Nioxin vs Keranique

Nioxin and Keranique are undeniably two of the most popular hair loss shampoos of recent years – you’ll likely see them advertised everywhere. There’s a good reason for this – although each of these shampoos has got their fair share of haters, the majority of folks that have used these products have said that they undoubtedly work to help with hair loss.

Comparing Nioxin and Keranique against each other certainly isn’t easy – they both work in different ways and each user will probably experience something different from the other. Here, I’ll give you an outline on what both of these hair loss shampoos can do to help rejuvenate your scalp.

Nioxin vs Keranique

Although Nioxin and Keranique are both good for hair loss, they ultimately work in very different ways from each other. To put it simply, Nioxin is made to help cleanse your scalp. Why is this important? Well, your scalp needs a healthy environment for hair to grow properly. It’s ingredients are specifically formulated to give you a healthier scalp – this is Nioxin’s main objective.

What’s the difference between them?

But doesn’t Keranique do the same thing? Well, yes and no. Whilst it does help to cleanse the scalp as Nioxin does, this isn’t Keranique’s main selling point. Keranique actually contains minoxidil – the only FDA approved hair loss product that you can buy from your local store or online.

The main way that Minoxidil, and therefore Keranique works, is to increase the circulation of blood throughout your scalp. This increase in blood flow helps to support the dormant and dying hair follicles on your head, which in turn helps to encourage hair growth.

So whilst Keranique does help to cleanse your scalp, this really isn’t it’s primary selling point and it can do more than just this. And whilst Nioxin is sold as a hair loss shampoo, it certainly isn’t a hair growth shampoo – but it can help to dramatically reduce the hairs that you are currently losing.

Does this mean that Keranique is better, then?

Not necessarily. It does undoubtedly mean that if you use Keranique, you have a far better chance of reversing permanent hair loss due to the fact that it contains minoxidil.

There’s a real lack of research in regards to other ingredients that these two shampoos contain. Whilst there are ingredients in them that can definitely help with temporary hair loss, it’s less likely to help with anything permanent.

Lets have a look at the ingredients of each and see how some of the ingredients may be beneficial for you.

Nioxin Ingredients

Nioxin usually come in a full set, sometimes referred to as a starter kit. In this starter kit, you’re likely to get a shampoo, conditioner and a small mousse which is part of the entire hair care treatment. We’ll look at some of the ingredients of Nioxin that can help contribute to stopping hair loss.


The primary ingredient that you’re going to find in Nioxin is Ensulizole. If you’re often on holiday, then this ingredient might be familiar – it’s actually the most common ingredient that you’ll find in sunscreen. It’s a major agent that can be used to protect your scalp from external environments. So, it only makes sense that it’s one of the major ingredients in Nioxin, of which it’s major aim is to cleanse and protect the scalp.


Sulisobenzone is also another commonly found active ingredient that you’ll find in sunscreen – it seems that one of the main focusses of Nioxin is to keep your hair protected from the sun. Although a little sun won’t have an effect on your hair, there’s no doubt that overexposure to the sun can contribute to hair loss.

Biotin & Other B Vitamins

B Vitamins are the common denominator when considering hair loss shampoos – it seems like they are the most likely ingredient that you’ll find in any hair loss formula. The reality is that the likelihood you have a Biotin deficiency is low, but it can definitely contribute to hair loss if you are deficient. There’s a link between Biotin deficiency and being gluten intolerant due to the need for a healthy intestine to formulate Biotin properly.

Saw Palmetto

Another of the most popular ingredients that are found in hair loss formulas is Saw Palmetto. Saw palmetto is a small palm tree found in the South of America most commonly, so it’s very easy to find. It’s very similar to aloe vera in that it’s a fruit extract, so we can relatively easily get saw palmetto is abundance.

