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Does Standing on Your Head Prevent Baldness?

Yoga aficionados frequently assert that performing a headstand prevents hair loss, as it increases the blood flow to the scalp. Sadly, this is just an urban myth; although good blood circulation to the hair follicles is necessary for healthy hair growth, this is just one piece of the puzzle and will not in itself prevent baldness.

Certainly yoga can be helpful in reducing stress, which can be a factor that contributes to hair loss.

Headstand YogaYoga practice

The yogic headstand or ‘salamba sirsasana’ should only be performed as part of regular yoga practice, and must be taught by an experienced instructor, as executing it incorrectly can lead to neck injuries and headaches.

When performed correctly, it is known as the ‘king of asanas’ because of its beneficial effect on body alignment and circulation.

The posture can be held for around ten minutes, but should not be performed if you have high blood pressure or eye problems. Some people may find the shoulder stand to be an easier position that conveys many of the same benefits.

Daily headstands, then, may be good for the circulation and general health, but it is important to recognise that hair loss may have many different causes.

Common causes of hair loss

The most common cause in men is male pattern baldness or androgenic alopecia, which manifests as the classic ‘bald spot’ on the top of the head, leaving hair still growing at the sides and back. This is a hereditary condition, caused by the action of male hormones on genetically programmed hair follicles. Within these follicles, testosterone is converted into the androgen dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which inhibits the growth of new hair cells and causes follicles to shrink with each growth cycle.

Other causes of hair loss may include telogen effluvium, a women’s hair loss condition often triggered by hormonal changes or sudden stressful events; alopecia areata, characterised by sudden patchy hair loss with various underlying causes; scalp problems; or medical issues such as diabetes, anaemia and thyroid problems.

The specialists at the Belgravia Centre are experienced in diagnosing and treating hair loss and scalp problems. Most hair loss conditions do not improve without treatment and are likely to get worse, so seeking timely professional support is advisable. Our comprehensive hair loss treatment is based around clinically proven primary medications, along with various hair growth boosters and close trichological monitoring. You can look at our ‘before and during treatment’ photo scans to see how we have helped to stabilise hair loss and promote regrowth for clients suffering from a range of hair loss conditions.

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20th February, 2017 at 3:02 pm

Abu talha

Sir is there will be any further problem arise doing this yoga pose daily because I found that and I think it will reduce the height because all the weight will be on spin and cause spin compression Please tell me Any height related issue? It's a myth or what?

20th February, 2017 at 3:27 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Abu, as hair loss specialists this is not our area of expertise I'm afraid! You are better off speaking to your yogi and/or doctor for they kind of health advice.

30th March, 2017 at 1:21 am


It is not an urban myth. Many a times hair loss can be attributed to pattern baldness which among many factors such as increase in DHT levels also hapens because of changes in the skull bones with age. Standing on you head puts pressure on the skull which if done regularly can prevent the skull from changing shape. This helps in stoppage of hair loss.

3rd April, 2017 at 12:25 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Mausam, whilst we respect your opinion and have published your comments as we like to encourage readers of our hair loss blog to share their views, there is no evidence for the statements you have made regarding skull shape. You correctly state that DHT is the reason for male pattern baldness - more specifically, it is an inherited sensitivity to DHT that causes the gradual hair thinning and even eventual baldness in cases of MPB - but standing on your head and the shape of a man's skull have not been shown to have any effect on this. You can find out more about the true causes on our Male Pattern Baldness information page.

3rd December, 2017 at 1:03 pm


You are say that Dht is a factor that cause hair loss and study say that dht store in low blood circulation tissue such as scalp so head stand make a good circulation in scalp like minoxidil .so why head stand gives no effects on hair. If PRP gives result for MPB which has only growth factors. It has no dht blocker properties.it is extracted from own blood so why that blood ,we circulate by head stand gives no effects on hair loss?

4th December, 2017 at 3:39 pm

Sarah Belgravia

Hi Pradeep, if you do not take steps to inhibit the DHT, which is what causes thinning hair in cases of male pattern baldness, then improving circulation alone will not help as it will simply encourage the DHT to circulate too. This could even have the opposite effect of worsening hair loss. PRP has not been proven to work as a treatment for male pattern hair loss - in fact, many studies have shown it to be more useful as a hair growth booster when used alongside clinically-proven hair loss treatments, rather than as a treatment in its own right.

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