A bad hair day is everyone’s worst nightmare. Your hair will look the worst especially when you have a long day of important things to do. It’s almost as if your hair is punishing you for something. 

A bad hair day will leave you with no confidence to face the day. That’s how much influence your hair has on you. But what if we tell you there is a way to bid goodbye to all your bad hair days? 

No, it is not an expensive salon treatment or an over-the-counter product but a traditional, time-tested Ayurvedic technique named Balayam.

What is Balayam?

Derived from two words – ‘Bal’ meaning hair and ‘Vyayam’ meaning exercise, the term literally translates to exercise for the hair. Now, if you are wondering how an exercise could lead to hair growth, keep reading.

Balayam is the process of rubbing your fingernails against each other. It is a form of reflexology therapy that is recommended by many acupressure doctors and yoga practitioners. According to reflexology, there are many reflex areas in our body that are directly connected to certain different body parts. Applying pressure on these reflex points is believed to help alleviate the pain and other problems faced by the body part connected to it. 

By now, you would have guessed that the nail is a reflex area that is connected to hair. It is believed that the nerve endings under nail beds are directly connected to the scalp. This is why it is believed that rubbing your nails against each other can help with hair growth.

When you rub your nails against each other, the blood flow to the scalp increases. An increased blood circulation on the scalp helps in hair growth. This is the same reason why it is recommended to massage your scalp well with oils. 

According to Ayurveda, rubbing the nails helps in hair growth as it helps balance the doshas. In Ayurveda, a combination of each of the 5 elements results in the three doshas. It is these three doshas that are responsible for the emotional, psychological and mental health of a person. The three doshas, namely Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, should be in balance for overall good health. The off-balance of any of these will lead to premature greying of hair, hair loss, dandruff, and hair thinning. Practising Balayam, along with other yoga poses help balance these doshas and revive the hair, inducing hair growth.

If a technique as simple as this can solve hair growth problems in you, why not give it a shot? Let’s see what the proper way of practising Balayam is.

How To Do Balayam?

You might think that there is no way one could go wrong with how to rub your nails against each other. However, there are a few steps to be observed.

  1. Relax: Before you do any yoga asanas, it is very important that you are fully relaxed. Calm down your mind, think positive thoughts, keep your body relaxed and not stiff, sit comfortably with nothing to disturb you around.
  2. Placement of the hands: Place your hands at chest level with your thumb pointing to your chest.
  3. Face your palms towards each other: Facing the palms towards each other, let your fingernails of opposite hands touch each other.
  4. Rubbing motion: In a fast-paced up and down motion, rub your fingernails with a little force but not too much that you hurt yourself. 
  5. Thumbs: Don’t include both your thumbs in the rubbing motion. Allow it to rest.
  6. Duration: Continue doing this for as long as you can. Do this for at least 5 minutes. You could also do it in sets with brief breaks in between.   

When Should You Do Balayam?

There is no strict rule as to when you have to do Balayam. However, it is said that the optimal time to practice it is before the three meals in a day – morning on an empty stomach, before lunch and before dinner. 

Things To Know Before You Practice Balayam

Before you start practising this easy technique, there are a few dos and don’ts you should follow.

  1. Pregnant women are not advised to practice this. It is believed to cause uterine contractions.
  2. Balayam is considered to elevate blood pressure hence anyone suffering from hypertension or high blood pressure should not practice it.
  3. To get the benefit out of this practice, it should be done for 30 minutes a day. This can be done through parts of the day, doing 10 minutes three times a day.
  4. Since you are rubbing your nails against each other, it will be helpful to apply some sort of oil like castor or almond to create a friction-free surface. This will also help the health of the nail.
  5. If you have brittle nails or any problems with the nails such as an infection, it is best to not do this technique as it might aggravate the condition.
  6. Anyone going through any medical procedure or condition should ideally stop doing this because an increased blood pressure might interfere with the procedure.

Benefits Of Balayam:

  • Improve blood flow: Good blood circulation in the scalp will help in promoting new hair growth and strengthen the hair follicles.
  • Fight baldness: Balayam allegedly helps fight patterned baldness when practised in the long run.
  • Helps you feel relaxed: To practice Balayam, you need to be relaxed and in a distraction-free environment. This 30 minutes of peace in a day will help you feel more relaxed and meditated for the day.
  • Convenience: Balayam doesn’t ask for much. You don’t need a lot of time, a specific place, any equipment, or other such demands. This highly convenient practice can be done anywhere and at any time.
  • Tackle premature greying: Apart from hair growth, Balayam is also practised to tackle premature greying of the hair by restoring the natural colour of the hair.
  • Target different parts: The reason why thumbs are not used when doing this technique is that rubbing the thumbnails against each other is believed to help hair growth in the facial area. Hence if you want more hair growth in the face, you could add it.

Yes, Balayam sounds too simple to be effective but it doesn’t come as easy as you think. Only continued practice for a really long time will bring optimal results. However, once you make a habit of it, it slips effortlessly into your routine. With minimal effort, you could gain amazing results.

Along with techniques like Balayam, it is important to use the right kind of hair products that induce hair growth. The use of Ayurvedic ingredients in brands like Tru Hair gives the hair the nutrients it lacks and targets specific hair problems. Tru Hair products are all free from harsh chemicals, sulphates, and parabens. Check out the Tru Hair range to treat your hair to the best that Ayurveda has to offer.

 Reviewed By

Dr. Tambe (Ayurvedic Practioner)

Dr. Tambe is an Ayurvedic Consultant, practicing in Satara City, Maharashtra for the last 45 years.He comes from a long line of Ayurvedic doctors. His grandfather and father were both Vaidyas, therefore he wanted to continue the family legacy.This year, his family will celebrate 100 years of Ayurvedic service

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