White Hair: Why You Should Avoid Plucking Them

Are you tempted to pluck the few white hair that you can spot? Here’s why you should avoid it. 

Bhavishya Bir
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There are so many myths surrounding the skin and the hair that one wonders which one should be believed and which is false.

Beauty expert Shahnaz Husain says that, “A very common belief is that plucking a white hair will encourage more white hair growing in its place and will, in fact, start turning the black hair into white. In other words, the hair will soon turn grey. I feel that this is a myth. Actually, the exact cause of greying is not really known.”

Causes Of Grey Hair

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There can several causes of greying of hair and different people believe in different things. Maybe all of those things are true or maybe some of them are true or maybe none of them are true but nothing can be said with surety. Here are some of the causes of greying of hair as believed by different doctors.


White hair can be hereditary. Some doctors feel that the cause may lie in our genes, or in our immune system. You need to analyse whether your ancestors had white hair or not.

Deficiency Of Vitamins & Minerals

Others believe that deficiency of Vitamins B12, C and E, as well as minerals like zinc and copper in the body can turn the hair white.

Why You Shouldn’t Pluck Your Grey Hair

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We all know that the hair that has turned white will not become dark again, except by dyeing or colouring. This does not mean that we can continue to pluck out white hair.

Beauty expert Shahnaz Husain says, “it is better not the pluck out white hair by the roots, as doing this repeatedly can injure and cause trauma to the follicle, which can finally stop growing hair. So, it is better to cut the white hair, instead of plucking it out.”

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“If you pluck your white hair, another white hair will grow in its place. This is because melanin (the pigment cells which give the hair its colour) is no longer reaching the hair follicle. So, another white hair will grow in the follicle,” she adds.

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Ways To Hide Your Grey Hair

As aforementioned, once your hair have turned grey, then it can’t be turned back to black. They will turn back only if you dye them. However, if you don’t want to dye your hair, then we have some other ways to help you hide those white strands.


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Getting curls is a great idea if you want to hide your grey hair. This is because you can mould and them according to yourself. Along with this, the increased volume will make the few grey hair unnoticeable. All you need to curl your hair are hot rollers or curling iron.

Bun To The Rescue

If you have grey hair around the crown area, then you make a bun to easily hide your grey hair. However, you need to make sure that you pull back all your hair instead of them. This is because if you will part your hair, then there are chances that your white strands will be visible.

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Hair Accessories

A number of hair accessories are available in the market to help you hide your grey hair including small flowers, bandana, hairband, beads, clips and many more.

Hair Chalk

This is one of the best ways to hide your white hair. If you don’t want your natural hair, then you can experiment and get coloured chalks. The best part is that these chalks are easily available in the market.

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