It is a known fact that people will go to any lengths to have their hair grow to bra strap or tailbone length. This is well documented in YouTube videos and blog posts around the web, many with surprising results I must say. I guess that at any one point in our lives we all want our hair to grow faster either because of a bad haircut, hair damage or because of an awkward phase short hair invariably goes through.
Either way, if you haven’t heard of the Inversion Method to increase your hair growth you’ve probably been hiding under a rock. There are thousands of videos recording people’s experiences with this hair growth method, and while some rejoice with their results others just covet other people’s optimistic results. If you ask me how reliable this method is I’ll say you have to try it to find out for yourself.
Premise Behind The Inversion Method
As the name hints out, to practice this method you’ll need to invert you head down, and you do this to gain 1 inch/1.25 cm of hair growth in a week (7 days). Does this sound crazy to you?
The reasoning behind the inversion method may not seem so far fetched when you think that yoga adepts practice several inversion positions. They do so, to gain control over the mind and emotions to deal with the challenges of life and experience spiritual growth. Additionally, medicine also suggests the inversion therapy to relieve back pain as the anti-gravity effect reduces stress (decompresses) on the spinal discs.
Therefore, when it comes to the inversion method to grow your hair out, if you consider that inverting your body increases blood pressure and that increased blood flow to the hair follicles increases hair growth, then the premise behind this method may not be so improbable. Whether it will work for you or not, it’s another question.
Does it Really Work?
The truth is, there is no scientific guarantee that the inversion method for hair growth will give you the results many brag about. The evidence is anecdotal and it varies greatly.
As we all know hair grows at an average of half an inch or 1.25 cm a month, this means a yearly growth of 6 inches or 15 centimeters. This is definitely not bad, however, we have one major thing working against us and that is shrinkage.
When your hair can shrink anything from thirty to fifty percent it can be disappointing looking at the mirror. So it is understandable that many naturalistas look for practices that can increase hair growth rate. Therefore, if you’re willing to try and see if the inversion method it works for you, here are the guidelines.
How It Works
The method itself is actually very simple and easy to follow. To get started you’ll need to:
1st| Warm any vegetable oil or oil mix you like and massage it onto your scalp. Don’t over do it, you don’t need to look as if you fell into an oil bath.
2nd| Invert your head and stay in that position for four minutes. You don’t need to go to extremes thinking you’ll get an even better outcome. Simply lying over the kitchen sink or as if you’re painting your toenails is enough. I’ve also seen some YouTubers lying on their beds with their head “hanging” out and downwards.
3rd| Let the oils sit for two hours and co-wash your hair only if you feel you need to.
4th| Repeat this process every day for 7 consecutive days and then rest 3 weeks before attempting to do it again. Again, if it crossed your mind extending this process to manipulate your results, think again! Your body will adapt to the blood flow and you won’t get any increased hair growth.
5th| Don’t forget to register your hair measurements before and after you start the method so you can compare the results. Here is a video by Whit Legit to give you an idea, but feel free to browse YouTube for countless others.
However, despite the simplicity of the method there are a few health concerns you should be aware of.
Inverting your body downwards slows down your heart rate and increases you blood pressure causing an elevated stress on your circulatory system. According to Dr. Gleiber, this means this method should be avoided by people who suffer from:
- Low or high blood pressure,
- Heart disease,
- Glaucoma or Retinal detachments,
- Inner ear problems,
- Osteoporosis or
Additionally, if you’re pregnant and menstruating you should also avoid this method. In case you are clear to proceed, try inverting your head slowly as this position can cause dizziness or lightheadedness. Ease into the process and don’t exceed the time limit. Once your session is finished slowly go back to a normal position.
If you are not sure if you suffer from any of the conditions mentioned here, please talk to your doctor about this. If you’re good to go and willing to go through the inversion method please share your results with me here.
Do you think it’s worth doing the inversion method? Have you tried the inversion method? What were your results?