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Inversion method for hair growth: myth or miracle?

By January 15, 2019 October 28th, 2019 Hair Growth Tips, Science of hair growth

The inversion method as a tool for hair growth gained prominence in 2013 from a blog on Hairlista (since then renamed to Hairlicious) and although then some dismissed it as laughable, hair growing community has been continually reporting significant results since. As much as 1 inch (or more!) of hair growth per week. Being focused on nature-based and holistic hair growth, we couldn’t avoid looking into it: debunking the myth OR supporting the notion with solid science.

What is the inversion method for hair growth?

Inversion method focuses on one main aspect: blood flow being a paramount factor to a fast hair growth. There is a number of clinical research studies – some examples of which we provided at the end of this article, supporting the key role blood flow plays in instilling faster hair growth. We will now proceed with explaining if and if so, how – inversion method works within the blood flow inducing context.

The inversion method for hair growth is massaging warm natural oil into your scalp and then hanging with your head upside down for 4 minutes every day throughout one week a month.

Components of the hair growth inversion method

Let’s break this down in 3 main components and look at each one individually:

1. Oiling

Natural organic oils are good for your skin and scalp. We would struggle to find the oil that isn’t good for something, so you can’t really go wrong with that one. Mono-saturated natural oils are filled with micro-nutrients, vitamins and omega oils that all contribute to your hair health differently. Some oils, like castor oil, also increase the cutaneous blood flow – so apart from the nutrients it delivers, the ricinoleic acid in castor oil further helps the blood flow and therefore speeding up your hair growth.

(To help you navigate a complex landscape of hair oils, we created a 6 question quiz, which you can access HERE >>)

2. Massaging

Massaging affects scalp and blood flow in two ways. While massaging your scalp, you exfoliate it – which removes dead skin cells that may be clogging up hair follicles tampering your hair growth. And secondly, massaging stimulates and increases cutaneous blood flow in your scalp. This promotes faster hair growth, as well as facilitating the delivery of nutrients from natural oils into your scalp and hair follicles.

3. Inverting

If you’ve ever been or seen a kid hanging upside down on playground or did a headstand in your yoga class, you know the resulting red face and dizziness that follows. More blood flow into your head which causes that. Some inversion method instructions actually tell you do a full head or handstand and hold it for 4 minutes. Some, more lenient ones, just tell you to hang upside down from the side of your bed, which is the less effortful and a safer one. Regardless which one you choose, the act of inversion itself is the key ingredient of instilling better blood flow which impacts your hair growth.

How to do it?

We looked at the science and individual components of the inversion method, and if you are convinced, you may want to give it a go.

  • Select a natural oil of choice – about 2-4 tablespoons, depending on your hair density
  • Warm oil in a water bath, making sure it’s not too hot so you you don’t accidentally burn yourself
  • Massage warm oil into the roots of your hair and scalp
  • Put your head upside down in whichever position you find comfortable. Hanging off the side of the bed, sitting in a chair with your hair between your legs, practicing your Sirsasana if you’d like – just make sure you can maintain your head in this position for the next 4 minutes
  • After the elapsed 4 minutes, take your time returning to normal position, as you may experience dizziness
  • This step is optional but is recommended: if time allows, leave the oil in your hair for 2-3 hours, or sleep with it left-in overnight as the increased blood flow helps absorbency of nutrients from the natural oils you used
  • Rinse off the oil with your usual shampoo + conditioner routine
  • Repeat this procedure once or twice daily over the period of 7 days

The inversion method is unlikely to work if you increase the frequency more than one week a month. Simply put, your body gets used to it and blood flood will not increase as dramatically. Consider other, supplemental alternatives that also promote healthy blood flow in scalp. An example, of course is The Hair Fuel, our all-natural hair growth mask, that works directly with your blood flow and delivers key nutrients, including DHT blockers into your scalp on a weekly basis. However you can also consider derma rollers and regular scalp massages.

There are also other factors, such as stress, which if managed correctly, can help you on your hair growing journey.

Happy inverting!

 

Links & sources:

Distribution of Blood Flow within the Skin of the Rabbit with Particular Reference to Hair Growth, https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/abs/10.1161/01.RES.18.6.650

Minoxidil Stimulates Cutaneous Blood Flow in Human Balding Scalps: Pharmacodynamics Measured by Laser Doppler Velocimetry and Photopulse Plethysmography, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022202X15433901

Minoxidil: mechanisms of action on hair growth,  https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.1365-2133.2004.05785.x

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