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Nails and Hair Luck – Are Nails and Hair Divine and do they Cure Spells?

By Chitraparna Sinha

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Well, I understand your skepticism on reading the title. Believe me; I reacted the same way when I was researching for this article. The more I researched; I came to know how simple things like nails and hair can be associated with Divinity and as a method to cure Spells. Amazingly, some of them are still practiced by us, unknowingly.

Here are a few customs and superstitions about cutting your hair or nails plus something about real nails that you hammer into things:

A Few Hair and Nails Superstitions

  • In early Folklore traditions, nails were use for treating headaches. How? Nails were driven into them. This was an established but scientifically not recognized treatment for headaches. If interested, check out some local records preserved from the Medieval Ages, holes in skulls due to nails was a common thing to see.
  • It is unlucky to leave old nails in the flooring before putting down new carpets or oilcloths.
  • Little white spots growing under the nails of the fingers are considered lucky because they signify things past; in the middle, things present; and at the bottom are the events to come. If you see blue spots under the fingernails, it spells misfortune. The white spots also indicate presents to be received when they reach the margin – a fairly recent statement made in Woman (1969).
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  • ‘Never cut your fingernails or toenails on a Friday or Sunday’ is the popular superstitious belief in almost all world cultures. It is thought cutting your hair or nails on Friday or Sunday brings bad luck / misfortune to the house. Apparently, Monday is considered the best day for cutting nails and hair. In Woman’s Illustrated, 1952, it is mentioned people should cut their nails before 12 o’ clock on Monday mornings because when you do, you always get a present during the week.
  • It was not considered lucky to pare the nails of a child under one year old. When the nails were chipped off during this period, mothers made sure that the nails fell on the Holy Bible so that the child grew up to be an honest person. Another tradition was to collect the nails and burn them. Also, it was considered a great offence in Scotland if any person other than the mother or near relation cut a baby’s nails. If some other person should do this and the baby afterwards is taken ill, this would arouse the suspicions of some evil influence under work.


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Is there a practical reason for this tradition?

However, there can be a practical reason assigned to this tradition. In the 1986 Woman’s Illustrated, Liss Hants says “I have always heard that a baby’s nails should be nibbled by its mother, and not cut – but that is so that they shouldn’t have sharp edges, or the baby would scratch its face.


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According to me, I would not give much importance to nails and hair bringing good luck or curing a spell because I have never seen that happen but out of respect for the ancients and their thoughts, it is not much to follow the days when nails and hair should not be cut.

In Asian countries, this tradition is still present. Even in my house, my elders always advised me not to cut my nails on Fridays and Saturdays as it spells bad luck. Anyway, as I have implied earlier and also in my articles, good luck is a personal belief.

If you think or believe that following the above would actually improve your life and bring some luck, there is no harm; Right?

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One Comment

  1. Joetta Cockroft

    Thanks a ton for finding the time to line all this out for people. This particular article ended up being extremely helpful to me.

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