The Inversion Method for Hair: Grow an Inch of Hair in 7 Days?

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What would you do to grow your hair? Eat super healthy? Take a basketful of vitamins and supplements? Drink eight to ten glasses of water a day? Buy expensive hair products or growth aids? How about a handstand?

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What if it would give you an inch of hair growth in only seven days? Ok, maybe not a handstand, but you get the point … Don’t laugh. Inversion therapy has been around for thousands of years.

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During an archaeological dig, archaeologists found ancient stone seals from 3000 BC that revealed various yoga poses. Yogis have used inverted poses to rebalance the mind and body from time immemorial. Some research even suggests a history much earlier than 3000 BC.

In 400 BC, Hippocrates, sometimes called the Father of Medicine, used a complicated system of ladders and pulleys to hang his patients’ upside down to relieve back pain and pressure on the spine.

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The treatment, which involves inverting the body upside down or at a slightly inverted angle, supposedly relieves tension as the weight of your body naturally “stretches” the spine. Proponents say that it not only helps ease back pain but also slows the aging of the spine. In addition, many claim that it increases circulation, stimulates the brain, enhances glandular system functioning, and relieves pressure on the abdominal organs. Hair aficionados, however, suggest that the same increased circulation that is generated from an inverted position to ease back pain can also accelerate hair growth.

Conditions that Don’t Mix Well with the Inversion Method

  • If you have any of the following conditons, you should avoid inversion COMPLETELY: pregnancy, hernia, low or high blood pressure*, recent stroke, heart or circulatory problems, glaucoma, conjunctivitis (“pink eye”), detached retina, spinal injury, swollen joints, osteoporosis, unhealed fractures or injuries, ear infection, obesity, or are otherwise unhealthy.

* Ladies, be sure to avoid attempting the inversion method during menstruation when your blood flow is already being manipulated physiologically. 

Degree of Inversion

  • A common mistake when attempting inversion therapy is inverting at an angle that’s too severe. This especially applies to beginners, who should start out at a very slight angle.
  • In addition to inverting at a slight angle, beginners should also be sure to have someone “spotting” them. Inverting for the first time can cause dizziness, so it’s important to have someone close by to assist you (if necessary).
  • If you have any concerns about attempting the inversion method, or just to be on the safe side, check with your doctor before you begin the inversion method.

I discovered the inversion method for hair growth while searching online for a growth aid. The whole concept of inversion to grow hair seemed completely ridiculous to me at first. In fact, I think I LOLed at the search engine result as soon as it populated. But, something about the title and the introductory video pic made me curious, so I clicked on the link and watched the vid. (You can read the original Hairlista post HERE.) After watching several videos and reading the initial Hairlista post, I decided to do my own research. I was surprised by the number of women who received positive hair growth results. So, starting today, I am officially taking the inversion method 7-day hair growth challenge. What can I say? I’m feeling adventurous! Here’s what you need to know …

The Steps

  1. Massage an oil of your choice (that has been warmed in hot water) onto your scalp. Olive oil is recommended, but you can experiment with any oil you have on hand.
  2. Do a simple inversion for 4 minutes. (Suggested positions: (i) sitting in a chair or on a couch and lowering your head slightly toward feet as if you are painting your toe nails or (ii) standing at kitchen sink and lowering head as if you are getting ready to wash your hair.) For more detailed positions, check out this video:

    Caution Border Pale PinkIf at anytime during the inversion you feel dizzy,

    drowsy/sleepy, or abnormal in ANY way, 

    SLOWLY move out of the position.
    Caution Border Pale Pink

  3. Let oil sit on scalp for at least two hours. Co-wash to remove excess oil (only if necessary).
  4. Repeat every day for ONLY 7 consecutive days (i.e., Sunday to Saturday).
  5. Wait at least weeks between each attempt. Otherwise, your body gets used to the extra blood flow, and the method won’t work as well, if at all. Or, at worst, you become susceptible to some dangerous health risks. So, only attempt to do this over seven consecutive days once per month. No more!
  6. Enjoy your new growth!

Additional Tips & Info.

  • IF YOU ARE LESS THAN 18 YEARS OLD, don’t forget to GET YOUR PARENTS’ PERMISSION BEFORE USING THIS HAIR GROWTH METHOD!!!
  • IF YOU HAVE TYPE 1 (STRAIGHT) OR TYPE 2 (WAVY) HAIR: You will likely have to rinse or co-wash the oil out after only 2-3 hours. Avoid using shampoo daily because NO ONE (regardless of ethnicity or hair type) should be shampooing their hair every day. It’s unhealthy and is just too harsh for ALL hair types.
  • IF YOU HAVE TYPE 3 (CURLY) OR TYPE 4 (COILY/KINKY) HAIR: You will likely be able to go several days before needing to rinse or co-wash your hair. Since I have a combination of type 3 & 4 hair, I personally apply an oil of my choice every day for 7 days. I co-wash my hair on day 4. After inverting for 7 days, I assume my normal weekly wash routine of shampooing, conditioning, deep conditioning, and styling my hair on my “wash day.”
  • USE ANY OIL OF YOUR CHOICE. Although you can use any oil of your choice, I would recommend using 100% natural oils (e.g., olive oil, grapeseed oil, castor oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, etc). It’s up to you whether you want to go the extra mile and use organic and/or extra virgin oils. I usually do, but you don’t have to. It’s completely up to you.
  • DO NOT COMPLETELY DOUSE YOUR SCALP WITH OIL. You shouldn’t be using 6 ounces of oil in a week’s time! If you are prone to being heavy headed, use an applicator bottle or a Roots Only bottle. I usually use 4 to 6 ounces of oil in a month’s time, just to give you a barometer of how much oil to use. That equates to about 1 to 1.5 ounces of oil a week. And, I apply daily! Keep in mind, you DO NOT want your scalp drenched, just lightly oiled.
  • MINIMIZE THE AMOUNT OF PRODUCTS YOU USE on your hair while utilizing this method. You don’t want product build up.
  • DOCUMENT YOUR STARTING LENGTH by measuring your hair from the side, back, and front/crown of your head. You won’t know about your fabulous results unless you measure first!
  • DO NOT OVERUSE THIS METHOD. You can utilize this method a maximum of 1x per month for as long as you want the expedited hair growth. However, not every one will be able to do this. For instance, if you notice any symptoms (i.e., migraines) from doing the inversion method every month, try every other month or once per quarter. Better to be safe than sorry!

