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At what point do you stop pulling out silver hairs
Sep 12th, 2004 at 11:55pm
 
Hi Everyone,

How many of you pull out your grey/silver hairs and at what point would you stop?

Do you like the texture of your grey/silver hairs?

I've just stopped plucking and I am anxious to see how much "silver" I actually have.  It is also kind of coarse and curlier, too-so that could be cool... 8)
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Reply #1 - Sep 13th, 2004 at 2:24am
 
I stopped pulling my white hairs when I couldn't keep up with them. After that, I tried to cover the gray with Loving Care - messy and hard to use - henna - really messy - semipermanent color - unsuccessful - and finally permanent color.

I actually loved my invisible silky white hairs. There just weren't enough of them, and judging from my genetics, I never was going to go completely white.

I think if I was 50% white, I would have kept my natural color, but my mother didn't get 50% white til she was in her 70's. Besides, she did red when she was younger. Now it's my turn.
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Re: At what point do you stop pulling out silver h
Reply #2 - Sep 13th, 2004 at 7:54pm
 
My grey hairs were only noticible during the winter when my hair was/is darker.  I don't think I ever intentionally pulled them out.  There weren't that many until more recently.  Now they sorta blend in with the blonde.  I worked harder at keeping my hair out of the sun this summer, so it did not lighten near as much.  This may be the first time I will really see how much grey I have!
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Re: At what point do you stop pulling out silver h
Reply #3 - Sep 19th, 2004 at 12:51pm
 
I'm curious. I read in another thread that pulling out grey hairs encourages a new hair to grow beside the resting follicle, so that you can end up with 2 grey hairs when the original grows back in (I'm sure I'm simplifying things here). Theoretically, doesn't that mean that plucking out hairs will make your hair thicker in the long-term?

I used to have a problem plucking out hairs when stressed, and since then (10 years ago) that area is much more sensitive than the rest of my scalp. Can you damage the follicle through repeated hair plucking?

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Reply #4 - Sep 19th, 2004 at 3:23pm
 
There's an old wive's tale that says if you pluck out one gray hair, two will grow in. This is probably based on the observation that gray hairs only increase when you pull them, with the mistaken logic that the cause of gray hair is plucking gray hairs, rather than growing older.

It is highly unlikely that plucking hair will increase the number. Those who pluck eyebrows do not end up with unibrows, unless they started that way.

If it was true, we would have an industry that would increase the thickness of a person's hair by plucking it, after greatly lightening their wallet.

While it may be possible that continually pulling out hair might cause damage (This is the opposite of the above proposal!), for you, at this point, the damage is done, and it is undoubtedly also recovered as much as it will. Do you think permanent damage was done to your hair?
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Reply #5 - Sep 19th, 2004 at 3:34pm
 
No I've never believed it either, eKatherine. But I vaguely remembered reading a thread here recently that claimed there was a grain of truth in the myth.

I can't see any damage to my hair nowadays, but the hairs that grow where I plucked are possibly a bit finer than the rest of my hair. That area (along my part) is definitely more sensitive though, it hurts like crazy if those hairs get caught in a clip or something.

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Re: At what point do you stop pulling out silver h
Reply #6 - Sep 19th, 2004 at 11:13pm
 
I would never recommend pulling hair out for any reason.  If a hair is pulled too often, the follicle will quit producing hair - certainly NOT what you want. 

The reason the say if you pluck a grey hair, 2 will replace it: If you had 1 grey hair, you are already producing them.  The odds are another grey hair will grow in after another hair is lost, plus the plucked hair will again produce a grey hair.   The reality is, you will have more grey hair!
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Re: At what point do you stop pulling out silver h
Reply #7 - Sep 19th, 2004 at 11:28pm
 
Thanks Everyone!

I never thought about doing permanent damage to a follicle...
After reinspecting my head, the rate that the silvers are growing back in indicates no discernable damage.  They are a little wirier and curlier? than the other hairs.

But, I will not pluck again! Roll Eyes I will respect the integrity of each and every hair, encouraging it to grow to its maximum length.

Thanks again!
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Reply #8 - Sep 29th, 2004 at 7:45am
 
I need all the hair I can get *eek*.

I am at that point where there is enough grey to make my hair look mousey and I'm not happy about it, I'd love it white though.

I don't color anymore because I found that when I got over a certain amount of greys the stain would just never wash out and I got demarcation lines and if I manage to get as much length as I hope to I really don't want to be stuck with that...g
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Re: At what point do you stop pulling out silver h
Reply #9 - Dec 17th, 2004 at 10:51pm
 
Well, here I am, back again some months later.  I'm happy to report that all my follicles seem to be very productive in spite of my earlier plucking practices.

I now have about a 2-3" cloud over my head and they are all grey.  Plus my red seems to be fading.

I'm glad the hairs have grown back, but they are all white.

Would henna help?  What color?  Can you get henna in more than one shade of red?  I don't want to change the color of my hair overall, just preserve it.  I don't really mind the white hairs, but the shock of seeing so much of it emerge all at once has been kind of an unnerving event.  I guess I should have thought about  that when I was pulling those greys out, that eventually when I stopped they were going to come back in a herd.  And they have.

Any suggestions?  Please.......

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Re: At what point do you stop pulling out silver h
Reply #10 - Dec 17th, 2004 at 11:52pm
 
I'm very interested in trying henna myself-but I have about 6 months to wait, since I just did some lowlights
on Nov 1, plus I still have 6 inches (at least) of bleached
hair.   I don't like my natural colour( blah brown) light-med  brown.  However, all the reading I've done on henna on the henna sites reccommend not using it on
previously chemically treated hair for at least 6 months.
Also, it sounds like a lot of work to apply.  I've never
coloured my hair at home (by myself). 
However, I'm intrigued by the fact that it has conditioning and hair thickening and strengthing properties.   I like, red, so that's not a problem.
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Re: At what point do you stop pulling out silver h
Reply #11 - Dec 18th, 2004 at 4:42pm
 
I've got some of the same concerns about henna.  My last few inches were previously bleached, then colored over.

Also, I've read more opinions that henna will not cover gray.  Although having some pink hairs inplace of grey/white hairs might be interesting. LOL

I think I might be leaning more towards permanent color if I do anything at all.

I'm not sure I want to color it; maybe acceptance would be best for me.

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Re: At what point do you stop pulling out silver h
Reply #12 - Dec 18th, 2004 at 8:24pm
 
When I tried to henna, it looked like the gray had become light red, not pink. This made it less noticeable, and it was okay with me, as I have also temporarily covered my gray with manic panic colors in the past. But it was so messy for so little improvement that I just stopped doing it.
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Re: At what point do you stop pulling out silver h
Reply #13 - Dec 18th, 2004 at 8:49pm
 
Kate, I think hair CAN be damaged by repeated plucking.. I was a trich-er for the longest time and half of the regrowth was kinkies and wiries... they came by the dozens... especially apparent in the spot I used to pull the most. The other half of the regrowth was finer. Now the kinkies and wiries "correct" themselves after two inches or so. After two inches of growing in weird and kinky, they straighten themselves out again and it seems as if the follicle repairs itself.

I pull my greys and reds out.. but from now on, nevermore!!

Grin Grin Grin

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Re: At what point do you stop pulling out silver h
Reply #14 - Dec 21st, 2004 at 12:17am
 
Congratulations on stopping, Anais!

Your hair will love you for it!
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