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Hypno-Toad
04-08-2005, 11:47 AM
I was off work for a few days and I didn't shave during that time. So last night I figured I'd take a nice hot bath to really soften up my beard for the razor. As I laid there in the tub, I rubbed my hand over the pre-beard and found an old friend. The Big Hair.

The Big Hair is the result of an over-achieving follicle on the right side of my chin. It's way thicker than normal facial hair and could possibly qualify as a horn. Since I shave regularly, it usually goes unnoticed other than by the notch it puts in the razor blade and the thump it makes when it hits the surface of the sink. But having let it grow out gave me an opportunity to remove it for a little longer than normal.

I grabbed the mirror hanging from the shower nozzle and checked it out. Since I wasn't wearing my glasses I used the magnifying side of the mirror. In the mirror, The Big Hair loomed up at me like a keratinous Devils Tower, issuing it's challenge. "Wow" I think, "This'll be more fun than poppin' a big ol' white head!"

Out comes my cold metalllic friend the tweezer to remove the louisville slugger growing out of my face. But it takes some doing to get a grip on a wet piece of beard stubble, whatever it's size. In fact, the first three attempts only get me pain and the wrong hair in the tweezer. After a while every other hair in the area is gone, leaving nothing but my target and a great deal of frustration. Finally I get a grip on the offending hair a give a yank. The Big Hair is so massive that it actually pulls the skin into a little mound before finally slipping out.

And suddenly, it's over. I'm left with a half-centimeter long piece of stubble and a sense of satisfaction usually reserved for the completion of a DIY project.

Even to myopic eyes The Big Hair is impressive. I was glad to see that I got a lot of the follicle and base, so it will be a while before it starts interfering with my shaving again.

Mandane and Pointless, but you read it anyway.

So does anybody else get these solitary monster hairs?

Sattua
04-08-2005, 12:00 PM
Photographic evidence, dear. We want photographic evidence.

bouv
04-08-2005, 12:02 PM
Photographic evidence, dear. We want photographic evidence.

Speak for yourself!

Kythereia
04-08-2005, 12:07 PM
Much as I love Hypno-Toad, I'll take his word for it...

Hypno-Toad
04-08-2005, 12:08 PM
Photographic evidence, dear. We want photographic evidence.

Strangely, I didn't have my digital camera in the bathtub.

NurseCarmen
04-08-2005, 12:13 PM
I have a rebellious hair that comes out of the tip of my nose. It will lay dormant for months, than jump out as I slumber, attempting to get past my groggy morning vision and escaping to the light of day. Only there, in the light of day, in full public view, can the rebel hair achieve it's life goal of eliciting looks of horror and disgust.

Jurph
04-08-2005, 12:14 PM
The Big Hair lives behind my left shoulder blade. It's actually a binary hair, but it grows as one. My wife gets it with tweezers for me and always shows it to me, and sure enough, the submerged portion is always WAY bigger than the exposed portion. She does a long, slow pull to make sure she gets the root, and I always have the pleasure of seeing it balanced on my fingertip, laid bare under the bright halogen lamp, a weird coil of sticky white fibrous root dangling off one end.

Good news: each time we pluck it, it shrinks a little. One of the plucks caused it to bifurcate, and each of the half-hairs is pretty significant, but overall I'm winning the war.

haardvark
04-08-2005, 12:36 PM
Interspersed with my regular issue eyebrow hairs I get maybe a dozen superduper thick curly hairs with deep roots. (My wife calls them quills). They will very occasionally curl down and poke me in the eye, which HURTS.

Nowadays I yank them out to keep awake in meetings.

aruvqan
04-08-2005, 01:55 PM
Interspersed with my regular issue eyebrow hairs I get maybe a dozen superduper thick curly hairs with deep roots. (My wife calls them quills). They will very occasionally curl down and poke me in the eye, which HURTS.

Nowadays I yank them out to keep awake in meetings.

LOL, back when mrAru actualy still had hair, we referred to those type of hairs as Politbureau hairs...we noticed that every photographed member of the politbureau had these impressive eyebrows of shaggy doom...