FAQs

(Frequently Asked Questions)

  • IS THIS METHOD JUST FOR WOMEN? SOME OF US MEN WANT TO GROW OUT OUR HAIR, TOO!   No, this method IS NOT gender-specific. There’s only one requirement: the desire to grow your hair!
  • DO I NEED TO HAVE A CERTAIN HAIR TYPE TO USE THE INVERSION METHOD?  The inversion method works on all hair types (from type 1 to 4c), regardless of lineage. All ethnicities and hair types welcome!
  • HOW DO I HEAT UP THE OIL?    To heat up any oil for a hot oil treatment, take a mug and fill it about halfway with water. Heat the cup of water in the microwave for 60 seconds or until hot. (I just use my Keurig.) Place an applicator bottle (that contains the oil of your choice) in the mug of hot water. It won’t take more than a minute or two for the oil to heat up. Once the oil is very warm/hot, lightly oil your scalp. But, make sure the oil IS NOT scolding hot.
  • DO I HAVE TO USE OIL? I DON’T WANT TO LOOK LIKE A GREASE BALL! 8-O I did a little experiment, back in October (2013), covering this very topic. Check it out HERE.
  • CAN I USE THIS METHOD IF I’M WEARING A PROTECTIVE STYLE  (I.E., BRAIDS OR TWISTS)?  Absolutely! However, if you DO NOT have full access to your scalp, it may be best to skip the oil altogether. I used the inversion method without massaging my scalp or using oil of any kind. You can see my results HERE
  • WHEN WILL I NOTICE HAIR GROWTH? I WANT RESULTS … NOW!  :-x I usually have measurable results (about 1/4″ give or take) after day 3 or 4. On day 8 (when I measure my hair), it’s a 1/2″ longer (or more) than when I started. If you don’t seem to have any growth after 7 days, perhaps try the method while using a growth aid/oil to boost your results.
  • WHY DO I HAVE TO WAIT 3 WEEKS BETWEEN EACH INVERSION?  CAN I USE THE INVERSION METHOD TWICE IN THE SAME MONTH? I WANT LONGER HAIR YESTERDAY! As always, you can do whatever your heart desires. However, it IS NOT recommended. If you overuse the inversion method, your body will adjust to the improved circulation directed toward your scalp, and you will have minimal, if any, growth. Overuse can also make you prone to headaches and weaken you physiologically. The reason the inversion method produces such stellar results is because it localizes blood flow toward your hair follicles. However, as they say, too much of a good thing can be bad. So, don’t overdo it. You’re already getting a month (or two) worth of growth in one week, so don’t be greedy or impatient. It’s not worth putting your health at risk for quadruple hair growth when you’re already getting double or triple doing the inversion method 7 days a week once a month.
  • I MISSED A DAY! AM I TOTALLY SCREWED?  No, as long as you are consistent the remaining days. Consistency is key. If you miss more than a day or two, you might still get results … just not as much or as visible.
  • CAN I ONLY INVERT 1-2 TIMES OVER 7 DAYS FOR ONLY 1 MINUTE? I HAVE A CERTAIN LIFESTYLE TO MAINTAIN!  :cool: You can modify the inversion method any way you see fit to suit your hair type and lifestyle/schedule. However, I think it’s important to keep things in perspective. Rules are meant to be followed. If you do not intend to follow the rules, that’s fine, as long as you also modify your expectations. Don’t expect to see gargantuan hair growth if you only intend to follow 1/5 of the guidelines!

Still have questions? Don’t hesitate to leave a question in the reply box below. Just remember to read and/or search the comments before posting your inquiry. I might have already answered your question!   ;)

FYI, I will post my results (good or bad) in a week. See you then!

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736 responses to “The Inversion Method for Hair: Grow an Inch of Hair in 7 Days?

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  2. George

    Can you say how many days in a month is overusing it to the point where your hair has minimal growth?

    • Anything beyond the parameters stated above in my blog post …

      • George

        I’m sorry I didn’t see the parameters. Can you tell me them please?
        Thanks

      • George, please read my blog post. All of the information is itemized above under, “The Steps,” “Additional Tips & Info.,” and “FAQs.” As stated at the top of my blog post, please read the ENTIRE post. There is too much important information to apprise yourself of to try to shortcut doing so.

  3. Sofia

    Hi, I was wondering if you can do the inversion method on hair that has recently gone into the pool or has chlorine on it?

  4. Tom

    Hi,

    I was wondering if my scalp has now minimal growth. I used the inversion method 8 days in a month. I don’t know if my hair has slowed growing. Does a day over matter?

    • It shouldn’t. But, keep in mind, as I stated in my blog post above, you do not want to overuse this method.

      • Tom

        Hi,

        So it shouldn’t or won’t? and can you define overusing the method? I didn’t mean to do 8 days I wasn’t keeping track.

        Thanks

      • 8 instead of 7 days shouldn’t be too much of an issue. Please read my blog post above for the itemized parameters of how to use this method. You can also search the comments section below for more detailed information about side effects.

  5. Fashionista

    OMG!!! This is so amazing!!! I started today! Thx so much for making this article! I was wondering, are there any negative side effects to this? (Other than obvious ones like headache, dizziness, ect.) Also, can teens use this as well??? I know u said to ask permission first, but can anyone use it with permission? Thanks!!!

