There are plenty of side effects to pregnancy, and unfortunately, some of them you don’t learn about until they are happening! One side effect I was unaware of until it was happening is postpartum hair loss. It’s the weirdest thing…I had such beautiful and full hair while I was pregnant and then after both babies were born, I noticed hair falling our more and more. I guess with Trent, I didn’t have as much hair loss and it wasn’t as noticeable since my hair was short and I wore it down a lot. But little miss Aubrey sure liked to amplify all of my symptoms, because I experienced postpartum hair loss after her much more than after Trent. Combine that with my hair being much longer and always in a ponytail (it seems) and it was really noticeable around my hairline. So much so that I had to part my hair in a different spot and I stopped wearing it up at work. I wouldn’t say I was embarrassed about it, but I surely didn’t want to flaunt it around for everyone to see.
I had just accepted the fact that over time, my hair would grow back and I would just have to style it differently until that happened.
Luckily, in the best coincidence ever, I was invited to take the NIOXIN 30 Day Challenge!
NIOXIN is specially formulated to create the optimal scalp environment to tackle thinning hair & promote thicker, fuller-looking, healthier hair. Thinning hair affects men and women of all ages. The cause is often genetic, and can also be triggered by certain life stages. Addressing thinning begins with understanding what causes and contributes to it, and the early warning signs to look out for. (Genetics, Nutrition and diet, Stress and trauma, Health issues, Medication, Environmental factors, and Postpartum)
The 30 Day Nioxin Challenge consists of using Nioxin’s 3-step hair care routine picked specifically for your type of hair for 30 days to see amazing results in increased hair growth and fullness. I was so excited to see the results and what Nioxin could do for me. Sure, I knew my hair would eventually get back to the way it was, but I was much more interested in speeding up the process.
NIOXIN comes in several different system kits as follows:
- System Kit 1 – Specially designed for normal to thin-looking, fine, natural hair. It amplifies hair texture while refreshing the scalp and delivering a healthy shine.
- System Kit 2 – Specially designed for noticeably thinning, fine, natural (no chemical processes like color or relaxing) hair. It delivers denser-looking hair and a healthy shine while protecting the scalp.
- System Kit 3 – Specially designed for normal to thin-looking, fine, chemically treated hair. It amplifies hair texture while refreshing the scalp and providing moisture balanced to colored hair.
- System Kit 4 – Specially designed for noticeably thinning, fine, chemically treated hair. It delivers denser-looking hair while protecting the scalp and providing moisture balance to colored hair
- System Kit 5 – Specially designed for normal to thin-looking, medium to coarse, natural (no chemical processes like color or relaxing) or chemically treated hair. It delivers smoothing control to hair while refreshing the scalp and restoring moisture balance.
- System Kit 6 – Specially designed for noticeably thinning, medium to coarse, natural (no chemical processes like color or relaxing) or chemically treated hair. It delivers smoothing control to hair while protecting the scalp and restoring moisture balance.
I was assigned the level 1 system kit, which is specially designed for normal to thin-looking, fine, natural hair. It amplifies hair texture while refreshing the scalp and delivering a healthy shine.
Each system addresses three key factors that are crucial in understanding and treading the appearance of thinning hair:  scalp and hair environment,  the role of hair health, and  the change of hair structure over time. Each of the six System Kits includes an easy to use daily regimen consisting of three steps, to help nourish the scalp and give you thicker, denser-looking hair, in 30 Days, guaranteed. NIOXIN uses advanced technologies to deliver thicker, fuller, denser-looking hair. Their commitment to innovation, supported by 25 years of research, enables them to be able to help more than 3 out of 4 men and women in the U.S. who experienced thinning hair. NIOXIN’s innovative solutions have gained industry recognition year after year. NIOXIN’s advanced technologies provide real solutions for making the most of the hair you have, transforming the hair care industry and bringing hope and confidence to men and women and everywhere.
I took some before pictures so you could see exactly what I was starting with. I do have a confession though…I hated all the photos. Seeing photos of myself truly made me realize just how bad the hair loss had gotten in the corners of my hairline. Yikes. That made me even more excited to start the 30 Day Challenge because that needed to get fixed STAT!
The NIOXIN Cleanser (shampoo) is a clearish blue and I used the same amount that I would use of my regular shampoo.
I just started from my scalp and worked my way down to the ends, working up a good lather. Then I went back up to my scalp and lathered it even more there, also concentrating on my hairline, for 1-2 minutes. It has a minty scent and gave a cool, tingly feeling to my scalp. It was quite invigorating!
The NIOXIN Scalp Therapy (conditioner) is white and moderately thick.
Typically, you would put your normal conditioner only on the ends of you hair, but the Scalp Therapy is meant to go on all over, from your scalp to your ends. I would get a decent amount, apply it starting from my scalp to the ends, then I would spend about 30 seconds massaging it all over my scalp. Then, I would put it up and then finish my shower and rinse it out at the very end (after about 2-3 minutes). This also left my scalp feeling tingly clean. My only wish is that the bottle was larger. I have long hair and didn’t think I was going to make it the entire 30 days, so for the last week, I used the Scalp Therapy on my scalp/roots, and then my regular conditioner on the ends.
After my shower, I towel-dried my hair, then applied the NIOXIN Scalp Treatment.
I sprayed all over my scalp from about 1/2″-1″ away, then I would massage it into my scalp. Again, even though I sprayed it all over, I concentrated on my hairline.
The NIOXIN Scalp Treatment has a warming sensation and may also cause some redness. I noticed some redness around my hairline, but it was hardly noticeable with makeup.
After the entire process, my scalp truly felt invigorated going from cool to warm. During the process, not only do you get the benefit of the products themselves, but all the scalp massaging is really good for you too. The process was painless and required almost no additional time to my morning routine, just for the minute or two I spent working in the Scalp Treatment. It didn’t weigh my hair down and it didn’t affect how I styled it.
Ok, time for some results, right?
After 30 days of using the NIOXIN System, this is how my hair looks:
Here is a side-by-side comparison between day 1 and day 30.
I am super pleased with the results!
In the corners where I felt there was the most hair loss, now looks more filled-in and actually has little hairs growing in. I am more confident now and feel more comfortable parting my hair where I used to and having my hair in a ponytail. Even though it still has a way to go, I’m really glad I could make my hair look fuller while it grows back in. I would recommend this to any new momma out there dealing with postpartum hair loss, or anyone wanting to tackle hair thinning or loss and have thicker-looking hair.
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Prize: One NIOXIN hair system kit $44 value (winner will be able to choose which of the six systems they receive).
Open to: US only
Ends: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 11:59pm
How to enter: Leave a comment below and answer the question: “If you won this kit, would you be the one using it, or would you give it to a loved one?”
I participated in the NIOXIN Challenge blog program as a member of One2One Network. I received compensation but all opinions are my own.