So it’s about that hair on your chin. I’m not gonna lie …

Never tell a lie, that’s what I always say.  I don’t say this to my friends because they abandoned me long in ago in favour of friends who are champion liars.  This “Never tell a lie” motto really keeps the circle of people around you quite small.  People get all kinds of upset when you tell them the truth about their hair, husband or habitual hangovers.

I try to lie, I really do, but when someone asks you how you like the place mats they made out of squirrel fur and pipe cleaners, I mean, it’s really hard to choke out any sort of positive response.  What do you say?  Wow.  You did a really good job piecing that road kill together.   I can barely see the tread marks under your whip stitching.  And you even managed to save one of the eyes.  And it’s winking! That’s genius!

Other people are great at it.  They can blurt out a loving and supportive response to just about any train wreck of a situation or hairdo.  They’ll proclaim there’s nothing wrong with a little bit of chin hair and it actually adds a certain flair to their face and they’ll say it with such warmth the lady with the witch chin will soften around the eyes and relax about the hedgehog growing out of her lower face.

But is that really what’s best for little miss chinny, chin, chin?  No.  Probably not.  Probably what’s best for her is to let her know that a chin full of hair is distracting, alarming and easily dealt with thanks to electrolysis, a good pair of tweezers or a home waxing kit.  Done and done.  It seems harsh in the short term, but it’s better for that person in the long run. Chances are if she asked your opinion it’s something she’s already bothered or worried about.

No one wants to hear the long term reply though. I know I don’t. I don’t want to hear that you hate something I do, or think I could do things way better.  I want to hear that you adore me and everything about me and want to be like me and dress up like me for Halloween.  That is what I want.


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But it isn’t helpful.  

There are little white lies that really are good. And I’m fine with those.  I can little white lie with the best of them.  But when it counts, I tend to tell the truth.  Because as the old saying goes, the truth hurts but not as much as seeing your chin hairs glistening in a family photo.

So it’s with a little bit of excitement, a bit of fear and a lot of anticipation that I’m going to ask you to tell me the truth today.  I believe the word I’m now looking for is “eep”.

The whole point of my blog really is to help people do stuff.  Entertain them and give them useful information at the same time.  When I started this site I didn’t really realize how much I loved teaching people.  I also didn’t realize how much I’d love it. It combines every single thing I loved about television like writing, entertaining and making videos without all the stuff I hated.  Like the 3 hour commute every day and having to tone down my language, ideas or opinions.

Since I started this website 5 years ago it’s gone from my blog to kind of … our blog.  I mean, I’m doing it for you and most surprisingly with you. The Art of Doing Stuff has one of the most engaged readerships out there.  I’m not sure why or how that happened but it did.  So I feel a responsibility to you and genuinely want to help you.

So you need to help me.  Eep.

And you need to tell the truth.  Eep.

In order to make my site better for you I have a survey I’d like you to fill out.  Don’t worry. It’s short and it’s easy.  No math questions at ALL.

Added Bonus!  Everyone who takes the survey will be added into a draw for an Art of Doing Stuff tea towel.  There will be 5 lucky winners.

Now if you’ll excuse me I have some waxing to do.

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  1. Barbara Ravert says:

    Just started reading this. Good stuff!

  2. Marna says:

    Had to laugh about the chin hair, not just fuzz type, but out and out long glistening hair. The real estate agent we had for our present house, had so much hair, long grey and white hair on her chin, it was all I could do not to stare. A person in her position with so much chin hair, it seemed she would do something about it. It actually started down on to her neck also. Love your blog, makes me laugh, and it’s informative. Going off to do the survey. πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Marna! I appreciate it. ~ karen!

    • JMC says:

      Sounds like it’s possible your RE agent is battling estrogen sensitive breast cancer and taking male hormones in an effort to control it. A lovely side effect of trying to stay alive that makes the whole thing suck a little bit more. An acquaintance had this happen it made me much more sympathetic to hairy chinned women.

  3. Kathleen says:

    Oh absolutely agree with you about telling the truth. I find it amusing when people ask you your opinion and are vaguely offended when you tell them the truth. It’s simple – if you don’t want to know… don’t ask me!

