As far back as I can remember, the hair care market has always been full of controversial hair growth products, gimmicks, and methods that promise incredibly fast hair growth.
Over the years, the internet has greatly increased the number of “before and after photos” that show women who in one way or another have “grown” several inches of hair seemingly overnight.
Although most of us know that such fast hair growth is unrealistic, we still pay attention every time someone claims that their product or method can make your hair grow instantly (or faster).
Having said that, let’s take a look at another hair growth method – commonly referred to as the “inversion method”.
What Is the Inversion Method?
The inversion method involves two primary steps:
- Massaging your scalp nightly with an oil
- Turning your head upside down for up to 4 minutes
This method is supposed to help you gain up to four inches in hair growth.
Science Behind The Inversion Method for Hair Growth
1. Do Scalp Massages Generate Hair Growth
This method uses scalp massages to stimulate growth and even re-growth of lost hair. Research carried out on scalp massages have proven to help hair regrow in rats, although research has not substantiated the claim that the hair will grow faster – only grow or regrow.
Although the scientific data around scalp massages don’t yet fully substantiate the hair growth in humans, due to the success seen in rats, it is believed that scalp massages stimulate hair growth. However, it is important to note that even in rats, the massages mostly stimulate normal growth, and not faster growth.
2. Does Inversion Work? Is the Inversion Method Safe?
Turning the head upside down is intended to increase blood flow to the scalp. The inversion method claims that this increased flow of blood will promote hair growth.
According to The Journal of Clinical Investigation (Feb. 2001, Volume 107, Number 4), pages 409-417, studies carried out in mice have shown if some blood vessels are blocked, hair growth decreases.
This would suggest that good blood flow is important for hair growth. However, if you turn your head upside down you can potentially cause your body to develop a number of health complications.
The risk of such complications is dependent on the individual. You should always consult a medical professional before you attempt to perform experimental hair care methods.
Using the Inversion Method for Hair Growth
Many women are searching for something new, a potential scientific hair growth breakthrough, despite the fact that the best hair growth methods are well documented.
There are many different factors that determine the speed of your hair growth, but the one that is most important is time. It sounds really simple, but there isn’t a substitute for just letting your hair grow.
Hair growth follows a very specific process, and for your hair to be healthy and look its best, that process must be carried out in full, and that process requires time.
Some people just naturally have hair that grows faster or slower than others. The good news is that regardless of your natural rate of hair growth, your hair is always in the process of growing on a 24-hour basis.
The Inversion Method: Results and Reviews
If you want to try the inversion method, chances are that it won’t make any difference. The scalp massages will help promote hair growth, and scientific data tends to purport this claim.
My recommendation would be to simply massage your scalp in a circular motion and avoid exposing yourself to potential complications associated with turning yourself upside down.
However, unlike some other hair growth methods, this one doesn’t cost much money. Additionally, it won’t take up too much of your time. If you choose to try it, make sure it does not affect your health in any negative way and consult with a medical professional.
No amount of hair growth can justify putting your well-being at risk. If you happen to get nauseous or dizzy during the process, slowly get yourself back upright to avoid injury.
Curl Centric does not recommend the inversion method for hair growth. However, we do recommend If You Love It, it Will Grow by Dr. Phoenyx Austin.
This book is ideal for women looking for new techniques to optimize their natural hair growth. Use this link to learn more about Dr. Austin’s book.