Many of us have heard the ol’ adage that you shouldn’t pull out a gray hair because it will cause two more to grow in its place. In fact, based on the conviction your moms and aunties seem to have about this, you might be wondering if there’s any truth to it. (Spoiler: There isn’t, but pulling grays can cause other issues.) To help us get to the (ahem) root of things, we asked Dhaval Bhanusali, a board-certified dermatologist and founder of Hudson Dermatology & Laser Surgery and Hairstim Labs to clear things up.
Give it to us straight, doc: Will pulling out a gray hair cause more to grow in its place?
“Plucking out gray hair does not cause new gray hairs to grow—just like shaving doesn't make hair come in thicker,” says Bhanusali.