Life is full of great mysteries. Why do bobby pins always disappear, and where do they go? Does the fridge light really go off when you close it?
And, more pressingly: why do those random long hairs keep sprouting on my face?
Whether they appear on your chin, your cheek or any other part of the face — or body, for that matter — errant hairs are completely perplexing.
They seem to come out of nowhere, grow at a preternatural speed, and insist on making a comeback no matter how often you pluck them out. You have to give them points for persistance.
Although rogue hairs are certainly common as you get older, they aren't necessarily an age-related phenomenon. One member of The Glow team recalls having a recurring long white hair on her arm as a teenager (that has since subsided, to her relief).
If a rogue hair (or three) has taken up residence on your face, here's what you need to know about your new tenant:
What is going on?
According to Lisa Hody, senior therapist Manager of ThaSpa, a luxury beauty salon in Sydney's CBD, these random, isolated hairs are commonly the result of hormonal changes — particularly when they appear in specific regions of the face.
"You can usually figure it by the area. If it's on the chin or cheek area, it's generally hormonal," Lisa explains, adding there are several factors that can trigger hormonal changes. (Post continues after gallery.)
Rogue hairs on other parts of your body or face could be attributed to the individual hair follicle having a different growth pattern to the other follicles in that area. Those little rebels.