The Truth About Pulling Out Gray and White Hairs: Is It Bad for You?

Contrary to popular belief, plucking out gray or white hairs does not result in the growth of multiple new ones in their place, according to Dr. Hamdan Absdullah Hamed, a board-certified dermatologist and co-founder of a platform focusing on natural hair care solutions. While the color gray doesn’t spread when you pull out hair, the follicle is also removed, potentially leading to damage. Experts agree that genetics, age, and diet are all factors in the appearance of gray hair, with hormonal changes causing white hair to show up at a certain age. Deficiencies in vitamins such as B12, D3, and calcium are associated with premature hair graying, as vitamin B12 contributes to blood cell production and hair growth, vitamin D3 stimulates the formation of new hair follicles, and calcium aids in the secretion of hormones that stimulate growth. However, taking supplements might only slightly delay graying, while adding vitamins to your diet may prevent new hair from turning gray, but will not reverse damage already incurred. This is because, as we age, pigment (melanin) production decreases, turning hair gray or white. Moreover, pulling out gray hairs will not cause more gray hairs to grow, as only one strand can grow from a given follicle. Damaging the follicle by pulling out the hair could even stop hair growth in that area, likely causing even more significant damage in older individuals. Additionally, while supplements may promote healthier hair, there is no clinical research supporting the claim that they can stop or reverse the growth of gray hair. Ultimately, the decision to embrace gray hair or use hair dye is a matter of personal preference, with many choosing to let their natural hue shine through. Support HuffPost by giving a small contribution to help keep news freely accessible for everyone.


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