Weird Hair in Weird Places: Why Stray Dark Hair Pop Up

Weird Hair in Weird Places: Why Stray Dark Hair Pop Up

If you’ve ever noticed a random long, dark hair sprouting out from your chin, your nose, your toes, or even your breasts, you’re not alone. It can be startling—and embarrassing if you’re in public when you make the discovery—but weird hairs popping up in places you wouldn’t expect them is actually quite common, especially with age. Here’s the scoop on why weird hair happens and how to get rid of them for good.

Why Weird Hair Happens

It could be a harmless gene mutation. If you randomly find one long, dark hair, it may be that a single hair follicle diverted from its normal path. Atlanta dermatologist Angela Love Bookout, MD says, “The growth phase in a hair‘s lifecycle determines its characteristics, such as its length and diameter. At any point, a gene mutation of a single follicle, due to trauma or environmental influences, can result in a longer, darker hair. And, once it has mutated, it will continue to grow that way.”