Last week I decided to try this 'Inversion Method' that everyone has been talking about on the interweb. For the uninitiated the inversion method uses the principle of increasing the blood flow to the capillaries in your head/scalp in order to bring about a growth spurt. From what I understand the body goes into shock and your hair grows very rapidly for 7 days. You should only attempt this once a month as the body will start to see it as normal and the rapid growth will stop.
So what's this crazy thing we have to do I hear you ask?
Well, After massaging your head with an oil, you have to 'invert' your head for 3 - 4 minutes so that blood goes to the scalp. You need to do this consistently for 7 days and at the end you will see an inch of hair growth.
*I did find lots of methods of doing this but the safest seems to be just bending forward while you are sitting down*
To say I was sceptical is an understatement! I just thought what the heck it cant hurt to try it right and after seeing these photos I decided to give it a try.
Instagram (@SimplyShanelly) one week inversion method
I decided to use Jamaican Black Castor Oil and mix it with Argan Oil. Some people had said they didn't use and oil at all, some said they used Olive Oil. I'm not one for had and fast rules and I wasn't really convinced this would work.
The first few days nothing really happened, except I got dizzy after a minute of holding my head upside down and decided not to invert my head quite so much for the remainder of the week.
Around mid week I really started to get annoyed with my hair, it was tangling constantly and I was dissappointed to have to cut knots out of my hair every day. What was hapening why was my stupid hair behaving like this. GAHHH! then I realised how thick and how much of my hair there was. It was actually longer ( I have a TWAish so taller/thicker). My little afro puff style was not cutting it any more and I had to start thinking about new styles. I could actually canerow my hair. Bizarre to say the least. So I measured my hair mid week. I found that it had grown around half and inch.
So I continued on and found just under 3/4 inches growth. My hair normally does an inch in a month if I'm lucky.
I measured that my hair grew 0.75 inches. The strands I measured, now pass my nose.
So my hair didn't grow an inch. I can only put this down to the fact that natural hair is difficult to measure and stretch more at different times. I can imagine with straight hair it is much easier to measure this. Can I say it actually grew at all? Yes I did experience some grow, at least half an inch.
I am not sure if I have described the method properly so here is a You Tube video by LongNHealthy
You should not attempt the inversion method if: you are pregnancy, have a hernia, low or high blood pressure, have had a 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.
Please be careful if you plan to attempt this. I think it worked somewhat for me but I know too much inversion can cause dizzyness and if you have any ofthe condtions mentioned above: DONT
I may try this again and now I know not to invert my self quite so much. You might also want to make sure someone else is in the house as you can get dizzy.
Some FAQs from LongNHealthy
Here are some links from some ladies who take their craft very seriously:
Embrace Your Inner AfroDeity
, by Alicia At AfroDeity