Is it Really Possible to Grow 1 Inch in 1 Week?

The Inversion Method is an age-old hair-growth method that has made its way back into the hair care scene, especially amid the natural hair community. Quick hair growth methods are nothing scarce, and the Inversion Method is one that has grown in popularity because it is said to boost hair growth up to 1-inch per week. Is it possible that the method could actually work, despite that science says that hair can only grow ½ inch per month? Let’s find out…

What is the Inversion Method?

Inversion refers to being in a downward or upside-down position. The inversion method uses the idea of being in an inverted state for a period of time while stimulating the scalp to increase hair growth. The method takes place over a period of seven days in which you warm your favorite plant-based oil (coconut, avocado, olive, castor, etc) and massage it into your scalp every night before bed for a maximum of 4 minutes. Your entire body doesn’t need to be inverted, only your head to increase the blood-flow and circulation of your scalp and hair follicles.

You can either lean your head off the side of your bed, sit in a chair, or on the couch, and lean your head forward between your legs while massaging the oil into your scalp. After rubbing in the oil, follow-up with by shampooing or co-washing your hair. You can also sleep with the oil in your hair and wash it out in the morning if necessary. If all of the oil has been absorbed into your hair, you can continue t style as usual.

Is there any Risk Involved with Using the Inversion Method?

Those who are suffering from certain medical conditions such as high or low blood pressure, heart-related problems, detached retina, migraines, ear infections, spinal injury, osteoporosis, glaucoma, hernia, and history of stroke are strongly urged not to attempt the inversion method. Women who are pregnant also advised to refrain from being in an inverted position for so long.

Remaining in an inverted position for long periods of time could result in symptoms becoming worse. If you feel yourself becoming faint, dizzy or nauseous, you should stop the method and slowly move from an inverted position to an upright position. It is also advised that you remain from doing the inversion method during your menstrual cycle because it could adversely affect your cycle and cause excessive menstrual flow.

Egyptian woman with long natural hair in an inverted position

What’s the Science Behind the Inversion Method?

Massaging the scalp in a kneading motion is said to strengthen the root of the hair, open the blood vessels, and increase blood flow to the scalp and hair follicles. Increased blood flow to the hair follicle allows for your scalp to receive more nutrients that will ultimately encourage hair growth and discourage issues that could hinder your hair growth. According to a published study by MPB  Research, stimulation of the hair follicle and hair dermal papilla cells (HDPCs) will accelerate hair regrowth in a natural, easy and economical way by simple stimulation.

Massaging the scalp to accelerate hair growth is also practiced in modern Reflexology and Acupuncture by stimulating the Paihui pressure point. The Paihui point is located the very top center of the head and is said to improve blood circulation in the scalp. The Paihui point is the most sensitive area of the scalp. When stimulating the Paihui point, your massage therapist will massage the pressure point for 2-3 minutes followed by a firm, yet soothing massage of the entire head

How Often Can I Practice the Inversion Method?

The inversion method has proven to be very effective for some and after achieving such great results, it’s only natural to want to do it more often. Unfortunately, the more you practice the inversion method the more your body will become accustomed to being in an inverted state. Your body will eventually reject the shock of being inverted and build a resistance to the method. It is recommended that you practice the method no more than 7 consecutive days per month.

Does the Inversion Method Actually Work?

Many women have stated that they’ve seen hair growth of up to 2-inches in a single month. Then there are some who have noticed very little to no increase in hair growth, but the majority of women who have tried it have had successful results. Determining if the inversion method is effective is all in a matter of who you ask. There hasn’t been any substantial scientific evidence to support the theory of the inversion method working for humans, however, various studies done on rats has shown that blood flow is essential to hair growth. The Journal of Clinical Investigation published a study on rats that proved that hair growth decreases if blood vessels are blocked or constricted. According to the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, massaging the scalp will strengthen the root of the hair and increase the flow of nutrients to the hair follicle, which will enhance and promote faster hair growth.

Tips to Remember:

  • Do not saturate your hair with oil only apply lightly to the scalp
  • The Inversion method should be done no more than once a month
  • Do not remain in an inverted position for any longer than 4 minutes at a time
  • If you have any health concerns consult your doctor before trying the inversion method

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