Inversion Method – Does hair grow faster with massage?
Cutting hair is a snap, growing it back takes months, if not years. This process is supposed to be boosted with the so-called inversion method – the treatment promises two centimeters longer hair within just one week! Fact or wishful thinking? We checked with a dermatologist.
The dream of long hair usually requires staying power. How nice it would be if you could speed it up a bit! The Inversion Method is designed to help hair grow faster. In detail, this means nothing more than massaging your scalp for a few minutes a day - upside down, optionally with hair oil. This works well, for example, if you let your head dangle down from the bed and massage your scalp. After seven days, hair treated in this way should grow by up to two centimeters, claim advocates of the overhead massage. dr Alice Martin, dermatologist, and co-founder of the dermanostic tele-surgery, is rather skeptical about this effect.
“Hair growth is genetically determined. You can't change it much - to be able to achieve two centimeters a week is a misconception," says the doctor. “Hair grows on average one to a maximum of two centimeters a month. That would be eight centimeters a month.” From a medical point of view, this result is therefore not possible.
A scalp with good blood circulation makes hair grow faster, according to the theory of the inversion method supporters. "If I massage myself upside down, I can increase blood flow because gravity allows blood to flow better to the head area," confirms Dr. Alice Martin. “However, care must be taken when doing this, especially if you tend to faint easily. If you stand up abruptly, you can get dizzy.” Serious falls are possible as a result. If you are fit, you can of course try the Inversion Method, but it is best to check with a doctor in advance whether there is really anything wrong with it.
The method is certainly a way of stimulating blood circulation in the scalp - "but it's not a miracle cure," emphasizes the dermatologist. "It's like a plant: I can use a fertilizer to ensure that it grows well and healthily, but not necessarily faster." Martin: "I can't use it to increase hair growth to two centimeters a week, but I make sure that the scalp and hair stay healthy." If you like, you can use a lotion or tonic - it's best if get professional advice beforehand to find out which product suits your own skin type.