    • You’re welcome. All of the side effects are listed in the post above (as well as in the comments section below). I would not recommend this for children. I would say teens and up.

  6. Hi, I’ve cut the back of my hair, and now I’m so impatient for it to grow. I came across this inversion method. So far, I like what I hear and would love to try it. My question is, do I have to do the inversion method the same time every day, or does it not matter? If so, do I do the method before going to sleep? When co-washing my hair should I use warm or cold water? And, btw I know I have to do it for 7 days.

    • You can do the method any time of day you want. But, whatever you time you choose, yes, you need to be consistent. I would use warm water to co-wash and then cold for the final rinse (to seal the cuticle of each hair strand).

  7. ofir

    Hi, just wanted to ask, do u apply the oil on wet or dry hair?

  8. Matkovic Ophélie

    Hi there! Thanks for your article! I’ve started the “cure” for three days now. And … I already have results! My hair is growing up in a quick time (about 0.8 inch)! Ready for day 4 with a positive state of mind. ;-)

  9. elebecky

    I will give it a try as from Monday!

  10. Shirley

    Hi, this is my second day and my hair seemed like they are not growing at all , is this normal ? Am I supposed to see at least some results?Or the results are only big enough for me to see on the seventh day?Thanks !

  11. Jenni rivero

    So will my hair still grow from not only its monthy growth but the inversion method too? So like both in one month.

    • Hi, hon. As I stated in the comments section below, it varies from person to person. I received additional growth, but others do not. In my experience, if you receive an inch or more of hair growth in one week after using the inversion method, you will not likely get any additional hair growth the rest of the month. If you receive less than an inch of hair growth, chances are you will …

  12. doha

    Should I wash my hair with shampoo all seven days? Or, should I just co-wash it?

  13. Ashley

    Hey I read you article (which was very informative 👍) but I don’t see why we can’t use the inversion method during our period, so could you please explain. Also I have naturally light blonde and healthy hair that gets many compliments. I rarely use heat products or product of any kind besides shampoo and conditioner. I do use the shampoo and conditioner everyday and it seems fine to me. When I try not to wash it everyday it makes my hair dry and wispy for the first day and then gets greasy. So is washing it everyday really all that bad?

    • Hi, hon. As stated in my article, you need to “avoid attempting the inversion method during menstruation when your blood flow is already being manipulated physiologically.” The inversion method puts pressure on your body. As a result, using the inversion method during menses only intensifies this pressure (due to the blood loss and changes in your blood pressure during your monthly cycle). So, don’t risk it! It’s not worth harming yourself!

      And, yes, regardless of hair type and ethnicity, NO ONE should shampoo their hair every day. Aim for two to three times a week (MAX). Because you over-wash your hair, transitioning to fewer washes will take a while (4-8 weeks) for your hair to fully adjust. If you have type 1 or 2 hair, the first initial side effect of fewer washings is increased sebum (oil production), which translates to “greasy” hair. But, if you tough it out, your hair will “normalize.”

  14. Joe

    Hey, do I like scratch my head or just rub it when I apply the oil?

    • Hi, Joe! Don’t EVER scratch your head with your nails; it breaks the surface of your scalp cells and leaves it open to infection. Always use the pads of your fingers to massage your scalp. Hope that helps …

  15. Nathalie

    Hey, I wonder if i can have the oil in the whole week and just add more oil everyday. I have curly hair.

    • Yes, you can if you like! I personally just preferred to co-wash on day 4 because by that time my gets pretty weighed down with the oil and needs to be “refreshed.” But, if you can make it the whole 7 days without doing so, feel free! ;)

  16. Hi! This was a very informative article. Very detailed and answers A LOT of questions. I’ve been reading and perusing YouTube on the Inversion Method and so many ladies have shown positive results. I’m currently giving it a try. I’m on Day 4 and I love the tingling afterwards :) I hope it works for me!

  17. Richa

    I have already tried inversion method once, but it didn’t work for me (I think I did it for more than 4 mins. a day). What went wrong?

    • Unfortunately, there is a small percentage of people for whom the inversion method simply doesn’t work (even when done correctly). Try again, and make sure you follow all of the instructions I’ve itemized above to a “t.” If it still doesn’t work, try a hair growth serum instead. ;)

  18. olivia

    I am just wondering, and it’s ok if you do not know about this, but … f I have bra line lengthed hair, how many inversions would it take to go to waist length?
    BTW very descriptive article. I hope you make more like this one. ;)

    • Hi, Olivia! Unfortunately, there is absolutely NO way I can answer this questions. Hair growth is too personal and depends upon too many factors … how healthy you eat … whether you exercise or drink enough water … how gentle you are when detangling or styling your hair … whether you chemically treat your hair … how stressed out you are on a daily basis … And, quite frankly, simple genetics …

      • Andrew

        Hello. It’s me again. I’m on day 4. And you recommend that if you have type 4 hair, I should co wash on the 4th day. I was wondering so I don’t put oil on my hair that day? Just the conditioner? Do I still have to do the inversion for today?

      • Hi, Andrew! Yes, you invert EVERY day for 7 consecutive days. However, I do recommend co-washing on day 4 if you have type 4 hair. Or, you can just follow your normal wash day routine if you don’t feel like your hair is too oily. It’s up to you.

      • Andrew

        Yes. I’m on day 4. So I just use conditioner today no oils? And I invert with the conditioner in my hair only for today. Then the rest of the days just keep using oil?

      • No, hon. As I said before, you use oil and invert EVERY day. The only difference is that you massage your scalp with oil, invert, AND THEN wash your hair, or wash your hair and then massage your scalp with oil and invert. The only difference is when during the week (if at all) that you wash your hair (i.e., co-wash every day, at the half-way point on day 4, or not until day 7). The point is too prevent too much oil buildup.

