The first time it happened, I was 21 years old. Having just been dumped by my high school sweetheart, I was understandably under a *little* stress. What is it about heartache that causes your body to fall apart? I lost 5 pounds without trying, stopped enjoying just about everything in life, and had trouble concentrating on even the most simple tasks. And I suppose I could have soldiered on, except for one thing: my hair was falling out.
(Seriously? I was just dumped by the supposed love of my life… and was rewarded with a bald spot?)
I should have known that I wouldn’t be able to escape the breakup unscathed – after all, it’s a widely known fact that stress can cause significant hair loss. But why?
“Typically, people shed about 100 hairs a day,” says Carolyn Jacob, MD. “Most people don’t even notice.” Sometimes, a significant stress of some sort may spark a change in your body’s routine physiological functions, and cause a disproportionate number of hairs to go into the resting phase at the same time. Then three to four months later, sometimes longer, all those resting hairs are shed. The effect can be alarming. The types of events that disrupt the normal hair cycle, Jacob says, can be caused by the substantial physiological stresses on your body.
Okay, so we’ve established that I was under physiological stress. Break ups suck! But while complaining to my then-stylist about my thinning hair, she suggested the NIOXIN system of products. Fair warning: they weren’t as sexy as they are now. Packaged in a brown bottle with a similarly forgettable scent and consistency, I figured something so blah had to work, as it wasn’t trussed up in sweet-smelling peachy commercialism. And you know what? It did work. With consistent use over a few months, and a heart on the mend, I started to feel my hair return to its natural texture and density.
The second time it happened, I was 26 years old… and it was yet again after a breakup. Honestly! Four years with a guy who couldn’t commit, and my perky, bouncy hair started falling out in chunks. I had flashbacks of my first battle of the bald spot – and was ready to swear off men for good – when I remembered NIOXIN. The packaging had changed, but the results were the same: a noticeable decrease in hair loss after 3-4 weeks, and after 2-3 months, thicker, healthier hair.
So what’s the deal with NIOXIN?
The NIOXIN approach began in 1987, when the founder experienced thinning hair and began to investigate the idea of treating the scalp with skincare methods. NIOXIN uses advanced technologies to deliver thicker, fuller, denser-looking hair. The three parts of each NIOXIN system – cleanse, optimise and treat – work together to help create an optimal scalp environment.
Today, my hair is thinning – and I can’t blame it on a break up. That’s right, good ol’ genetics, hormones and age – combined with a handful of medications – have started their assault on my naturally fine hair, making it lack body, lustre and strength. As a P&G Mom, I had the awesome opportunity to visit a NIOXIN salon – P&H Salon in Toronto. There, the talented Fabrizio (call him! He’s fab – pun intended) took me through the ins and outs of the NIOXIN system, and we settled on the correct one for my hair type (System 3) and what to expect.
So here’s what you need to know:
1) NIOXIN has shown to be effective in more than 50% of people with thinning hair. Using the system and complementary products correctly ensures you’ll get the optimal results from your 3-part regimen.
2) NIOXIN results cannot be seen overnight – or even in a week or two. Anyone who tells you otherwise is selling something. Hence, this isn’t a post of me gushing about how NIOXIN changed my hair dramatically after a few uses (apologies to other reviewers you may have seen stating this – sorry, it’s just not possible), and you won’t see a before/after photo in this post. Truth is, you likely won’t see an after photo for at least 3-4 months. But I HAVE used this system before – twice, in fact – and I am a believer that the results WILL happen; I just have to give it some time.
3) NIOXIN’s effect is cumulative – that means, the more you use it, the better results you’ll see. It’s hard sticking with a program, but in Fabrizio’s experience, most of his clients were able to slow down hair loss only as long as they used the products religiously. Stop the system, and they’re back at square one! Of course, if your hair loss is temporary, as in my case with post-breakup trauma (rolls eyes), then you can safely stop the system once you have stopped shedding (or meet a new man).
At P&H Salon, I was also treated to a scalp massage and haircut, courtesy of P&G. It was divine! Thank you for the special Moms Time Out treat; it was much needed after a long winter with excessive heat styling.
So here’s the scoop. I’ve been actively testing the NIOXIN System for normal to thin-looking, fine, chemically treated hair for just over a month now. At the moment, I haven’t seen a noticeable difference in the texture or fullness of my hair, but I’m patient and am hoping I’ll have a good ol’ before and after for you in the upcoming weeks.
Until then, P&G is giving one of my readers the awesome opportunity to WIN a NIOXIN System valued at $105! To enter, simply enter the form below with your qualifying entries.