With so many myths surrounding greying, we feel it’s about time to unravel the truth. From finding out if plucking your greys can lead to them growing back to uncovering if stress can actually cause greying, we’ve covered it all.
Read on as we debunk the five most common myths about greying and help you understand and accept this process better…
- Myth #01: Hair colouring leads to greying
- Myth #02: Plucking a grey strand will lead to them growing back threefold
- Myth #03: Stress causes your hair to grey
- Myth #04: Sun exposure leads to greying
- Myth #05: Only older people tend to grey
Myth #01: Hair colouring leads to greying
This could be a great trick to scare teenagers and prevent them from colouring their strands. But trust us, hair colouring, in no way, causes grey strands. While hair colouring can leave with you dry and brittle strands, it doesn’t cause greying.
Myth #02: Plucking a grey strand will lead to them growing back threefold
This is an old wives tale we suggest you stop believing right this minute. Plucking out a grey strand in no way stimulates the growth of several more. But the reason why experts discourage you from indulging in this practice is because it could result in permanently damaging your follicles leading to stunted hair growth.
Myth #03: Stress causes your hair to grey
Stress has got nothing do with hair greying; at least there is no scientific evidence for this. It could speed up the process of greying, but it will not lead to sudden greying after a few days of stress. But constant stress could be a major contributor of hair loss, and that’s something you don’t want either.
Myth #04: Sun exposure leads to greying
Yes, we know that sun exposure is extremely harmful to your skin and leads to accelerated ageing, but this is not the case with your hair. There is no proven relationship between sun exposure and greying, and therefore exercising or being out and about in the day won’t cause your hair to grey. But, it is still best to protect your strands with a hat or SPF because the sun tends to dry out your strands and makes them extremely brittle.
Myth #05: Only older people tend to grey
This is absolutely not true. It is important to understand that your hair greys because of the loss of melanin, it has nothing to do with your age. Therefore, depending on your bodily functions and lifestyle, you could lose melanin in your scalp and start to grey at 25, while someone you know could start greying as late as their 50s.