  19. Andrew

    I read your whole post. And, I tried my best to understand it. So, I have type 4 hair. I’m a black guy with an afro. So, you basically would recommend to co-wash on the 4th day out of the 7th?

  20. Barbara

    This is a great informative article! I am going to restart this next month because when I started it this month my period came early. So, I stopped immediately, and I am counting the days to restart it. I hope it works. I am aiming for waist length hair!

  21. kimberly

    Can you leave the oil on overnight? And, if I do it more than a week, will it still work?

  22. Cassandra

    Also, what do you mean by “co-wash”? After the 4 minutes of doing the actual inversion? And ,will I be able to just wash my hair normally in the shower like every couple of days during the week I’m doing this whole thing? Thanks again.

    • Co-wash means “conditioner-only wash.” It is a technique us curly girls use to cleanse our scalp and hair without stripping it of much-needed moisture, especially if we have already shampooed our hair during the week. Yes, you can just follow your normal wash routine while using this hair growth method. You’re welcome! ;)

      • Vanessa

        Thank you for being so descriptive! I have a question that I see no one asking … After the inversion, should we wrap our hair in plastic for the 2-3 hours of keeping the oil in, or is it okay to just leave my hair down?

        My sincere apologies if you did mention this in your blog post! :)

      • Hi, Vanessa! Yes, you can wrap your hair for 2-3 hours to maximize the effects of the oil treatment. But, it’s not absolutely necessary. Honestly, it’s up to you and your personal preference.

  23. Cassandra

    So, if I do a position like sticking my head into sink, that will be good enough? And, just to confirm, I should do this for seven days and then wait three weeks and repeat? Thanks!

    • Yes, all you need to do is be in one of the “inverted” positions for 4 minutes every day for 7 consecutive days. And, yes, you should wait a MINIMUM of 3-4 weeks between each weekly inversion attempt.

  24. Hello! I’m on my second day of the inversion method, and I’m trying to keep it up as much as possible. I’ve tried the inversion method before but then gave up, however, since it’s summer I’m trying my best to grow it as long as possible. I have multiple questions if you do not mind answering them! First is, is it garunteed that my hair will grow atleast 2 inches if I do this once in 2 months? Second, is it not recommended to use heat in the middle of doing this and if you have curly hair, do you wash it after two hours like the rest of the hair types or are you lucky enough to keep it for longer? And is it recommended to not tie your hair up or is it alright?

    Thank you very much,
    Amani. xx

    • Yes, it’s important to be consistent. There are never any guarantees, hon, because no two set of heads of hair are the same. But, this method does work for most people. An inch seems to be the average. In my experience, it usually speeds up your normal hair growth rate by 1.5 – 2x. Some experience as much as 3x hair growth in one week, but this is an above average result. In general, I got 0.5″ – 0.75 ” of growth in one week plus another 0.25″ of growth over the remainder of the month. Some get 1″-2″ of growth in one week and then no growth for the remainder of the month. It just depends on your hair type and personal physical makeup … I would definitely recommend using a silk or satin bonnet at night, regardless of whether you use the method or not (just as part of your normal nightly regimen). Also, I would avoid using excessive heat because that kind of defeats the purpose of trying to obtain healthier hair. Hope that helps …

  25. Darcy

    Hi there,
    Just wondering, because I have extremely overly sensitive skin, I can’t use anything that can clog pores or hair folicals, so most of those oils are out :(
    BUT do you think I could give it a go with Bio-Oil?
    It’s a “dry oil,” so it’s non-comedogenic and seems to be the only product I could use for this method. I’ll do a little more research but just would like to know your thoughts :)
    Thanks.

    • Yes, hon. You can use any oil you prefer or that works best for your sensitive skin. My sister has extremely sensitive skin and she likes using “dry oils.” So, give it a try and let me know how it works for you. ;)

  26. tima

    i have been skipping like one 2 days and its been a week, do i stop and wait for 3weeks to pass or start afresh

  27. Nella

    I’m an African, so I have coarse hair. I straighten my hair. Does this method works for me, too? Would I see a difference in new growth? Do I have to use oil? Can I use hair creme or a similar product? Thanks!!!

    • Hi, Nella! I address all of these concerns directly in my blog post. Please read the post in its entirety as all of the instructions are itemized above. Thank you.

  28. Hey, I’m a guy … Does the inversion work for guys? And, can I do it any time I want during the day, or do I just do it 4 minutes a day? I got a very bad haircut, and I really want to grow my hair as quickly as possible in less than a week… :(

  29. I really regret having my hair cut short and had resigned myself to just having to wait for it to grow. I was aware of inversion therapy before I read this article, but had only ever heard of it being used to help with sports injuries. I am definitely going to try this for seven days and am excited to see the difference that it will make to the length of my hair. One of the main reasons why I had my hair cut was to get rid of the ends which were quite dry and damaged and so this is something I want to avoid happening again.

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  31. Is kitchen-cooking olive oil okay to use for the inversion method?

  32. Meryem

    Do u have to apply the oil everyday and also have a shower every day. Sorry for wasting your time.

    • Hi, Meryem. Yes, as stated above, the oil should be applied every day for 7 consecutive days. Please see my blog post above for additional recommendations based on hair type. If you are worried about getting your hair wet when taking a shower, just wear a shower bonnet. If you don’t have one, you can also wear a disposable processing cap. Hope that helps … ;)

  33. Mariah

    Can I use medeiros olive oil?

  34. Amy

    It says in your instructions to leave the oil in for 2 – 3 hours then rinse out. But it also says not to wash your hair every day as this is bad for it. So what effect would it have on the inversion treatment if I was to wash my hair with, lets say JUST shampoo when the 2 – 3 hours are finished?? I ask because the idea of leaving the oil in, or just rinsing with water, doesn’t sound very appealing. But I really really REALLY want to give this a go! (Long story short: got an impulse haircut I thought would look good. It doesn’t. NOT happy. Feels like it’s taking forever and a day to grow out) Tia xxx

    • Hi, hon. I address this question directly in my blog post for each hair type as well as in the comments section below. Depending on your hair type, you can either just leave the oil in or co-wash it out. If you must use shampoo, try to stick to a sulfate-free or low-sulfate shampoo.