    I am a new subscriber to your blog, and I am so HAPPY that I stumbled upon it. Love your work.
    PS useless information – I live in South Africa.

  4. Debbie says:

    I love that you make me laugh and think about things that were not previously part of my universe.

  5. carol duplessis says:

    I thoroughly enjoy reading your stuff. Just started and really look forward to it each time. This chin hair thing. . . my Mum and I are constantly on the lookout for one another . . . and its amazing how fast the little buggers re-grow ! ! !

    some useless info from me – I live in Zimbabwe xxx

    • Karen says:

      I know one single Zimbabwe word. Gucka. And I don’t even know if I’m spelling it close to correctly. It’s the Zimbabwe name for a throny cucumber type of plant that I grew last year. πŸ™‚ Also called Jelly Melon. LOVE that you’re from Zimbabwe. ~ karen!

    • Kathleen says:

      Howdy, neighbour! πŸ™‚

      • carol duplessis says:

        Hi Kathleen – how is RSA ? Where abouts are you ? I have family in Cape Town and in Durban – which is where my Husband was born. . . x

  6. Auntiepatch says:

    Oh, you make me laugh! And I thank you for that!

  7. Grammy says:

    I tell the truth all the time — everyone who knows me understands not to ask me something if they don’t want the truth — and that’s why you are my only friend.

  8. Sherry in Alaska says:

    Whoa! That graphic is so – well….. GRAPHIC! Yew. The hairs on my chin are certainly a concern but that’s a really drastic solution. Think I’ll just stick to plucking and shaving for now……. Or you can tell which home waxing method you find works best…… please.

    Took the survey.. Hard. How about a True/False or Yes/No next time?

  9. Carol Hogan says:

    I adore you and everything about you and want to be like you. I would dress up like you for Halloween but I couldn’t pull it off because you are just too fabulous.

  10. Kim says:

    Love the pic! My daughter always spots the hair that grows out of the beauty mark (mole) on my chin and plucks it out without warning…thank God! I deal with the other lovelies by plucking or shaving….ahhh the perks of getting older eh? LOL I lurked around here for quite a while before I was forced to join in the comments. ( You just lured me out somehow) Love your sense of humor and you have the best bunch of followers I have ever encountered! Off to do the survey. Have a great day all!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Kim! Are you part of the other Meagher (marilyn, maggie) followers I have? Or are you a new clan of Meaghers, lol? ~ karen!

      • Kim says:

        Oh I didn’t realize there were other Meaghers here…I am only a Meagher by marriage (divorced long time ago but couldn’t get rid of the email address due to job searches, etc.) I am really a Totten from New Brunswick, Canada but live in Toronto.

  11. Sherry (BTLover2) says:


    I’ll be honest and tell the truth. When I say I hate you, it means I love you. You never fail to make me laugh or teach me something new (and usually in the same post). I know if you lived nearby and we hung out, you would no doubt keep my chin whisker free (probably using our trusty Emjoi but whatever works). Because I think you’re pretty awesome and you asked, I’ll take that survey.

  12. I know you’re talking about those few little chin hairs, but I have two friends who have actual beards that probably make their husbands jealous. How do you handle that?? I’ve seen both of these girls on their off days where the razor obviously wasn’t touched and it’s scary. It looks like a 5 o’clock shadow!

  13. Shirley says:

    Oh Lord that is a scary picture, but it made me laugh. I dream about the day that there is not at least one little stubble on my chin that I don’t have to play with all day at work. They drive me nuts! Such a relief when I finally get ahold of one. I have about 6 pairs of tweezers and my daughter just got me another for Mother’s Day. Sometimes a random dark one grows out of my cheek and for some strange reason I don’t see it until it is like 1/2 an inch long and then I am mortified!!! Who has seen this growing on my face and not told me!!! LOL It is enough for me just to see how you deal with crazy every day stuff and make me laugh. The chicken items are a bonus!!

