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Plucking Grey Hair: Should you or shouldn’t you??

There are so many thoughts and sayings regarding “plucking grey hair“, going around since ages and passed on several generations but the question still remains the same…..Does plucking grey hair do any good or is it really bad? 


Which among these have you heard more often:

1) Don’t pluck that grey hair…..it will give rise to many more grey hairs near by 

2) Pluck out that Grey strand…..or else the neighboring hair will turn grey

I have heard and faced both the sayings pretty equally frequently and the best part is that both of them say two opposite thing….but the common point remains the same, whether you pluck it or not, you will have more grey hairs coming


What causes greying? There are lots of studies and researches still going for this, but your genetic make up, lifestyle, environmental factors, stress, cigarette smoking are some of the more important factors causing grey hairs. Hair is black because of a pigment melanin. Over a period of time and because of many other factors mentioned above, hair loses this melanin and eventually appears grey. And believe me plucking has nothing to do with disappearance of melanin from neighboring hair roots. If the neighboring hair has to turn grey, they will, no matter you pluck one hair or not.



Consider this….If plucking one grey hair can give rise to may grey hairs, the same logic should apply for black hairs too. Then it would be very easy for a balding person to regrow his hair….he could just pull one hair and wait for five more hair to show…Isn’t it??



Coming to the real fact…..When we pluck out a hair, the hair comes out with its root. But the follicle which gives birth to these roots are still there and this keeps on making new hair in the same place, but it has no effect on any surrounding follicle, so it can neither increase nor decrease the number of surrounding hairs. Also it can neither cause graying nor prevent graying of the near by hairs.


All what plucking does it to scar the follicle every time you pluck, because plucking causes physical trauma to the follicle. Scarred follicle eventually stops producing new hair and subsequently you will have no hair in the plucked area. This is one good news….you got rid of that white /grey hair!!…..but remember that area is now permanently bald. Don’t expect a new black hair to come out of it. Also scarred follicles can at times led to ingrown hair, so kindly avoid plucking 🙂


Therefore, back to the same discussion…..Saying No. 1 refuted…..Plucking grey hair can not cause more grey hair.


Coming to Saying No.2…….I have heard and seen many people plucking their single grey hair because they think that one grey hair can affect the surrounding hair and can turn them grey too…so better get rid of the one grey hair you have and stay young for a few more years. But I hope and think that by the logic given above, you have become wiser now and know that one grey hair can not cause graying of the surrounding hair. This grey chap is helpless…don’t pluck him out as a weed in the field. It will do no good.



So after years and years of plucking grey hair all you can have is a bald patch, but not a new black hair neither any more grey hair than what is genetically predisposed to occur anyway. There are many better ways of taking care of your grey hairs than plucking. Dermatologist Dr.Surbhi Mahajan has very rightly elaborated on what can be done to minimize graying and some natural remedies for gray hair.



What do you do with your grey hair? Hope you will at least stop plucking grey hair after reading this……By the way Grey hairs are in fashion now a days…..








16 thoughts on “Plucking Grey Hair: Should you or shouldn’t you??

  1. Hi Arpita,

    Good to be over at your blog too, and to read such a wonderful topic 🙂

    Oh yes…I think with age, we all have grey and then eventually white hair and it’s good to let them show and age gracefully I would say, rather than pluck them or feel sorry they are there. I pity the men though, who go bald! Yes, I’ve heard of those hair transplants they have and perhaps it works good for those who try, but I would never go for those at all because they must be having their side effects.

    I usually apply henna to my hair and the little grey hair that are there are well taken care of, and I prefer it this way – natural than even dyeing it as some people do. But if you have too much of grey, you can also alternate henna with herbal dye and it works well. Just my two cents 🙂

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead 🙂

  2. nimisha

    Hi Arpita…interesting articles about busting the myths. One query: if this physical trauma on follicles stop them from producing hair on head, why the same thing isn’t applicable for hair on our hands, legs and armpits? Are the follicles of later ones different?

    • drarpitajain

      It applies to all types of hair, Nimisha. That is why its said that with regular waxing the hair tends to grow thinner and thinner,coz the follicles are damaged and weakened every time we do waxing.

  3. Hi Arpita,

    I’m your guilty patient! I had this bad habit of pulling out the grey hair, which probably I learned from my peers.

    I think I too heard both the sayings. But I guess I knew I’d have grey hair early as it was genetic.