  35. elebecky

    Love how you explain. I’ve opened a hair discussion about this topic here with 2 direct links to your blog: https://naturalframeofmind.wordpress.com/2015/04/27/are-they-myths/ Feel free to share your experience.

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  37. jem

    When doing this method, do you have to oil your hair every day for the week? And, if so, do you have to wash it everyday after oiling it?

  38. fjolla

    I’ve been using a mustard powder mask and deep conditioning with olive oil once per week. Today, I’ve started the inversion method, and I want to know when I finish the 7 days if I can continue using the mustard powder mask as I usually do and and deep conditioning. Or, should I stop doing them? Is there a danger that my hair can stop growing?

    • I’m not sure if I’m understanding your question fully, but you can use any deep conditioner or hair mask you want. The inversion method is not a chemical treatment. It does not alter your hair other than to induce a faster rate of hair growth.

      • fjolla

        yeah sure, but i wanna know when I’m done with 7 days routine with inversion method can i continue using other mask or should i stop and wait for the next month to start the inversion again?

      • As I said before, Fjolla, your hair mask has nothing to do with the efficacy of the inversion method. I think perhaps you need to read my blog post above. I’ve outlined all of the required steps in great detail.

  39. aliyah

    Hey, thank you so much for the post! Very helpful and detailed. Just wondering if it would be okay to do the method with just olive oil (or with egg & honey too) every 4 days instead of 7 in a row? Thank you. :)

    • Hi, Aliyah! As mentioned in my blog post, you can use any oil you prefer. Also, in order for the inversion method to work in needs to be done for seven consecutive days as outlined above. ;)

  40. Sasha

    Hi, I’m thinking about using this method but if you overuse it will your hair growth stop completely? This is the only thing setting me back from doing it, my hair stopping growing completely is a terrifying thought (I’m currently trying to grow out my dyed blonde hair.) I’m only going to be doing the technique for 7 days every 3 weeks, but it still kind of scares me. My hair grows pretty slowly, around half a cm to a full cm a month. I’m going to be using extra virgin coconut oil for the inversion. :)

  41. luamar

    When you say severe, do you mean it can go wrong if people don’t invert their head completely upside down? I have been sitting down with the top of my head facing the floor, and I’m not sure if that’s right.

  42. FJ

    Wow, I’m starting tomorrow :) I am trying to thicken my hair now cause I have a choppy pixie cut but my plan is to grow it out, so today I started using castor oil. I will do the inversion with olive oil !
    I’ll be updating my blog to see the evolution =)
    Thanks for sharing your experience
    Xoxo
    Fj

  43. Ylmg

    Does it still work even if I have super damaged hair from dyeing it so much?

    • Think about it. Hair has only one purpose … to grow. So, even if you shaved off all your hair, your hair will start doing what it was created to do, which is grow. My advice is to get rid of the damaged hair. There’s no point holding onto damaged hair just to maintain length. After a while, the damaged hair will start to weaken and add extra stress to your healthy strands.

  44. Julia

    I have a pixie cut (and I have tried the inversion method before) and I find it hard to tell if it is working. My hair seems to be thicker, and when it was first cut it was thinned out to make it look “choppy?” And I have seen many different things such as adding eggs and using oils and I am not sure how to know if its working. Is there a point in time where I should stop trying? I am not sure if I tried “hard enough”, but I am wondering if this just won’t ever work for someone. Thank you very much for the information!

    • That’s why I recommend taking pictures and also measuring your hair before and after. Measuring your hair is the only accurate way to tell if your hair has grown and how much. Also, be sure to wait enough time between each attempt. I wouldn’t recommend attempting the inversion method for more than two consecutive months. So, try it for one week one month, wait 3-4 weeks, try it again, then wait a month or two (at least ) before starting up again. Otherwise, your body will get too used to the method and stop working.

  45. Omar Tribis

    Can i do the Inversion method once a week? and does it have to be only for a month?

    Ps. i’m a guy ^-^

  46. So, I can’t do this continuously for 7 days because I have classes 6 days a week. Can I use this like 1 time in a week (e.g., 4 times in a month)? Will it work?

    • The inversion method MUST be done for 7 consecutive days. It only takes 4 minutes to invert + time to massage scalp. If you do not currently have time to dedicate to this hair growth method, try alternative hair growth aids (i.e., supplements or hair creams). As mentioned in my blog post, overuse of this method (i.e., inverting multiple times in a short time span) IS NOT recommended. Nor is it healthy!

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  48. Damaris

    Hello! Thanks on the step-by-step inversion method blog post. Just wondering … Does it have to be warm oil? Thank you again for the tips.

    • Hello, Damaris. You’re welcome!

      The warmed oil/scalp massage helps to open up the hair shaft and expedite the process. However, if you are not a fan of hot oil treatments, you can use the oil at room temp.

  49. Christine

    Hey, thanks for all this great info. I’m just a tad bit confused. I know it’s for 7 consecutive days, but do I have to do the massage and put my head upside down everyday for 4 minutes for the whole 7 days? Or just the first day, then just massage scalp with oil for the other 6? Thanks in advance.

  50. Mrs. Brown

    Hello! Not sure if u answered this question. I read so many comments to find my ? that I almost forgot. So do u recommend hair grease (such as Blue Magic Organics) made with shea butter, jojoba oil, and Japanese green tea leaves? Its all I have. Or, should I wait to get oil? I dont prefer to massage a dry scalp that hurts. And since I want the best results, I prefer to massage. Help!

