So you’ve found a gray hair. You’re starting to panic, debating whether you should hide it or embrace it. You’re thinking about plucking it, or dying it, or any number of things to get rid of it. But slow down! A gray hair isn’t the end of the world. Before you do anything, take note of these four mistakes to avoid when dealing with gray hair.
1. Don’t pluck it– While it may seem like a good idea, there are no benefits to plucking a gray hair. Plucking hair can traumatize the follicle, and repeated trauma to any follicle is not ideal. Instead of plucking, very carefully cut the gray hair.
2. Avoid permanent hair coloring– If you decide to cover up the gray, go with touch-up wands, pens, or powders instead of permanent hair coloring. Permanent hair coloring can be harsh on your hair, and can exacerbate the problem.
3. Don’t slack on hair conditioning– Gray hair can be coarse and wiry, so make sure to condition your hair.
4. Don’t neglect vitamins and protein– Gray hair can be caused by not having enough B vitamins in your diet. Make sure to eat plenty of healthy foods to keep your hair happy.