Clooney Club recently channelled our inner myth busters to find out if pulling grey hair out caused more to grow back. We read all associated medical experts from the finest universities. However, two bits of information stood out.
1. Being Practice.
“The myth that plucking out a grey hair will only prompt two more to grow back is an impossibility. Each hair on your head emerged from its own hair follicle. If a hair is plucked, the follicle can only hold one replacement.
Similarly, cutting your hair will not make it grow faster or thicker. A fresh cut eliminates split ends and evens out your hair’s length, which makes it seem thicker even though it isn’t. The thickness of each hair is dependent on the size of the hair follicle, not on whether you cut it.”
- Via Going Grey Blog: You can read the complete study in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.
2. The Experiment.
“I did an experiment. I didn't remove grey hair on the left side of my head but did remove it from the right side of my head. I did this for a couple of years to see what would happen. The results were probably unscientific, and they were definitely uninspiring.
Removal of grey hair did nothing to either increase or decrease its rate of growth or the amount of hair that grew back in the same place.”
- Nan Waldman via quora.com
While scientifically this myth may be busted, it's certainly still a great way to give the lads a hard time.