  51. I started this method. I’m on day 2 and I really want to dye my hair. Do you think I have to wait to the 7 days are over, or me dying my hair won’t affect the process?

  52. boo

    Do I have to leave the oil in my hair for 1 hour? And, will I see hair growth results on the 8th day?

  53. Annie

    I wash my hair every other day. If I do this every day, will my hair get used to washing it everyday, or can I continue washing it every other day and not have a problem?

  54. I totally messed up trying to due the inversion method and only did it once in the week. Is it safe to just try again with in the next (full) week.

    • As mentioned in my blog post as well as in the comments section, overuse of this method is unhealthy. You need to wait a MINIMUM of three to four weeks between each use. Period. Or, risk negative side effects!

  55. Samantha

    Can I do the inversion method every 2 weeks instead of 3?!

  56. melissa

    Hi , I don’t have any other oil but vegetable oil and I really want to do it so can I use that oil?

    • If that’s all you have, give it a try. But, I would not recommend it. As I stated in previous comments, I do not recommend using overly processed cooking oils on your hair. You should be able to find a small bottle of extra virgin olive oil or grape seed oil fairly inexpensively at your local grocer.

  57. Ke'Ivana

    Hi, I’m Ke’Ivana. First off, I would like to thank you so much for finding the inversion method. It’s the only thing that seems to work on my hair to make it grow fast … At least 2-4 inches each time! Also, I would like to know what is the best type of oil to use for the inversion method?

    • I would strongly recommend using olive oil or coconut oil because those two oils are easily absorbed by the hair strand but, as stated in my blog post, you could use any oil you prefer.

  58. Katie

    I was looking for information on this and you just went over everything I wanted to know. :) Thank you for this blog. It’s perfect!

  59. Jilian

    After practicing 7 days of inversion method, will my hair continue to grow for the rest of the month? Furthermore, will regular monthly use of inversion method stunt my hair growth?

    • As I mentioned in previous comments, every one is different. When I used the inversion method, I received additional growth the rest of the month. Other’s don’t. It usually seems to depend on how much growth you receive in the week you invert. If you receive an inch or more in one week, chances are you won’t realize any additional growth during the month! And, as I have stated in my blog post, overuse of this method is unhealthy. That’s why I outlined some key guidelines to assist people. Hope that helps …

  60. Hey, can you do the inversion method and then braid your hair up for the night? Because I braid my hair every night.

  61. What kind of oil can I use? I found tamanu oil, argan oil, and vegetable oil. Can I use any of these oils?

  62. Lucky

    Do I actually put the oil in the water and then massage it onto my scalp???

    • Hi, hon! You treat the oil like a “hot oil treatment.” In other words, you warm the oil up (i.e., by putting the oil in an applicator bottle and then placing that in a cup of very warm or hot water until the oil heats up for four to five minutes), then apply the warmed oil carefully to your scalp.

  63. Mia Wilson

    Hi! My name is Mia, and I only have a few questions!
    1. Is it safe for 12/13 years olds? I’m 12, almost 13, and I really wanna do this. My mom will be monitoring. Also, since I have type 3/4 do I have to wash my hair? Or do I HAVE to do it every other day? Because when I wash my hair it gets really kinky and hard to comb and control. Thanks!

    • Hi, Mia. If you have your mom’s permission, proceed carefully. Make sure she’s present to monitor you in case you experience any side effects. Read my blog post above for recommendations for your hair type.

  64. Adrian

    Hi! Wondering if this is a good method for pre-mature balding?

  65. Lakshmi Anand

    Hi, I liked your blog. I have a extremely thin and less hair on the scalp. Does this method help in thick growth or works only for length. I have started yesterday and I apply coconut oil and massage while inversion. Also I have lot of dandruff. Will the scalp become healthy by doing this method. I have increased water intake too. Only side affect is I am slightly dizzy after doing this. I guess will get used to it :)

  66. Dillon

    I was wondering if I can do this with really short hair. Is’ almost like a buzz cut, but its been growing for about a month. If I had to guess, it would be like half an inch.

  67. Kailey

    Hello! I absolutely LOVE your blog and I hope you continue to keep up the good work! I just did the inversion method about half an hour ago and I think I might have made a few mistakes. I massaged my hair with olive oil for about 2 minutes and then inverted for exactly 4 minutes. Was it okay for me to massage first before inverting? Or was I supposed to massage while being invert? Also, I had completely forgotten to let my hair sit for an hour or two and even worse, I showered and it was a washing day for me so i shampooed and conditioned as well. I feel like I probably wasn’t supposed to do that lol. And I also have just one more additional question. I’m type 1/2 hair and both my hair and my skin can get very oily and greasy rather fast. I’m afraid that the oil may break my face and scalp out. When doing this method, do I have to use oil? Or can I just massage with water or better yet nothing at all? Sorry for all the questions, you just seem like the professional here and I would appreciate your advice :) Thank you very much

    • Hi, Kailey. As I mentioned in my blog post above, you’re supposed to massage your scalp and then invert. Some people choose to massage while inverting, but that is completely unnecessary. If you feel your hair s getting too oily, I think you should first make sure that you are not using too much. Most people tend to overdo it, so don’t go overboard. Also, if you really feel the need, you can always gently rinse your hair with warm water after a couple of hours or co-wash. Hope that helps!

  68. Lina

    Can I do it with 13 years?

    • That would have to be at your discretion. However, if you choose to allow your 13-year-old to use this method, I would be present at all times. Since your 13-year-old is still growing, I think it would be best to be there in case he/she experiences any side effects or needs your assistance to slowly return to a normal position.

  69. Shayla

    Hi, I was wondering, is this safe for children? I have a 8 yr old, and her hair is not very long. I’ve been trying to get it to grow.

  70. jamie

    I have type 3/4 hair. Do you put the oil on dry hair or wet hair? If I put the oil in today and do the inversion of lying on a couch or chair…. tomorrow do I apply more oil if I have not yet washed my hair? Or will the oil I put on today still be there tomorrow and all I will have to do is the inversion?

