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Women Hanging Their Heads Upside Down for Hair Growth?

• Aug 14, 2013

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By Ebony of Longing4Length.com

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!

I TOLD YOU NOT TO LAUGH AT ME!

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 Longing4Length.com.

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56 Comments on "Women Hanging Their Heads Upside Down for Hair Growth?"

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gtfohwtbs
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Thais is so damn stupid. This shyt is out of control.

gtfohwtbs
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This

Nature Girl
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If you have poor hair practices that inch won’t mean a thing and I’m not that desperate for hair growth, but thanks for the giggles.

Jax
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I must admit I did get a hearty laugh when I read the title of this post, but I do yoga 6 times per week so I’m happy to hold my downward facing dog and forward fold poses longer than usual to see what happens.

Mia
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Honestly, it doesn’t sound THAT weird to me. If the purpose is to increase blood flow to the brain then what is the problem? Obviously, don’t try this if you can’t do a headstand. You can try another method. A lot of people do scalp massages and use oils peppermint, rosemary, or tea tree oil to do the EXACT same thing. Anywho, the woman in the pick has a killer body.

Mia
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I practice yoga frequently and you wouldn’t believe how good it feels to do a headstand until you’ve tried it. Maybe this isn’t so weird.

Kelly
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If you do it for to long you could burst blood vessels… I’ll pass on this.

Sabrina @seriouslynatural
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I know the scalp massage is helpful and I think I will start doing that nightly with a mixture of jojoba oil/lavender oil to get me to sleep. It may help the hair growth but like the author, I’m too old to be doing that upside down crap and even if I DO consider it I would hold my head over the side of the bed. OK, stop lying Sabrina.…I am not doing that.

Scalp massages it is!
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Dananana
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Yeah, I don’t have time for hanging upside down, but I do massage my scalp with lavender or tea tree essential oil regularly…and it’s totally made a difference in my hair. It’s softer, thicker, plus, my scalp is never itchy anymore! I’m not sure that doing this has affected my length retention because I have also adopted other healthy practices this year (e.g eating right, exercising, finger detangling, protective styling), but it certainly doesn’t hurt to try 🙂

Ava
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Oh, come on!
This sounds so ridiculous. Where’s the science behind this? Does she honestly believe doing bloody handstands for 7 days caused her hair to grow that much? How controlled was the study?

Barbara
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Soooo do you think the photo above is doctored or the lady imagined an inch of growth or perhaps willed her hair to grow within a week?

aree
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I have heard people claim this, but there is a much safer way to increase blood flood to the head its called.….exercise.

Its amazing lol. We will hang upside down for a inch, but let some one tell you to exercise and suddenly we dont have time.

aree
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*flow

JENNID
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AMEN! A Good rigorous exercise programs works equally as well. This is too much for the persuit of long hair. My people, why do we have to complicate things?

Tabatha
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Well I already do scalp massages, but to hang my head over the bed? I’m going to ask Dr. Oz.

Stace
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Some people sound so upset about this. Trying it won’t hurt. If you don’t want to try it that is cool too. I don’t think its that ridiculous, its just another way of improve blood flow to the scalp. This is not the first time I’ve heard about this. It seems it would only take a week for one to test whether it works or not, and it’s free to try. Free and quick results sounds good all around. Plus some people are only looking for an extra 2 or 3 inches so if this can push them over that… Read more »
JENNID
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Its not that this is ridiculous cause it isn’t. Its a way to get the blood flowing but it is the quick fix mentality that’s troublesome. You gonna have droves of naturals turning upside down every week trying to get longer hair. Many naturals routines are already waaaay too complicated yet a new bandwagon comes along and we hop on adding yet another thing on the list to do just to be natural.

HoneyB
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It’s not just naturals who do this though. This is talked about on hair care forums for people who don’t have curly hair as well. People with all types of hair textures don’t mind trying this to increase growth. It’s just a suggest/thought. Nobody has to try it if they don’t want to.

RB
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I have to weigh in here. I was very skeptical about this, I mean it sounds crazy but it’s simple, it increases blood flow. I tried it for one week and no lie, I got over 1 inch! With pictures to prove it!!! I had hit a stunt in my growth the past 3 or 4 months and was frustrated as hell! With my regular regimine (biotin+bamboo silica+green house effect) I saw myself finally get over my slump and I’ll be beyond bsl by October (over 4 inches of growth). There are yoga poses for that that will not only… Read more »
Trish
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Do you mind sharing those pictures and what position you used? Thanks

Netta
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SMH at some of the responses. I actually do this twice a week as part of my scalp massage routine. I’ll sit on my bed, give myself a 5 minute scalp massage, and then lay back on the bed with my head hanging off for two minutes, and then sit up and repeat the 5 minute scalp massage. It is what it is, just another way of achieving blood flow to the scalp. I’ve seen comments on exercise, scalp massage, hair practices, etc and it’s just another method. Point blank period. It’s different to voice your opinion, but some of… Read more »
Barbara
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It’s called the inversion method and has been making the rounds of the hair boards for months now. And has worked for *A LOT* of women, scientific studies or not (LMA0) –myself included.

video tutorial (Hope I’m embedding correctly)

FYI, There are precautions.