Max Torque
04-08-2005, 02:09 PM
I have a couple of those, all on the right side of my chin. I refer to them as "insect hairs", because they remind me of the stiff hairs that grew out of Jeff Goldblum's back in The Fly.

raz
04-08-2005, 02:20 PM
My friend had an uber-hair once. We were sitting around her house watching TV and chatting and I said "You have a hair on your face". Just a stray hair, about 3 inches long. When she went to brush it off her face, we were shocked to discover that it was actually GROWING from her face. Like, right on her cheek. There was no way a hair that long could have gone unnoticed if it grew at a normal rate. It would have been plucked long ago. We concluded that it must have popped up overnight. Strange but true.

lieu
04-08-2005, 02:48 PM
I went out with a girl in college once that had hairs like that on her nipples. They were like a cat's whiskers, shooting out in different directions I guess so that the nipple wouldn't let itself get caught in some tigh, confined area. My roommate had told me about them first and so I asked her out to see for myself and, yep, whisker nipples.

Corii
04-08-2005, 02:50 PM
I will occasionally get freaky white hairs pop up on my arms. One day, nothing, then the next day four inches of wiry, overachieving white/clear hair. They sprout up overnight, it's quite strange.

lizardling
04-08-2005, 02:52 PM
Could they be ingrown hairs that curl around under the surface and then go *SPROING* overnight?

Hypno-Toad
04-08-2005, 02:55 PM
I just like to thank lieu for introducing me to the term, "Whisker nipple."

silenus
04-08-2005, 02:56 PM
Band name!

Faruiza
04-08-2005, 02:59 PM
I went out with a girl in college once that had hairs like that on her nipples. They were like a cat's whiskers, shooting out in different directions I guess so that the nipple wouldn't let itself get caught in some tigh, confined area. My roommate had told me about them first and so I asked her out to see for myself and, yep, whisker nipples.

I'm usually cool to read the TMI stuff. But this one made me wretch my ChexMix. Why, I dunno. But it's grossing me out. Bad.

Weird. :dubious:

Batsinma Belfry
04-08-2005, 08:00 PM
I have a hair wannabe, filament thingy, that grows out of my back every now and then. It's so thin and wispy, you can't even see it. I won't know it's there until it get about 1" long, and I feel it floating behind me in the bathtub.

UrbanChic
04-08-2005, 08:08 PM
My husband gets a The Big Hair every once and a while. He always shows it to me after he yanks it. That sucker is thick!

Madd Maxx
04-08-2005, 08:47 PM
I have one Big Hair on my left forearm that grows out of a freckle. It is of a bigger gauge than and it is noticably longer than any of the other surrounding hairs. Am I supposed to yank it? I have been using it to help keep my watch from sliding around my arm now that I've lost some weight.

Kidding! I'm kidding!

Harborwolf
04-08-2005, 08:54 PM
I've actually got two of the buggers growing on a scar on my jawline right side. Used to pluck them, but it got kinda old so I just shaves em off with the rest.

Cockatiel
04-09-2005, 03:32 PM
I haven't any any of these Big Hairs, but I'm popping in anyway to say that the OP and Jurph's post could qualify as trichotillomaniac porn. :eek:

GorillaMan
04-09-2005, 03:41 PM
I have a Big Sideways Hair. It's down on the soft skin near my neck, and always tries to turn itself around and bury back into the skin. Even after just 48 hours, it'll be trying to break the surface.

medstar
04-15-2005, 08:37 PM
I was off work for a few days and I didn't shave during that time. So last night I figured I'd take a nice hot bath to really soften up my beard for the razor. As I laid there in the tub, I rubbed my hand over the pre-beard and found an old friend. The Big Hair.

The Big Hair is the result of an over-achieving follicle on the right side of my chin. It's way thicker than normal facial hair and could possibly qualify as a horn. Since I shave regularly, it usually goes unnoticed other than by the notch it puts in the razor blade and the thump it makes when it hits the surface of the sink. But having let it grow out gave me an opportunity to remove it for a little longer than normal.

