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Rubbing Fingernails Together Stimulates Hair Growth and Reverses Graying: Reality or Myth


Does Rubbing Fingernails Promote Hair Growth?


It is a popular belief among the practitioners of complementary medicine and Indian culture, that rubbing fingernails together can give you thick, dense and healthy hair. The positive results are supported by many anecdotal claims, and there are many proponents and followers to this ancient practice. Some have even claimed hair regrowth on bald areas.

When I was a child we used to rub fingernails together on seeing a crane bird. I have no clue as to why we would rub our fingernails, although the whole exercise was thought of as a good luck sign. I must say I then had thick, shiny and abundant hair. I was reintroduced to this practice at a yoga training program, but this time it was for a different reason. When done for 5 to 10 minutes every day, rubbing your fingernails stimulates hair growth, reverses graying and also improves overall hair health. 

This practice is also known as Balayam: where bal means hair and vyayam means exercise. There is a little understanding of how it works. It could be that the body’s chakras or meridian play a role to correct imbalances in the flow of energy, similar to reflexology. So when you trigger the appropriate reflex points, the meridian energy is channelized through pathways to the affected areas of the body,  increasing energy and health in those areas.

There may be some point to this explanation because when you rub fingernails against each other it causes tingling in the scalp. This may then stimulate hair growth. 

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How to do it? 

Nail rubbing is done on an empty stomach or 2 hours after food. Curl the fingers as if to form a half fist (see picture) and rub the fingernails of each hand against each other briskly for five to ten minutes (rub only fingernails and exclude the thumb). You will feel a tingling sensation on your scalp.

You can do this anywhere – while waiting for or travelling in the bus/train, walking in the park, in your house. It may help if you focus your attention on the scalp and hair, and visualize your hair getting thick and healthy.

Rubbing fingernails together for five to ten minutes twice a day is recommended. Results are usually seen in a three to four months time. 

My experience: Ever since I started the nail rubbing exercise (been 4 months), I have noticed some regrowth happening, and also an improvement in overall hair quality. Though, I do it along with other home remedies. I personally feel that each treatment has its own place and you cannot simply rely on a single solution.

What is the evidence?
The nail rubbing exercise has no scientific backing whatsoever. That said, complementary and holistic therapies, in general, have a little or no validation. Does this make them invalid? The answer is unknown. Due to lack of accurate data collection or scientific robustness, it makes such practices difficult to comprehend. Moreover, people who practice rubbing the fingernails do it alongside other home treatments. Therefore, even if there is any improvement it becomes difficult to attribute this exclusively to nail rubbing. Besides, there is no monetary reason to delve into the cost extensive research to prove the point since this exercise involves no practitioner or product, and can be done totally free of cost.

Why not give it a try? There is no cost involved and it can be done at your home. Simply join your fingernails and start practising. It may just work for you!

Word of caution: Avoid nail rubbing during pregnancy, or if there is any skin or nail condition around the contact area, or if you suffer from high blood pressure.

Do you practise nail rubbing? please share your views and experience and let us know if it had any effect on the hair growth.




  • Anonymous says:

    nail rubbing has a scientific base dude
    there is logic behind it

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  • Anonymous says:

    I introduced this to my mother upon Reading about it online and we began it together 3 years ago. I wasn’t as vigilant and list interest But my mother religiously continued She claim her hair grows faster , that her hair Has stopped falling in the shower. I must admit I look at her now and it seems fuller healthier For a woman in her 60s She began with 5 minutes a day then 30 and finds it works better if you do more then 30 or there abouts I’ve decided to renew it after feeling a little jealous And I understand a healthy exercise and eating Plan helps. Being a non smoker drinker and exercise daily with cardio and weights I think Im in a good position to see results in the months to come. Cheers

    • Mark says:

      is it possible to rub in sets of five minutes four times a day….or is its important to rub ten minutes each???

    • Minaz Aslam says:

      Yes you can do it that way. But make sure you do it 2 hours after meal.

  • Anonymous says:

    i have of this before..but didnt knew that it was this much effective…will surely give this a try..could you please upload a video with correct method of doing it

  • doc says:

    I started my rubbing nails 6 months back and became really excited due to its effect on my hair growth. But the excitement caused me to rub the nails very vigorously leading to damaged nails. I think this damaged my nails bed as now the lower part of my nails has slightly thickened and discolored while the nail plate at the tip is coming off from the nails bed and has become noticeably thinner. This has led to decreased effectiveness of the exercise. What should I do????

    • Minaz Aslam says:

      Good to know that nail rubbing has worked for you. But, doing anything of excess is not good. 5 to 10 minutes every day is good enough, and do not be very forceful while doing it. I would suggest stop nail rubbing for couple of months or till your nails grow healthy. And see a doctor if need be.

      Till you resume nail rubbing here is a post on how to regrow lost hair, these tips may help

  • Minaz Aslam says:

    Dear readers,

    I would really appreciate if you put your name when commenting. That way we can at least establish the first name connection.
    Thanks, Minaz

  • Akshay says:

    This would sound crazy but there was an elderly lady with full white hair who practised this. One day she showed her hair to my mother. The new length of hair coming out of her scalp was BLACK! I have never seen or heard anything like this

  • qaseem says:

    Please koi guide karay kya yeh method waqai kam karta hai yeh nahi hairloss ki waja say bohat parishan hon may 🙁

    • Minaz Aslam says:

      Qaseem, Fingernail rubbing has worked for many, so I would say give it a try for few months. Along with that do oil massage, eat a healthy diet, and exercise. Also use herbs like brahmi, bhringraj, amla infused in oil or hair pack – read more

  • qaseem says:

