Nioxin vs Keranique – A Comparison

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Whilst Keranique and Nioxin commonly known products that you can use for your hair loss, they aren’t one and the same. There are a few differences between the two which make them different, and you’ll want to know these before you decide which one you want to spend your hard earned money on.

The main difference between Nioxin and Keranique is that whilst Keranique is designed help the circulation in your scalp, Nioxin focusses more on cleansing your head and promoting a health area for your hair to replenish itself.

The Keranique technique focusses of microcirculation, and whilst they do want to cleanse your scalp like Nioxin does, this isn’t their main focus. How do we know this? Well, you can tell this by looking at the ingredients of Keranique and determining which ingredients are meant to do what.


Keranique is full of the ‘K’s’ – Keravis Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Keratrix Seed Extract and Keratin. These ingredients are there to help strengthen the hair and are filled with good amino acids to help replenish any hairs that you might have lost.

To contrast this, Nioxin is filled with other ingredients like Ensulizole, which is actually one of the main ingredients used in sunscreen and helps to protect and cleanse your scalp thoroughly. For this reason, these two products are slightly different than each other (yes, this makes Nioxin the best choice if you’re looking or something that will take care of your scalp and protect it from UV rays).

Both of these shampoos are free of all the nasty stuff that we don’t want – parabens, sulfates and unecessary fragrances. There are other hair loss shampoos on the market that you can consider as well as Nioxin and Keranique if you’re not bother about this.

Pros of Nioxin

Nioxin System 3 Cleanser Shampoo, Color Treated Hair with Light Thinning, 33.8 oz
  • PROFESSIONAL HAIR AND SCALP CLEANSER SHAMPOO for color treated hair with light thinning Award: Behind the Chair Stylist Choice Winner Favorite Thinning Haircare, 16 consecutive years
  • NOURISH SCALP FOR STRONGER HAIR plus relieves tightness and tension from dryness
  • MOISTURIZES AND CLEANSES DRY SCALP and chemically treated hair for thicker, fuller looking hair

Easy to apply – You don’t need to make any drastic changes in your hair routine to incorporate Nioxin – it works the same as pretty much any other hair loss product.

Cleanses the scalp – Nioxin is great for helping to cleanse the scalp due to it’s ingredients, which are specifically designed to do so.

 Cheaper than Keranique – Whilst I don’t think Nioxin is pretty cheaper, it is much cheaper than Keranique in this circumstance.

Pros of Keranique

Keranique Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner Set for Hair Repair and Growth with Biotin and Keratin Amino Complex, Sulfate and Parabens Free, 8 fl oz ea
  • VOLUME-BOOSTING POWER COUPLE: Achieve thicker and fuller hair at any age - our thickening shampoo and conditioner gently cleanse, nourish, and strengthen thin, fine hair, significantly reducing hair...
  • NO MORE FLAT, LIFELESS HAIR: Pump up the volume, ladies - Keranique anti-aging volume shampoo and conditioner are carefully crafted lightweight formulas that add voluminous texture without heavy...
  • ENRICHED WITH HAIR STRENGTHENING KERATIN: Keranique's proprietary Keratin Amino Complex in our moisturizing set helps enhance volume by thickening each hair shaft, while reinforcing and protecting all...

Minoxidil – Whilst many other hair loss products don’t have anything in them that’s FDA approved, Keranique has the only thing that is; Minoxidil, or Rogaine.

 Easy spray – Whilst I don’t really like the idea of having 4 different products to use for hair loss, I guess I can’t moan too much when it’s just a bit of spray, right?

 Results in a short time – On average, people see results in a far shorter time with Keranique than they do with Nioxin, which you need to apply religiously over many months. If you don’t get results with Keranique within 120 days, you can get a refund!

Results – The Verdict

Of course, some of this may sound like jargon to you, and you probably want to just know which will give you the best results. Now let me say; it depends.

For the average person, I would definitely recommend Nioxin over Keranique; and here’s why.

Nioxin is far simpler to use – it’s just a slightly more expensive shampoo that helps to cleanse your scalp and help to promote hair growth. Whereas with Keranique, you get 4 products that you need to apply all the time, which to me is a bit of a nightmare (this might not bother you as much as it does me, however).

Secondly, Nioxin has a far better track record than Keranique. Any product that’s been around for 30 years has stood the test of time. Keranique is relatively new, so you can’t really compare them in that sense, either.

Thirdly, you get the option of various different scales of product if you opt for Nioxin – this can’t be said for Keranique, however. Keranique doesn’t work too well for thinner and dry hair, so bare than in mind before you make a decision to opt for it. Check out the different scales of Nioxin to find out which one is best for you.

Fourthly and finally, the ingredients in Nioxin just speak out to me more. I spend a lot of time studying and checking out different ingredients lists, and I have to say that I’d undoubtedly pick Nioxin’s formula over Keranique. Why? Well, I’m not a massive fan of Minoxidil, which is one of the primary ingredients in Keranique.

So, there it is – but that’s only my opinion! Be sure to do some research and make your own mind up before you make a purchase. Don’t wate your hard earned cash without doing the research first! If you want a more established user review of Keranique, check this out.

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4 thoughts on “Nioxin vs Keranique – A Comparison”

  1. I use Nioxin, (have for a while) and it does work pretty well. I wanted to get an opinion on other stuff just in case. I found the part about how Keranique might not work well for thin or dry hair particularly helpful, as that’s one of my issues. I appreciate the article.

  2. Ive used Nioxin 4 for years.
    Trying Keranique lately because my situation is getting worse. I only wash my hair every 4th day due to nerve issue. Spraying on the after wash bottle 2xday (missing it sometimes too) . its only been 2 weeks, have a way to go. So wintertime I wig up intermittently.
    It never stops. So frustrating


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