Why you should stop plucking grey hair, according to a hairdresser

What do you do when a grey hair randomly appears on your head? Chances are, you may pluck it out and hope you don’t get any more.

Lots of people pull out the greys they notice, under the belief that it won’t regrow in the same hue.

But that’s actually not how it works.

Our hairs have colour because of melanin produced by pigment cells in that hair follicle. As we get older, the hair follicle stops producing melanin thus making our hair go grey.

So even if you pull out that one or so grey hair, plucking it doesn’t mean the next one will grow with melanin.

And there’s another huge problem that you could be causing by prematurely plucking them out – hair loss.

If you damage the hair follicle, it may be hard for new hair to grow, meaning you could be left with a thinner head of hair.

Hair stylist and founder of 3 More Inches Haircare, Michael Van Clarke, told Yahoo: ‘If you make plucking a habit when less than 1% of the head is grey, you’ll have less hair to work with in a few years’ time, when 10% of the hairs are grey.

‘The plucked hair whose life you shortened will rest and start its next growth cycle after about three months.

‘At each cycle after about age 20, the hair grows back a little thinner and stays around for a slightly shorter time.’

So don’t be so quick with the tweezers.

Instead of getting rid of the hair, you could try highlighting these strands in a different colour, if you don’t have too many greys.

Or you could try cutting them off so you’re still getting rid but without traumatising the hair follicle. Chatting to your hairstylist is another way to go over your options.

Alternatively you could embrace your greys – that’s what we’d vote.

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