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May. 9th, 2013

09:45 am - Whiskers!

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I have a chin hair.

There are arseholes some people on the internet who would use this as evidence that at 43, I am clearly about to become a hideous old hag because that's what happens to women as they age. However, internet arseholes people, I have news for you.

I have had this hair since I was 17.


It grows from the dead centre of my chin. It's lustrous and black and I suspect that given a chance, it would be long and curly as well. But it never gets that chance, because well - it's a chin hair. I'm not in favour of facial hair on men, and I'm even less in favour of facial hair on me. Even one. 'Sides, if I let it get long enough, it'd get caught up in things and that'd end up nowhere good. I've heard those stories.

The offending hair:


also a NZ 10c piece, because you all know how big one of those is


So I've been plucking this damned chin hair since I was 17. Used to be it was agonisingly eye-watering and involved a pair of tweezers. Nowadays I can pinch it between my fingernails and it slides out pain free. But determinedly, it grows back. Every time. This is my 6-weekly ritual of hair-plucking, which I do every time it gets long enough for me to notice it.

I wonder if one day I'll get over needing to pull it out and let it grow. And if I do, how long would it get? Would people sponsor my chin-hair to cure cancer? I wonder..

.. or maybe by the time I'm 90 it'll have been joined by some others and I'll be sporting the glossy beard that so many 18-year-old hipsters are currently striving for. Hmm..


It's taking a bit of getting used to for me, this recent trend for young men to grow beards. Or, um.. to try to. *cough*

So anyway, I've decided to stick with the beginner handbalancing. It contained new information that will be useful, and it's a small class (3 of us) so plenty of contact time. Also, the others are both advanced beginners too, not raw beginners, so the level is probably about right. Win!

The Criminology guy turned out to be one of those folks who looks at you expectantly and says nothing, and I had this weird response to that by basically, well.. babbling. I did manage to extract the information I needed, but left feeling like a right wally and as if I never want to see that guy again. It's been ages since I did that. WTF?

Finally, I am succumbing to the Cute of the Kitties. They have stopped being little arseholes to each other and are now working on teamtagging us with cuteness. Thus, there were two cats in/on/under our bed last night. I suspect an evil plot.

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From:myrrhmade
Date:May 8th, 2013 09:46 pm (UTC)
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Hey, I'm 45 and I have like, 4 random chin whiskers that happen. I pluck them, they regrow, wash/rinse/repeat. Also I can't wait for menopause because this peri-menopausal shit is awful.
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From:tatjna
Date:May 8th, 2013 09:49 pm (UTC)
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Are these a new development? Because mine seems to have arrived with the pubes and the armpit hair, and I've had no new ones since.

Yet.
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From:myrrhmade
Date:May 8th, 2013 10:16 pm (UTC)
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They are relatively newish. As in the last 3-5 years or so. Tweesers are my friend at this point. My eyebrows are Sasquatchian (I just made that word up) in nature.
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From:t_c_da
Date:May 8th, 2013 10:17 pm (UTC)
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When it starts growing grey instead of black you can consider yourself officially an Old Lady, but not until...
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From:guaparella
Date:May 10th, 2013 03:32 am (UTC)
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Same. Well, the hair thing, I'm done with menopause. Still get night-sweats sometimes though.

(T, I used to have two, since my early 20's, the other two showed up in my 30's.)

I'm on HRT, so HOPEFULLY I won't get anymore.
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From:caycos
Date:May 8th, 2013 10:15 pm (UTC)
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I read this article http://m.theage.com.au/lifestyle/diet-and-fitness/i-hate-my-ovaries-20130507-2j5if.html earlier today which is tangentially related and also a bit messy but anyway thought I'd share :)
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From:thesecondcircle
Date:May 8th, 2013 10:36 pm (UTC)
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Gee, if I had a chin hair it could keep my little moustache company.
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From:pombagira
Date:May 8th, 2013 11:06 pm (UTC)
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we could be pirates?? with beards and mustaches...

yarrrhhh!!
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From:pixiebelle
Date:May 8th, 2013 10:43 pm (UTC)
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I have one chin hair that grows out of the left side of my chin. It's been coming in since I was a teen and I've pulled it out every time it pops up (seemingly overnight). It's dark and stuff, the texture bothers me so I yank it out as soon as I can.