    Minaz aslam
    May yeh try kar raha hon 10 din hogaye han may bal bohat zada gir rahay thay is say pahalay lakim mujhay kafi kami nazar arahi hai agay Allah karay or behtar ho jaye hairloss ney mujhay bohat parishan kiya hoa hai may 2 hairtransplant kar wah chuka.hon lakin srif pasay zaya hoa koi result nahi mila mujhay

    • Minaz Aslam says:

      Good to know that you are seeing decreased hair loss. All the best and hope it works for you 🙂

      And do pay attention to what you eat as healthy diet is very important. Click here on what foods to eat –>>

  • […] Rubbing your fingernails  briskly against each other, for about 10 minutes ever day, stimulates hair growth and makes your hair healthy and strong. This is an ancient technique and works similar to reflexology – through energy channels. The positive results are supported by many anecdotal claims, and there are many proponents and followers of this ancient practice. Some have even claimed hair re-growth on bald areas.  More on how to do it and science behind this ancient technique: Click here […]

  • Abdul says:

    Dear my age 25 and havi lot of grey hairs and oily scalp as well so please suggest me the treatment so that I can use the same and how long the treatment will take as am havi 70-80% of grey hairs, Reversing of grey hairs are possible or shall I try any alternate. please suggest the diet as well

    Am havi amla n almonds in the morning and curry leaves tea with honey and lemon
    Performing daily nails rubbing exercise.
    Last point excess of heat lead to greying of hair..
    Thanks in Advance.

    • Minaz Aslam says:

      Hi Abdul, Continue nail rubbing.
      Plus, to cover your grey hair apply this paste: 1 teaspoon coffee powder(or katha powder), 1 teaspoon amla powder, 3 teaspoon fenugreek (methi) powder, 1 teaspoon henna powder, and 1 teaspoon bhringraj powder. Add hot water to make a paste. Apply to your hair and leave on for 45 minutes. Wash off with plain water.
      Do this 3 times a week for 2 to 3 months. Let us know how it works.

      Regards, Minaz

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  • gajanan says:

    it works i know for sure

  • Manohar.A says:

    HI ,

    This is Mano here and i wanted to know weather this nail rubbing really works out to regrowth of the hair on the scalp to protect the hait fall or not just reply for this msg plz

    • Minaz Aslam says:

      Hi Manohar, nail rubbing has helped many people regrow their lost hair. Of course nail rubbing alone will not work, you must follow healthy diet, exercise, and use natural ingredients on your hair.
      Hope this help.

      Cheers, Minaz

    • Manohar.A says:

      So what are healthy diet that i need to follow it up can you suggest me what exactly i need to follow and iam just 21 yr old and i have a lot of hair from from past 4 years . And the reason why iam facing this problem his due to the Typhoid fever and that’s when i started losing my very badly and i have tried all the products hair oil like Indhulekha , Ervamartin and nuzen most of the products i have used but there is no any result till today my hairs are falling very randomly and please provide me the right instruction what exactly i need to follow it up to regrow my hair and make stronger

    • Minaz Aslam says:

      Eat 1 to 2 teaspoons of flax seeds (also called alsi or jawas) everyday, as it contains omega 3 and other vital nutrients for hair. More on what to eat –>> click here

      I would also suggest you to join yoga class, and practice asanas such as sravangasan, halasana, and chakrasan. It’s advised to learn the asanas under trained yoga teacher.

      Do oil massage regularly, at least twice a week. Use a combination of almond or olive oil and castor oil (in ration of 5:1).

      And get yourself checked for any vitamin or mineral deficiency.

      All the best.

  • karl says:

    How can I not stop for 5 minutes?? My arms are aching

    • Minaz Aslam says:

      Hi Karl, Start with 2 mins and gradually increase to 5 mins.
      cheers, Minaz

    • roadblock says:

      Do it while watching movie in that way you will be focused on movie and not feel that much of pain.I can do nail rubbing 15 minutes continuously.

  • Manohar.A says:

    I wanted to inform you that i am still not able to see any kind of changes on my hair fall count and more over am working in the night shift from past 4 years so will this might be one of the reason for the hair fall . So please help me out with the right information and i do see that there is a dandruff on my head . So i don’t how we do i judge on my hair fall is it because of the lack of sleep,dandruff or due to the typhoid which is faced 4 years before i don’t know what is exact reason for my hair fall and all ways my head will start itching when it’s itching i will put hand to scratch the head at that time i can see the hair falls like crazy at least 20 hair will fall and the hair which will fall down those hair will be very thick and there will be a hair root with the hair and falls permanently and it’s very hard to think about the hair and please give me the right answer what i need to follow and for how many minutes do i need to do the nail rubbing and for how many days i need to massage the scalp and how do i control the dandruff and what are right food to follow it up which should make my hair really thick and very strong as well …..

    • Minaz Aslam says:

      Hi Manohar, first of all you need to be patient, you are not going to see results over night. Give it at least 3 to 4 months to see any changes.

      For your dandruff: Use amla with coconut oil. How to use

      Shampoo: Use shikakai, reetha, amla powder to wash your hair ratio of (2:2:1)

      Oil massage: Massage 2 times a week. When doing oil massage use affirmations like my hair is healthy and strong. More on how to use

      Exercise: Do yoga – pranayam, and asanas I mention earlier.

      Food: Eat flaxseeds, green vegetables, 2 to 3 fruits, almonds, whole grains, yoghurt, lentils and pulses (mung, massor, rajma, chana).

      Hope this will help you. Cheers, Minaz

    • surender rathore says:

      I hv been doing this practise since january but my hairs r continuously falling..more than 20 hairs per day my oga practise is not daily baisi but i do sometime sheersasan my hair r falling with roots i hv not seen any regow hair or thick hair line please suggest me what wrong with my hair ?

