Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Cobwebs in My Face

One of the side effects of getting older is the sudden appearance of hair in unusual places.

For several years now, I have been keeping company with a suddenly long, thick gray hair that sprouts from my earlobe at irregular times. One day there's nothing, the next there's a hair about 3 inches long. I first discovered this particular hair when I put my hair up in a ponytail - and my ear kept following my hair. As it turns out, that earlobe hair was long enough to put up in my regular ponytail! Once I've discovered its reappearance in my life, I pull the thing out.

I am a natural blonde. So whatever hair I have tends to be invisible. Because of this, in order to feel fully dressed, I need to don mascara and eyebrow pencil before leaving my house. I never plucked my eyebrows. I never saw the need, as my eyebrows were invisible unless I colored them in. I used that hair as a guideline. Then one day, I noticed that coloring inside the lines didn't work anymore. My finished eyebrows were actually taking over my forehead and growing down into my eyes. And there was one long gray hair that sprouted just over my left eye. I tried, but I could never catch it. After 46 years, I finally succumbed to having my brows waxed.

And there's that one chin hair that dangles just enough to make me feel like I've got something crawling on my lower lip. It, too, is invisible, so pulling it out is a major search and destroy mission. I KNOW it's there! I just can't see it.

When I was about 15 years younger, my husband, some friends and I used to go bike riding in the woods in the early weekend mornings. The first person to go was called "Spiderman" because that's the one who would get all the spiderwebs in his face (notice that I said his. Thankfully, this particular honor rarely fell to me.) After the first run through, the helmet and face were laced with delicate strands of incredibly sticky stuff.

This is how my face feels on a fairly regular basis. The cobwebs haven't been etched into my face permanently yet, but the forerunners, those wispy little laces are making themselves known.


Island Rider said...

I know exactly what you are talking about. Here's a hint. Take tweezers and go sit in your car in the morning. There is something about the car mirror and morning light that exposes those rogue hairs. Of course, you will only see them when you are already in the work parking lot and have no tweezers.

Patience said...

Why, oh why, do we need to deal with these kinds of things?!? There is absolutely no good reason for hair to be growing in these places!!

nikki said...

I am the master of the tweezer. Chin hairs and unibrows beware.

Anonymous said...

Sorry about the earlobe hair. It's hereditary


Swampy said...

What I don't understand is the person who had noticed that long hair curling out of my nose, or cheek, or chin, or ear, or wherever it had decided to sprout and continue to grow for who knows how long...and doesn't tell me. It has to be visible to the public. Just tell me.

Run. Don't walk to your local Bed, Bath, and Beyond...or any place that carries mirrors and buy one of those 15x Mirror Mates. Grab a pair of tweezers, or sometimes in my case I have to use TONGS, sit in the sun's ray, and pluck to your heart's content.

When we finally arrived home from that marathon road trip, I looked in my 15X Mirror Mate and was horrified to see these lovely black eyebrows growing out of my chin.

Anonymous said...

I have one on my neck that shows up irregularly ( a word?). But the tweezing is an on going thing once those hormones decide to come out of hibernation.

And waxing can be a wonderful thing!

Any one got an idea to make those random buggers go back to hibernation?

Love you in our old age.

ChrisC and JonJ said...

It is soooo reassuring to find out others have the same things going on with their lives.Thank you,Internet!Just keep plucking!

Sandcastle Momma said...

I'm glad to know I'm not the only one this is happening to. I swear I'm starting to feel like a werewolf!
My SIL is Italian and she says that she's ready to just start shaving her entire body every other day because she can't keep up just using tweezers LOL
It figures that as men age they lose hair while women turn into gorillas.

Pamela said...

oh tooo funny.
(I tried the eyebrow wax, but I was allergic to the antiseptic they used before the hot wax. I'm kind of worried about doing it without it, so I'm back to what you described)

Bobbie Leigh said...

Isn't it terrible? And for some reason I've had this problem since I was a teenager. ARGH!!!

PinkPiddyPaws said...

I swear.... what kind of sick, sick joke is it on us women that as we get older we start growing CHIN HAIR?? I mean, really? We suffer enough indignity as it is with all the other female issues. Jeez!!!

Oh, and how about the hairs that just HAVE to grow out of moles? Seriously?? Why do they have the tensile strength of piano wire?????? ha..ha.ha...