19 September 2012

Nioxin Treatment at Peter Mark, for thicker, fuller hair

My friend and I were lamenting recently that our hair has lost its oomph. Mine is noticeably thinner than when I was younger – I’m just lucky I had a helluva lot to start off with. But the Nioxin treatment at Peter Mark promised to help restore my mane to its former glory, so I was all over that like …well, like a beauty blogger on a brand new treatment, really.

Except Nioxin's not exactly new - it was developed more than 20 years ago, for hair for that’s lost its volume. Inspired by skincare regimens, Nioxin is designed to improve scalp health and restore a thicker, fuller look to the hair. The treatment is hugely popular in the US, where it’s won the Stylist Choice Awards for the past 10 years!

The first part of the treatment was a little disconcerting.  Using a device called a nioscope we took a a very close up look at my scalp, magnified to 200% - that's it in the top left photo! This highlighted a few issues like product build up around some of the hair follicles, which was targeted in the next step – the treatment.
Nioxin Scalp Renew is basically a micro dermabrasion treatment for the scalp,  that removes product build-up, increases circulation, cleanses the scalp and promotes stronger, thicker and healthier hair. It’s a refreshing mint scented cream that is massaged in – this bit was heavenly, I love an aul’ head massage- and left on the hair for 10 minutes.
After this my hair was blow dried and I was prescribed a specialised shampoo, conditioner, and leave in scalp treatment to use at home. There are six varieties available and as my hair is coarse and thick but has noticeably thinned, I was prescribed #6.

While I was a guest of Peter Mark, the Nioxin treatment is generally priced at €19.90 and the product kits at €32.20. If you buy both together the cost is just €39.50, which strikes me as really good value. While I haven’t noticed any huge increase in volume or fullness just yet, my hair definitely feels stronger and healthier since I’ve been using the products at home.
Have you tried Nioxin before and if so, what were your thoughts? Is it something you’d like to try in the future? And if you have any other tips for adding volume, I’d love to hear ‘em!
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