    • Minaz Aslam says:

      Hi Surender, It is normal to shed about 100 hair per day. Continue nail rubbing, and do sheersasan everyday (do not do it after food, should be done on an empty stomach, ideal time is in the morning before breakfast). Also include pranayam (kapalbhati, anulom vilom, bhramri).
      More tips on how to stop hair loss: click here
      Let me know if you have any more questions.

    • surender rathore says:

      which oil should i use ? i use dabar amla and rogan badam oil,alternately and shampoo i use is vatika now i m thinking to change oil to patanajali ramdev oil.
      my hair is falling at high speed the bald is getting more and hair line very thin.

    • surender rathore says:

      which nail rubbing technique is better the one whic is being showed by baba ramdev all the finger nail togather or the another one i saw on youtube one on one.
      the another thing is i m student and not living with my family so my diet is not good.can alone yoga and finernail rubbing regrow my hair and with normal diet.. i eat almond everyday 5-6.

    • Minaz Aslam says:

      Hi Surender, For nail rubbing move both hands briskly (I think ramdev baba moves only one hand).
      You can use rogan badam or ramdev baba oil. I am not sure about dabar amla – does it contain mineral oil, if yes then don’t use.
      You can also make your own oil: take 100ml almond oil, 100 ml coconut oil, and 50 ml castor oil, to this add 25 gram dried amla and 5 gram dried brahmi. Shake the oil everyday for 2 weeks and use.
      For shampoo: use Shikakai, reetha, and alma powder (ratio of 2:2:1). Don’t use store bought shampoo.

      And staying away from home is no excuse to eating unhealthy. It’s good that you eat almonds, also include 2 tsp flax-seeds (alsi or jawas). Eat 2 to 3 fruits daily (not 3 bananas, eat different varieties) and make a salad of spinach, cucumber, tomatoes, carrot, beet (any three at one time).

      Hope this works for you, Minaz

    • surender rathore says:

      sir my hair is still falling more than 100 i m rubbing it daily with sheershasan and also started eating alsi seeds now my front bald comes whole hair gonesugest me how much oil should i pour on my head and how many days in week should i use aloe vera to wash my head how many time should i use shampoo n aloe vera in a week thanx

    • Minaz Aslam says:

      Surendra, Well done for doing all the hard work.
      But, please stop counting your hair, it won’t help. Oil massage twice a week, leave overnight and wash next morning with reetha-shikakai shampoo. Use aloe vera after washing your hair, apply to freshly washed hair and leave on.
      Also eat amla – dried or fresh every day.
      All the best.

    • surender rathore says:

      but sir i get tensed coz my hair is falling and hter is no sign of regrowing new hair not even a baby hai on my front bald but i will try
      sir should i wash my hair daily with aloevera

  • Surendrakumar says:

    मेरे सारे बाल सफ़ेद होकर उड़ गए हैं क्या मेरे सारे बाल 30-30 मिनट प्रतिदिन नाखुनो को रगड़ने के योग से वापस आकर काले और घने हो सकते हैं

    • Minaz Aslam says:

      5 to 10 mins twice a day is enough. Do not overdo as it can harm your nails.

  • Manohar.A says:


    This is Manohar here and i wanted ask you a quick ? that i just wanted to know how many times do i need to oil my hair in a week and how many times do i need to take bath with the lukewarm water . And

    • Minaz Aslam says:

      Manohar, oil massage twice a week, leave overnight and wash off next morning. Use plain water or reetha-shikakai shampoo.

  • Vidit says:

    Hi , im 18 years old and i have a hair fall problem. im very stressed due to this. i have started nubbing my nails now.

    my hair just keep falling no matter what for the past one year. please suggest me something, i dont want to get bald

  • Manohar.A says:

    Hi. Minaz

    This is once again Manohar here and iam still doing this nail rubbing exercise but there is no any results yet iam doing it from atleast from past 3 weeks and also iam into the yoga works as you told me do but still my hair fall remains the same and there is no any improvement on the hair regrowth and hair fall as well please suggest me does this exercise really works out or not ??????

    • Minaz Aslam says:

      Manohar, Continue doing it for 5 to 6 months. 3 weeks is too short to see any changes.
      Best wishes.

  • Raj Bhattacharya says:

    No Results So Far.I Have Been Doing It For Last Two Months & Will Try For Nearly A Year Excepting It To Work For Me.

    • Minaz Aslam says:

      Hi Raj, continue doing nail rubbing every day.
      Also, do head massage twice a week using almond oil and castor oil (4:1 ratio).
      And if you can, do pranayam and yoga asana as well (join a class if you have not done it before).
      Best wishes.

  • karl says:

    Does this have anything to do with the third eye? My forehead’s been pumping crazy x))

    • Minaz Aslam says:

      Hi Karl, I don’t know much about third eye, except that it is located between your eyebrows. But the tingling sensation that I get in my head, after doing nail rubbing, is similar to what I experience during meditation.

  • Bilal Ahmed says:

    Salam Ms Aslam.
    2 years back I had very very strong hairs but then hair fall started and till now I have tried many things on my hairs but didn’t get any positive result. I heard about this nail rubbing thing last day and I have already start working on it, please suggest me some more exercises to do with this or any hair oil massage which I should do on weekly bases because I do job where I work till late night so I feel much dizzy to do any exercise or massage I want to do them when I have off, plus you have mentioned “pranayem” here, I didn’t got it what is this would you like to explain this term please.

    Bilal Ahmed

    • Minaz Aslam says:

      Salam Bilal,

      Pranayam is breathing techniques that help to improve oxygen supply, calm your mind, and energize your body; thereby increasing your awareness, concentration, and over all health (which includes your hair). Some examples of pranayam are kapalbhati, anulom vilom (alternate nostril breathing), and bhramri. Here is a video on how to do pranayam: (in Hindi) and (in English)

      You can start with anulom vilom (alternate nostril breathing) and bhramri. Also do moderate exercise like walking, cycling, or yoga asanas every day (for about 30 mins).

