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August 7th, 2013, 03:10 PM
Has anyone heard of rubbing fingernails for hair growth? I just came across some youtube videos and read some articles about it. They say it increases blood flow to the scalp which promotes better hair health and growth (like scalp massages). Since this is part of acupressure (alternative medicine) dermatologists do not support it. I was wondering what’s your, gentle LHC folk, take on this.

August 7th, 2013, 04:19 PM
You mean like literally massaging your fingernails?

I do that almost constantly (with moisturizer) every day & I have had no added growth whatsoever, my hair grows at an average rate. :)

August 7th, 2013, 04:24 PM
Here is a snippet of an online article:

Rubbing fingernails:
Fold both your palms inwards and place the fingernails of both hands against each other. Then with regular swift motions, rub them against each other. It is a simple technique and can be done anywhere anytime.
Rub fingernails for 5-10 minutes twice a day.

Benefits of fingernails rubbing:
Prevent hair loss
Reverse baldness
Prevent graying of hair
Restore natural colour of hair
Usually it takes 3-6 months to get relief from hair loss, 6-9 months to watch new hair growth and 9-12 months to see prominent re-growth and substantial increase in hair volume.

Adult stem cells theory:
Adult stem cells are undifferentiated cells, found throughout the body after embryonic development. They can make identical copies of themselves for long periods of time and multiply by cell division to replenish dying cells and regenerate damaged tissues for self-renewal and self-healing.
The adult stem cell has unique ability to heal itself. Whenever a tissue is damaged, adult stem cell are activated to produce new cells that will regenerate the damaged tissues and revitalize the organ.
The adult stem cells are mostly found in brain, spinal cord, blood vessel, bone marrow, peripheral blood, dental pulp, skeletal muscles, skin, digestive system, retina, pancreases and cornea.
The stem cells that are located in the bulge of a hair follicle actually cause hair growth.
Rubbing fingernails stimulates the brain to send the chemical signal to the adult stem cells located near the damaged/unproductive hair follicles.
The adult stem cells migrate to the base of dead/damaged hair follicle and due to their ability of self-renewing they make new hair follicles and revitalize the damaged follicles.
Thus by fingernails rubbing one can manipulate the adult stem cells into becoming new hair follicles, and can accelerate the hair growth and revitalize the damaged follicles to revere the hair loss or baldness.

In reflexology it is believed that stimulation of certain parts of body will directly affect other parts of body.
The nerve endings just under your fingernails are directly connected to your hair follicles or scalp.
By rubbing your fingernails together, the blood circulation in your scalp is activated.
Thus rubbing procedure increases the blood flow to the scalp and helps in strengthening the hair follicles, which in turn reduces hair fall and premature greying.

Don't rub your thumbnails because it will accelerate the growth of beard, moustache or facial hairs and soon hairs will start peeping from the ears also.
Avoid it during Pregnancy; rubbing nails can cause uterine contractions and can elevate blood pressure.
Avoid in it in some surgical conditions such as acute appendicitis and angiography etc.
Don't do it on problematic skin/nails or if there are infected sores or lesions on the hands, or on brittle/diseased nails.
People with the history of hypertension should avoid vigorous rubbing of finger nails as it may elevate their blood pressure.
Avoid long, excessive and vigorous rubbing as it may damage nails permanently.
Before rubbing fingernails, you may apply small quantity of castor oil/almond oil/olive oil/petroleum jelly on nails, for beautiful and strong nails, the extra lubrication will decrease the excessive friction produced during rubbing procedure, this will make the nails stronger, lustrous and moisturized.
Only rub the fingernails gently for 5-10 minutes, twice a day for better results.

So that was a snippet of the online article (reiterating just to point out that that is not my opinion or research).

August 7th, 2013, 04:44 PM
Until I see some scientific evidence backing this up, I don't believe in rubbing any part of the body that isn't the scalp will stimulate hair growth, personally.

August 7th, 2013, 06:14 PM
If it were true...those of us who work with our hands should have phenomenal growth rates right?

August 7th, 2013, 06:55 PM
Laughed so hard at the bit about ear hair, it's probably quite good for the circulation in your finger tips though.

August 7th, 2013, 07:04 PM
I don't have time to mess with rubbing my scalp (outside of washing), let alone my fingernails, so I'm not going to find out if it's worth it.

August 7th, 2013, 07:09 PM
Well, it isn't likely to hurt anything. Worst case scenario you would waste some time, but I don't think it would be worth the trouble frankly. I have seen this pop up before, I don't remember anyone having much success with it.

August 7th, 2013, 07:37 PM
:shrug: I will try it! Why not?