By Ebony of

I’ve seen reports from ladies who claimed (many with pho­to­graph­ic sup­port) to have used the inver­sion method for hair growth to achieve as much as ONE INCH in one week.  Now you know, once I got beyond my ini­tial thoughts of skep­ti­cism, I decid­ed to inves­ti­gate!  In a nut­shell, the inver­sion method for hair growth is sim­ply turn­ing your head upside down for up to four min­utes for sev­en con­sec­u­tive days, accom­pa­nied with a scalp mas­sage using your favorite oil.  Sound sim­ple enough and phys­i­o­log­i­cal­ly it makes sense – addi­tion­al blood flow equals greater hair growth.

What I found fun­ny is that I actu­al­ly used to do a mod­i­fied ver­sion of this when I was about ten years old or so.  Don’t laugh and I’ll tell you the story…okay?  My favorite movie on the plan­et is Pol­ly star­ring Keisha Knight Pul­liam and Phyli­cia Rashad.  My fel­low 80s babies may remem­ber this Dis­ney musi­cal.  There is a scene in the movie in which Pol­ly is fin­ish­ing a rit­u­al of brush­ing Ms. Snow’s hair one hun­dred times.  Well, my faith­ful read­ers are well aware that Keisha aka Rudy is my orig­i­nal hair idol.  Any­way get­ting back to the sto­ry, although I was def­i­nite­ly old enough to real­ize it was just a movie, for some strange rea­son because I loved Keisha’s hair so much, I decid­ed to adapt the same rit­u­al every sin­gle night on my own hair.  Plus instead of just brush­ing my hair with one hun­dred strokes, I would do so while lean­ing upside down off the side of my bed.  I’m not sure where I got that idea, but I remem­ber my moth­er walk­ing in on me one night as I was flipped off the side of the bed count­ing aloud:  “Sev­en­ty sev­en, sev­en­ty eight, sev­en­ty nine…” Although I was embar­rased, I was deter­mined to grow long hair (yes, I have always been obsessed) and refused to lose count to answer her ques­tion as to what I was doing.  Now, of course I wasn’t tak­ing length pic­tures then and I can’t remem­ber how long I kept up the rit­u­al but it seems to me that I remem­ber notic­ing a dif­fer­ence in my hair’s thick­ness and length!


Any­way, one of the beau­ti­ful­ly relaxed ladies I fol­low on Insta­gram (@SimplyShanelly) post­ed her one week results using the Inver­sion Method and it appears her hair grew one inch in sev­en days:

inversion method for hair growth

I’m nev­er one to knock anyone’s hair growth meth­ods pro­vid­ed they are not doing dam­age to them­selves or oth­ers, but I will have to pass on this one.  I don’t know if it is old age or what but between motion sick­ness and my ran­dom moments of ver­tigo with­out being turned upside down – I can only imag­ine being passed out some­where after turn­ing right side up again all in the name of hair growth!  How­ev­er, there are lots of wom­en who do yoga reg­u­lar­ly who per­form hand­stands and such all the time; I’m sure Gab­by Dou­glas could do this in her sleep!  So although it may not be for me, may­be it will be great for you.

Will you be try­ing the inver­sion method for hair growth?

Ebony is the founder and edi­tor of

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Leila, founder of Black Girl with Long Hair (April 2008). Social media, pop cul­ture and black beau­ty enthu­si­ast. bell hooks’ hair twin…

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BeUtifully Human

IDK about for hair growth but, Inver­sion Ther­a­py is actu­al­ly a com­mon prac­tice for health ben­e­fits…

Accord­ing to “Yoga Jour­nal,” invert­ing can deliv­er the same ben­e­fits to the cir­cu­la­to­ry sys­tem as aer­o­bic exer­cise, and may even be a health­ier way to increase blood flow to the feet and back up as you age. Remain­ing invert­ed for 3 to 5 min­utes can improve blood flow to the heart and relieve con­ges­tion in the low­er extrem­i­ties. Inver­sions help flu­ids flow more effi­cient­ly, pro­mot­ing the healthy exchange of nutri­ents and flush­ing out waste.

It also is said to help with chron­ic back pain. 

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I LOVE your com­ment. Very intel­li­gent and enlight­en­ing. I am glad to hear that there is more to be gained from inver­sion than hair growth so it is not just a health risk tak­en in pur­suit of hair growth as some of us might have viewed it. I have been afraid to try it but I feel more com­fort­able con­sid­er­ing it now know­ing it is actu­al­ly a ben­e­fi­cial exer­cise to the entire sys­tem. Thank you! :)


The inver­sion method real­ly works ive got­ten an inch or 1/2 inch when doing this method for a week. Some­times i’ll do it about 9 days even, but you cant do this method for to long b/c your body will get used to it & your results wont be good so its def­i­nite­ly a once a mon­th thing.