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Is it better to pluck white hairs, or cut them real short?

Asked by The_Inquisitor (3141 points ) October 16th, 2010

I’ve heard many myths about plucking white hairs, and cutting them.. Does anybody know what the best thing to do with stray white hairs are? (besides leaving them?)

I’m almost 18 years old now, and I’ve come to the conclusion that when I get stressed out, many white hairs grow! They’re pretty easy to spot since I have dark colored hair too.

A few months ago, I had no white hairs at all, but then during the summer when I did my Basic Military Qualification training, I was beyond stressed, and I grew white hairs during then.

Now, I’m also growing white hairs from being in my first year at university, and just worrying over every little thing!

I don’t want my white hairs to be visible, so I want to either pluck them, or cut them short… what is the best choice in my dilemma? I once heard that plucking one, causes 3 more white hairs to grow! Or that plucking all the white hairs will make people bald!..

What should I do? (helpful comments appreciated, please don’t tell me to leave them in my hair…)

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FutureMemory's avatar

Most people dye their hair if they don’t like the color.

I have a dozen or so stray gray hairs in my goatee. I try to ignore them but they always get yanked eventually. Something tells me you are talking about head hair though.

The_Inquisitor's avatar

@FutureMemory, I was thinking about that, but I really don’t want to dye my hair again. The last time I did that, my hair became really dry and unhealthy. I’d rather keep my natural hair colour… minus the stray white hairs growing.

JLeslie's avatar

If you are going grey at 18 you probably have the gene for early grey, and might get very grey fast. Did other people in your family go very grey in their 20’s? Cutting and plucking will not cause more hairs to go grey. Dying your hair is probably going to be the way to go in short order. You won’t want to pull or cut bunches of hair. I would say once you have 20 or more you are at the point of buying some hair dye if you want to get rid of your grey, unless you are blessed with a lot of hair. I use temprorary hair dye and I don’t find it to be drying, it washes out in about 6 weeks, but even permanent dye fades in about the same time. I use Natural Instincts. Plus if you want to change your hair color it is easy and temporary and washes out all over your head at the same time, so you don’t get dark roots.

Highlighting and bleaching your hair to a lighter color is very drying.

JLeslie's avatar

I thought I would add that the old wives tail of plucking one causes more to grow…it might seem that way to people becuase they start plucking when they start going grey, but physiologically they are beginning to go grey whether they pluck or not, more hairs are coming. It is just like the old wives tale of shaving causing more hair to grow. It is ridiculous. People start shaving typically as they move into puberty and hair growth is increasing, so their beards and even leg hair are simply getting thicker and increasing due to the stage of life, not becuase someone started shaving. Although, shaving does cut the hair blunt, which can appear and feel much thicker in the initial growing stages than a hair growing from the root.

YARNLADY's avatar

When it started happening to me, I just got used to it. The sooner you accept your natural appearance the sooner you will have one less thing to worry about.

downtide's avatar

Plucking a hair doesn’t cause 3 more to grow. You have a set number of hair follicles, and one hair per follicle, and plucking doesn’t cause new follicles to be created. I also don’t think that repeated plucking would cause hair to stop growing altogether, otherwise women would’t keep plucking their eyebrows for their whole lives – only while they were young. And transsexual women wouldn’t need to get painful and expensive electrolysis treatment to kill off the follicles in their faces.

Rubrica's avatar

Just accept it; I’m 13, and I’ve got grey hairs – I couldn’t care less.

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MeinTeil's avatar

I use Aveda’s Brilliant Emollient Finishing Gloss.

It smoothes and shines all of my dark hair and smells beautiful.

I apply it heavily to the grey hairs at my temples. The oil smoothes the hairs making them transparent and less noticeable over my dark hair.

Not a total solution but a simple one.

The_Inquisitor's avatar

Thanks for all the comments, and suggestions! I think I’ll just cut them short though.

@JLeslie , I’m not going grey.. It’s just stray strands of white hairs that turn white, and over time, usually I’m all black hairs again. The most white hairs I’ve found at one time was about 6. It seems as if during stressful times of my life, I get them, but when those times are over, I’ve none again.

JLeslie's avatar

@curiouscat My husband has had the same 3 white hairs in his head since I met him, which was 19 years ago. He still freaks out every time he sees them lol. He cuts them by the way. His sister went grey in her 20’s, her brother still have black hair in their 40’s (except for the three grey ones).

Sunny2's avatar

Check if there is early white hair in your family. If so, you may become a platinum blonde! If there’s no family history, pull the white suckers out until there are too many to pull, then start coloring your hair. Eventually you’ll probably have white hair, and that’s okay. It just seems weird to you at your young age.

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