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In today’s video NAIL RUBBING For Hair Growth – FACT or FICTION? – we cover the relatively unheard practice of nail rubbing and how it can perhaps help hair growth. Watch the video to find out more!


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Can rubbing your nails together actually make your hair grow back? The answer, coming right up.

Hey guys Leon here and welcome to the Hairguard YouTube channel. On this channel we do tons of science backed videos, all about how you can combat hair loss and regrow natural, amazing-looking healthy hair. If you want updating on any of the hair loss news make sure to subscribe and hit that notifications button, so you will be the first to know when we’ve uploaded a new video. Now onto our topic!

What is nail rubbing?

So what is nail rubbing? It’s exactly what it says on the tin guys. You take both hands, bend the fingers so that they face each other like this and rub them against each other. You’re supposed to do this for five to ten minutes daily, and to keep on doing it for at least a few months before you start seeing results. It’s believed to work against various kinds of hair problems, including male and female pattern hair loss as well alopecia areata. It is also said to restore the pigment of graying hair, as well as invigorate dull and otherwise unhealthy-looking hair.

Nail rubbing is based on an ancient Indian practice known as Balayam yoga, and goes back thousands of years, though nobody knows exactly how long. It’s popular to this day in India, and with the internet it’s starting to gain a following in other countries as well.

Now a word of caution before we move on: practitioners of nail rubbing generally warn against its use by pregnant women or people with high blood pressure. They also stress the importance of getting the technique right, otherwise you might grow the new hair on other parts of your body, other than the head where you really want it. And I don’t think anybody would like to end up with a hairy back, or hairy shoulders.

The science (!?) behind nail rubbing

So guys it should come as no surprise that there have been exactly zero scientific studies of nail rubbing, so we have no hard data to rely on. Having said that, it also shouldn’t surprise us that the proponents of nail rubbing all agree that the practice does have a solid scientific foundation. The problem is, they don’t seem to agree with each other on what this might be. Some say that the nails stimulate stem cells in the hair follicles, and these stem cells cause the follicle to regenerate. Others say that it increases blood flow and circulation to the follicles, and this delivers nutrients necessary for growth. But the consensus seems to be that the nails do communicate with the follicles on your scalp, akin to how reflexology practitioners say the nerve endings in your hands or feet communicate with distant parts of the body.

Our verdict

Now on this channel we approach hair loss in a spirit of open-mindedness. This is why you will see us cover all sorts of diverse approaches to hair loss. These range from traditional folk remedies, to FDA-approved medications, state-of-the-art experimental compounds, as well as novel treatments that have become popular with the online hair loss community. But we do marry this open-mindedness with healthy skepticism, and above all rationality. And it is in this rational, skeptic spirit that I can look you in the eyes and tell you that rubbing your nails is as scientifically plausible as asking Santa Claus to bring you home hair for Christmas.
Guys finger nails are made up primarily of keratin, they have no nerve endings and are for all practical purposes dead, just like your hair. They don’t communicate or interact with anything else in your body, which is why it doesn’t hurt when you cut them. Or do anything to them for that matter. Think about it rationally – if your nails were really connected to your hair follicles, or any other part of your body, wouldn’t you have to be extra careful when you cut them every couple of weeks? What about, in the case of women, when you went to the nail salon? All that forceful filing of the nails, the shining and painting, the fake nails, wouldn’t at least some of that be damaging women’s hairs? But it doesn’t, because nails are dead, and even if you take a pair of pliers and pull them out completely it won’t have any effect on your hair.

Having said that…

Now having said that, does this mean that people who meticulously rub their nails every day don’t see any hair regrowth at all? That’s probably not the case either.

This video is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease.

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