A 17-year-old male asked about a 17-year-old male:
Is that true that if i pluck one white hair the two more will grow up?
2 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
Dermatology 21 years experience
No: Plucking a hair only affects one follicle, which can only grow one hair shaft. Plucking can cause ingrown hairs if you have curly hair, so in general this should be avoided.
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Podiatry 14 years experience
No: That's an "old wives" tale meant to discourage rude behavior rather than espouse medical advice. There's no evidence that plucking a strand of white hair will create two strains. Though i don't recommend doing this in public, as the saying was meant to discourage this behavior.
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Is it true plucking a white hair will grow two more in its place?
2 doctor answers • 6 doctors weighed in
Family Medicine 31 years experience
No: Plucking white or grey hair does not lead to more grey hair (although my mom use to tell me the same wive's tale.).
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Last updated May 24, 2013
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