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Why Does Stray Hair Grow on My Body?

Is That Random, Stray Body Hair Due to Your Period — or Something More Serious?

Why Does Stray Hair Grow on My Body?
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Let's just get right to it: I'm a very hairy person, and I'm cool with that. I'm used to having hair on my head and under my armpits. It surrounds my nipples and other netherbits. It even creeps its way down to my toes. I have so much hair that I've learned to give zero f*cks over how to get rid of it and just let it do its thing instead. That was, until this week, when I noticed a hair spring up somewhere I'd definitely never seen before: on my neck.

The sensation of that little sucker was so new and strange that it tested my hard-earned hair apathy. Many couples spend their nights in cuddling in front of a binge-worthy show; my boyfriend and I spent a recent Tuesday evening debating how to pluck out my neck hair. Ultimately, we did — and discovered it was connected to yet another single strand hiding underneath it.

Because I can't let things go (or so says my therapist — we're working on it), I decided to find out once and for all: what causes us to grow random, stray body hairs? Should I be worried? Keep reading to learn probably more than you ever want to know about those pesky random strands.

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