When I became a mom, I kinda threw vanity out the window. I don’t wear makeup daily, prefer to dress down than dress up, and to be honest, my hair was always an afterthought. I mean, being a busy mom, I am constantly on the go, so my hair often ends up in a ponytail or a bun. My hair was not exactly high on my list of priorities. Well, until I started losing it, that is, and then it became one of my biggest priorities and concerns. Thanks to a partnership with Nioxin, I get to share my thinning hair story.
Earlier this year, I went through a lot of stuff. A lot. My uncle passed away, money was tight, and my whole family kept passing around illness after illness. I was pretty stressed out. So, when my hair started changing- becoming dry, brittle and thin, I really didn’t think much about it. I was too busy handling life and caring for everyone else. It’s what a mom does right? Then…my hair started falling out, in big clumps, not just once a day but every single time I touched my hair. In an instant, I had to make my own care priority number one.
Within two weeks I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and got on a regimen of vitamins and medicine to handle my health. But my hair? My hair was hit or miss, they said. It may come back to the way it was, or it may not, hair was cosmetic so, they couldn’t really give me an answer. So, I cried.
However, after realizing that they told a woman the worst thing ever about her hair…they did say I could look into products that would help my hair look fuller on a cosmetic side. Here’s where Nioxin came in.
Nioxin made it very easy for me to find the system that would work for me. I used the Nioxin Consultation Tool on their website, and after answering a few quick questions, was recommended System 4. So I ordered the system, and when it arrived I put it to use.
As you can see, my hair is color treated. These pics were taken just days before I started the System 4 treatment (there are six). System 4 is 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.
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. There are no directions on how often you should shampoo/condition, so I did it twice a week, using the treatment foam after each wash, and making sure I used the Nioxin Night Density Rescue every night before bed.
I honestly didn’t know what to expect when trying the system so here are a few things I had questions about before trying it:
How often did you wash/condition?
Honestly, not sure there is a real answer. I didn’t find any online, but since my hair is color treated, I stuck with 2x a week and my color did fade a little faster, but it wasn’t completely stripped of color.
What does it smell/feel like?
Pepperminty and tingly. Honestly, the scent used to help me wake up on the mornings I washed it!
What does the Night Density Rescue smell/feel like?
A bit more perfumie and more tingles. The recommended use is 4 droppers, and I definitely got my whole scalp covered in 4.
How did your styling change?
Not much. I used the Nioxin Bodifying Foam when I needed to style my hair. It gave my hair some much needed volume and hold.
Does it work?
For me, it definitely helped. My hair was a total wreck but halfway through my 30 Day Challenge I could see my hair was starting to look fuller. The picture before was about 21 days in.
At the end of my 30 days, my hair started to feel so much fuller- that I got it done up again.
So what did I learn? First- moms, we gotta take care of ourselves. When your body starts telling you something….LISTEN. Also, thinning hair affects men and women of all ages. TALK ABOUT IT! I cried and stressed so much, and I held it all in when there are so many people going through the same thing. 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. Things like postpardum, diet, genetics and more can play into it. You can find more info here.
Now, my hair is on the road to recovery and I am on my road to making sure that alongside of taking care of my family…I take care of me.
Thanks to Nioxin for sponsoring this post.