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To pluck or not to pluck....

So I've been pondering this for a few days now. What is it about grey hairs that people find "bad" (aside from the obvious "you're getting older" thing) or objectionable?

In the last month no less than 5 seperate friends have a) noticed that I have a few grey hairs in my goatee and b) suggested that I pluck them. I've asked them why and no one has actually had a good response. I mean I'm not offended or anything, it just seems odd that the grey hairs are drawing so much attention lately (when I noticed them quite a few months ago).

I checked with other family members and figured out that this is apparently fairly normal in my family. Facial hair goes white/gray fairly steadily from mid 20s on, but head hair grays extremely slowly. My dad, the oldest data point, still has a decent bit of black hair (but a very white beard) in his mid-60s and so far all my siblings seem to be going along the same way.

Ummm... yeah, totally meaningless post, but it's a question that's been on my mind lately. I mean, I always thought a smattering of grey was supposed to make you distinguished looking, and yet the consensus (among my friends) seems to be that grey hairs should be plucked. It problaby doesn't help that my hair is very black and a single grey hair really stands out, but still.

So what's the deal?



PS - I did in fact contemplate plucking one out a couple of days ago (as an experiment) but I determined that it fucking hurts. No, not like "unbearable agony" hurts, but I'd have to pluck 3 hairs right now and look forward to doing it from here on out as new ones appeared... The cummulative pain associated with that seems a bit excessive for an aesthetic point that I don't actually get. However, I may cut the offending hairs very short if I remember to next time I trim the goatee.

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Hmmm... interesting... Now that you mention it, I think the reason why I didn't initially parse why looking older would be a problem is that I always have looked a decent bit older than I am.

Not that I look old and haggard (most days), but apparently I've been in this odd 20-30 something zone since I was 14/15. If someone has to guess my age cold (i.e. without knowing whether I'm in school, etc...) they will always invariably guess late 20s to early 30s. I'm just hoping this continues into my 40s (at which point I wouldn't mind it if I looked to be around 30 :).

Eh, the age thing is weird. It seems like we're always trying to look older or younger than we are for one reason or another. I guess we want to look older than we are right up until the time when we realize that age=mortality=eventual death. So maybe that's also part of the reason it didn't bug me. I still feel young so a grey hair or three is just amusing, and not a sign of impending old age and death (at least for the time being ;).

Ok, rambling now.