The Truth About Gray Hair: Myths and Facts About Hair Loss and Hair Follicle Damage

2023-12-06 04:14:08

Pulling out gray hair increases the risk of hair loss due to hair follicle damage.

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More important than worrying about increasing gray hairs is that forcibly pulling out hair can damage hair follicles and permanently stop hair growth in that area. [사진= 게티이미지뱅크]You may have been hesitant to pull out a gray hair because you thought that if you plucked out a gray hair, several gray hairs would grow in its place. What is it like in reality?

According to the American internet media ‘Huffpost’, surgeon Dr. Patrick Davis said, “Even if you pull out a white hair, it will come back looking exactly the same as before it was removed. A hair follicle is basically a home for strands filled with the characteristics of the hair that was removed. Therefore, it will grow again with these characteristics,” he explained.

The hair follicles where actual hair grows also contain pigment cells that produce melanin, a chemical that colors hair and skin. As we age, pigment cells die and melanin production decreases. As a result, the amount of color that penetrates the hair is reduced, causing the hair to turn white.

Dr. Michelle Green, a cosmetic dermatologist, also said, “When the melanocytes in the hair follicle die, the pigmentation disappears and new white hair will grow from that follicle. However, since only one strand of hair can grow from a given hair follicle, more gray hair will grow. “I don’t,” he said.

More important than worrying about increasing gray hairs is that forcibly pulling out hair can damage hair follicles and permanently stop hair growth in that area. Basically, pulling out hair is like shocking the hair follicles and damaging them to the point of irreversibility. In other words, not only will the gray hair not be visible, but hair will no longer grow from the hair follicle.

“Every time you pull out a hair, you also remove the hair follicle, so it’s best to leave gray hair alone,” said Dr. Hamed, a dermatologist and co-founder of an online platform that provides natural hair care solutions. “In particular, people with gray hair usually have older hair. “Because there are so many, the chances of damaged hair follicles growing back are even slimmer,” he warned.

“As we age, hormonal changes cause gray hair to appear at a certain age,” Dr. Davis explained. According to the Columbine Health System Center for Health and Aging at Colorado State University, by age 50, half of men and women will have at least 50% gray hair.

The easiest way to predict when your hair will turn gray is to look at your parents and grandparents. Dr. Hamed said, “If your parents or grandparents developed gray hair at a relatively young age, there is a high possibility that you will also develop gray hair.”

In addition to genetics, what and how you eat can affect the appearance of gray hair. In particular, studies have shown that deficiencies in vitamin B12, D3, and calcium may be associated with premature graying of hair. “Graying hair due to nutrient deficiency generally looks different from age-related discoloration,” Dr. Hamed noted. He said, “Sometimes when you look at your hair, you can see that the top and bottom are different colors. “This means you are lacking in nutrients, so adding vitamins to your diet can help.”

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