How Bad Is It to Pluck Out Gray Hairs?


By Good Housekeeping

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We know it’s tempting.

You know the old wives’ tale: If you pluck one gray hair, two will grow back in its place. But, c’mon, is it really true? So we asked an expert.

“This is a myth,” says Dr. Robert Dorin, DO, ACOFP, and hair restoration surgeon. But that doesn’t give you license to do it.

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Each time you pull out a hair (on your head or in your eyebrows), you’re causing a little bit of damage. And you can actually change the way the hair grows out of the root, meaning a new hair could grow in frizzier.

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And worse, if you really keep it up, you’re creating weaker hair, and a new strand won’t grow back. (If you over-tweezed as a teen, this is why you now have thinner brows.)

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So, no, plucking that stray gray hair won’t cause two more to grow back in.

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But, you should probably avoid it. Just embrace the grays, or dye them.


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