How to do BALAYAM for Hair growth

How to do BALAYAM for Hair growth | Does BALAYAM (Nail Rubbing) really work?

Many times you must have heard that your hair grows and becomes black by rubbing nails. Many people do not believe this, but if you are ignoring it, do not do it. Because this is not some myth but a fact which is backed by Ayurveda and also modern science has proved it. Balayam for hair growth is one of the most acclaimed method in Ayurveda.

Balayam is a nail rubbing exercise and it is a union of two Hindi words Bal and Vyayam where Bal means Hairs and Vyayam indicates Exercise.  In simple language ‘Balayam’ means an exercise for hairs.

A number of Ayurveda, Acupressure doctors, and Yoga masters recommend Balayam for treating hair problems including hair fall, premature greying, baldness, alopecia areata, and even insomnia! It has been observed that nail rubbing exercise results gradually takes time for full effect. Normally, it takes at least 3 to 4 months for the nail rubbing exercise benefits to show.

But How is this all connected? Let see what our science has understood and also what our Vedas say about it.

Science Vs Ayurveda


Reflexology involves the application of pressure to specific parts of hands, ears, and feet, commonly referred to as ‘reflex areas,’ to provide relief in certain glands, organs, or parts of the body.

As per Reflexology, the hair follicles present in the scalp are directly connected to the nerve endings present in the nail beds and beneath the fingernails. So, rubbing nails will stimulate and encourage blood flow to the scalp.

The enhanced blood flow to the scalp will make it healthier. A healthy scalp can effectively nourish the hair follicles, thereby strengthening the hair, preventing hair loss, and boosting the hair quality

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Ayurvedic Theory

According to Ayurveda, hair and nails are considered to be malas, which basically are vestigial byproducts of metabolic activities responsible for the formation of the skeletal system (asthi dhatu).

The influence of Vata and Pitta leads to hair thinning, greying, hair loss, and dandruff. Natural way to fix this problem would be to hit the right balance between the three doshas.

Practicing Balayam helps in balancing the doshas and in process revives the hair and strengthens the entire skeletal system

It is believed that the tingling sensation experienced in the scalp while nail rubbing is felt since the energy of the chakras are promoting health in the scalp and stimulating hair growth.

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How to do BALAYAM for Hair growth

There is a certain way to do this technique and incorrect ways can really give you some unwanted results that are highly scary.

– If you rub tip of fingernails of one hand against surface of fingernails of another hand, then it accelerates hair growth on ears.

-If you rub surfaces of only both thumbnails against each other, you can notice faster growth of moustache and beard. (so women should avoid it)

-If you rub nail tips of one hand with surface of other hand’s nails, hair in ears will grow. So, it is important to rub without causing friction to nail ends and avoid thumbs.

How to do BALAYAM for Hair growth

Must Read: Balayam should be avoided if you are one of the below. 

  • Pregnant ladies (as rubbing nails may cause uterine contractions)
  • Those having a history of high blood pressure and hypertension (since it elevates blood pressure)
  • Those suffering from skin or nail infections, lesions, or sore and/or diseased or brittle fingernails (as it may make your condition worse)
  • Those dealing with surgical conditions such as angiography, appendicitis, etc. (the elevation in blood pressure may cause health complications)

So, if you are not one of those above, here are steps to follow to do balayam for hair growth correctly:

Step 1: Place your hands at chest level. Form a half-fist by curling your fingers inwards. Stick your thumb out.

Step 2: Allow your fingers’ nails to touch each other by facing your palms against each other.

Step 3: Now, using swift up-down movement (or sideways according to the position of your hands), rub the nails of one hand against each other. Remember, you only need to rub the nails of your fingers and not the thumb.

Step 4: Continue for at least 5 to 10 minutes. Repeat thrice daily in equally divided intervals.

Nail rubbing improves the blood flow to the hair follicle, which strengthens it. Stronger hair follicles drastically reduce hair loss.

Those battling patterned baldness claim to have reversed the balding effects by rubbing their nails. In fact, after a span of 8 to 12 months, hair regrowth is highly possible.

Too much of anything could also prove to be disastrous. Even though the side effects are minimal, rubbing nails excessively and forcefully could potentially damage your nails.

In addition to improving hair quality, rubbing nails to prevent grey hair is also a common practice. Furthermore, rubbing your nails can help in the restoration and retention of the natural hair colour. This is a natural dye for your hair!

To see results, You need the patience. Hair fall will reduce after 3-6 months and hair growth will begin after 6-9 months.


Have you practiced nail rubbing any time? Or did you saw any one doing balayam for hair growth?

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    1. Hi Manny,
      It depends on the position of your hands. If your nails are pointing towards you, its up-down motion and if your nails are pointing towards ground then its sideways 🙂 Also, i updated step 3 accordingly to avoid confusion for others. Thanks for your comment. 🙂

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