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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?
Nov 19, 2007 @ 08:15 pm

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

me too

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!!
Nov 20, 2007 @ 07:37 am

I'll buy it!

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!?
Nov 20, 2007 @ 11:20 am
Feisty Redhead

just guessing

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. :)
Nov 20, 2007 @ 12:29 pm

hair cycle

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.
Jan 04, 2008 @ 06:13 pm

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