Once You Go Grey, It Won’t Go Away! Or Will It? No, Apparently Not.

I read this post by Beatrice the Biologist a couple of years ago and I thought it was pretty weird.  I didn’t know hair could do that.

Then, it happened to me! With one notable exception. It wasn’t on my head. It was on my boob! I have a weirdo, rogue boob hair! TERRIFYING YET AMAZING!

I kind of want to keep it and see what happens. Will it grow super long? Will it be grey/brown/grey? Shall I pull it out and keep it forever? Or donate it to science? Does science want multi-coloured boob hair?

I have so many questions about my magical boob hair.

Now that my right boob is magical I feel as though there’s pressure on lefty to do something great. Maybe turn the nipple rainbow coloured!

A girl can dream.

You can read Beatrice the Biologist’s Post here or follow the links and check out all her awesome stuff. Learning! Science! Yay!

Grey Hair Go Away Come Again Another Day

Despite my paltry 27 years in existence, I have a few grey hairs. There, I’ve said it. It feels so good to get that off my chest… or my head, as it were.

On Monday morning I spotted one of these hairs while I was blowdrying my unwieldy locks. Although I’ve heard many a myth about the dangers of plucking grey hairs and the resulting funerals hairs throw,

I threw caution to the wind and pulled it, not so much because it was white, but rather because it was a 3-inch floater amidst my head of 2-foot hair, and it was annoying me.

But when I inspected the plucked hair, I noticed something odd.
My hair was grey at the end, but closest to the root, it was brown. It seems this hair follicle can’t make up its mind. I didn’t think this was possible.

 

 

And before you start accusing me of getting a bad dye job at the salon, listen up: I have never dyed my hair. Not once.
I thought perhaps the grey stint was due to stress. I also considered the possibility that I was some kind of wizard or chosen one. So I searched the interwebs for someone who researches the metabolic processes that lead to grey hair. I found Dr. Desmond Tobin, a professor of Cell Biology and the Director of the Centre for Skin Sciences at the University of Bradforth in Great Britain (hence the fancy “re” at the end of what I would write as center).
He verified that hair follicles can resume producing hair with pigment after a stint of grey, but that this happens in the early stages of a hair follicle going grey. So in other words, this particular hair follicle is trying really hard to not be old, but it’s soon going to succumb to its grey-ness.
As for blaming stress, there is no evidence that stress causes grey-ness. It is almost entirely genetically determined, with a small amount of environmental/dietary influence possible. So I’m not mad at you, hair follice, I’m mad at someone else.
You know who you are.

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