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

Black Girl With Long Hair

Leila Noelliste, 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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Thais is so damn stupid. This shyt is out of control.