Mythbusters: Myths About Grey Hair

Grey hairs can be quite a hassle, that we know for sure. However, it’s also true that not everything we read about grey hair is 100% true.

In fact, here are some myths about grey hair that you should probably think twice about!

Your lifestyle has nothing to do with grey hair

For people in their younger years, it’s not uncommon to imagine them partying, going out with friends, and maybe even indulging in a few vices here and there. After all, YOLO, right?

Indeed, you only live once, which is probably why you should start taking care of your health more. Contrary to some beliefs, your lifestyle has a lot to do with how your body turns out as you grow older. Smoked like a fish when you were younger? Partied harder than any of your peers? Drank to your heart’s content more times than you can remember? Probably not a surprise that you’ve got a few grey hairs, then. 

Sure, there’s nothing wrong with trying out a few darts in your youth, but as with everything, stay on the safe, and moderate, side.

Your diet doesn’t affect grey hair

You are what you eat, or so they say. Uh-oh, worried now?

Early greying of hair is sometimes attributed to poor diet and nutrition. Some of the common nutrients that are said to be lacking from people experiencing early greying are biotin, vitamin B, and folic acid. These all contribute to beautiful, youthful hair, so without them, your hair may suffer. You might want to be more conscious of what you put in your body from now on.

Plucking grey hair is bad

You’ve probably heard this before: don’t pluck your grey hair, or two will grow in its place! Honestly, we don’t know how many times we’ve heard a variation of that from our friends and family. It’s a scary thought, right? Are grey hairs like hydras that grow more the more we try to cut them down?

Actually, not really. There’s no scientific study that says that plucking grey hair will cause more grey hair. However, that’s not to say that plucking grey hair is good! The truth is, plucking any time of hair is not recommended, since the action of plucking can weaken your hair follicles and cause more harm than good. 

Stress causes grey hair

Now, this is something we’ve heard time and time again. Don’t ever stress yourself out, unless you want to get grey hair at a young age. If you’re unlucky, you may even get a full head of pure white hair early! Yikes!

Here’s the thing: it’s not exactly true. While constant stress can contribute to early aging, which includes early greying, it only happens over a relatively long period of time. Sure, too much stress could mean the difference between having grey hair at 40 instead of 50. But just because you had a stressful day of work, you don’t have to worry about seeing grey hairs pop up next week. It simply doesn’t happen that way.

Have you previously fallen for any of these grey hair myths? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below!

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January 26, 2020
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