I grabbed the mirror hanging from the shower nozzle and checked it out. Since I wasn't wearing my glasses I used the magnifying side of the mirror. In the mirror, The Big Hair loomed up at me like a keratinous Devils Tower, issuing it's challenge. "Wow" I think, "This'll be more fun than poppin' a big ol' white head!"

Out comes my cold metalllic friend the tweezer to remove the louisville slugger growing out of my face. But it takes some doing to get a grip on a wet piece of beard stubble, whatever it's size. In fact, the first three attempts only get me pain and the wrong hair in the tweezer. After a while every other hair in the area is gone, leaving nothing but my target and a great deal of frustration. Finally I get a grip on the offending hair a give a yank. The Big Hair is so massive that it actually pulls the skin into a little mound before finally slipping out.

And suddenly, it's over. I'm left with a half-centimeter long piece of stubble and a sense of satisfaction usually reserved for the completion of a DIY project.

Even to myopic eyes The Big Hair is impressive. I was glad to see that I got a lot of the follicle and base, so it will be a while before it starts interfering with my shaving again.

Mandane and Pointless, but you read it anyway.

So does anybody else get these solitary monster hairs?

Hypno-Toad, are you sure that your mutant hair is single? If it's as thick as you've indicated, could there be two or three hairs tightly wound together? If you grew this hair out, could you use it to hook up audio components? :D

Tenar
04-15-2005, 09:44 PM
As I claw my way, screaming, through my 40s, I increasingly fall prey to what I call "Poopdeck Pappyism."

And this isn't a sexy thing. Nossir, it is not. My only solace lies in the knowledge that if I find myself stranded on a desert isle, I can use the suddenly precious wirelike protruberances as makeshift needles for use in clothing repair and sailmaking.

Ogre
04-16-2005, 01:07 AM
One of the plucks caused it to bifurcate, and each of the half-hairs is pretty significant, but overall I'm winning the war.The Jurphean Hydra! :eek:

GingerOfTheNorth
04-16-2005, 06:46 AM
I have one of these. It grows out of a scar under my jaw at my chin. It's thick and black and a bitch to pull - all the more weird, because it's the only black hair on my body.

ivylass
04-16-2005, 09:03 AM
I have one that I keep plucking. It grows on the right side of my mouth.

I remember walking around Bed Bath and Beyond and looking in one of the magnifying mirrors. To my horror I saw this huge black hair growing out of my face. I was so disgusted I managed to yank that thing out with my fingertips.

I don't know where this stray hair comes from, but I regularly check that part of my face now. In fact, I can feel it, prickly and slightly longer than the rest of the down on my face, but it's not long enough for me to grab it with the tweezers yet.

Where do they come from?

Hokkaido Brit
04-16-2005, 09:36 AM
I went out with a girl in college once that had hairs like that on her nipples. They were like a cat's whiskers, shooting out in different directions I guess so that the nipple wouldn't let itself get caught in some tigh, confined area. My roommate had told me about them first and so I asked her out to see for myself and, yep, whisker nipples.

I have to confess I have those - about six around each nipple. I am fair so it is odd to have these black wiry things. I pluck them as soon as they appear.

The odd thing was that both times I have been pregnant, they never grew at all. As soon as I gave birth, they gradually grew back.

x-ray vision
04-16-2005, 10:20 AM
I get that one weird hair also on my chin also. medstar is correct. Its really a bunch of hairs. Next time you pluck that baby out, try to stick your finger nail or a pin in the center and seperate them. Sometimes its hard to do. Its almost like they're glued together.

The Great Sun Jester
04-16-2005, 10:57 AM
I have to confess I have those - about six around each nipple. I am fair so it is odd to have these black wiry things. I pluck them as soon as they appear.

Um...OUCH!

Tristan
04-16-2005, 07:23 PM
I get a hair that grows off of my left arm.

We call it my arm-lash, 'cause its much the same consistency of an eyelash.

My wife takes much pleasure from grabbing it as soon as she finds it, and yanking the lash from my arm.

