hair follicles

on Nov 19, 2007 @ 08:15 pm

Since chickchat is so active today, I'll ask a question that I've wondered for quite some time. When plucking my eyebrows, I notice certain hairs come out easily and certain others take a little extra tugging. My eyebrows are black. The hairs that come out easily have a black bulbous root . The hairs that require extra tugging have a very light, small root ... essentially white, or blonde.

Any ideas?

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interesting... on Nov 19, 2007 @ 09:20 pm

Good post Spotty! I am wondering about this as well. I have found the same thing. I have heard that if you pluck your brows at certain times of the month it will hurt more than others... I am not sure if this is true though. I am looking forward to hear what others say on the hair follicle topic though...

me too on Nov 20, 2007 @ 07:37 am

No wisdom to add, just chiming in to say to you two that you're not alone. I have the same problem.

I did hear (on CSI - lol!) that your hair ages/transforms over time, and will not fall out on its own (eg in your hairbrush, in the shower) until it's come to that final dying-off stage, at which point a new one grows in its place. So I suppose it could be that those hairs that come out easily and have black tips are in that stage, but the white-tipped ones are still too new?

Not that I put much stock into a super-realistic show like CSI, mind you!!

I'll buy it! on Nov 20, 2007 @ 11:20 am

Thanks mama. The only thought I could muster that seemed reasonable was "age" of the follicle. And I had reasoned, like CSI, that the black bulbous roots were "ripe" and the white small roots were young.

Someone must know for sure though ... right!?

Feisty Redhead
just guessing on Nov 20, 2007 @ 12:29 pm

I don't know for sure but I'd have to say I think it's probably the whole "CSI" thing. lol Hey it makes sense to me, sounds reasonable... tv occasionally does throw a bit of fact into all their fiction. :)

hair cycle on Jan 04, 2008 @ 06:13 pm

I don't know all the facts but it probably has to do with the growth cycle that the hair is in. I think there is something like 3 cycles that the hair goes through inlcuding one where there is no growth, and one where the hair falls out easily.

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