    • You can apply the oil to wet or dry hair. I usually applied the oil to my dry hair and then co-washed on day 4. But, it comes down to personal preference. Please read my recommendations for your hair type in my blog post above.

  71. I just did it, but I’m sort of feeling a bit headache and nausea :/
    And hey, what results did you get?

  72. Lidia

    Hi there!

    I would just like to say that I was really skeptical about this method, but I thought it wouldn’t hurt to give it a try. I’m glad to report that by the end of the week my hair had grown 1 whole inch! ^_^ My hair normally grows extremely slow, so it takes about 2-3 months for it to grow an inch. I couldn’t be happier.

    However, I made two changes to the inversion routine:
    #1. Since my scalp tends to get really oily, I only used olive oil 3 days rather than the full 7 days.
    #2. I massaged my scalp while my head was inverted.

    Overall, I enjoyed getting these results and just wanted to say thanks for all the detailed info you provided!

  73. Sara

    Hi! I’m going to try this next week! What does co-wash mean?

  74. starr

    I just wanted to say that your blog post was beyond informative and very descriptive. I may try this. I have a very difficult time getting growth. And, also, you definitely did your research. I really have no questions. I know you said to use olive oil. I know there are many others as well. I use a lot of natural oils on my kids’ hair. My son is type 2/3, and my daughter is like a mix of 3/4 hair type. I use coconut oil and olive oil on them. But, if you go on google, you can type in oils for hair, and they will tell you all the types of oils you can use and their benefits. (Just a suggestion) :) Thank you very much for the information!

    • Thank you! You are very welcome!

      Also, I just wanted to clarify that I didn’t say to only use olive oil. I mentioned that you could use any oil of your preference. I recommended olive oil and coconut oil, in particular, because those two oils are absorbed my the hair shaft the most quickly. But, you can certainly use any other oil you like. I personally have a beauty cabinet full of different natural oils that I use for my different hair and skin needs. It’s up to you. Take care!

  75. Hiiiiiiiiii :) Let’s just say I start my Inversion method today with olive oil & I leave it in overnight, I have places to go tomorrow & I would be leaving it in all day tomorrow until I get home. Do it again for the second day, wait a few hours & then finally co wash it.. Would I be able to do that? If that made sense, sorry I did not know how to explain it better

    • If I’m understanding you correctly, you are simply asking if you can leave the oil in your hair overnight? If so, yes, of course you can leave the oil in overnight. When I used this method, I left the oil in for 3 days and co-washed my hair on day 4. So, it is up to you, your personal preference, and your hair type. Hope that helps!

  76. eugene

    Hello … If I do the 7-day inversion once a month, can I achieve 4 inches of hair growth per month, as promised? Or, one inch per month since it was being directed as one week per month? Thank you very much … Nice blog …

    • Eugene, I never promised four inches of hair growth in one month, so I am not sure from where you are getting that “promise.” The average hair growth is about an inch in one week after using the inversion method for seven days. Some have gotten as much as 2 to 2-and-a-half inches in one week. Some as little as 1/4″. Everyone’s bodies (and hair) is different and will respond accordingly. I think expecting four inches of hair growth in one week is completely unrealistic, so be sure to set reasonable goals for yourself.

  77. carolyn

    Hi. So, you don’t put it over the ends, just the roots? I did this one day a while ago. Didn’t realise you had to do it a week. Will it work if you just trimmed your hair?

    • Hi, hon. All instructions are itemized above in my blog post. Trimming your hair has nothing to do with the effectiveness of this hair growth regimen. It just means your hair will be shorter when you start. In either event, as I recommended in my blog post, you should measure your hair before and after to truly know what your results are.

  78. Morgan

    How would having swollen joints negatively affect you if you’re doing this? I have arthritis, but it is not severe and it is only in my hips and knees. I’ve laid with my head hanging off the bed before and I’ve hung off of playground stuff upside down (don’t judge me lol) and I was fine. I’ve never done it for 4 mins, though (and I wasn’t doing it to massage my scalp either). Should I just try it and hope for the best or avoid at all costs? I think I’ll be fine, but I will pray before I do it. I really want to try this method, but I’m not trying to harm myself for longer hair haha. You gave good advice in this post, though. Now I understand this method more.

  79. You are absolutely amazing! Your blog entry is super thorough and precise, a role model entry :) I will try your method starting today! Thank you for your hard work.

  80. Crystal

    For the love of goodness, read the dagon article ppl! 98% of your questions have already been answered in the article!!! What’s wrong with you? If you’re too lazy to read, you’re probably too lazy to get results!

    • KENIYA

      THANK YOU!!! I’VE BEEN READING THE COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS LIKE, “OH, WOW! THESE PEOPLE OBVIOUSLY DIDN’T EVEN BOTHER READING!” BECAUSE SHE WAS VERY THOROUGH WITH THIS BLOG. AND, YOU ARE SO RIGHT. IF THEY ARE TOO LAZY TO READ THROUGH IT, THEN THEY ARE MOST DEFINITELY TOO LAZY TO SEE ANY RESULTS.

      • Yes, I’m not sure what’s going on … 95% of the questions I receive I have already addressed directly in my blog post. I’m thinking of closing the comments section because I am spending most of time just regurgitating what I’ve already written above, which is a little silly … :-?

  81. Hey, I just wanted to know whether or not I could keep the oil overnight instead of washing it within two hours? My hair type is 1/2. Can I keep it in overnight, wash it In the morning, and repeat the same around evening? Would that be fine?

    • Yes, you can keep the oil in overnight. Just be sure not to use too much oil, especially since you have type 1/2 hair. There is no need to invert twice a day. In fact, doing so may inhibit results. As I mentioned in my blog post, overusing this method is NOT healthy. So, only use it once a day.