    • LazySusan says:

      When I was in my 30’s, an almost invisible hair grew out of my chin just about halfway between the lower lips and bottom of my chin. It was so fine, I didn’t notice it, despite using a magnified lighted mirror every morning. It was noticed one day by a friend, when the sunlight hit it at just the right angle. The damn thing was at least 3″ long at that point, and sort of curled around, not in a tight curl, but curl nonetheless. It was sort of blond or a combination between blond and grey, thank heavens. I’m sure it must have been noticed by others, in the right lights, but no one ever said a word. Since then, I nervously pull at that part of my chin all the time, to make sure another one isn’t growing there! 3-4″!!!!!!

      • Shirley says:

        LOL. Yes they are sneaky!!

        • dee says:

          HaHaHa! Not laughing at you, but with you-I so feel your pain. Up until a month or so ago, I had just one nearly invisible (to me, anyway) hair on my chin. I’ve always had to feel my way to wherever it’s home is-but just a few wks ago, I found another in an entirely different spot-and it was damn near two inches long!

        • Shirley says:

          Argg, that would be most annoying!!

  14. Su says:

    my three lovely daughters have two very specific instructions if I am EVER laying in the hospital in a coma…. one – my dentures are to always be in and 2 – pluck the damn chin hairs… as the woman who suffered and gave birth it is the least they can do….

    • Kim says:

      Yes Su, my daughter has similar instructions when I am laying in my coffin…make sure the eyebrows are right and no stray hairs on the chin!!!

      • Su says:

        its not asking much is it? πŸ™‚

      • Elaine says:

        I had not thought of this aspect of chin hair vigilance, but will immediately contact my daughter and have her add this to her list of my death instructions! One must think ahead.

        As to telling the truth – it does decrease your number of friends, but the ones who are left are awesome.

        • Kim says:

          If you’re going to do it…may as well do it right Elaine! I think quality is better than quantity in lots of important things…especially friends.

  15. Marjorie Kramer says:

    You had me at chin hair on this one. Since we all suffer from it, can’t we change our chin hair esthetic and declare it beautiful? Getting chin hair to be socially acceptable would be easier for me than getting rid of it! Your blog is a spark of levity for me and I look forward to reading it.

  16. Karin says:

    I have never understood people who ask for an opinion and then are unhappy when you tell them the truth. I’d have to agree – if you don’t want the truth (from me, anyway) don’t ask! Simple.

  17. Mary W says:

    I am also at that time in my life that everything is growing towards gravity center. My boobs, my butt, my arm flaps, and most definitely my head hair which insists on growing out my chin while thinning on top. Weird! Pluck every two days since I’m still brown haired and don’t understand why the hair on my arms is gone but on my face has sprouted. Weird! Again. Did you know that if you hit the enter button as a means of progressing down your survey, that it completes the survey and kicks you out so you can’t return? I took the survey one and 1/2 times, sorry. Fun post today.

  18. Maria says:

    Survey? Survey! I just love surveys! Now guess if that is true or a lie. A ‘yes’ or ‘no’ will do just fine πŸ™‚

  19. jaine gayer says:

    My best friend of 40+ years made a pact with me long age. If either one of us were ever in a coma, the other one would visit and pluck out errant chin hairs. And we always tell each other the truth. Always.

  20. Jennie Lee says:

    Darn, Karen! First I had trouble loading your survey. When it did load, and I filled it out and submitted it, it failed to go through and deleted everything I wrote! If I see that you’ve fixed it, I’ll try again.

    • Karen says:

      Sorry about that Jennie Lee. It actually has nothing to do with me. Someone else has set up the survey for me. Chances are it not going through had to do with your internet connection slowing down at the same time you were submitting the survey. Sometimes if you press the “back” button in those cases you go right back to the survey and all of your answers are still there. Then you just resubmit. ~ karen1

  21. Mike says:

    Only bad thing about getting the hairs removed from the chin is that you have no real visual for the grandkids when you’re telling the “Wolf and Little Pigs” story (not by the hair of my chinny, chin, chin)

  22. Danni says:

    Is it a SIGN? I just filled out your survey, which I never do, and clicked out and the FIRST thing in my inbox was from Christies!