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From:pombagira
Date:May 8th, 2013 11:06 pm (UTC)
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i have several, maybe even more than several, so i have decided that i am obviously growing a beard which i find fascinating, in that oh look i am getting older and have gray hairs, a bunch of them like a white streak right were my cowlick is.. fascinating, and now growing a beard.. i pluck the ones on my chin, its a thing..

oh and there is one random one that grows on my ear it is weird and turned up a couple years ago.. *ponders this*

and the cats.. all i can think which is a tad cheeky is 'when dog people get cats' mwahahah.... also i wanna visit the cute of kitties... *nods*

*beams*
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From:dragonvyxn
Date:May 8th, 2013 11:37 pm (UTC)
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re: chin hair(s) my former housemate had all of hers electrolyzed off. i found that to be quite an undertaking. i don't like facial hair on myself or men either! hehe.

your kitty saga is entertaining! :-D
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From:rivet
Date:May 9th, 2013 12:26 am (UTC)
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Lasers have made that a lot quicker and easier. Especially for women with conditions that cause excessive hair growth, like PCOS. But it's still not cheap!
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From:dragonvyxn
Date:May 9th, 2013 05:53 pm (UTC)
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oh lasers! that sounds interesting... my sister has PCOS and currently bleaches extras but i bet she'd be into lasers. i had laser tattoo removal for a small tat on my finger and it hurt like a bitch, does laser hair removal hurt much? oh! i recall that i'd thought about it for my legs because they're inked but found that i should have done it before inking... i think it relies on the color contrast, right?
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From:rivet
Date:May 9th, 2013 09:54 pm (UTC)
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It does rely on contrast, so it works best on fair skin with dark hair. It hurts, but not substantially more than waxing.
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From:dianavilliers
Date:May 9th, 2013 12:19 am (UTC)
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I have many chin hairs. Enough that although it would probably be possible to count 'em I'd get bored doing it. I've had them since I was 24 or so.

Their appearance is probably correlated with my ovaries playing silly buggers, and I wish I'd known that earlier so I could have investigated treatment for the other hormonal stupid that comes along with it.

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From:dianavilliers
Date:May 9th, 2013 12:30 am (UTC)
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There is also the story of Balpreet Kuar and Some People on the Internet.

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From:hullabalo_o
Date:May 9th, 2013 01:50 am (UTC)
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Team chinbeards unite! I have to get my face threaded otherwise I look like a wookie it's painful and I've not been in a few months because I'm scared :/
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From:blue_eye
Date:May 9th, 2013 04:54 am (UTC)
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Ugh...I'm 48, and I started growing them a few years ago. Thank God they are blond. They grow towards the bottom on either side. I can't deal with them, so I shave them. I read awhile ago that they wouldn't grow back thicker at all, and so far, so good. If I gather up the money, I might consider electrolysis.
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From:m_danson
Date:May 9th, 2013 01:11 pm (UTC)
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I have this pattern as well only mine are white mostly. I shave rather than pluck because there are a lot and plucking results in ingrown hairs. I looked into electrolysis but was told that it wouldn't work because my hair is white. I started getting these in my late-twenties and they correlate with my thyroid problems.

I tell people that I wished to be a dwarf when I was younger.
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From:morbid_curious
Date:May 9th, 2013 05:00 am (UTC)
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I've got one of those in the middle of my chin, growing out of a mole. Has been there since probably somewhere in the late-20s, somewhere between finally being able to grow a full beard and my temples turning grey.
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From:didotwite
Date:May 9th, 2013 07:36 am (UTC)
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i, too, have hairs. they are blonde but i can feel them.

in thailand it's supposed to be a sign of virility and osmness for you to grow out facial molehairs and such. i can't get down with it, it would bug me.
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From:meathiel
Date:May 9th, 2013 09:10 am (UTC)
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You are not alone ... or rather - after reading all the comments - we are not alone??? Hm ... it bothers me, though. I don't want to be old! *pouts*
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From:damnitnicole
Date:May 9th, 2013 10:10 am (UTC)
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I have four chest hairs. Two of them have been there since I was a teenager. The other two came in in my twenties.

Perhaps by the time I'm 50 or so, I can be a proper old Russian man with a robust pelt.
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From:pundigrion
Date:May 9th, 2013 05:33 pm (UTC)
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I have one of those hairs on my elbow. >_>
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From:downwardlashes
Date:May 10th, 2013 01:20 am (UTC)
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I've got a (sparse) goatee if I don't pluck every other day or so, and it's been this way since puberty. My genetics suck.
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From:kehleyr
Date:May 10th, 2013 02:00 pm (UTC)
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And if I do, how long would it get? Would people sponsor my chin-hair to cure cancer? hhaha now that would be awesomE!
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