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Does Nioxin work?

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According to The Procter & Gamble Company, Nioxin produces thicker-looking hair within 30 days, but it does not produce new hair growth. Instead, it causes five distinct changes to the hair and scalp that enhance the appearance of thinning hair.

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The Procter & Gamble Company explains that Nioxin strengthens hair so it is less prone to breakage and it appears fuller. It increases the texture of each strand of hair and prevents damage to the cuticle. Nioxin also cleanses the scalp and removes sebum buildup. This oil weighs hair down, making it appear thinner, and irritates the scalp. While Nioxin makes hair appear thicker, any individual seeking therapy to produce hair growth should consult a physician.

The three parts of the system are meant to cleanse, optimize, and treat the hair and scalp in order to give the consumer thicker hair, notes Nioxin. The first step is to cleanse with a shampoo, but a common problem with volumizing shampoos is that they can dry hair out and lead to breakage, explains WebMD. Consumers should make sure that all products they purchase for their hair is free of any sulfates, such as sodium laurel sulfate.

The next step is to condition the hair, states Nioxin. Conditioning can be done with a leave-in treatment, but consumers should make sure that it is light-weight and contains sunscreen. The final step in the Nioxin system is to treat the scalp with a serum that contains antioxidants and botanicals to help make hair thicker.

The Food and Drug Administration has only approved two medications for the treatment of hair loss or thinning hair, as of 2015, notes WebMD. The first medication, minoxidil, sold under the brand name Rogaine, can be purchased over-the-counter. The second, finasteride, sold under the brand name Propecia, requires a prescription.

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