Barbara
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Oops, here is the link.

http://youtu.be/L7lRl_Tru0Q

Pat
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No, not trying it as I’m not desperate for long hair. My hair grows on it’s own just fine.

treacle234
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This is a shame, some people are thirsty for hair growth

Lol
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They said ironically on a site called blackgirlLONGhair.

linda
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I don’t understand why people think this can’t work and want scientific studies to back it up. If you understand that you need to exercise to increase your blood flow to any and I mean ANY part of your body then it’s easy to understand why this method works. By increasing the blood flow straight to your head you increase the amount of nutrients to your follicles thus improving your scalp health and leading to stronger growing hair. We all know the benefits of scalp massaging so added to the inversion method one can for sure improve the hair growth.… Read more »
linda
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Actually lot of people massage their scalp with their head upside down to increase the blow flow so why find it strange if someone want to go further and do a complete inversion for 4 minutes? At least it’s not harmful like straightening your eyelashes with creamy crack!

Marta Daniels
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It is definitely intriguing! Must admit, thinking of trying it with my growth oil! even if it doesn’t work like women are claiming it does, its probably good for circulation to the brain!

Bridget J
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While in college, I used to lay down on my back with my head hanging over the bed or sit inverted on a chair to help me concentrate and focus. Never knew folks did it for hair growth. Interesting …

MOG
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C’mon now…it is the scalp massage !

Rae
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Your childhood anecdote elicited a chuckle from me. Hehe…I can’t see the harm in four minutes upside down each day. I’m not sure about the 1 inch growth. I’ll let you know how I go 😀

Dabney
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That was cute! I love Polly too! And Miss Rudy Huxtable! In any case, I was thinking about doing the same thing. but I thought I would faint from it. It makes sense!Yet, I would rather hang my head upside down than take Unregulated Vitamin that could harm my organs! I will try it and give a scientific report.

Ubah Luar
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Yes i will give it a try
It makes sense…Bloodflow.…gravity.….scalp massage.….

Mina
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I tried this for 3 days with castor oil massages and got half an inch of growth. But I’m too lazy to commit to doing this daily

Vee
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Good news, you only have to do this for 6–7 days. Any longer than that, your body gets used to it. So, if you did this for 7 days every month, and left it alone for 3 weeks, you could potentially get 12 inches of hair a year. Supposedly. My friend did it for a year just to see, she normally gets 6.5 a yea, and doing this she retained 8 after trims, so before trims, 10. So it definitely worked. Can be done with extensions, with the exclusion of flat twists cornrows, since you need to massage the scalp,… Read more »
gigi
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well apart from hair, being upside down for about 30 mins a day is EXTREMELY beneficial to your circulation in general… think about it– gravity is pulling us down every day, so countering it will impede its effects– only logical… and if your hair benefits from it too, and this only takes 4 mins and a little scalp msg…? heyyyy… 🙂

Lana
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Damn people will do anything to grow their hair out. I mean if you said this will make your hair the healthiest it will EVER be. I’d be on top of this …but for a little length? Its not for me but if it is for you I say go on and do your thing.

maranda
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No one asked yo to do it so ur opinion is a non factor. If u want to stay bald that’s ur business.

nappy headed black girl
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No, I won’t be trying this. It sounds silly but I understand the reasoning behind it. I’m guessing the circulation to the head is supposed to speed up hair growth. Kinda the same theory behind exercising for healthy hair.

Megan
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Might be extra motivation to work my forward bends every day.

Shunya
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Do you do the scalp massage while holding your head upside down?

Trish
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It is optional as is using an oil and you don’t have to do a headstand and don’t go over 4 minutes. Actually, you are supposed to stop if dizzy at any time. Check out the first page for more details.

Ash
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I don’t doubt the technique works, but I can’t help but side eye getting an INCH in one week.

Maha
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as long as you don’t have high or low blood pressure, inversions are actually a very health practice. Especially for the lymph (immune) and blood system

Wambui Wamutogoria
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I need to find a strong giant to hold me upside down #byanymeansneccesary

me
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LOOOOOL — Thank you for this! hilarious!!

Kayla
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A post on my blog about this technique pulls in the most traffic.I have yet to try it, but I think it is seriously growing in popularity. I just hope folks consider the warnings that go along with inversion.

Lauren
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Lol, can’t work it out. Its difficult for me to hold myself upside down. Happy with short hairs rather than broken bones.

Shari
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The people that got 1 inch already had fast growing hair, no doubt. And that’s if they’re not lying! However I know from experience that scalp massages DO speed up growth so I don’t doubt it at all.

The Mane Captain
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i think this is a dumb and very desperate method. But as a skeptic like I am, I’ll try this out myself and hope I don’t pass out!. I have slow growth so I’ll see if it will actually speed up growth. lol
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Hyspin
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I was thinking of giving it a try but heard from you tuber that it lose effectiveness past week when your body gets used to it. She suggest only one week a month, and start at a minute till you can work up to 4 minutes because of dizziness and the potential of fainting also your health could make this practice problematic, ex. low blood pressure.

Mina2
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Another Mina here lol. I don’t see how this can cause health problems when people do inversion poses all the time in yoga sometimes everyday longer than 4 mins. And the Japanese also bow everyday too. We bow a lot and it totals up more than 4 mins too. I haven’t found any fast hair growth though but maybe I should do it for 4 mins straight sitting down.

BeUtifully Human
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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.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/158439-inversion-therapy-benefits/#ixzz2fMx6rZuy

Amy
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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! 🙂

Sheri
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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.

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