Does Plucking Grey Hair Really Cause More to Grow Back?

 Kate Moss


We've all heard the rumor: pluck one gray hair and expect 3 more to grow in its place. 

But is that actually true?

A recent investigation concluded that pulling out a single gray hair won't cause that silvery shade to come back. "The only time more than one hair grows from one spot is when, for some undetermined reason, there is a merging of two hair follicles," trichologist Sandra Gilman said. This kind of merging is not a result of plucking. Phew! 

But don't get too excited; plucking is still considered a major no-no.

"Plucking can traumatize the follicle, and repeated trauma to any follicle is not ideal," trichologist Elizabeth Cunnane Phillips said. Over plucking can send signals to the hair follicle that there's no longer a need for hair to grow there in which case you're looking at a bald spot! 


It is suggested that you cut the gray hair at the root instead of pluck, which is a much better option than going bald if you ask us!