Is There A Way To Permanently Remove White Hairs?

Is There A Way To Permanently Remove White Hairs? I'm 23

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Removing White Hairs

Electrolysis is the only way to permanently remove hair that is blonde, white, or grey. If you want to slow down hair growth, there is a cream called Vaniqa. However, this is not a permanent solution. Unfortunately many electrolysis treatments may be necessary.

Beverly Hills Dermatologist
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Treatment of white hairs

Electrolysis is the best and only reliable method to permanently remove white hairs.  Laser hair removal requires pigmentation in the hair follicle. There are carbon dyes that are sometimes used to "dye" the hair and make them more amendable to laser treatment, however, they are less effective than electrolysis.  Great question.


Elizabeth Piantanida, MD
Colorado Springs Dermatologic Surgeon
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The only way to remove white/grey hair is with electrolysis

Whether you undertake that or not depends on where the hair is.  If it is on your scalp and you are genetically predisposed to early greying, I would not suggest using electrolysis because you will be actively destroying the hair follicles on your scalp.  And only more would come.

If the hair is in an area where you do not want hair in the first place, then electrolysis is the only answer.

Emily Altman, MD
Short Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
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Permanently Removing White Hairs.

The most effective way to permanently remove white, very blond or grey hairs remains electrolysis. As with laser hair reduction which uses the pigment in hair as its target, electrolysis requires multiple treatments for permanence.

Anifat Balogun, MD
Seattle Otolaryngologist

White hair removal

Unfortunately, the only way to remove white or grey hair is with electrolysis. Even then multiple treatments are likely to be required.

Scott Trimas, MD
Jacksonville Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Light colored hair may be permanently removed by electrolysis

Permanent hair reduction can be done with laser light energy, or with electrolysis.  Laser reacts with the pigments in the hair follicle, so the hair must have color to be sensitive to the laser.  If hair is blond or grey, electrolysis is the best way to remove the hair permanently

Elizabeth Slass Lee, MD
Bay Area Plastic Surgeon
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Permanently removing white hairs.

The modern methods of hair removal using lasers all rely on pigment.  If a hair is white, the laser cannot interact with the hair follicle and will have no effect.  The most effective way to permanently remove white hair is with electrolysis treatment.  This will permanently remove the hair regardless of color.  Hope this was helpful.

Louis M. DeJoseph, MD
Atlanta Facial Plastic Surgeon
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