Simple Life Hack Is The Golden Ticket To Longer Locks, According To A Celeb Stylist

In the world of celebrity beauty, every trade secret is worth a tiny fortune.

Thanks to social media, some of those top secrets are coming to light and we don’t even have to leave the couch to transform our self-care routine.

Meet Helen Reavey

Helen Reavey is a celebrity hairstylist and trichologist—that is, a specialist who focuses on medical conditions and diseases that relate to the hair and the scalp.

Helen Reavey sitting at table typing on laptop with legs crossed
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Photo Credit: @helenreavey / Instagram

One of the hairstylist’s recent TikTok videos went viral after Reavey offered up a strange and allegedly foolproof trick.

Reavey Is A Business Owner And Celebrity Hairstylist

Reavey is the founder of her own haircare brand called Act+Acre.

Helen Reavey from Instagram posts showing hair care line
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Photo Credit: @helenreavey / Instagram

She frequently uploads quick tutorial videos that are full of tips and tricks for nailing the perfect hairstyle.

“Trust Me I’m A Trichologist!”

One of Reavey’s recent clips is called “weird hair growth hack” and it has been getting a lot of attention online.

Blonde woman with her fingers together. Caption reads:
Photo Credit: @helenreavey / TikTok
Photo Credit: @helenreavey / TikTok

The caption on the clip says, “Trust me, I’m a trichologist. If not just google it.”

Rubbing Your Fingernails Together For 10 Minutes A Day Can Stimulate Hair Growth

The hack comes down to rubbing your fingernails together rather quickly for 10 minutes a day.

Blonde woman with her fingers pressed together
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Photo Credit: @helenreavey / TikTok

It’s as simple as that! Reavey adds that it doesn’t have to be 10 minutes straight, but that the fingernail stimulation can be broken up throughout the day.

So, Is There Really Any Science Behind This?

The trichologist explained how something as simple as this hand motion can stimulate the brain, sending signals to adult stem cells to revive dormant and unproductive hair follicles.

Woman's outstretched hand
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Photo Credit: Kindel Media / Pexels

But not everyone was convinced.

Commenters Were Skeptical

Some commenters were quick to take issue with a lack of “evidence” supporting the hack.

Skeptical comments from TikTok about hair growth hack
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Photo Credit: @helenreavey / TikTok

One user joked that this method was as scientifically proven as the superstition of knocking on wood for good luck.

It’s An Ancient Ayurvedic Practice

Still, Reavey doubled down on her little trick and responded to commenters to explain that rubbing your nails together is also beneficial to help with anxiety.

Blonde woman twirling so her hair also twirls
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She mentions that it’s an Ayurvedic practice stemming from ancient Indian culture.

Some Users Already Knew About The Hack

Other commenters drew attention to the ancient roots of the practice and shared experiences of being exposed to the “trick” early on in life by family members.

Comments about history of hair growth hack on TikTok
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Photo Credit: @helenreavey / TikTok

One user mentioned that it’s quite common for Nepali people to rub their fingernails together.

It Works On Acrylic Nails Too

Even the people who were skeptical of the idea decided it couldn’t hurt and were willing to give it a go.

Comments from TikTok video about wearing acrylic nails
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Photo Credit: @helenreavey / TikTok

Reavey responded to one commenter to let them know that this trick still works even if you’re wearing acrylic fake nails.

She’s The Stylist To The Stars!

You can choose to take her word or dismiss it as a hoax, but either way, Reavey gets to work on Harry Style’s million-dollar locks and we cannot say the same.

Harry Styles and Helen Reavey hair stylist
Photo Credit: @helenreavey / Instagram
Photo Credit: @helenreavey / Instagram

If you have tried this hack, did it work for you, or is your hair the same length and your nails are weirdly warm?