The Science Behind Rubbing Fingernails Yoga That Stop Hair Loss And Grow Hair Fast

Beyond Science
4 min readAug 12, 2022


Celebs like Shilpa Shetty, Malaika Arora Khan, Nargis Fakhri, Kareena Kapoor Khan, etc., and in fact, our own Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi swear by yoga and inspire millions to adapt to it. But the truth is, we all know this but we find ourselves too lazy to adapt to it and follow it rigorously. Or, even make it a part of our lives.

Because we don’t have time plus our lifestyle is erratic. And the lifestyle leads to an increase in stress levels which eventually drain out every bit of energy from our bodies.

Because of all this, we can’t even think of starting with yoga. But here’s the good part. Here’s one yogasana which accommodates all our excuses, and still helps us to solve one of the most common yet important problems.

The yogasanawe are referring to is balayam which takes care of a plethora of hair problems like premature greying, hair fall, and all kinds of damage, something which we all are worried about or already going through.

What is Balayam?

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Balayam, is an alternative reflexology therapy for hair growth which involves rubbing identical fingernails together with some amount of force. Though there are a number of people who believe that this technique really works, it has its own share of critics too. So, before coming to a conclusion, let’s take a look at some facts about balayam and also try to debunk some myths as well.

How it works?

Rubbing fingernails for a minimum of 5–10 minutes daily, can make your hair grow again. You should rub all your fingernails except for your thumb, because rubbing thumbnails may cause the growth of facial hair. The number of fingernails you rub does not really matter.

How balayam helps?

Balayam claims that your bald spots will reduce and you can get your normal hairline back. It also claims to prevent hair greying and hair loss.

The science behind balayam

Believers say that there are certain nerve-endings below your fingernails which are stimulated when you rub them together. It is claimed that when you rub your fingernails, you stimulate your brain to send a signal to adult stem cells to revive the dead or unproductive hair follicles.

Rubbing fingernails also increase blood circulation to your scalp, which strengthens your hair follicles and in turn, prevents hair fall or greying. However, no scientific research has been conducted to substantiate these positive claims of Balayam.

Who should avoid balayam?

  • People with high blood pressure should not perform balayam as it may worsen their condition.
  • It is also believed that sometimes balayam may lead to drowsiness, so it is not advisable to perform it during work hours or before driving a vehicle.
  • Pregnant women too are advised not to perform it, as it may cause uterine contractions or high blood pressure.

When will the results be visible?

If you are looking to combat hair loss then it will take about 3–6 months, whereas for hair growth you will need to wait for about 6–9 months, depending on how frequently you rub your fingernails.

Does it work?

While there are glowing reports about balayam’s effectiveness, there are a significant number of people who don’t believe in it at all.

One positive thing about balayam is that it does not have any side effects. So, give it a shot without worrying about any side effects and see if it works for you or not.


Originally published at on August 12, 2022.



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