It works in a similar way as Finasteride – it’s a DHT blocker, which means that it helps to stop the breakdown of testosterone into DHT (dihydrotestosterone). DHT causes the hair follicles to minimise, which is one of the reasons that it’s thought to be a major component in male pattern baldness.

Other Ingredients

These are just some of the primary active ingredients that you’re going to find in Nioxin. As well as these ingredients, you’ll find; glycoproteins for cell growth, Clorphenesin for antifungal properties and Ubiquinone as an antioxidant.

Keranique Ingredients

Whilst the ingredients of Nioxin are impressive, Keranique also contains some awesome ingredients that can undoubtedly contribute to hair growth too. Like Nioxin, it usually comes in a complete ‘hair growth’ kit which has a shampoo, conditioner and two different sprays. Between them, they contain a variety of different ingredients that can help combat hair loss.


The ‘other’ b vitamins for hair loss (as opposed to Biotin), Panthenol is also extremely important for keeping your hair healthy. It’s very good for particularly thin and brittle hair, which is a common occurrence in people that don’t have enough B5.


As you’d expect, one of the main ingredients in Keranique is keratin. You hair is made up of keratin protein, so it only makes sense to use keratin to help replenish your hair. Keratin treatments have been extremely popular at salons for over a decade now, especially for dealing with frizzy hair.


Like I’ve said, Minoxidil is the only FDA approved hair loss product that you don’t need a prescription for. You can easily find minoxidil for sale online – usually under the brand name that it’s most associated with, Rogaine. There’s a lot of research that suggests that Minoxidil genuinely works for dealing with hair loss, so it’s undoubtedly a good option if you’re looking to deal with permanent hair loss (it can help with temporary hair loss, too).

Ginseng Root Extract

Although you might not have thought of Ginseng Root Extract as helpful with hair loss, there is research that suggests that it can help your scalp stimulate hair grow. It’s also great for helping to relieve stress, which of course in another common cause of temporary hair loss.

Other Ingredients

Like Nioxin, Keranique still contains a wide variety of different ingredients that you are likely to find useful in combatting hair loss. It contains the stand ingredients like Biotin, Ceratonia Ciliqua Seed Extract for Amino Acids and Vegetable Protein for hair strengthening.

Benefits of Using Nioxin

If you’re debating using Nioxin to deal with your hair loss, then it only makes sense that you understand how it can be beneficial to your hair. The main benefits of choosing Nioxin are;

  • Cheaper option than Keranique – Unless you find a particularly good deal on Keranique, then you will likely find that Nioxin is the cheaper of the two.
  • Scalp cleanser – As I’ve already covered, Nioxin is awesome for helping to keep your scalp clear and healthy.
  • No change to routine – With Nioxin, you don’t need to worry about drastically changing your haircare routine. You can pretty much keep with that you’ve been doing, just using the Nioxin brand shampoo and conditioner.

Benefits of Using Keranique

On the other hand, Keranique has a lot of benefits that may make it a better option for you to start dealing with your hair loss. The main benefits of dealing with Keranique are;

  • Contains Minoxidil – One of the big benefits of using Keranique is that it contains minoxidil, which helps circulation in your scalp.
  • Spray – Keranique usually comes with two sprays, which are easy to use and won’t take out too much time from your daily haircare regime.
  • Works quicker than Nioxin – Although both hair care regimes that they take a few months to work, Keranique is likely to start working a little quicker than Nioxin.


Overall, it’s difficult to pick which of these products that you should use without having a knowledge of what it is you’re looking for. If you’re trying to deal with male pattern baldness, then you will undoubtedly have to opt for Keranique. This is solely based on the fact that it contains minoxidil and can actually promote hair growth.

If you’re looking to mitigate any further hair loss, then you may be better off opting for Nioxin. It’s formula is well designed to help keep your scalp clean so you don’t have to worry about losing more and more hair as you get older.

Overall, these are both pretty good options for temporary hair loss, but only Keranique stands a chance of working with permanent hair loss.

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