Hold Up—A Yoga Pose Can Make Your Hair Grow Faster?!

I was extremely skeptical, but I figured four minutes a day couldn’t hurt, so I gave it a shot.
Publish date:
March 12, 2014
long hair, yoga

Recently, Alyssa wrote about how to get gorgeous,
healthy, long hair, and instantly I was like, “Unf. I WANTS IT.” Ever
since I got a shorter-than-I-expected cut in December, I’ve been pining for my
Lady Godiva ‘do of yore.

Problem: my hair grows slow as hell. Like, your average
lady will grow half an inch of hair a month; with my usual growth cycle, I get
maybe a quarter-inch, which is wildly unfair because I’m super-gentle with it,
only use a wide-tooth comb, and never heat style, ever. I don’t even own a blowdryer, guys.

Following a careful reading of Alyssa’s tips, I continued
down the long, dark, tunnel that is The Hair Part of The Internet. Sure, I
could continue babying my hair and patiently waiting for it to grow, but I
wanted to find all the weirdest get-long-hair-fast tips that I’d never tried
before. I read about hair oils and vitamins and dietary changes, but they all
seemed like too much of a capital-c Commitment.

But then, in the dark corners
of a couple different hair forums, I read about something called the "inversion

It consists of holding an inversion
yoga pose (one where you go upside down so that your head is below your heart)
for four minutes a day, every day for one week.

Though headstands are the most intense inversions, simpler
poses like plow pose and downward dog also count. In fact, many of the women
who tried it out simply bent over at the waist and reached for their toes, sat
on a chair and hung their head between their knees, or even lay on a bed and
hung their heads off of the edge.

The premise of the inversion method is that the upside-down
poses bring a rush of blood to the head, and that extra circulation stimulates
hair growth. Some reviewers claimed to have an inch or more of new growth in
just one week.

I was extremely skeptical, but I figured four minutes a day
couldn’t hurt, so I gave it a shot. I should note that most people massage their
scalps with oil before doing the actual inversion, but I skipped that because
I’m trying to wash my hair less frequently, and also, that sounds like a lot of

I did, however, take measurements from a few different spots on my head
to test whether it was actually working.

For the first five days, I set a timer for four minutes
every morning and held downward dog. I’m
a total yoga noob, so I was too scared to try anything more complicated, but I
enjoyed the nice, relaxing stretching routine enough to keep it up, even though
I was convinced it was doing nothing for my hair.

On the final two days, though, I attempted a wall-supported
headstand (I got my boo to spot me), and lemme tell ya, they are not kidding
about the rush of blood to the head thing. If you try this, make sure you get
out of the pose slowly.

Finally, the morning after my seventh day, I took after
measurements. To my total shock, all areas of my head experienced one quarter
to one half inch of growth. In one week. ONE WEEK, YOU GUYS. Let that sink in
for a second: I got one to two months worth of hair growth in one week, just
by holding a simple pose for four minutes a day.

It worked so surprisingly well
that I sound like a spammy YouTube comment bot. The moment I took my after
measurement I was all jaw-meets-floor until the end of time. This whole method sounds
nutty, but it is really, really worth a try.

The hair forums recommend that you don’t do the inversion
method more than one week a month, or else your scalp will get used to the
extra blood flow and stop growing hair at a faster rate. I don’t know if the
science checks out on this one, but it certainly helps with making a
maintenance schedule. I plan on inverting the first week of every month and
continuing to track my growth.

Would you try this method for
faster growing hair? Are you reading this article upside down already?