She's weird, but I loves her so......

Martiju
04-18-2005, 07:00 AM
Yep, I get the uber-hair too, on the left of my chin. My gf takes great delight in plucking it out. The first time she found it, thinking it was a blackhead, it hurt like absolute hell. No kidding, when it came out, it was about 5mm long and a perfect spiral. A tiny facespring, if you will.

Hypno-Toad
04-18-2005, 07:58 AM
Hypno-Toad, are you sure that your mutant hair is single? If it's as thick as you've indicated, could there be two or three hairs tightly wound together? If you grew this hair out, could you use it to hook up audio components? :D

I'm pretty sure it is a mono-thread since it seemed to have just the one root. And that root was pretty damn thick as well. But since I was without glasses, it may have been a multi-thread structure. Do these braided hairs come from one follicle or from two or more adjacent ones?

rpinrd
04-18-2005, 01:29 PM
I get the big hairs too. In my house they go by the rather pedestrian name "Mutant Hairs." They are always right around my jaw line. I used to think that they were mono-filament, but Mrs. nrd pointed out that you can separate them like string cheese. I usually have five or six separate hairs in there, all seeming to come from the same source, definitely the same follicle.

Mine are prone to causing massive pimples if I'm not careful. I remember one of the infomercials for a skin care system that was listing the causes of pimples; one of which was facial hairs that get imbedded in the skin. These don't curve around and go back in. The theory was that the hair is sharpened by shaving, and then tucks back in under the surface of the skin. The sharp point can get trapped under there, and as it grows, it pushes the skin out and traps a bunch of crap in there. I don't know if there is any basis for this theory, but it seems true for me. I can tell when a particular pimple is caused by a mutant hair because it is harder than normal, and will NOT go away. These have to be popped because obviously the hair will not go away by itself. So, eventually it gets big enough that a small amount of pressure will cause the hair to pop out like the thing that pops out a turkey when it’s done cooking. Then the hair can then be deconstructed with all the individual hairs being separated. The zit location usually feels like a hard lump for a long time afterwards, even though noting else ever comes out.

Hypno-Toad
04-18-2005, 01:43 PM
Mine are prone to causing massive pimples if I'm not careful. I remember one of the infomercials for a skin care system that was listing the causes of pimples; one of which was facial hairs that get imbedded in the skin. These don't curve around and go back in. The theory was that the hair is sharpened by shaving, and then tucks back in under the surface of the skin. The sharp point can get trapped under there, and as it grows, it pushes the skin out and traps a bunch of crap in there. I don't know if there is any basis for this theory, but it seems true for me. I can tell when a particular pimple is caused by a mutant hair because it is harder than normal, and will NOT go away. These have to be popped because obviously the hair will not go away by itself. So, eventually it gets big enough that a small amount of pressure will cause the hair to pop out like the thing that pops out a turkey when it’s done cooking. Then the hair can then be deconstructed with all the individual hairs being separated. The zit location usually feels like a hard lump for a long time afterwards, even though noting else ever comes out.
This exact thing happened to me for the first, and so far only, time last year. I had no clue that it was an ingrown hair under my chin until it finally annoyed me enough to pop it. I was extremely surprised to get a 1 cm hair out of that "zit." I don't know if it was a mono- or multi-thread.

rpinrd
04-18-2005, 01:52 PM
Ahhh, I remember my first time. Imagine my surprize when I popped what I though was a zit a found a piece of what looked like brown rice in my hand. (In and amongst a mélange of blood and pus for all you zit lovers out there.)

pepperlandgirl
04-18-2005, 02:13 PM
I will occasionally get freaky white hairs pop up on my arms. One day, nothing, then the next day four inches of wiry, overachieving white/clear hair. They sprout up overnight, it's quite strange.

I have one of those on my shoulder. It's at least 4 inches.

Mycroft H.
04-18-2005, 04:10 PM
My experience has been the same as rpinrd’s, even to my calling them “Mutant Hairs.” They will show up on my face every six months or so and are very satisfying to pop.

