If you pull out one gray hair, you will get a lot in return. This is what is often said about gray hair. However, nothing could be further from the truth, Mirza Batanovic of hair care brand Eufora International told HuffPost. “It is very normal to lose up to 159 hairs per day,” says Batanovic. “The good news is that they are not related in any way, so if you take a hair out of your head, you won’t ‘automatically’ lose your scalp anymore.”
But what happens when you remove gray hair? London-based stylist Michael Van Clark says that after about three months, the hair you pulled out will start a new growth cycle. After every twenty years, the hair grows a little thinner and slower during each cycle.
Aside from affecting this cycle, you can also damage your hair follicles. That can lead to infection and/or bald spots, Jennifer Korap says.
Turning gray is a very normal part of aging. In fact, the hair does not turn gray, but becomes translucent. Melanin is the pigment that gives color to hair and skin. Pigment naturally decreases as we age. This usually happens between the ages of 28 and 40.
Your DNA and your lifestyle are important factors that determine how quickly a person (or young person) turns gray. Stress can either amplify or speed up this process.
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