To Pluck or Not To Pluck: What To Do With Your Gray Hair?


We all (okay, at least some of us) remember that feeling we had when we first saw it: that first gray strand of hair boldly claiming its' place amidst all the other nice normal hair on our head. Chances are, you grabbed the nearest pair of tweezers and plucked that gray intruder out as fast as possible. Or pulled it out with your bare hands.

But wait a minute. What about the old wives tale that plucking one gray hair will lead to even more gray hairs growing in even faster?

Is this just a myth, or is there some truth to the theory?

Today.com spoke with cosmetic scientist Randy Schueller about this crucial question. And his answer?  It is not going to do much difference either way if we decide to pluck gray hairs on our head.

Yes, the uninvited strand will be gone, but only temporarily. Another one will soon appear in the same place. This is because the follicle (the little tube beneath the skin that produces the hair) is still alive and will simply send in reinforcements as needed.)

So there is that.

As for the part about more gray growing in even faster after you pull, pluck or yank one gray hair out of your head, Schueller says it is not true. One follicle's situation apparently does nothing to neighboring follicles. They each do their own thing in their own time, in other words.

There is one word of caution here. If you become overly-obsessed with your tweezers and gray hairs, you could potentially damage the follicle to the point where it will no longer grow any hair at all, warns Schueller. "In that case, you won't have a gray hair in that spot but you also won't have any hair at all there!"

So there we have it. Pluck gray hairs away if you so choose. But do be careful to not over-do.

There is another option worth considering too.  Simply embrace the gray and show off your sexy confidence.

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