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It’s Time to Bust These Tired Myths About Gray Hair

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Many of us grew up hearing things about gray hair that simply weren’t true. A number of these misconceptions were rooted in sexism, ageism and bad science.

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GRAY HAIR IS ONLY FOR OLD PEOPLE

Listen, the average age to start going gray for Caucasian people is the mid-30s, late 30s for Asians, and mid-40s for people of African descent, according to this study.

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PLUCKING YOUR GRAY HAIRS INCREASES THEM

According to experts, plucking your gray hairs won’t increase them, but you might damage the follicle and, eventually, no hair will grow in that spot. YIKES!

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GRAY HAIR IS COARSE

This misconception may stem from the fact that when you are just beginning your gray hair transition, those new gray hairs seem to stand straight up.

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WOMEN WITH GRAY HAIR ARE FRUMPY

Remember, gray is just another hair color shade, so it can’t define your “look.” You know what makes someone look frumpy? Ill-fitting clothing, bad color choices, and unflattering haircuts.

GRAY HAIR IS PRETTIER THAN WHITE HAIR Instead, what you’ve got is unpigmented (aka “white”) hair. If that white hair lies next to pigmented hair, the reflection of the colored hair against the unpigmented hair creates the illusion of “gray” hair.

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IF YOU WANT A JOB, YOU’D BETTER DYE YOUR HAIR But gray hair shouldn’t keep you from getting a job in most industries. Are you a lawyer or a doctor, for example? People often prefer people in these professions to have a modicum of gravitas, which gray hair instantly confers.

WHAT SHADE OF EYEBROW LOOKS BEST ON YOU?

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Did any of these misconceptions about gray hair keep you from ditching the dye sooner?

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