This is one of the great things about the SDMB – I would never dare discuss this question elsewhere. It is nice to know that my “Mutant Hairs” are normal, or at least if abnormal, they are in good company.

WordMan
04-18-2005, 04:43 PM
My experience has been the same as rpinrd’s, even to my calling them “Mutant Hairs.” They will show up on my face every six months or so and are very satisfying to pop.

This is one of the great things about the SDMB – I would never dare discuss this question elsewhere. It is nice to know that my “Mutant Hairs” are normal, or at least if abnormal, they are in good company.

I find this thread strangely - and I do mean strangely - comforting...

That is all.

MysteryFellow63427
04-18-2005, 06:27 PM
I'm so jealous. I want to have a Big Hair too.

Elvez
04-18-2005, 09:54 PM
I've got a speaker wire growing out of the center of a mole on the back of my neck.

Wow, was that the out-loud voice?

AZRob
04-19-2005, 02:11 AM
I went out with a girl in college once that had hairs like that on her nipples. They were like a cat's whiskers, shooting out in different directions I guess so that the nipple wouldn't let itself get caught in some tigh, confined area. My roommate had told me about them first and so I asked her out to see for myself and, yep, whisker nipples.

So she had shared with your roommate so you went 'round for a look? And she shared with you? Stories like that make me realize how boring my college years were. :)

Rob

elfbabe
04-19-2005, 02:17 AM
My mom and I both get the nearly-invisible white hairs growing inches overnight in bizarre places. Like our necks. Or upper cheeks. Or, on at least one occasion, foreheads.

TheLoadedDog
04-19-2005, 02:47 AM
I have a rebellious hair that comes out of the tip of my nose. It will lay dormant for months, than jump out as I slumber, attempting to get past my groggy morning vision and escaping to the light of day. Only there, in the light of day, in full public view, can the rebel hair achieve it's life goal of eliciting looks of horror and disgust.
I've got the exact same thing, equipped with the same exquisite timing. I think it coils up in my nose as it grows, until the potential energy of the coil shape is enough for it to spring out. I usually take a small pair of scissors and shove 'em up my nose as far as I dare in order to cut this thing off as close to the base as possible. It's thick enough at the base that you can clearly see the angle at which it was cut off by the scissors.

I've had it for about a decade. Sometimes I wonder how long it would have been if I'd let it live out its evil hairy existence unmolested.

Bookkeeper
04-19-2005, 06:36 AM
I have a Mutant Hair on the left side of my jaw. I can feel it growing when I run my fingers through my beard. I usually yank it out when starts to get annoying, and it looks like a thin piece of copper wire. I compared it to a bit of fine wire once, and the colour wasn't an exact match as the hair was more of a red-brown (which is odd, because this is my only beard hair that hasn't turned grey), but the size, stiffness and springiness were dead on.

rpinrd
03-02-2006, 02:28 PM
Hope no one minds ressurection of this zombie thread - I have an update to the "mutant hair" issue.

About three weeks ago I started to notice a lump on the left side of my neck, halfway between my centerline and ear, just a little bit above the Adam’s apple line. Based on experience, I knew that this was a mutant hair that had become trapped under the surface, and that if I didn't get it out, it would be a problem. Well, no amount of squeezing could get this thing to come out, and sure enough, the lump on my neck grew and grew until last week it reached it's largest, about the size of a frozen pea sitting on my neck. Mrs. nrd had become tired of watching me try to pop this thing, and couldn't seem to get any hair to come out, so I began to wonder if perhaps this was something more like a cyst.

Mrs. nrd convinced me to make an appointment with my dermatologist to have it looked at. Of course, it took a week to get in to see him, and in that time the damn thing started to go down such that, by the time I had my appointment yesterday, it was almost gone and I felt silly being there. But, because I keep getting these in the same area, I thought that maybe he could do something to keep hair from growing there at all, preventing further outbreaks.

