Showing posts with label Nioxin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nioxin. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

My History with Hair Supplements

I’ve received many questions regarding the vitamins I currently take (GNC Ultra Nourish-Hair and One-A-Day Womens) so I figured I’d do a quick run-down on what vitamins I’ve taken over the past three years.

Listed in order:
Many woman experience acne when taking biotin but luckily, I didn't. I started at a small dose (1 mg) and gradually increased. I eventually started taking b-complex, which also helps minimize the risk of breakouts when taking biotin. Biotin is widely referred to the "hair growth vitamin" on hair forums because it is necessary for cell growth and generates the production of fatty acids. Biotin has definitely helped my hair growth. My eyelashes grew longer and my nails faster and stronger.

Country Life Maxi-Hair
Maxi-Hair and I started off on the right foot but after many months of use it started upsetting my stomach whenever I took it so I eventually stopped taking it.

Nioxin Intensive Therapy Recharging Complex
Nioxin has been the best supplement I’ve taken so far. I got the best growth with them, didn’t experience breakouts or upset stomach. I did monthly check-ins while I was taking Nioxin that you can read: month 1 / month 2 / month 3 - this month includes pictures of new growth.

I eventually stopped taking Nioxin because my BF was very concerned that all the pills in every bottle I had purchased were cracked. I did not experience any adverse effects from taking them, but he argued that cracked pills are most likely old. A few women on the hair boards raised the point that the cracked pills probably did not pass quality inspections and were given to other vendors to sell and listed on (where I purchased all my Nioxin pills from).

These Nioxin supplements were eventually pulled off store shelves as well as from online vendors. At first Nioxin claimed they were reformulating the supplements but weeks ago I read on their Facebook page that the supplements have been scratched completely.

GNC Hair, Skin, & Nails Forumla
These went the same route as Country Life Maxi-Hair. Things started off well. My eyelashes, eyebrows, and body hair grew in faster and my nails stopped chipping but over time, these supplements made me queasy every time I took them. I eventually couldn't take it anymore and ditched them.

Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails
This hair supplement was the absolute worse for my skin. Break out city. I have oily, acne prone skin and my problem areas are my cheeks. I never really break out at my temples but while taking these supplements, large painful pimples broke out all over my temples. I didn't pick at or pop them but they still scarred. I want to say the 3mg of biotin is what caused me to break out, but I've taken biotin in the past but the difference was I started out with smaller doses and gradually worked my way up; I didn't do that here. Who knows. I increased my water intake and even started taking b-12 complex again to lessen the break outs but my skin still kept going crazy.  I gave up halfway through the bottle and will never take these supplements ever again.

Currently taking GNC Ultra Nourish-Hair
I have acne-prone skin but haven't experienced an increase in breakouts since I began these supplements about 3 months ago. They're also gentle on the stomach; they haven't (yet and hopefully will not) made me queasy or upset my stomach. Because I've also been using Hair Trigger over the last 10 or so weeks, I can't say for sure that my growth is attributable solely to these supplements. I can say that my eyelashes, eyebrows and body hair have definitely grown faster and thicker while taking these.

GNC is also really great at offering a good sale for these supplements. When I first bought them, I got them for $5 with free shipping and just this week, GNC offered them for 5 for $35 with free shipping so I jumped on the opportunity to restock.

I don't think hair supplements are absolutely necessary if you're eating, healthy balanced meals full of the nutrients our body needs for healthy hair growth like vitamin D, biotin, vitamin C. Check out this article on WebMD on top 10 foods for healthy hair. I think the individuals who will reap the most benefits from taking supplements are those that aren't getting the necessary daily levels of essential nutrients and vitamins. I'm in that boat because I don't eat as well as I can and should, but my juicer and fridge full of veggies and fruits are working on that!

So there you have it, my history and experiences with supplements. What supplements have you tried, loved, or hated?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Reader Q&A: Why Did You Stop Taking Nioxin?