      And massage your head twice a week using this blend of oils

      Lastly,eat healthy and balanced diet.

      Best wishes.

  • Avinash sharma says:

    do it for 1 hour a day at least and see results in just 10 days, its my experience, hair fall will disappear definitely, i give this advice to 5 peoples and all of them give me a positive feedback, the key is to give more time, 10-15 min. nail rubbing consumes a year to see results

    • Minaz Aslam says:

      Hi Avinash, thanks for sharing your experience.
      I have few questions for you:
      1. Doing nail rubbing for 1 hour doesn’t harm/injure your nails?
      2. Do you nail rub continuously for 1 hour or break it down into sessions?
      3. After ten days did you reduce the time?

      Regards, Minaz

    • Avinash sharma says:

      actually i didn’t got any problem on my nails its may be bcoz i have thick and hard nails, may be for peoples having soft nails would face problem, i wish to rub nails continuously for one hour but bcoz of pain in hands i break it down in 2 or 3 steps, nothing wrong in continuously rubbing the nail for a long time depends on your nails, you can take protein diet to make stronger your nail and hair also, and i am not going to reduce the time of nail rub until i get satisfied, you can rub your nails up to 1.5 hours a day, break it down in 3 steps, morning-afternoon-evening, try to apply fresh aloevera gel at scalp before sleep and do yoga also…. all the best

    • Minaz Aslam says:

      Avinash,thanks for your detailed explanation. Appreciate it.
      Regards, Minaz

    • depor2013 says:

      hy guys we are in decembre do you remove your baldness or still no results

    • Avinash says:

      keep patience dude….complete results will take a whole year, so keep doing without expecting early results…all the best 🙂

    • depor2013 says:

      thanks but for ccontinu i would love to see experience for regrowth hair due to his technique, i will be thankful if you share with us your experience or someone had positive results thanks i am bald

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  • hari says:

    my two questions are-
    1)does this nail rubbing works for complete bald people?
    2)is there sure chances for re-growth in bald head??

    thank you sir,

    regards, hari.

    • Minaz Aslam says:

      Hi Hari, there is some anecdotal evidence, so no harm trying. And the fact is, nothing comes with a guarantee. But if you don’t try I can guarantee nothing will happen 🙂

      Plus, do oil massage using almond oil and castor oil (2:1 ratio) and wash your head using Ree-Shi shampoo.

      Best wishes.

    • Saurabh says:

      Sir, I have white hair problem. I am 16 year old. From yoga my white hair convert into black.
      And How much time it will take.

    • Minaz Aslam says:

      Saurabh, Do it for at least 3 to 4 months. Also, include amla – dried or fresh – in your diet.

    • Saurabh says:

      Thank You sir

    • Kabirkhan says:

      Iam 29yrs old, i have hereditary problem. I have lost my hair in my forehead (not full) and hair also become thin.By doing the nail rubbing exercise, whether any possibility of regrowing of hair in the bald area and will get thick in the existing hair. If so, how many times and duration in each time a day should do.
      Pls suggest any other remedy to have get my lost hair and to prevent the hair loss.

  • Kabirkhanali says:


    Iam 29yrs old, i have hereditary problem. I have lost my hair in my forehead (not full) and hair also become thin.By doing the nail rubbing exercise, whether any possibility of regrowing of hair in the bald area and will get thick in the existing hair. If so, how many times and duration in each time a day should do.
    Pls suggest any other remedy to get my lost hair and to prevent the hair loss.

    • Naz says:

      There is a video saying how massaging black seed oil on your scalp can help with hair growth.

    • Minaz Aslam says:

      Naz, Please do not put any external links on this site. It will be treated as spam.

    • Naz says:

      Sorry, I wouldn’t of posted it if I knew that. Kabir try researching it online.

  • kabirkhanali says:

    Sir Pls reply,

    Iam 29yrs old, i have hereditary problem. I have lost my hair in my forehead (not full) and hair also become thin.By doing the nail rubbing exercise, whether any possibility of regrowing of hair in the bald area and will get thick in the existing hair. If so, how many times and duration in each time a day should do.
    Pls suggest any other remedy to get my lost hair and to prevent the hair loss.

    • Minaz Aslam says:

      Hello Kabir, I did reply to you earlier. And do I look like Sir to you 🙂

      Use almond oil mixed with castor oil to massage your scalp. And wash using Reetha- Shikakai Shampoo

      Also, Apply apple juice (freshly squeezed) and gently massage your scalp.

      And read the article on how to regrow lost hair. This will give you general understanding on how to care for your hair.

      Best wishes, Minaz

    • Kabirkhanali says:

      thanks for your valuable suggestion. Yes, u dont look like sir to me 🙂 .
      i follow your suggestions. Reg nail rubbing how many times in a day should do. Pls tell the minimum duration in one session.

    • Minaz Aslam says:

      Kabir, you can do once or twice a day for 10 minutes. Also, read the post for when not to do.
      Let us know how it works for you.
      regards, Minaz

    • Nikhil says:

      hi i am doing nail rubbing since 6 months and I have seen new hair follicles on my head where previously it was completely bald. But the hair follicles are small and growth is slow. Still I can see my head less bald now. I am rubbing nails everyday for atleast 15 minutes. But I have not seen any reduction in hairfall. I experience almost 20-30 hairs falling everyday.

    • That’s great. Thanks for sharing.
      It is okay to loose some hair every day. I have explained it here:

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  • Sandy says:

    Sir, iam suffering from high blood pressure, my agw is 30, 90 and 140, so should i do nail rubbing or not, my hair is falling continuisaly, can i do nail rubbing or this exercise will fall hair more?? Plz reply me

    • Minaz Aslam says:

      Hello Sandy, finger nail rubbing is contraindicated in high bp, so plz don’t do it. Instead do oil massage with almond and castor oil (4:1 ratio), twice a week.

