U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
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 answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Monib Zirvi
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.
Dr. Wenjay Sung
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.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Similar questions

Verona, CA
A 16-year-old female asked:

Is it true plucking a white hair will grow two more in its place?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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.).

Related questions

A 17-year-old male asked:
1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
A 22-year-old female asked:
1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
A 24-year-old female asked:
2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated May 24, 2013
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.