Well, he took one look at the spot and, after telling me that I really shouldn't be squeezing on it (yeah right) said that it was similar to an ingrown hair and that he'd open it up and see what was inside (that's why this doctor is cool - he doesn't mess around with "wait and see." I've been to him three times, and in those three visits, he's taken 4 pieces of flesh - three moles and now this).

He shot me with a bit of Novocain (I guess) and made a tiny slice. Unfortunately, I couldn't see what was going on (oh how I wished I'd had a mirror), but he showed me some of what came out - 3(!!) mutant hairs from the same spot!! I think there were more than three though because he kept saying - "oh look at those suckers," after showing me the first three. Once he'd expressed everything (and there was no pus as far as I could tell, everything was pretty firm) he closed me up with a stitch and a bandage.

Next, I showed him an older lump on the right side of my jaw. This one was almost gone, but he injected it with something (cortisone?) to help finish it off. $20.00 co-pay and I was done.

He explained a little of what was going on. He apparently doesn't classify the tree stump/mutant hairs as "ingrown." I got the impression that he reserves "ingrown" for hairs that break the surface, and then go back in. My mutant hairs do not break the surface, essentially growing sideways under the skin (this is why I couldn't pop it and why Mrs. nrd couldn't find the hair). He explained that the body tries to wall off these hairs which causes the hard lump in the skin. Of course, squeezing, as always, makes it worse.

Today, my neck doesn't look all that great with the stitch there, and I can still fell a bit of a lump, although that might be swelling from the incision. Anyway, it is such a great feeling to know that those hairs are no longer in there. The Dr. was hopeful that the hairs wouldn't regrow, so I'm hoping that this will clear up the problem for good. I get these lumps on other parts of my neck, but I think this spot was the major culprit. Plus, now I know that if I get another bad one, a quick visit will clear it up.

Finally, I think part of the reason I feel so good about this is that I had one of my childhood/teenage fantasies realized. When my acne was bad in Jr. High/High School (not terrible - others had it worse - but bad enough) I would dream of going to a doctor who would use a scalpel to core out the worst of the zits, sort of how you use a knife to cut the stem out of a tomato. What I got yesterday was no where near that drastic, but it was still very satisfying to have a knife taken to a particularly pain-in-the ass skin problem.

Wow, that was long, but maybe other tree stump/mutant hair sufferers will find it useful.

Rysdad
03-02-2006, 03:17 PM
I have one of those on my shoulder. It's at least 4 inches.

Mine's on my left shoulder. It resembles a cable. The longest I've let it get is about an inch and a half.

Why can't the hair on my head grow like that?

SpiceTea
03-02-2006, 03:49 PM
I had a Big Hair growing on my left wrist until around Feb. 2nd when I accidentally pulled it out while taking a shower. I actually even entered it in the Guiness Book of World Records and was trying to beat the current length of over 3 inches (which was for an eye brow hair). Mine reached 2" when my washcloth caught it.
I started measuring it at 1 5/16th" on 10/12/05.

Now I have to start all over and try again next year.

Hypno-Toad
03-02-2006, 04:16 PM
I guess officially you shouldn't have resurrected this thread, but it is awfully gratifying to have something I did be considered worth a second visit.

Schrade_1
07-07-2014, 11:00 PM
I just uprooted one of these Sequoia whiskers from under the right side of my jaw. Had a dozen or so in the last 10 years, but this time it was war. My Husqvarna double-edge wouldn't touch it either.

This mother was a festering knot for 6 days. Erupted like Vesuvius 2 days ago, but not enough 'hair' sticking out after cleanup, to get my Channel-Locks on for excision.

I gave the knot another little squeeze tonight, and the thing stuck it's head out. I froze my grip, and got the tweezers on it. It started to draw, then STUCK, and HURT. I was afraid it was about to pop BACK IN.

Then it broke loose. Elation.

Headed to the taxidermist with this TROPHY!!!

The Vorlon
07-08-2014, 05:06 PM
I just uprooted one of these Sequoia whiskers from under the right side of my jaw. Had a dozen or so in the last 10 years, but this time it was war. My Husqvarna double-edge wouldn't touch it either.

