What is Nisim?
Nisim International offers several products to address hair loss and promote new hair growth. This article looks at two of Nisim’s ‘foundation’ topical products: NewHair Biofactors Shampoo and Hair and Scalp Extracts.
Nisim Newhair Biofactors Shampoo claims to be able to control excessive hair loss in the majority of cases and cure hair loss for some by utilizing effective cleansers and actives found in a variety of herbs.
The shampoo was first put on the shelves in 1993. Since then Nisim has added other hair loss products which includes Nisim NewHair Biofactors Hair and Scalp Extracts. Together the shampoo and extracts are said to be able to achieve significant regrowth of lost hair.
The herbs used in the products are not exactly revolutionary. Nisim claims, however, to have developed a proprietary system for extracting the active ingredients from the herbs to achieve maximum effective strength. Both products are backed by a 100% money back guarantee.
How Does it Work?
The shampoo includes cleansers which remove the build-up of oils, sweat, dirt and excess sebum that are said to damage the hair and scalp. Active ingredients also include herb extracts which are said to neutralize DHT (dihydrotestosterone) on the scalp surface. DHT’s role in pattern baldness is generally accepted as the leading cause of hair loss.
The shampoo can be used as a standalone product although it is primarily aimed at controlling / stopping hair loss. You are encouraged to use the hair and scalp extract if you’re looking to stimulate significant regrowth. The most well-known ingredient in the stimulating hair extract is probably saw palmetto, which is often cited as a powerful (and natural) DHT blocker.
How Effective Is It?
A clinical study was carried out by Nisim International in 1993 to assess effectiveness of a natural organic extract solution to stimulate hair regrowth. The trial included148 men with varying degrees of pattern baldness over a 5 month period. The solution was coupled with a treatment regimen which included scalp cleansing and ‘proper scalp massaging’. Participants were aged between 24 to 68 years old.
Results indicated at least 30% new hair growth in 85.7% of the study group and 100% or greater increase in 40.8% of the men. There was no change in14.3% of cases. The study was published in the Medical Post Vol. 29, page 61, August 24, 1993.
Unfortunately I’ve been unable to find reference to any other, independent, clinical trials. Nor was the study design optimized. Ideally a randomized trial, including an appropriate control group, should be undertaken with nvestigators and study participants ‘blinded’ to treatment allocation.
How Long Before I See Results?
The shampoo is guaranteed* to control excessive hair loss, for men or women, within one week.
For new hair growth, using both the extracts and shampoo, results are typically noticed between 3 – 6 months of use.
*Unlimited time guarantee which refunds you for the use of up to one bottle of shampoo and conditioner, and up to four bottles of the hair and scalp extracts (excluding shipping costs).
Best Suited For
Nisim products are primarily intended for those with pattern baldness and who have begun to lose hair in the last two to five years. Hair shedding can still be controlled in those who have lost hair more than 5 years ago, but hair growth may either not occur or be limited in these cases.
The clinical study mentioned above noted significant improvement in participants at all stages of baldness and that age did not seem to be a factor in response. Researchers did, however, also comment that hair regrowth around the temples ‘appeared to be the most resistant to regrowth’.
Nisim International also claims that their products can combat hair loss arising from alopecia areata (patchy hair loss), cancer treatments, post-pregnancy and menopause.
Guidelines for Effective Use
The shampoo should ideally be used as a daily product using a ‘double wash and rinse routine’ i.e. wash, rinse and repeat. Many users also recommend massaging into the scalp for about a minute each time.
Massage into your scalp twice a day for best results. A second application can be made any time after 30 minutes.
Note that the extracts must be used in conjunction with the shampoo. Unlike the shampoo, it is not a standalone product. When you’ve achieved the desired results (typically between18-24 months) you can discontinue the use of the stimulating extract and maintain your hair using only the Nisim Shampoo.
Nisim recommend using Nisim conditioner in conjunction with the shampoo and stimulating extracts to ensure unknown ‘factors’ in other products don’t neutralize the active ingredients or produce unwanted side effects. I wouldn’t concern yourself too much with this, although given the guarantee, you may want to rule this out as a factor by grabbing a bottle.
There are no reported side effects. The base of the shampoo (cleansers) is much the same as any shampoo and the active ingredients are derived from herbs. Ditto for the hair and scalp extracts.
- Mostly natural and safe
- There’s a money back guarantee
- In the case of the stimulating extract, the company claims that use can be discontinued once desired results have been achieved
- Quite costly when compared to other hair loss shampoos – try before committing to long-term use
- The shampoo dries out the hair
- Twice daily application of the extracts is not always easy to fit into your routine
- If you stop using the shampoo, hair loss will resume
This was the second ever treatment I tried back in 1999, although I can only personally vouch for the effectiveness of the shampoo. (I don’t recall the hair and scalp extract being available at the time).
So, did it work? Not in the least. Not in one week. Certainly not in three months of regular, daily use. The march of the receding hairline continued apace.
A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then, and the stimulating extracts and other products now offered by Nisim may potentiate the shampoo. There are some positives to support this: for example, the company is still around some 20 years later and there are numerous positive testimonials still to be found on the web.
I’m not convinced these are enough, however. The company sells a range of products – such as hair growth accelerators (FAST) and hair growth inhibitors (Kalo) – so are not reliant on only one product. My experience with other topical products, advocating similar modes of action, would also suggest that efficacy in this case is probably also limited. I’ll review these in future articles.
Nisim apparently means “Miracle” in Hebrew – I would have chosen a less ambitious name. My recommendation is to approach this one with caution.
If you must try it, carefully follow the guidelines for effective use and assess results critically and quickly. If the shampoo doesn’t control or significantly reduce your hair loss within, say, two weeks, move on. In my view it’s a pretty good indicator the hair and scalp extracts won’t work either (results would otherwise clearly take longer to assess first hand).
An argument some users have propagated in favour of the shampoo is that you use a shampoo anyway, so you may as well use one that might assist in halting hair loss. Maybe. Whatever the case, don’t forget that this a little more expensive than what you’re likely to normally have in your shower.
To see what worked for me go here.
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