Plucking a gray strand will make multiple gray hairs to appear on your head. You might have heard this from several people. But it simply can't be true. If that were the case, old people would never go bald. All they would have to do is pluck their gray strands out one by one, which would then be replaced by several others and soon they would have a lush head of gray hair. And since camouflaging it by coloring or dyeing isn't exactly a difficult job, everyone would be pulling their hairs out by the fist if they would need more hair. It's just a silly myth that has been passed on from generation to generation.
It's quite likely that people who had just started going gray noticed a stray white strand and plucked it out. A few days later when they found several such hairs making an appearance, attributed this to hair plucking and spread the word around. In reality, it was a mere coincidence, probably a part of the aging process or some other factor that hastened hair graying and certainly not a causal effect of hair pulling. In fact, frequent plucking or pulling out gray hair or any type of hair for that matter can damage the roots and you could even experience thinning hair or hair loss due to traction aloepecia. That's why, waxing is often recommended by aestheticians as an inexpensive and effective method of unwanted hair-removal, as it is seen that the hair pulling action over a period of time eventually slows down hair growth, leading to sparse hair in that area. So if you need to get rid of the few gray hairs that have sprouted, instead of plucking them, try cutting them close to the roots. If reflexology or acupressure therapy fascinates you, then rubbing nails to prevent/delay gray hair is also a good idea.
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