Myth: Plucking Gray Hair Makes It Grow More

Growing up, we all heard the stories about how if you pull out one gray hair, more will grow in its place so it’s best if you just let it be.

The fact of the matter is that, even when you pluck that gray hair, the follicle that produced that hair is still alive and so it will produce another hair strand to replace the one you’ve pulled out. The follicles around the gray hair follicle won’t automatically turn gray once you pull it out. They are on their own.

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You’re getting gray hairs because the pigment cells in the hair follicle are dead. If you want to get rid of the gray, it’s best if you carefully cut the strand instead of pulling it out as pulling will traumatize the follicle. A traumatized follicle can cause an infection, scar formation and possibly lead to bald patches.


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