  • Gena says:

    Why is it not safe to do nail rubbing when pregnant? What are the repercussions?

    • Minaz Aslam says:

      Hello Gena, because it may trigger uterine contractions.

  • vivek kumar says:

    can i do more than 10 times in a day ??they will not do side effect after doing more than time in a day ???now i m using himalya anti hair fall oil please suggest it is better or not ???

    • rahul says:

      don’t do more and more bro. three time is enough

  • vivek kumar says:

    can i do more than 3 times nail rubbing techniqe in a day ???any side effect after doing more than 3 timese in a day ???now i m ussing himalya anti hair fall oil please suggest it is beter or not ???

    • depor2013 says:

      hy is still any difference on your hair did you find some difference

    • Minaz Aslam says:

      Hello Vivek, Yes you can do it thrice a day, and 2 hours after food.
      Can you tell me the ingredient list of himalaya oil.

  • depor2013 says:

    hy guys we are in decembre do you remove your baldness or still no results come on share with us your improvement to give people some idea and ancouragement to still doing rubbing nails

  • aneesh says:

    I have been doin this for 5 months and no sign of relief and i am loosing 10 to 15 strands a day….
    and i think i ll be bald in next few yrs and its depressing..guys est me something…:(

    • depor2013 says:

      do you feel any sensaion on your scalp while doing this trick and how much dou you doing it 20 min or what?

    • Narasimha says:

      Dude, you have serious deficiency of protein and rest. Stop smoking if you are doing…Take care of nutrition and good exercise..i think that is best solution..

  • Dhiraj says:

    Hello, I have lost about 1.5 inch hairs from front of my head causing baldness. Is it possible to regrow this hair?

    • Debra says:

      The only thing I seen so far that rubbing my nails together did make my nails grow faster. Also monostat works for going hair but you must keep it sprayed with water to stop the dryness. Yes I do mean the cream you use now there. To completely stop your hair from coming out or from falling out trim your ends and use sage mix with a good conditioner it does not matter the amount leave for amount an hour to really get the effects. Yes I’ m referring to the sage we use in our dressing for Thanksgiving. Also before rubbing your nails together use a good oil on them suchas coconut oil and wear gloves when using chemicals like bleach, and cleaning products this can stop and hinder nail growth and possibly hair growth. I hope this will help you, you can also google what I mention about monstat and sage. I did try all these things for myself it
      was God that gave me the idea of sage.

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  • Merella says:

    Hey!! I have a Homedics mimi massager and I was wondering if putting my fingernails on the little machine would have the same effect as rubbing my fingernails together! It gives the same tingling sensation much faster! But I’m afraid it would be doing the same thing to my thumbs cause I heard rubbing your thumbs together stimulates facial hair and I’m a girl so that wouldn’t be good haha!!
    NOTE: I put my fingernails on the flat side of the massager!
    Please reply! Thanks! 🙂

    • Minaz Aslam says:

      Hello Merella, I have never heard of this, but would be interesting to hear your experience. Yes, please keep your thumbs off it.
      Let us know how it goes 🙂

  • sunil says:


    Can you please let me know if it really works, am sick of websites showing false ideas for growing hair . I have been trying this nail rubbing for 4 months and i dont see any tickling on head or any regrowth , If any person who really tried and got hair regrowth with this technique can you please be kind and share your details so that i can contact you. I am really frustrated of this hair loss and its totally ruining my confidence.

    • roadblock says:

      It worked for me dude.Read my other replies in the website.

  • suresh says:

    I have been trying this nail rubbing for 3 months and i dont see any tickling on head or any regrowth , If any person who really tried and got hair regrowth with this technique can you please be kind and share your details so that i can contact you. I am really frustrated of this hair loss and its totally ruining my confidence.

    • roadblock says:

      Hi there I still do not know if it will bring back the lost hair but I know it stopped my hair fall.I started to lost my hair badly in April last year.Every morning I use to wake up with 10 to 20 hairs all over my bed.I am doing this nail rubbing thing form May 2014.I was not working for 3 to 4 months but now I have noticed my hair fall is back to normal level.Yeah I do felt that tingling thing in my head.Other thing I want to mention there is history of hair loss in my family.Some other point I like to mention are-
      1.I do not smoke or drink.
      2.I started to eat every vegetables from May which I was not eating.
      3.I started some physical exercise to fight stress level.
      4.I started using Patanjali Amla Oil and Divya Kesh Tail almost every night in a week.
      5.Last I started taking amla powder and amla juice and every kind of amla product.

      No I am not an agent of Patanjali.You can use amla product of any other brand.But amla is must.Because rubbing nail will supply blood to the hairs but your blood have to contain the nutrients.

      Why you should try this?Because its free and easy.Sirshasan(Yoga) in which one have to stand in head does the same thing.

      I do this 15 minutes in a day.Not always continuously and eat alma product every day.What else,no one ever lost hair in 1 months.It probably long time to trigger the hair fall so no one will get back those hair very soon.It may take long time to grow them back.Also it may vary from person so person depending upon many factors.

    • roadblock says:

      Oh guys I forgot to mention.While doing nail rubbing you have to keep the thumb straight.Nail rubbing is actually kind of mudra.Mudras are hand posture.For example God MahaDev do that while in meditation.Ok the rule is while doing thing nail rubbing one must keep the thumb straight.I am providing the actual steps below:
      1.Put the hand together and make the posture.Keep the thumb straights.
      2.Now bring the hands near your chest.
      3.Now keep rubbing.

