We’ve all been there. You’re looking in the mirror, about to do your makeup… and then you see it. “What on earth is that?” you think to yourself, even though you clearly know what it is. It’s a dreaded chin hair. Yikes. It’s time to get out the old tweezers and deal with this pesky little problem pronto. Well, don’t worry, you’re not alone. In fact, many women find a chin hair now and then. Have you ever been sat there fiddling with your face and tried to pull it out yourself?
I’m going to share a disgusting story with you now, but when I tried pulling mine out in public once it just kept on coming, it was like a never ending hair. Not one of my best moments, that’s for sure. Here’s what people had to say about the moment when they found theirs. “I too have a long chin hair. I remember when I first discovered it. I was driving and I almost veered off the road into a dumpster as my fingers traversed the length! I thought of the date I’d recently been on (that went nowhere) and wondered if it had been glistening in the candlelight.” —Maria, 4 “I have this one hair on the right side of my chin and that I always feel pop up. One time I couldn’t find my tweezers to get it, so while I was in the shower I decided to just shave it—and ended up cutting my chin : /” —Emily, 23
“I have a rogue neck hair, and for some reason I never see it until I’m in my car looking into the visor mirror. There’s something about natural daylight that lets you see EVERY LITTLE IMPERFECTION. Anyway, this one hair just pops up out of nowhere and it’s long when I find it. I’m so horrified that I now keep tweezers everywhere: at my desk, in my car, at my bedside. And I’m constantly checking for it. Now I definitely touch the side of my neck 100x a day and there’s probably some skin sagging that’s going to result. Ugh.” —Julie, 26 “I have not one but six Weird Hairs, and they’re all on the left side of my body, which seems like either a weird science thing or a weird curse thing. I have two persistent thick black chin hairs, a few weird upper lip hairs, one on my chest and a long dark hair on my (otherwise largely hairless/blond) arms. None of them grow in any predictable fashion, so I only ever notice them when things have gotten real strange and I have to find a way to tweeze them. My mom has the same thing and she calls them her witch hairs, so I’m hoping I also have secret magical powers that I’m still growing into.” —Megan, 31 How did you feel when you first found yours? So if you’re reading this, the chances are that you’ve woken up one day and been startled by the long chin hair that suddenly seems to have sprouted out of nowhere. Nobody likes facial fuzz, and it can also knock a woman’s confidence.
The reason is all down to hormones, woo hormones :|! “Chin hair results from a combination of genetics and hormones. It’s our male hormones (called androgens), as well as our overall hormonal balance, that stimulate growth of chin hair” she explains Depending on how sensitive your hair follicles are to these hormones, you may sprout a long one or a short one. Genetics also has a role to play, so chances are if you grandma has a fuzzy chin, then you might do too. Chin hair can appear at any age, but most women notice it as they get older and their hormone balances shift.