Inversion Method For Hair Growth

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Shruti Chavan, MBBS
By Annie Jangam

The inversion method for hair growth is gaining the popularity it deserves. Anecdotal evidence suggests that it is a low-risk method of faster hair growth if done correctly. But the question is, does the inversion method really work for hair growth? Or, is it just another hoax? We did some digging and found valuable information. Read on to find out the real truth about the inversion method. Scroll down!

What Is the Inversion Method?

The inversion method for hair growth is based on the hypothesis that increased blood flow to the scalp will stimulate hair growth. The technique uses various ways to increase the blood flow by hanging the head upside down. You may:

  • Lie on the edge of the bed with your head hanging upside down
  • Do a headstand/handstand
  • Use inversion tables

But does simply hanging your head upside down promote fast hair growth?

Does The Inversion Method Really Work For Hair Growth?

There is no scientific proof supporting the inversion method for hair growth although anecdotal evidence from popular YouTubers and bloggers states that it is effective. As per the claims, the inversion method helps the hair grow 6-8 inches per year, depending on your hair type.

It is believed that an increase in blood flow to the scalp and hair follicles triggers a growth spurt. Let’s explore that in detail in the next section.

Science Behind The Inversion Method For Hair Growth

The inversion method involves massaging the scalp with oils and then keeping the head inverted for 4 minutes. Massaging the scalp with oils is believed to promote hair growth. It is because:

  • Massaging the scalp increases blood flow to the hair follicles, improves hair strength, and promotes hair growth (1), (2).
  • Using oils like peppermint, rosemary, and lavender stimulates hair growth (3), (4), (5). Massaging with oils prevents hair damage, keeps your locks moisturized, and minimizes hair breakage (6).

The inversion method is considered safe. However, hanging your hair upside down may have side effects.

Is The Inversion Method Safe?

The inversion method is considered safe when it is followed in the right way. If you keep your head upside down for more than four minutes, you may experience headache and fatigue.

It is recommended to take it slow. Follow it for a week and take a month-long break to let your body adapt to the increased blood flow.

Avoid the inversion method if:

  • You have underlying conditions like blood pressure, heart disease, spinal injury, vertigo, and hernia.
  • You are pregnant.

Consult a healthcare professional before trying the inversion method. If you get a go-ahead from the doctor and want to try it, follow the instructions given below.

The Inversion Method For Hair Growth: How To Do It

1. Choose The Oil

  • Choose the oil as per your preference. Adjust the quantity according to your hair type and length.
  • If you are using an essential oil, dilute it with carrier oils, such as coconut, argan, olive, jojoba, or almond oils. These oils are best for your hair.
  • Warm the oil and gently apply it evenly to your scalp and hair tips.
  • Avoid pulling the hair. Use a wide-toothed comb to distribute the oil evenly.

2. Massage The Scalp

  • Massage the scalp in circular motions with the fingertips. You can knead your scalp gently with the palm.
  • Move your fingers in a clockwise or anticlockwise manner to stimulate the scalp.

3. Flip Your Head Upside Down

You may:

  • Lie on your back at the edge of your bed with your head hanging down.
  • Sit on a chair and bend forward to get your head down.
  • Do a headstand (if you know how to do it). It is better not to try this to avoid injuries.
  • Stay in this position for a maximum of four minutes.

After four minutes, wash your hair thoroughly. Repeat every alternate day for a month. However, discontinue this method if you experience discomfort or dizziness.

The inversion technique is pretty simple and easy to perform. If you are wondering which oils to use for an effective result, here is a list.

Top 5 Oils To Use For The Inversion Method

OilsBenefits
Coconut Oil●      Virgin coconut oil has antimicrobial properties and prevents scalp acne (7). It helps unclog pores and promote hair growth.

●      Coconut oil is a good moisturizer and lubricant as it has fatty acids (8). It penetrates the hair shafts and binds to the hair proteins to prevent damage and breakage (9).

●      Using coconut oil as a pre-wash can prevent the damaging effects of SLS on the hair (10).

Olive Oil●      Traditionally, olive oil has been used to improve hair strength and shine.

●      It contains oleuropein, which was found to stimulate hair growth in mice studies (11).

●      It has antibacterial properties and soothes the scalp (12).

Sweet Almond Oil●      It is an emollient that softens the scalp and hair and improves manageability (13).
Jamaican Castor OilAnecdotal evidence suggests that castor oil promotes hair growth, although there are no scientific studies to back it up.
Grapeseed OilGrapeseed oil is rich in linoleic acid and fatty acids that can keep the hair healthy and shiny. Mice studies have shown that the components in grapeseed oil can promote hair growth (14).

Apart from quick hair growth, the inversion method claims to offer other health benefits.

Other Health Benefits Of The Inversion Method

Although these are not proven benefits, the inversion method may:

1. Promote Anti-Aging

It is believed that the inversion method helps to improve the complexion and boost the cell turnover rate.

2. Improve Lymphatic Drainage

The inversion method may help drain out excess lymph fluids and flush out toxins.

3. May Improve Focus Or Concentration

Increased blood flow may deliver more nutrients and oxygen to the brain, boosting concentration, and helping you stay focused and alert.

There is no scientific backing to support using the inversion method for hair growth. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the inversion method increases blood flow to the scalp, thereby promoting hair growth. Science does agree with massaging the scalp to stimulate hair growth due to increased blood flow. Using essential oils also replenishes hair and induces hair growth. The inversion method is safe to try, but if you experience fatigue or headaches, you should discontinue this practice immediately. Also, you should not try this method if you have an underlying health condition or are pregnant.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you wash your hair during the inversion method?

No. You can wash your hair after the inversion method to wash out the oils from it.

Does the inversion method grow new hair?

There is no scientific evidence to prove that the inversion method grows new hair or boosts hair growth. But many people claim that it could grow your existing hair by 6-8 inches per year.

Key Takeaways

  • Anecdotal evidence suggests that the inversion method helps increase your hair by 6 to 8 inches per year.
  • Massaging the hair before keeping the head inverted increases blood flow to the scalp and promotes hair growth.
  • Though safe, you may experience a headache if you keep your head inverted for more than 4 minutes.

Sources

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Annie Jangam is a researcher-turned-content writer. She enjoys dissecting complex clinical studies and shuffling through the scientific jargon to make... more

Dr. Shruti Chavan

(MBBS)
Dr. Shruti Chavan is a consulting dermatologist at Dr.Sheth's Skin and Hair Clinic since 6 years. She is a co-committee... more

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