My BF made me promise to stop taking them lol. I showed him how all my Nioxin pills were cracked and he was adamant that I stop taking them. Ever bought of Nioxin I bought contained cracked pills and I did not experience any adverse effects from taking them (that I'm aware of), but he argued that cracked pills are most likely old. A few women on the hair boards raised the point that the cracked pills probably did not pass quality inspections and were given to other vendors to sell and listed on (where I purchased my Nioxin pills from). I wasn't about to pay $40 for them at Ulta so I switched back to Country Life Maxi Hair in September.

I still have the bottle so I snapped some pics to show y'all how cracked they are. For those unfamiliar with Nioxin, the full name of the product is Nioxin Intensive Therapy Recharging Complex.
With smiles,

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Month 3 w/ Nioxin Intensive Therapy Recharging Complex

I am now 3 months into my Nioxin supplements. I'm currently 10 weeks post and can see an increase in the usual growth I have around this time. My new growth is growing in thicker and denser.

During my last update I touched on my itchy scalp and believed at the time that Nioxin was the cause. My scalp is still itchy but I highly doubt Nioxin is the culprit. The only other symptom I experienced from taking the supplements was pimples but that was long faded - I fee like if Nioxin caused the itchiness it would have faded as well? *shrug*

The progression of the photos below of my current relaxer stretch - my last touch up was on May 8, 2011.



With smiles,

Monday, June 20, 2011

Month 2 w/ Nioxin Intensive Therapy Recharging Complex

So I am now into my second month with my Nioxin supplements. Can't say I've noticed a growth spurt, but I'm holding off on seeing any increase in growth until after I'm through with my first bottle - after third months of use. Body hair and nails are still growing like crazy. Tweezing every couple of days is still annoying, and I looked at my arms one day and kind of felt like Chewbacca haha.

I've been experiencing itchy scalp, only in the crown area, and it's been driving me crazy. Crossing my fingers that this  itchiness is a sign of an impending growth spurt :)

Since my last update, the pimples have ceased. I haven't had one since then, but I'm still drinking ~60 oz of water a day.

That's it for now. I'll post again at 3 months  in, hopefully the itchiness is gone by then and I get to post on a growth spurt!

With smiles,

Friday, May 20, 2011

Month 1 w/ Nioxin Intensive Therapy Recharging Complex

It has now been a month since I began taking Nioxin Intensive Therapy Recharging Complex and thought I'd write a quick post and what I've noticed so far.

The most noticeable difference I've seen is in my nails, eyebrows, and body hair. My nails are much stronger; I haven't had one break since I began taking the Nioxin supplements. Normally, my nails grow to a certain length and then break (much to my chagrin). As for my eyebrows, I normally tweeze them every other week, however, I have been tweezing about every 4 days because new hairs keep growing in. In regards to body hair, I feel like a gorilla! Lol! I shave and it grows back faster than normal. Upkeep of my eyebrows and shaving is getting a little annoying haha.

As for hair growth (on my head haha) I'm two weeks post relaxer and haven't noticed a difference there yet.

I should also notice that when I first began taking the supplements, a few pimples popped up, but I increased my water intake to 60 oz a day and after about a week, the pimples went away - face is still pimple free.

That's all for now. I'll update again when I've hit 60 days.

*Note: In addition to Nioxin, I am also taking One-A-Day Women's Multi-Vitamin, a garlic supplement, and 2 grams of chlorella a day.

With smiles,

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Nioxin Intensive Therapy Recharging Complex

As I mentioned earlier this week, I purchased a new hair supplement this week: Nioxin Intensive Therapy Recharging Complex. I'd heard about Nioxin when I first started this hair journey but didn't think much of it but recently ladies over on LHCF have been raving about increased growth, improvements to their skin, and stronger nails and peaked my interest so I purchase a bottle on Amazon. I also read through the amazon reviews on Nioxin and women there loved it as well. I took my first pill yesterday and will be taking biweekly photos of my new growth to track if this supplement lives up the hype. My relaxer stretch ends in about 2 weeks so I'll so start tracking after my touch up.

If you want to check out the thread on LHCF, it's [here]

I'll keep you all posted!

Front and back of the bottle:

The pills are much smaller and easier to take than the Maxi-Hair Supplement.

With smiles,