  23. Tigermom says:

    So, apparently this chin hair issue is way more pervasive than I realized. Good job on keeping those chin hairs in check, ladies. Especially when they are nonexistent one day and half an inch long the next. If only the hair on my head grew so fast.

  24. Ruth says:

    Survey. Done.

    I have no hairs on my face, limbs or back…. I think it’s genetically determined as both my parents were like that. I do, however, have a ton of curly hair on my head that I keep cutting in order to avoid having to buy shares in a hair product business. I aim to give my scissors a rest this year… we’ll see if my scissor-happy self can live up to that.

    Armpit and undercarriage growth will continue to kept in check… clearly. πŸ˜€

    • Karen says:

      If I was black with black hair I’d never ever cut it and have a huge afro of natural hair. Just ask reader Mondo, she’ll tell you, lol. I’ve already asked to trade hair with her. ~ karen!

      • Ruth says:

        LOL! Unfortunately, my hair laughs at hair spray and gel and cannot remain vertical to save its life, so an afro is well nigh impossible for me…. something to do with some multiracial mingling in my family tree. πŸ™‚

  25. miss chin says:

    I was compelled to comment for mainly 2 reasons. 1) Karen, you kept repeating my name over & over; 2) I too have a fixation with chin hairs on women. When I see them, everything else fades in the room, including the voice of anyone speaking. This has been my obsession since childhood. So naturally when I realized I had a few many years ago, I screamed at my then boyfriend, HOW COULD YOU NOT TELL ME!!!! AUUUGHHH!!! Electrolysis was an investment I never regret. I have instructed my niece that when she comes to visit me in the nursing home in 25 years, to please make sure I have no hairs on my face, that is all. *running to survey now*

    • Karen says:

      This post was clearly written for you. πŸ™‚ ~ karen!

    • Larraine says:

      Those *&^%# hairs even had a different texture and I would sit at my desk at work compulsively playing with them while they were still too small to tweeze. This way was clearly madness. So I promised myself… Oh, Ladies, start now and save your quarters or loonies, ask Santa, take a second job, deny yourself donuts, whatever it takes and get the electrolysis right now. (Laser only works on non-grey hair and it knows if you’re coloring.) It is life-changing!

  26. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Whoa..I thought I had finally erased all memory of that Halloween picture from my mind..Thank you for totally creeping me out with it again..I will do the survey for you but do you mind if I call you in the middle of the night when I keep having nightmares and can’t sleep???

  27. gabrielle says:

    FYI: I can lie about anything to anybody (hey don’t judge me, my mother had borderline personality disorder). The point I want to make is, my circle of friends is small, too. So, it ain’t yer truthfulness. It’s something else.

    Normally I don’t give out information without being paid for my time, but I’ll make an exception for you, because you like chickens.

  28. survey completed. now… more on your chin hair, please. I expect a complete post.

  29. Kathy says:

    I think Karen is bent on world domination. Death by hilarity is the preferred way to go.

  30. cbblue says:

    Karen I love you and will do your darn survey; but only because it’s for you. I never do those things. Or maybe start and get to the point of uneasiness and stop. For you I would do many things including chinny chin chin hairs. I’ve heard of many such pacts. I won’t offer mind you…but will tell if asked for truth. Thank you for all you teach me.

    • Karen says:

      You’re welcome cbblue! That’s my job. And doing the survey will help me to do my job better. And make more money. Which will allow me to quit my job. Wait. Maybe you shouldn’t do the survey after all. ~ karen!

  31. Theresa says:

    I wish you could thumbs up on the comments!!!

  32. Jan in Waterdown says:

    With all these comments about feminine chin hair (and “undercarriage growth”. . . what a great euphemism!!), I just gotta ask about men and their monstrously bushy eyebrows. What’s up with that? We had a neighbour whose entire eyebrows were so long, they coulda been used as a comb-over!! I couldn’t keep my eyes off them. Thank goodness they were right above his eyes so he probably just thought my line of vision was a bit wonky. And the creepiest part was, he thought he was sexy. Ok, thanks for the opportunity to unload that.