      Lots of people mentioned that they did not feel the tingling sensation.I felt that.May be you people have to do it continuously for 15 minutes to feel that.Not sure though.Also never rub your thumb.Plus never rub the portion where you cut your nails,some says it may give you hair in your ears.I think it is true because I rubbed and I notice hair growth in my ear.So once again rules are:

      1.Lock your hand and bring it near your chest.
      2.Keep the thumbs straight.
      3.Rub the portion where woman apply nail polish not the portion where you cut your nails.
      4.In my opinion you might have to do it at least 15 minutes in a day for 8 months to get the results.But as said before vary from person to person.
      5.You have to eat vegetables and amla.Amla is very much necessary but if you can not ignore.And remember nail rubbing only supply blood to the hairs.One have to eat healthy to supply nutrient blood to the hair,otherwise no use.

      Another thing I am again mentioning there is history of baldness in my family but I able to reduced it normal amount.So I believe it work.

    • depor2013 says:

      hy i want to know the tip of nail is the portion that you cut your nail?

    • Minaz Aslam says:

      roadblock, Thanks for sharing your experience with us. Really appreciate it.
      Glad to hear that you are eating vegetables now and also exercising. I guess, not just your hair but your entire body will bless you for making healthy choices.
      Amla in any form is highly beneficial.
      The oil you mentioned – divya kesh tel didn’t work for me. I just make my own blend with pure oils such as coconut, almond, sesame and castor.

      Do share your feedback in few days. Regards, Minaz

    • depor2013 says:

      ramdev baba technique is rub tip of his right nails with left nails?

    • roadblock says:

      @Minaz: I heard Divya Kesh Tail did not worked for many people.Well I am not sure if it worked for me or not as I am doing lots of things for the hair as I mentioned.But I am going to continue using Divya Kesh Tail and Amla oil for atleast 6 months.Making ones own oil at home is cost is a good option.Lots of people do that depending on the result on their hair.

      @Depor:Sorry for my bad English bro.Unable to make you understand.What I meant to say is you have to rub the area where woman apply nail polish and you have to rub those area of the right hand with the left hand.Never rub your thumbs as you will get facial hair and never rub the area of the nail that we use to scratch(that thin blade like portion) as that will give you hairs on your ear.

      Once again In simple words only rub the portion where woman apply their nail polish.Rub the right hand nails against left as shown in the picture in this website.

    • depor2013 says:

      but it’s impossible to rub upper part of nails together you should use your right tip nail to rub upper part of left nail

    • roadblock says:

      Dude sorry can not make you understand.Here there is pic guide of nail rubbing given in the website.Just follow it.Do it in Ramdev Baba way.

    • sem says:

      I agree. I rub one nail at a time (just the moon shaped nail bed and I’m seeing less hair loss in just TWO days!

    • Adi says:

      Yes,this really works.I USED WITH ONION JUICE ON THE SCALP.WITHIN 7 days i get rid of hair loss.EVERY DAY 50 HAir follicles uprooted,bt now only 1 or 2 uproots while bathing.I DON’T KNOW WHETER NAIL RUBING OR ONION JUICE WORKED,BUT I AM HAPPY KNOW

    • Minaz Aslam says:

      Adi, Glad to know that nail rubbing along with onion juice treatment worked for you.
      Thanks for sharing your experience with us.
      Look forward to hearing more from you.

    • Prim RK says:

      hi Suresh,

      Frustration really is a stress booster which in turn make more hair loss. What you need first hand is stress busters. At least 25% raw food before usual food, at least 5 minutes pranayama, little bit of yoga would be a good start to help you sent away a good portion of stress. Visualize everyday nice thick lustrous hair 🙂 Enough. It gets you what you wish. Consistency is the key! Sure good luck!!

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  • Adi says:

    I THINK ONION JUICE ARE THE BEST.JUST USE THIS.IF YOU CAN’T GET RID OF hair fall from all these comments given by others,then you must try it.daily you have to apply on the scalp.and keep it for 3-4 hours.then wash.before using this, 1st use warm coconut oil on your scalp with your finger tip.then use onion juice.I AM NOT SURE THAT YOU CAN GET RESULTS SURELY.BUT I JUST GOT BENEFIT FROM IT,DAILY 50TO 80 HAIR FOLLICLES USED TO FALL BT NOW ONLY 3 TO 5 HAIR falls WHLE BATHING.AND ALSO DON’T ALWAYS FINGER TO YOUR may cause harm t o the hair root.

    • roadblock says:

      Never tried but read this in an old book 10 years ago….

  • Adi says:


    • Minaz Aslam says:

      Adi, many people, including me has experienced hair regrowth. But I also did many other thing along with finger nail rubbing.
      My best wishes to you.

    • roadblock says:

      Hair will grow back because both onion juice and nail rubbing is beneficial for hair.But it will take long long time to get back your lost hair.But again vary from person to person.It will take minimum 1 year to get them back.One guy state he got back his hair in 5 years by nail rubbing.Do not know about max no. of hair fall but read somewhere that 100 is consider as normal.

  • adi says:

    You have to use pure coconut oil not shalimar or parachute please,when we have no hairfalls we can use when hairfalls start in life,these shouldn’t be used,these coconut oil contains parafin which is very dangerous for hair.

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  • Quora says:

    Is the nail rubbing exercise effective enough to stop hair loss?

    It has worked for many people. Check out the comments here:

  • Sudhakar phad says:

    people good news for all.! It’s wrking my hairs are growing back, miracles happens in this world only.. but, i have to work on it more.. nail rubbing with yogasan working as ramdev said.!

    • zddz says:

      it take how months and did you do it 10 min per day explain us your technique thanks

    • suresh says:

      Brother,how many months it tooks????

    • Rohit Kumar says:

      Brother please share your technique on how you do it.

  • ali says:

    hey, Does Rubbing Fingernails to guitar strings has the same effect? cuz most of the classical guitarist have lots of hair 😀 or you should rub them together?

