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Why is chin hair so much more stubborn than eyebrow hair?

19 replies

CrimsonCattery · 09/10/2020 11:26

My chin (and cheek, lip and sideburn) hair (practically a beard) has been the bane of my life since hitting puberty. I need to manage it every day and have been plucking and waxing it since it arrived. I have also had expensive laser treatment a few years ago that failed utterly. I am now having electrolysis which is painful and expensive. Too early to know if its working yet as have had two half hour sessions which have yet to scratch the surface in terms of individual hairs.

My eyebrows on the other hand, I started plucking in my early teens and since about my early twenties, have barely needed any maintenence. I reckon I tidy them up with tweezers once a month or so and they stay in pretty much the same shape.

Its infuriating. Why does my chin hate me? Angry Angry

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DearTeddyRobinson · 09/10/2020 11:30

No advice but solidarity. It's like my eyebrows are migrating to my chin & neck. Interested to hear how the electrolysis works, I'm considering it but it's quite expensive

clumsyv · 09/10/2020 11:35

I went through laser treatment but it all got messed up when I fell pregnant. I continued after but not happy with results as I have more now. I'm also interested to know if anyone's had successful results with electrolysis?

Anordinarymum · 09/10/2020 11:39

It's something to do with testosterone isn't it - as you get older you produce more and start turning into a man :(

I have horrid nasty white and dark hairs on my chin which grow long and strong and hurt when I pluck them out which is really saying something as I actually enjoy having my eyebrows plucked.
I just pluck them, well the ones I can see... growing old is shite at times :)

Odile13 · 09/10/2020 11:41

More solidarity! My main problem areas are chin and above upper lip. I had electrolysis several years ago. It was expensive but the results were really good at the time. The worst bit was having to allow the hair to grow between appointments. I still have a fair bit of hair to get rid of but it’s better than it was and doesn’t bother me as much. I would have had electrolysis for longer but I moved away from the salon.

Fannybawz · 09/10/2020 11:50

Dunno mine are so wiry and actually I’ve never been a hairy person! It
Does feel

thesunwillout · 09/10/2020 11:51

White nostril hair anyone? 😂

Thanks dad.

Nifflerbowtruckle · 09/10/2020 12:01

I'm the same with facial hair 🙈 I'm 29 and its been getting worse over the past few years. They don't warn you about this when your a teen 🙈 I pluck the beard and use a precision trimmer on the rest.

Littleroundone · 09/10/2020 12:08

My chins have a few black hairs that just seem to grow by the hour despite me tweezing them daily, oh the joys of getting older. I also have some weird random black hairs on my body, I have one solitary black hair that grows in the crease in my neck and is a fucker to get out sometimes and I have a random black solitary hair on my right boobBlush

DaisyDreaming · 09/10/2020 12:11

Hormonal hair is different, thanks pcos for that hair!

CrimsonCattery · 09/10/2020 12:13

Yeah I get the pain! Plucking eyebrows hurts far less than chin or lip although I'm mostly immune to it now. Both laser and electrolysis lady said I was very stoic during the treatment which makes me wonder what everyone else is like! Shock

The follicles are much bigger on my chin hairs than any others including eyebrow, head and body hair so wonder if that has something to do with it?

I hate hate hate leaving it to grow but luckily lockdown and home working has been a blessing in disguise in that regard.

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amusedbush · 09/10/2020 12:36

I have a faint blonde moustache which I waxed in the past but my skin took a reaction to it, so I ended up with a scabby red rash in the shape of a moustache Hmm

I leave it alone but I do get one stubborn hair on the underside of my chin which I call my "bristle". My chin will be smooth one day and then the next morning the black, jaggy bastard is half an inch long. I'm 30 and I've been playing whack-a-mole with it for a good ten years.

chillicheesebuns · 09/10/2020 12:37

I know. My eyebrows have never forgiven me for that brief period in the 90s when I over-plucked them.

Why can't eyebrows have the tenacity of chin hair?!

CrimsonCattery · 09/10/2020 12:44

I have found an epistick to be quite handy then clear up the stagglers with tweezers.

I used an epilator for a while but it gave me awful acne. A pupil asked me if I had chicken pox. Hmm

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SweatyBetty20 · 09/10/2020 12:55

It's hormonal hair - I have PCOS and call it my lady beard or my chin pubes. Mine was really bad and I've been having electrolysis for four years. Not going to lie to you - it adds up to being expensive, and you've got to be in it for the long haul, but I started with two 45 min sessions a week for the first year, then weekly, then fortnightly, and now I'm on 30 mins every three months. Stick with it if you can - I didn't date for ten years (and ended up not having kids) because I didn't want anyone to see hair, or a regrowth, but now it's unnoticable until the week before my appointment. And I even managed to be confident enough to snag a fella. Too late for kids, and the menopause is knocking on the door - wish I'd done it a lot sooner but now is better than never.

Fannybawz · 09/10/2020 12:57

Does anybody know - does
Testosterone make hair darker?

BashfulClam · 09/10/2020 13:20

Mine are definitely hormonal on my chin. I get them just after ovulation. I have a few in one side and one jaggy fast grower on the other side. They are strong and hard to remove. I also get Transparent hairs in my eyebrows which are weird, my eyebrows grow like weeds.

CrimsonCattery · 09/10/2020 13:20

Gosh @SweatyBetty20 four years!

I am having 30 mins once a week atm but might need to lessen times between. I thought once the hair had been zapped during growth it was gone forever. Are you growing new hairs or are they just that resilient? I'm certain mine is PCOS related as well.

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JuiceyBetty · 09/10/2020 14:33

I blame pcos for mine. They’re really thick and tough to yank out.

SweatyBetty20 · 09/10/2020 22:53

@CrimsonCattery - yep they are gone, but what most people don’t realise is that you have thousands of hairs per square inch all over your body, all in different stages of lifespan. It’s just a bloody long job - although mine was pretty bad; my practitioner has been doing it for 30 years and said that mine was the second worse she’d seen in that time. I had to really scrimp for the first year because I was having it so regularly but I don’t regret it for a second.

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