To pluck or not to pluck.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
Woman Plucking Chin Hair
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Those pesky chin hairs are no fun. In fact, the appearance of a stray chin hair ranks pretty high on our list of beauty annoyances.

So what's a Southern belle to do? As tempting as it is, you may not want to reach for the tweezers right away. "When you have a sudden trauma of plucking the hair, you increase the blood supply to that area creating a stronger, thicker hair," licensed aesthetician Raquael Flores told writer Brittany Anas in an article for SimpleMost. For the most part, chin hair is totally harmless, but if you have an excessive amount, it may be a symptom of more serious conditions, so consult with your doctor.

If you're dealing with an errant chin hair or two, plucking might not be your best option since hormonal shifts in your body means it will likely return quickly. That's why some doctors recommend lasering the hair away, but since this can be costly, you may want to think twice.

If you enjoy the satisfaction of TIY (Tweezing It Yourself), consider Anas' advice: "If your first line of defense is to pluck, which is often the case, you'll need to damage the papilla in the process to keep the hair from re-growing, explains John Santino, clinical director with Hair and Scalp Clinic. It's at the base of a hair follicle and contains blood vessels to supply nutrients to growing hair."

On a roll with plucking? Never, ever do this when plucking your eyebrows advises one expert.

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Now, if a dark chin hair is the worst of your woes today, view it as an opportunity to smile in the mirror and be grateful for the little reminders in life that things aren't that bad.