  • Nidhi says:

    Hey guys i want to know whether this nail rubbing grows u a moustache and beard??

    • karan khandelwal says:

      Yes. . . definitely . .it helps a lot.. . .but don’t try this otherwise you may have to reconsider your parlor budget….

    • Jithin says:

      rubbing your thumb nails will result in beard and mostache growth.

    • lily says:

      Yes, it does. But only if u rub both the thumb nails together.

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  • Surya says:

    It really works, by aggravating the blood circulation to our upper part of head, And due to which it will help not only in stopping of hair fall but it will re grow all your hair back,if one is consistent enough. Do not overdo this procedure, as by overdoing of it will create increase in your heart beat and increase of blood pumping, so it will create an uneasiness, it will result in appetite disorder. So do it only 5-10 mins in morning and evening regularly.It will surely show u the positive result.

    • Aarthi says:

      Hi..why should it be done on an empty stomach? Any idea?

    • Surya says:

      It really works, do it and enjoy its benefit. Actually it looks very simple and many think it as illogical, but it aggravate blood circulation so it should be done with care. And to your question, it should not be done immediately after lunch or dinner, as we eat our major portion of blood rush to stomach for digestion process so rubbing of nail will create a mismatch in the flow. so it is prescribed to do in the morning and at night for 5-10 minutes only, Don’t overdo it. Please check out video also which are present in you tube for better understanding. :):)

    • Avdhut says:

      Because when you eat something the more blood circulation goes for your stomach that’s y you feel sleepy after eating meal. By rubbing we have to improve our nails we have to improve our blood circulation to the brain not to stomach!

  • Kannan S says:

    This is doing something in my forehead…i mean the nail rubbing.. let me try this regularly

  • Linda Fraser says:

    I have been rubbing my nails for about a year now but only for 3 minutes. Since I read your posting today, I will increase to 5 minutes and twice a day. I am so glad I found your website today.

    Yes, my hair surely has grown but the natural color has not returned yet. I do want this to happen.

  • Aksh says:

    Thanks for such cool info, BTW: I am glad to say that I have came out of that pit where everything felt impossible. I was losing the grip on my hair. Our standard YOGAs like: Headstand, Balayam are really helpful. You should not give up. It will definitely take around a year or two to see the major results. But it’s worth it. Also: Only exercise won’t help. you have to maintain your diet and eat really healthy food.

  • ecnivo says:

    I will start rubbing my nail today!

    • Zezu Zaza says:

      so how was it going? is it good?

    • NinNinNin says:

      I kinda stop intermittently, overall, I think it helps slightly, lesser shedding. But if stressful, the hair will still fall >_<

  • Sophie says:

    Hi I feel bit dizzy after I do this…is it normal?

    • No… does anyone else feel giddy???

      Do for less time and see if that helps.

    • Eve says:

      Yes, I felt giddy straight away – will have to build up my time, delicate flower that I am. lol
      Wondering if those finding they’re suddenly shedding hair are making sure they’re not using bought shampoo (detergent based). I am using Shakakai and Aritha (reduced hair fall from around 400 per day – yep! had to count them, to under 100 – so in the normal range. Some days it’s more like 20).
      Thanks so much for this site and info – been a bit of a miracle. (especially love the rather unusual remedies)

    • Minaz says:

      That’s awesome.
      Yes absolutely, shikakai and reetha homemade shampoo made a big difference to my hair as well.
      Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

    • Zezu Zaza says:

      that is normal. me too experienced the same thing

  • manzoor c m says:

    Hi All,

    My hair is still falling daily even after rubbing the nails. It worked for me for few months and after that all on a sudden it stopped working for me. I tried a lot after that and its still not showing any results.

    Could someone please help me to find a reason for this.


  • yash raj sharma says:

    Sir I doing rubbing nails last 1 month and my hair is falling lot pls explain anybody what should i do

    • Zezu Zaza says:

      that is good. good and great hair push the premature hair

  • Jenny says:

    I have just started this but I am not feeling anything on my scalp, from what I have read this means I am doing it wrong but I have watched a few videos and I am doing what is being shown, I can’t see how I am doing it
    wrong, the only thing that tingles is my fingernails. Help.

    • Zezu Zaza says:

      u must do it fast until u feel the heat at fingernail and veining on your palm. after you done that, you will feel your hair itch and that is a good sign. this technique works as long as you human. all human share the same experiences

  • Uttam Kumar says:

    Shall i rub my nails whenever i free?

    • Zezu Zaza says:

      that should be good. when i do it, my hand veining appeared at my hand palm. i hope that is normal for the stimulating

  • naveen kumar says:

    I’m doing it for months but I didn’t find any result can anyone help me

  • conquer says:

    Hi, I have been doing nail rubbing for a few weeks now. During the first week or so, I did not feel anything. After that, I felt a tingling on my scalp after I did the exercise so I continued. However, there seems to be more hair fall these few days. I did some research and apparently there is a shedding period that some people experience when doing this exercise. Is there anyone who is did this experienced the shedding period? If so, how long did it last? I am a bit hesitant to continue this since I do not have much hair to start with. The only positive thing that I noticed is more of the hair falling out seems to be thinner or shorter. Some info about myself, I am 21 and female. Thank you for the input!

    • Zezu Zaza says:

      this is normal. meaning that you are doing great. your hair fall because it remove all the unwanted hair that no premature. inside of scalp there will be potential new hair growth with the strong roots push the premature hair. please update this if you hair got a significant growth.

    • Conquer says:

      I stopped doing it. It wasn’t because of the shedding,if anything, the shedding has continued with more hair falling now that I have stopped. Unfortunately, I started having scalp pain/headaches and I am not sure if the nail rubbing caused it. Maybe I was trying out too many things at once. Now, I will just take things slow, just do a couple of things. I do want to start the nail rubbing again though,just not now. Also, I recently discovered bin-aural beats which can help with hair growth too so I’m trying that out as an alternative.

