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Spikey
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I've tried googling for this, but can't find anything (dunno what exactly to search for!)

I've been told of this for years, about hairdressers/barbers. Apparantly when they cut people's hair, sometimes a bit of cut hair will fall down and imbed itself in the hairdresser's foot (if they are wearing sandals etc), and will then begin to regrow in the hairdresser's skin.

It sounds a bit UL to me, because the hair that's being cut is already dead and has no root does it? On the other hand, is it possible that hair with its root still attached could fall down and regrow? My MIL used to be a hairdresser and she says it's true. What do snopesters think?

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Arriah
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I vote total fiction. It really doesn't even make sense.

Assuming it's even possible, the hairdresser would have to not be wearing socks or hose of any kind and would have to not take the shoes off or shower for quite a while to let the hair take root. There would also be the problem of compatibility since, I would think, the root would have different DNA than the hairdresser and her/his body wouldn't be likely to approve of that.

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If OSHA guidelines are followed, no open toe shoes can be worn at all at work, no sandals or anything like that. It poses a danger if something should fall on their feet. If your MIL says it's true, does she have hair growing out of her?

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Lainie
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When I was a kid, my mom's hairdresser told me not to take my shoes off in the salon because a hair could get embedded in my foot and it would be painful. She called it an "ingrown hair", but she didn't actually say, or imply, that it would start growing again, just that it would get stuck in the skin of my foot, kind of like a splinter. That makes more sense to me.

Or maybe she just didn't want some kid running around her salon barefoot.

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Arriah
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But an ingrown hair is something else entirely. Painful as hell, but different. As I understand them, you get an ingrown hair when a hair that's already on your body can't break the surface of the skin for some reason and forms a sortof blister underneath the surface to grow in. There's no way an outside hair would stick into your foot like a splinter.
I cut DH's hair barefoot all the time, sometimes I'm standing in the hair (showers all around afterward) and this has never happened.

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Lynne Tyson
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A hair CAN become embedded in your skin much like a splinter. No, it won`t grow just pull it out with a pair of tweezers.
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Troberg
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Hairs can get stuck in the skin, much like the thin copper wires from cables can. Hair is pretty soft, so it's not common, but it can happen. It has happened twice to me (although once was after shaving a seven day beard, and those pesky hairs are nasty). The other time I think it was a dog hair. Hurts a bit, but not worse than anything else you get in the foot.

I think it just need the tip (probably freshly cut, as this could give a sharper end) to stick somewhere, then the normal movements of the foot will slowly make it work itself in. It will not start to grow, but can probably cause an infection.

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Phaedra
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It is not fiction at all. My son has his own salon and does not allow open toe footwear. It's not just the feet that are a problem either. My daughter works for him and a couple of years ago a hair worked it's way into her hand between her index and middle finger and caused a nasty infction that took ages to clear.

She has also had problems with hair working it's way through her clothes. On one occasion a hair got imbedded in her nipple and we had a bit of a pantomime getting it out as every time she tried her nipple did what what nipples do when fiddled with and made getting hold of it nigh on imppossible. In the end she had to stretch the skin as best she could while I set to with the tweezers. Not an easy task as we both kept collapsing with laughter or she'd leap back yelping. Now there's an image to put you all off your dinner !!!

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Purple Iguana
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Hair can only grow if there is a follicle... and at no salon that I know of will a stylist cut you THAT close.

Now... that said, I have heard from stylists that some people have hair so coarse that it will stick in their skin like a splinter and they will have to get it out (spanked by Lynne and others), but no way will it grow.

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Phaedra
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I should qualify my post. Hair does get into the skin and, as I said, it can cause a nasty infection but it definately doesn't grow.
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Troberg
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There is a very easy way to definately prove this wrong once and for all:

If it were that easy, don't you think it would be sold as a miracle cure against baldness? Considering all the money people spend on such crap, it would be inevitable if it worked.

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Spikey
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That's a fair point. I guess that's where the UL comes from. Maybe that's even what my MIL meant, that hair can get stuck in your skin, not actually regrow in it.

However: humans are supposed to lose hundreds of hairs a day... do these still contain the follicle? Is there a chance that this could enter your skin and grow? And being a hairdresser would mean you would be exposed to lots of falling hair every day, thus more chance of it happening to you?

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Tarquin Farquart
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quote:
Originally posted by Phaedra:
On one occasion a hair got imbedded in her nipple and we had a bit of a pantomime getting it out as every time she tried her nipple did what what nipples do when fiddled with and made getting hold of it nigh on imppossible. In the end she had to stretch the skin as best she could while I set to with the tweezers. Not an easy task as we both kept collapsing with laughter or she'd leap back yelping. Now there's an image to put you all off your dinner !!!

Would that hurt at all? Just thinking about it is making me feel all squemish...

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Lainie
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quote:
Originally posted by Spikey:
That's a fair point. I guess that's where the UL comes from. Maybe that's even what my MIL meant, that hair can get stuck in your skin, not actually regrow in it.

Could be. My mom's hairdresser definitely said, "ingrown hair," but it was clear to me, even as a child, that she was really talking about a splinter-like condition.

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My Girlfriend is a hair cutter and I have pulled many a dead hair from under her skin. They do not regrow but it can become infected.

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quote:
Originally posted by Phaedra:
It is not fiction at all. My son has his own salon and does not allow open toe footwear. It's not just the feet that are a problem either. My daughter works for him and a couple of years ago a hair worked it's way into her hand between her index and middle finger and caused a nasty infction that took ages to clear.

The same thing happened to a barber I used to frequent, and he since had the habit of wearing clear medical tape between those fingers. It wasn't too noticeable until you looked closely, either. Wonder if the same thing would help prevent further infections with your daughter?

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Phaedra
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You ask if that would hurt Tarquin...yes it hurts like hell... my daughter still winces at the thought of the nipple incident.
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Latiam
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Wow, I'm going to be more careful.
I always emerge from the hair salon with hair in my bra - and I always just shook it out and kept wearing it - but I'm going to change now.
I do NOT want hair in my nipples.
The OP must be an UL though - how many hairdressers do you see with multicoloured foot hair?

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Phaedra
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Thanks Bassist. I'll pass that tip on to the staff in the salon. [Smile]
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quote:
Originally posted by Spikey:
However: humans are supposed to lose hundreds of hairs a day... do these still contain the follicle?

Hair follicles are found within the skin and are defined early in development by cell migration outwards from the neural tube.* (Presumably some remain dormant longer, this isn't an area I've covered much.)

The follicle then undergoes a cycle of growth, regression and resting, which determines a hair's potential length. The length of this cycle varies both across the body, and from person to person. During regression the follicle itself remains within the scalp, it is not lost with the hair. Similarly pulling hairs out is most likely to detatch the hair, and possibly damage the base of the follicle, however unless the source of stem cells are removed the follice will most likely recover.

And here are a few references, although both are fairly orientated to scientists. If they disagree with me they, especialy the second, are probably correct:
http://www.mcw.edu/display/router.asp?docid=11363
http://tinyurl.com/7k9fx

ETA: * The neural tube is the early developmental form of the spinal cord.

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In agreement with James G... the thing that falls out with a hair is called a "tag." It is not the follicle. That stays in the scalp. If the follicle came out with all of the hundreds of hairs that fall out, we would all be bald in a few years.

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