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…..