This mother was a festering knot for 6 days. Erupted like Vesuvius 2 days ago, but not enough 'hair' sticking out after cleanup, to get my Channel-Locks on for excision.

I gave the knot another little squeeze tonight, and the thing stuck it's head out. I froze my grip, and got the tweezers on it. It started to draw, then STUCK, and HURT. I was afraid it was about to pop BACK IN.

Then it broke loose. Elation.

Headed to the taxidermist with this TROPHY!!!


Ahem. Photos or it didn't happen

My sapling is dead center of the middle of my nose. Gets a little better each time I get a little bit more of the root.

Schrade_1
07-10-2014, 11:05 AM
Ahem. Photos or it didn't happen

My sapling is dead center of the middle of my nose. Gets a little better each time I get a little bit more of the root.

Sure thing there Mr. V; you asked for it...

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-8pqBJmhfgyk/U76qNzpELxI/AAAAAAAAEig/mPBiuOCkLD0/s1024/IMG_6605.JPG


Hmm - no snappics posted here?

Omar Little
07-10-2014, 02:41 PM
Zombies don't have whisker nipples.

Carry-on.

gwendee
07-10-2014, 04:47 PM
I will occasionally get freaky white hairs pop up on my arms. One day, nothing, then the next day four inches of wiry, overachieving white/clear hair. They sprout up overnight, it's quite strange.

Me, too! But also once every five or six years the same thing happens on my face. Way far afield of middle-aged-lady-stache. And it always takes me by surprise. I find myself wondering if it's possible that I have not looked at my own face in a mirror for a month. The arm ones are as infrequent, and appear on my forearms.

It's threads like these that reassure me that I have, in fact, found my people.

The Vorlon
07-11-2014, 10:48 PM
Sure thing there Mr. V; you asked for it...

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-8pqBJmhfgyk/U76qNzpELxI/AAAAAAAAEig/mPBiuOCkLD0/s1024/IMG_6605.JPG


Hmm - no snappics posted here?

Extractee, not extractOR

Student Driver
07-13-2014, 09:05 AM
Man, I get a lot of these. The tree-trunk hairs. Seem to be comprised of multiple hairs intertwined, the thickness is that of a matchstick or toothpick, always black and shiny; even when shaved down, it's a large, visible black splotch. Usually at the end of my left sideburn, occasionally on the jawline on either side. I'll let it grow out a couple days, then grab with tweezers and yank out. A thick, long twig comes out of my face, covered in a waxy sheath, and a huge blobby follicle. If I smoosh it with the tweezers, it appears to be fibrous, thus it seems like it's multiple hairs growing together. What's weird is that pulling these planks from my face is pain-free, unlike pulling normal hairs.

Gossamer-like, nearly invisible hairs that grow to insane lengths. There's one on my upper left shoulder that can get to a good six inches in length.

Wire-like black hairs that grow out perpendicular to the plane of my skin, out of a mole on my upper right arm. If my shirt sleeves ride up at work, I can expect a "what the hell is that?" from a coworker if I haven't remembered to clip them down (and I have to use nail clippers, as a razor never seems to touch them).

And not quite the same thing as hairs, but I get these whitehead-like things on the thin-skinned parts of my face that are apparently called milia. I maybe get one every couple of months. Can't just squeeze them out like a whitehead. To get rid of them, I have to finely score the top layer of skin with a razor or pin, let the top skin cells flake up over the next day, then pull the flakes off and pull the milia off with tweezers. I had a particularly large one over the last few months with which my usual methods didn't work. The area suddenly began to itch pretty badly at work, I scratched, and the thing fell out into my hand, a little pearl from my face. Lovely.

Son of a Rich
07-13-2014, 09:32 AM
As I claw my way, screaming, through my 40s, I increasingly fall prey to what I call "Poopdeck Pappyism."

And this isn't a sexy thing. Nossir, it is not. My only solace lies in the knowledge that if I find myself stranded on a desert isle, I can use the suddenly precious wirelike protruberances as makeshift needles for use in clothing repair and sailmaking.

Or pound it into the wall to hold your hat.

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