  82. Hannah

    Are there actual side effects to doing inversion while obese?

  83. Hi I have been looking at other ways in doing the method and, in yours, you just put oil in your hair and do the inversion, but others do like a scalp massage before they do the inversion. Do I have to do a scalp massage before I do the inversion?

  84. dominique

    Is it true that u can get grey hairs from doing this inversion method? :(

  85. Maria

    Hi do I have to add oil every day and I have type 2-3 hair what do I do?

  86. curiouss

    will it make my hair greesy if i use the inversion method and how do i wash it out? with shampoo or just water? and if it is just water will my hair still be greesy?

    • As I mentioned in my blog post, you SHOULD NOT be dousing your hair with oil. You shouldn’t be using more than an ounce or so of oil. If you do not use too much, your hair should not be greasy. If you still find that it is too oily for your preference, rinse your hair after or co-wash (condition-only wash).

  87. Miss Marayray

    Hey I have type 3-4 hair and I don’t understand by not needing to wash my hair after I have done it. Can’t I rinse my hair after. If I can’t do I use a type of hair thing if my hair is too oily for my bedsheets

    • Miss Marayray

      Sorry I have type 2-3 hair what do I do thx

      • Keep in mind, that you SHOULD NOT be dousing your hair with oil. However, if you find that your hair feels a little too oily for your liking, then you can rinse your hair after or co-wash (conditioner-only wash).

    • You can rinse your hair after or co-wash after if you like. However, unlike type 1 and 2 hair, type 3/4 hair requires more moisture and so it can handle more oil and less time in-between washings. BTW, If your hair is drenched in oil, you are using too much!

  88. Samantha

    Oh and one more thing. You say that you shouldn’t wash your hair everyday. But you say to only leave the oil in for 2 hours. How do I get it out without washing?
    And what is co-washing?

    • That is where co-washing comes into play. Co-washing is conditioner-only washing. It is less harsh on your hair than shampoo but will still keep your scalp free of any debris without stripping it of much-needed moisture.

  89. Samantha

    Why do I have to leave the oil in my hair for 2 hours? I’m doing it, but I’m having a hard time thinking of a benefit of letting the oil sit. I just did my first inversion method 15 minutes ago and now I’m letting it sit, but I’m just curious about that one part! :)

  90. Kaytlen

    I have a mix between type one and two hair, and I was wondering if I could wash my hair every other day because I already have oily hair. Thank you.

  91. Marissa Sienkoski

    Hey again. I was also wondering if instead of hot oil you could possibly use hot water. I know it sounds crazy, but I think I’m going to try that. But, I would like an expert consultation before I attempt it. So, let me know.

    Thank you,
    Marissa

  92. Marissa Sienkoski

    Will vegetable oil work? That’s all I have, and I really want my hair to grow faster! Please answer ASAP. Thank you.

  93. tasha

    This might be a stupid question but I just want to be on the safe side. Will I be able to do the hair inversion method even though I’m on birth control?

  94. Leigh :P

    Sorry to bother you … My hair grows at an above average rate and my hair type is 1C. Do you maybe have an idea of how much hair growth I will get? I went to the salon for a trim (growing out hair), and my stylist chopped my hair back to where it was about 6 months ago! Thanks.

    • You will likely get at least an inch (or more). Those I know with your hair type who have used the inversion method have gotten everything from 1 to 2+ inches in a week! So, give it a try!

  95. atti

    I am a pole dancer and gymnast, which means I am upside down a lot. I do handstands almost daily and my pole practice keeps me upside down a lot, too. Can this method still work for me? I will try it, but you say it is not recommendeded to invert too much so I got a bit worried (both for my health and hair growth).

    • Yes, as I’ve mentioned before, if you are already athletic or do daily activities that already involve a form of inversion (e.g., yoga and gymnastics), then this method will NOT likely work for you because you already have good blood circulation. Try a hair growth aid (i.e., an enriched growth oil or supplement) instead!

  96. Ocoee

    Hi, ya!

    I was wondering exactly what to do about washing your hair. I have type 1 hair, but I only normally wash my hair once a week. Obviously I want to go about my week with clean hair, but how do I wash it without shampoo?

    • Hi, hon! It’s admirable that you want to reduce your washes during the week. Harsh shampoos often strip hair of moisture, shine, body, and much-needed nutrients. Have you tried co-washing (conditioner-only washing)? It is often used by us curly girls, but those with straight hair can benefit from it, too! Whenever you want to “refresh” your hair, just grab a moisture-rich conditioner instead of your normal bottle of shampoo. It doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, I love VO5 conditioners for co=washing. I especially adore VO5’s Kiwi Lime Clarifying Conditioner for co-washing. It removes debris from my scalp while keeping my curls and coils well-moisturized. Give it a try, and let me know how you like it!

      Also, keep in mind, it will probably take 4-6 weeks for your hair to get used to less shampooings. So, don’t lose heart if you feel like it doesn’t initially seem to work for you. Because you have type 1 hair, your hair will likely feel a little “oilier” than normal. But, keep at it! The more consistent you are, the more quickly your hair and scalp will adjust to your new wash routine. Take care!

      • Darcy

        Sorry, just had to put in … The amazing brand “Aveda” has an amazing new product in their “BeCurly” range. It’s a lathering conditioner (co-wash) but can be used on any hair type. U should see if they can send samples :)

      • Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll look into it … :)

  97. savanna

    Can I do this once every month,or will that also make the inversion method to stop working? I saw it in other comments but was still confused.

    • Savanna, I’ve stated this directly in my blog post as well as in numerous previous comments, so I am not entirely sure how else to say this … The inversion method should only be used a MAXIMUM of once a month. However, I recommend no more than two consecutive months or once a quarter for best results. Otherwise, your body tends to get used to it and will not work as effectively.

    • Katy

      Once a quarter as in one every 3 months, so 4 times a year?

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