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How to Pluck Gray Hair

author image Jeff Herman
Jeff Herman began his journalism career in 2000. An experienced, award-winning sportswriter, his work has appeared in "The Washington Post," "ESPN the Magazine" and the "Boston Herald," among other publications. Herman has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from West Virginia University.
How to Pluck Gray Hair
A mature woman brushes her gray hair with a hairbrush. Photo Credit Patrik Giardino/Taxi/Getty Images

You may be inclined to blame stress or lack of exercise and rest for your increasingly color-free hair, but according to 2005 study by "The Journal of Investigative Dermatology," genetics is the driving force behind the graying of hair.

To get rid of grays, you might consider plucking them; which removes the hair at the root. The only catches: this can result in ingrown hairs, and if you're hoping for a color resurgence, that hair may grow back slowly or not at all.

Step 1

Search for the right tweezers. There are many types, from straight-edge to fine-point. Finding the right tweezers will depend on what you think will be easiest for you to use. When purchasing tweezers, make sure there are no gaps on the tips and they match up perfectly. This ensures they will grip the hair firmly the first time, preventing repeat attempts that could cause you to get the wrong hair or irritated the skin because of repeated pulling.

Step 2

Find your gray hair. Pluck only one hair at a time to guarantee you aren’t going overboard and leaving a bald spot. When you pluck two or more you won’t be able to get a firm grip on all of them. This can cause breakage and make the hair too short to remove. Pinpoint the exact hair that you want to pluck first.

Step 3

Trace the hair to the root. Tracing the hair to the root gives you a better chance of getting the whole root out, which leaves a smooth, clean look and lowers your chances of getting an ingrown hair. When you remove the root, it takes more time for the hair follicle to repair itself and start growing again.

Step 4

Pull the skin back around the hair. Using your non-tweezer hand, place your index and middle fingers an inch or two away from the root of the hair being removed. Pull back gently, making the skin around the hair root taut. Pulling the skin tight prevents it from raising up when you pluck the hair, which helps to remove the entire root.

Step 5

Put tweezers around hair. With the tweezers in your free hand, getting as close to the root as possible, place the tips around the hair being targeted. Make sure the hair is as close to the center between the tweezer tips as possible. This will prevent the hair from slipping out one side or the other of the tweezers.

Step 6

Squeeze and pull. Squeeze the tweezers together around the hair to get a firm grip. Pull the hair out. When pulling the hair, make sure to pull straight out. If you pull in one direction or the other you could cause the hair to break before the root is out, causing ingrown hair or hair that is too short to tweeze until it grows longer.

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