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    Hair

    What is different about the hair follicle on my arm and one on my chin? How does one know to grow to only a centimeter and the other can grow to a meter if I don't get it shaved?
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    My understanding is that hair follicles go through cycles of activity and dormancy, and each time they start a new cycle of activity, they push out the old hair and start a new one. So the follicles on your arm will be active for a relatively short time, growing a relatively short hair, and then stop for a long period. Eventually, they'll start back up, the current hair falls out, and a new one starts. Since they're not synchronized, you don't particularly notice. The follicles on your head or chin will stay active for much longer, growing much longer hair. I have one follicle on my arm that must be confused, since it grows a long hair that I have to cut occasionally.
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    I wish the follicles on my face could just be stopped,don't like shaving or beards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    I wish the follicles on my face could just be stopped,don't like shaving or beards.
    if you were to be serious, you could laser treat such hairs, it's available for unwanted hair. However, the treatment is probably not reversible.
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    It's now been proven that hair, feathers and scales are all tissues derived from the same source.

    The actual term for which eludes me at the moment.
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    Keratin?
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    Ah, you made me have to look it up Miss G.

    What I meant was homologous structure.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homology_(biology)
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    I wish the follicles on my face could just be stopped,don't like shaving or beards.
    I'd just like to move them to the top of my head.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    I'd just like to move them to the top of my head.
    There are doctors that will move them from the back of your head to the top, but apparently not from your chin.
    I suspect there would be too much scarring.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foll...nit_extraction


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    Quote Originally Posted by Extravoice View Post
    There are doctors that will move them from the back of your head to the top, but apparently not from your chin.
    I suspect there would be too much scarring.
    Also, the beard hair is different from head hair in some critical way. You can detect the shift by tracking a sideburn.
    I guess having a beard on top of your head would be kinda strange.

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    My beard hair, when I had one, was flaming red. Unlike what hair was left on my head, which was blonde.

    It'd all be gray now anyhow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    My beard hair, when I had one, was flaming red. Unlike what hair was left on my head, which was blonde.

    It'd all be gray now anyhow.
    I think i found you younger twin.
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    I inherited my father's family's baldness and my mother's family's height. All the males on my father's side are over 6', including all my cousins and uncles and going bald. All the males on my mother's side are under 5'8" and have no history of hair loss. I'm 5'7" and losing my hair! I often joke that I'm made up of all the strug genes
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Backroad Astronomer View Post
    I think i found you younger twin.
    https://goo.gl/images/2yeejC
    I can only wish I'd had that much hair on my head at that age!
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    Men's beards carry more germs (and are more dangerous) than dog fur, according to science. Thought you should know.

    https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-...s-dog-fur.html

    by Karen D'souza, The Mercury News

    Study author professor Andreas Gutzeit told the BBC that the researchers found a significantly higher count of germs and bacteria in men's beards than dogs' fur. Researchers from the Hirslanden Clinic in Switzerland took swabs from the facial fuzz of 18 men and the necks of 30 dogs, across a range of breeds, and compared the results between the two. Seven of the men tested positive for microbes that actually posed a threat to human health. "On the basis of these findings, dogs can be considered as clean, compared with bearded men," Gutzeit told the BBC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    I'd just like to move them to the top of my head.
    Babies are frightened of me because they think my head's on upside-down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveC426913 View Post
    Babies are frightened of me because they think my head's on upside-down.
    It reminds me of the story of the schoolgirl who was asked to give an example of gravity, and said that her father used to have hair on the top of his head, but because of gravity it fell down to his chest.


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    As one bewhiskered chrome-dome said: hair is where you find it.

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