 1 Shampoo Review

The Nioxin Cleanser, System 1 Shampoo for Noticeably fine, natural and non-chemical treated hair to thin and stronger hair.

This shampoo is unique and has been fortified with condensed and concentrated natural botanicals and humectants which contain no alcohol, film-forming PvPs or animal products.

The Nioxin Cleanser System 1 Shampoo is a great detoxifying and purifying shampoo which removes product build-ups, residues, minerals, pollutants and toxins. The shampoo is purely effective in purifying hair and helping tiny-haired people to have thick, stronger and longer hair. It readily works to clear nutrient pathways at hair follicle sites and doesn’t strip or waste useful and essential oils which are useful for good for hair health. It provides an optimum scalp environment. The shampoo cleanser leaves the hair growing in good health with radiant lustre.

The Nioxin Cleanser System 1 Shampoo is an amazing product which does not dry your hair or allow for hair build-ups or falling-out of hair. It gives your hair the appropriate conditioning and treatment needed for great hair care. This product is wonderful for any age, containing ingredients which give it an amazing scent and encourage fine hair re-build.


Apply to wet hair. Allow it to lather for one minute. The Rinse and follow with Nioxin Scalp Therapy System 1.

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The Nioxin line of hair products has a very rich and interesting history. Some decades ago, a lady struggled with weak, fine, thinning hair as well as hair loss after giving birth. Her name is Eva Graham.

In her search for a remedy for her thinning hair and hair loss, she went ahead and created research laboratories which after lots of research are now responsible for Nioxin Cleanser System 1 Shampoo. Its unique formula prevents hair loss and thickens thin and weak hair.

Reasons Behind Thin hair and Hair Loss

This kind of hair could just be your natural type of hair. Simply genetic. Sadly, this does happen.

Another reason for dry hair could be a damaged cuticle layer. This is the protective layer that every single strand of hair has. It plays two crucial roles. One is the role of shielding your hair from environmental damage. The second role the cuticle layer plays is that of locking in moisture and oils. When this layer is damaged for one reason or the other, it will separate and peel away. This action leaves it compromised and as a result, oil and moisture are allowed to escape, leaving your hair dry.

Blow-drying too often or even applying alcohol-based styling products before blow-drying could be another cause for dry hair. Using heated hair straightening methods that come in direct contact with your hair, such as curling irons, could also dry your hair over time. When you can, go under a drier instead. Try out other styling methods that do not involve hot objects coming into direct contact with your hair and use those when the opportunity arises for you to do so.

You could also have stripped away your hair’s natural oils over time by washing it or shampooing it with harsh hair products. There are many hair products out there and sometimes in the search for perfection, we unknowingly try out those that end up being harmful to us. It is important to read through the contents of hair products that you intend to use before you purchase them. This way, you can avoid coming into contact with those that will destroy your hair. The internet also has a world of information on different products. Do some research before you use a product just to be certain.

Chemicals such as hair dyes, relaxers, and other chemical treatments are also well known for sapping out moisture and oils from your hair. Avoid those that you can. If it’s unavoidable, try spreading out your use and leave time for your hair to recover.

A poor diet. Your hair could be lacking the nutrients it requires to stay healthy. Some of the nutrients our skin, hair, and nails really need are B vitamins. A balanced diet with all the nutrients and micronutrients is advised for healthy hair.

It could also just be an age thing. As you grow older, the production of naturally occurring oils and moisture in your scalp reduces. It just naturally slows down. This you cannot avoid. What you can do, though, is postpone it by getting a head-start by using preventative measures like this shampoo.

Whatever the reasons may be that have led to the thinning and loss of your hair, Nioxin cleanser system 1 shampoo is one of the products that does exactly what it claims to do. It gives you thicker, fuller, and denser-looking hair.

This product doesn’t claim to regrow your hair but even as per their official website, it only works with the hair you already have and not regrowth.


How Nioxin Cleanser System 1 Shampoo Works

This shampoo has a very basic way in which it operates.

Nioxin shampoo works by creating a healthy environment which in turn fosters strong growing hair. It’s as simple as that. This result is achieved in the following ways.

