Have you ever heard about this Indian practice? Supported by many scientific theories it is said to be beneficial for hair. But is it true? Learn everything you need to know about this practice here
What is nail rubbing?
Nail rubbing also is known as Balayam is an ancient Indian practice of Yoga. It is about rubbing your nails against each other. In the word “Balayam”, bal means hair, and vyayam means exercise so basically it is an exercise for the hair.
Rubbing Nails: 2 Science-based theories
1) Reflexology theory
Reflexology refers to hands, feet, and ears as reflex areas of the body. This means that they are directly connected to the body part, organ, or gland, and applying pressure to those reflex areas can help alleviate pain, stress, and discomfort. So, according to reflexology, the hair follicles are connected to the nerve endings present in the nail. As a result, rubbing nails will stimulate blood flow to the scalp.
2) Adult stem cells theory
Adult Stem cells are the cells responsible for replacing or regenerating the cells and tissues that are either lost or damaged. Our hair follicles contain adult stem cells that help nourish, grow, and regrow hair. So, according to this theory, rubbing your nails sends a message to the brain, which initiates the process of producing new hair follicles
Rubbing nails benefits
These are the major nail rubbing benefits granted to those practicing Balayam diligently:
- Can improve hair quality
- Can improve the blood flow to the hair follicle
- Can soothe your headache
How to do it
Step 1: Place your hands at chest level as if you want to form a half fist
by curling your fingers inwards.
Step 2: Allow your fingers’ nails to touch each other by facing your palms against each other.
Step 3: Rub the nails of one hand against each other.
Step 4: Do it for at least 5 to 10 minutes.