  • Ahm says:

    Can someone tell me which exact parts of the finger nails need to be rubbed for hair growth? Is it the nail tips of one hand rubbed against the nail roots of the other hand? Or should i rub the entire nail surfaces against each other?

  • Zezu Zaza says:

    just update it to me. i want to hear more about your progress ok

  • micah says:

    i had my dreadlocks twisted too lightly…you think the damage is permanant?

  • micah says:

    i had my dreadlocks twisted too tightly? you think its permanent?

  • ASP says:

    Can I rub thumb nails to get thick full of beard and mustache? Or will thumb nail rubbing causes other part of face hair growth…like ear and nose hair, if not can I grow along with finger nails rubbing?

  • Renny says:

    I’ve oily scalp and whenever I Do this exercise it becomes more greasy and kind of silky..Is this exercise related to sebum secretion in any case

  • John says:

    Yes it works. 100%

    • Minaz says:


  • Kris says:

    What type if skin conditions do you mean when you say not to do nail rubbing? If its for hair, will it affect your face? I have acne, can I still do this?

  • Patel says:

    Dear Minaz
    I have heard that but doing so it may also stimulate extra hair growth on other parts of the body like facial, hands and etc. Is it true? This would be a big issue as I want to reduce the hair growth in those area and nor having this side effect.

  • mukes emm says:

    dear minaz,
    i am suffering from mpb 1st stage i hv started nail rubbing exercise 2 weeks ago i do it for 1 hour daily ( 20 min thrice ) my hair fall has increased tell me how long this shedding period will go on
    and these fallen hair will come back or not

    • Minaz says:

      Dear Mukes, practice nail rubbing for 10 -15 minutes daily. That is enough.
      Also use miracle hair mask or ayurvedic hair mask once a week.
      Wash your hair with this homemade shampoo.
      Also check for any vitamin deficiency: vit D, B12, calcium.

    • Sanjay says:

      Yes it is normal it will increase your hair fall for a week or 2 week and after that it will stop.. And after 4 to 5 months you will see good result bt make sure you continue this process once you stopped. The hair which you gained it will go off
      .. Trust me it works best as compare to taking any other medicine dont take any topical lotion if its possible try to drink amla juice and.. Take RND OIL. It wrks best bt make sure you use in the night time before go to bed this will helps to stop hair fall n regrow hair naturally do not trust any dermatalogist our indian dermatologist making money … So they dont care and they will prescribe you topicsl solution knw n as minoxidil. And they will give u some tablets to eat ..

  • Rohan says:

    It reduce my hairfall for 15 16 days but now i am experiencing 30 to 40 hairfall. Is it normal to loose the hair due to nail rubbing.

    • Minaz says:

      But it’s okay to lose 30-40 hair per day. It’s a part of normal hair growth cycle.

  • Rakshita says:

    I am 20 and I had thick wavy nice hair until last month, I colored my hair and since then I lost hair in chunks and now when I run my fingers through my hair …I feel so sad…how can I make it grow back like it was bfore? Please help!

    • Minaz says:

      Hi Rakshita, I have similar story to you. I have shared many tip to regrow lost hair, please check out the hair loss section.
      Best wishes.

  • Jitu madaria says:

    Hi minaz
    If someone lost hairs from front hairline. . . Is there any natural way to grow back hairs otherthen hair transplant
    And also tell me about prp treatment. . . Who should go for it. .

    • Minaz says:

      Hi Jitu,
      Massage twice a week with coconut oil. Wash with reetha-shikakai homemade shampoo.
      for more tips, read my posts on:
      17 things I did to regrow my lost hair
      How to Stop Hair loss: 28 Remedies for Hair Growth

  • Huda says:

    Hi Minaz, thanks for this great resource

    I wanted to know whether it was okay to consume store-bought Amla powder – for example- as a drink? And if so, what powder to liquid ratio should I apply?

    Thanks so much!

    • Minaz says:

      Hi Huda, yes you can. I would start with 1/2 teaspoon with a 1/2 cup water.
      You can read more in the article: Amla The Superfood for Hair.

  • Swapnil says:

    Can this method reverses grey hair????

  • SUVO DAS says:

    I have been suffering from hair loss for three years I used minoxidil for last 3 months but I can’t get any results so I give it up and started using onion juice for 1 month but my hair loss continue and I have felt pain on my scalp so what should I do old ans me

    • Minaz says:

      Hi Suvo, just use plain coconut oil to massage your hair.
      Also include coconut (dry or fresh), flax seeds, almonds, and ghee in your diet
      Best wishes.

    • Ravi says:

      Take 1. SELENIUM 200CH & 2. LYCOPODIUM CLAVATAM 30CH Homeopath medicine…. You will see result in just 15 days

    • Trips says:

      Dosage ? Time and mode of consumption

  • ANJALI says:

    Doing nailrubbing on regular basis turn white hair to black? Anyone hair turn to black using this excercise? Please reply and share your experience…

  • chetan mhatre says:

    I want to grow my beard as it has less amount hair on my face…Pls suggest on age is 30


    hello Minaz,
    I am 22 years old.I am suffering from PCOS and hypothyroidism and suffering from extreme hair fall and thinning of hair now almost my scalp is visible help me out.

    • Minaz says:

      Hello Preethi, both thyroid and PCOS can be improved with a practice of yoga, healthy diet and regular weight training (it is beneficial for women too and does not cause muscles to bulk up).
      Once your body is balanced your hair will start growing too.
      Follow no 1,2,3,4,and 16 from this. I will share more info on this soon.



    • Minaz says:

      50 to 100 hair

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