  • The shampoo gets rid of the dirt on your scalp that clogs up the hair follicles, skin, and hair
  • It also removes excess serum from the scalp
  • It removes the DHT build up

DHT is the compound responsible for the genetic type of hair loss. By eliminating part or all of the DHT, hair loss doesn’t occur or is at the very least postponed.

  • Nioxin shampoo also contains ingredients that specifically target hair shafts. What it then does is it thickens their diameter.

As a result of these combined actions, the result is thicker looking hair.



How to Use Nioxin Cleanser System 1 Shampoo

The manufacturer’s advice the use of this shampoo every day if you want to see the desired results. We all know daily shampooing isn’t advisable, but in cases where there are targeted results expected, it is always best to follow instruction.

So here’s how to use this shampoo

  • Wet your hair
  • Pour some shampoo on your hair
  • Massage it into the scalp and throughout the length of the hair.
  • Lather for one minute before rinsing thoroughly with warm water


The cleaner shampoo has a minty scent and you can actually feel the tingle of the shampoo getting to work on your scalp.

You begin to see a change in your hairs appearance as soon as two weeks after you start using Nioxin Cleanser System 1 Shampoo.

Of interest though is that you feel a difference in your scalp from day 1 of using it. Many have said their scalp could “breathe” better. This just proves the theory that it strips off environmental dirt and debris, sebum and completely cleans the scalp to create a better environment for your hair to thrive.



Side Effects

There are no serious side effects listed by the manufacturer. Nioxin shampoo is generally considered safe and because it has been in the market since the 80’s trust levels have been built amongst its users because there hasn’t been any incident thus far.

That said, there are a few documented side effects. These include

Scalp Redness

The shampoo formula contains niacin as one of its ingredients. Niacin can sometimes result in reddening of the scalp. This isn’t anything to worry about though because it usually goes away about one hour after shampooing.

Increased Hair Shedding

This is also no cause for alarm. On the contrary, it should be taken as a good sign. A sign that the formula is working. Sounds strange, right? Let me explain. When hair is too damaged and weak or it is already dead, using the shampoo helps get rid of this type of hair. Hair that is too far gone to be repaired. What happens instead is that it falls off allowing stronger hair to grow in is stead.

There is cause for worry only if this shedding continues after 3 weeks to a month of using the shampoo. At this point, immediately discontinue use of the product and visit your doctor.

An Itchy Scalp

Again, not a cause for alarm.

Your scalp isn’t used to this product. For some, there is itchiness of the scalp but this shouldn’t worry you at all. Just give yourself some time to adapt to the new shampoo. It contains a potent blend of purifying ingredients that need some getting used to.

If this condition doesn’t improve with time, stop using the shampoo immediately and consult your doctor.

Other side effects that are really just a by-product or counter effect of those listed above are flaking, swelling or tenderness of the scalp and Dry hair.



  • Nioxin shampoo provides the nutrients your hair requires such as vitamins, proteins, and amino acids. These nutrients help in improving hair growth
  • It can be used by both sexes
  • It strengthens hair, thickens it and gives it volume thus resulting in a fuller appearance
  • You only need to use it once a day
  • Antioxidants that are present in the shampoo shield your hair from naturally and environmentally occurring free radicals such as chlorine. They also protect your hair from harmful UV rays and air pollutants.
  • Most users report a decrease in thinning and shedding of hair after using this product
  • It is readily available at most retail stores and salons



  • This shampoo is rather harsh on the pockets
  • The manufacturer discourages the use of Nioxin Cleanser shampoo system 1 while at the same time using minoxidil. Minoxidil is the only FDA approved formula for balding and hair regrowth.
  • The mint ingredient leaves a burning sensation. This takes quite some getting used to!
  • You will need to use the shampoo for a long time before you see the desired result
  • The shampoo is also known to leave the hair dry, so it is advisable to use it along with the Nioxin conditioner.
  • However amazing or satisfactory the results of using the shampoo may be for you, you can only enjoy them for as long as you continue using the shampoo. Once you discontinue the use of the shampoo, the results stop too


In summary, Nioxin Cleanser System 1 Shampoo doesn’t claim to work magic. What it promises is that it will work with the hair you already have on your head. It will prevent hair loss and will thicken your hair giving it volume. It will also slow down the process of balding and conceal the balding effects.

So, if your hair is suffering from mild thinning, go ahead and give this product a try.