    I didn’t know about scarred follicle and the area getting permanently bald. Okay, I just wanted to point out they you’ve referenced to back hair, but some readers might even have golden hair naturally.

    At the end, it feels good to know that grey hair are in fashion! Great post busting the myth. Thanks.

    • drarpitajain

      Hi Mr Vinay,
      First of all, thanks for visiting my page. I am glad you could relate to the post. Yes, the premature greying which you have definitely has a genetic linkage. And rightly said that some people do ahve golden hair naturally. It is again because of their hereditary genes and some because of their special hair follicle types.
      But all I would like to stay is, what ever colored hair you might have, flaunt it in style. But never pluck them.

  4. Hi Arpita,
    LOL… You’ve made me remmber some years ago when grandpa used to tell amd my brother to pluck grey hair off his hair, no wonder grandpa has bald hair 😀

    You’ve said much on this grey hair ish, and I’ve also learnt a lot. though I like grey hair, and it will be a pleasure to spray my hair grey whenever I see a sign of grey on my head.

    Thanks for sharing and do have a wonderful day ahead.

  5. Hi Arpita,
    Nice to meet you here 🙂
    I just visited your page and found the post very informative and educative one. thanks for sharing this here too.
    When I was in my college days, one grey hair appeared and one of my friend told me hey hey man i will pluck it off so that it will not come again and I allowed him to do that and to my surprise in few days time it appeared again and on those days there was no internet facility to check out more on this, later i came to know about it and now this info here LOL
    Thanks for sharing a bit more on this subject
    Have a great weekend end
    ~ PHilip
    PS: Hey Arpita, I found this informative post notification at AhaNOW pages
    Glad that i read it here. Keep writing
    Keep informed
    ~ Phil

    • drarpitajain

      Dear Mr.Philip,
      I am glad you liked the article and relate to it too. I had heard so many different things about grey hair from my parents, relatives and now my patients that I just could not hold myself from writing about it. And after receiving so many positive comments about it, I really feel encouraged and determined to write more on general skin care topic which would concern a lot many people.
      Thanks for reading the post.

  6. Hi Arpita,

    You have a wonderful blog and this was a very informative post. I learned a lot about grey hair today. I use to here my elders all the time talk about this subject when I was a little boy and they did say don’t pluck out the grey hair because more will come back. Until today, I did not give it much thought but you are absolutely right, if that were true, it would also have to be true for plucking out the black hair 🙂

    I do not think we should pluck out the grey. I am 48 and I have some grey and I think it gives you a sense of being experienced. Well I hope so anyway 🙂 I was in the military for 25 years so I learned to get a haircut weekly and still do. The little grey that I do have is only there for a couple of days, thank God 🙂

    I really enjoyed your article and look forward to your next.

    • drarpitajain

      Hi Mr. Nathaniel,
      Your kind words has once again brought a smile on my face and you never fail to make someone happy about their writing and thoughts. I really admire that about you.
      I am happy you could relate to the post and even more happy to know that you love your greys. personally speaking, even I like a dash of grey here and there and thye definitely add to a person’s mature and experienced looks.
      Have a nice day

  7. Hi Arpita ma’am,

    How are you today? 🙂

    This was my first visit to your blog and I liked the blog design. Its gorgeous!

    Oh you busted so many myths… 🙂
    My grandfather had so many gray hairs and he used to look stunning. So I guess there’s no need to pluck them. It would be so painful if someone does that.

    Good day! 🙂

    • drarpitajain

      Hey Rohan,

      I am sure your grand father would be the handsome person around, with grey hairs adding to his charm!

      Definitely it’s painful, don’t know how people take so much pain 🙂

      Thanks for visiting my blog and also liking it.

  8. Hi Arpita,

    I have some premature grey hair and I have absolutely no problem with them. In fact I kind of dig them though they are not very much.
    I have a habit of plucking some time to time for no other reason that they look odd one out and are pretty fun to pluck. lol

    I have heard both of these sentences in many some variations and knew its a lie as well. But yes it was a very informative article on a very underrated common problem.

    • drarpitajain

      Hi Navneet,
      I can totally relate to that fun part associated with plucking. Even I have a few greys and my staff finds them amusing and keep picking at them whenever they can…just for the sheer fun…:)
      Thanks for liking my page.

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  10. Arpita thank you for this! I also vaguely believed that plucking a grey hair would cause more and I already have many grey hair 😀
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