  33. Connie says:

    I took the survey with great care to respond as honestly and concisely as possible. I clicked “Submit” but did not receive a confirmation that it was accepted. Hopefully it was received.

    I cannot lie about the picture…in agreement with Graphic. Initially I thought it was a slice of pizza across your face, then I put my glasses on! I hope pizza is not ruined for me now!

  34. Jody says:

    Come on. I thought this post was about a quick and efficient and permanent way to get rid if chin hairs. I need that. I want that.
    But I love your blog just the same.

  35. j says:

    sorry-but in light of the let’s be honest, etc. I just can’t do with the little red dots that require first name, last name. Maybe if you put in a disclaimer that you would delete every bit of my personal info as soon as you had a glimpse. I had to read 1984, way back before 1984. I have been a closet recluse for years–shhh!–no one knows!

  36. Laura Bee says:

    My hair is under my nose – on my beauty mark. Thanks for the reminder…it needs pluckin’.
    I am not good at surveys….but I tried.

  37. marcia says:

    Okay, Karen, I did your survey. I think my most relevant response included the words “a bottle of wine”!

  38. whitequeen96 says:

    I had my one and only child at the age of 42 (my age, not his!). I felt I was probably the only new mom in the world dealing with 13 hours of colic a day AND chin hairs at the same time. It was rock the baby, walk the baby, pluck, rock the baby, walk the baby, plu . . . eeek! It was NOT what I had pictured in my blissed-out dreams of sweet, magical motherhood!

    He outgrew the colic but I haven’t outgrown the chin hairs – damn!

  39. Hudson Valley says:

    In the sad and true category:

    An old friend reported– with accuracy–that she now has ” More hair where she doesn’t want it
    less where she does!”
    And as I age, this is sadly so.

    ALSO, those ELEPHANT GARTERS on baby’s heads.
    They are elephant garters, right.
    They are hilarious.
    Poor babies, many look like they know they look ridic.
    Have seen maybe one where it did actually look good.

    Thank you for Blog of Giggles,
    Ruth (a different Ruth)

  40. Danee says:

    The bad thing about being the age where glistening chin hairs start appearing is that your eye sight is already shot at that point. I regularly run my hand over my face to check but what about those weird baby fine hairs that are 6 inches long and pop up over night out of your left bo-b, under your chin. My mother told me lots of things about childbirth and life after menopause like “you forget the pain” WHAT? “Not having periods ever again is great! Can’t wait to get them when you are a teen and spend your 30’s and 40’s waiting for them to stop!” Ok she was on the money with that one, BUT she seriously left some important stuff out! During pregnancy you have to pee constantly. That during delivery you will projectile po-p if you haven’t had an enema first, that your doctor will roll away on his little stool as fast as he can, and your husband and mother in law will be splattered with stuff that you’ve only ever done in private and been able to immediately flush away! After delivery you will have months of slack muscles and fart uncontrolably every time you laugh, sneeze or bend over to pick up the baby. “Oh ____ insert name of baby or dog here____! That post menopause, people will assume you are pregnant and ask when the baby is due, because your face looks younger than you are but your body is the body that your gran had when she was in her 50’s too! That losing weight only happens on your skinny already arms and legs but that belly fat is seriously hard to shift! That your hair will thin and go grey, that your eyebrows will go white before anything else, and it goes on one side sooner than the other! That you will hold books farther and farther away but still need glasses for distance (hello bifocals and trifocals!). You will need the magnifying mirror to tweeze, and your glasses on at the same time too. That you will go a little deaf in one ear…. people will get sick of hearing you say what? Blame it on headphone usage and loud concerts in your teens, all the cool grannies do!

  41. Catherine says:

    Yeah, the problem is, right about the time those pesky hairs start showing up, your eyesight goes kablooey and you can’t actually see the dang things. And they are slippery, wiry, little boogers. My rule about volunteering info:

    If it’s something they could fix, like in 15 minutes, then tell, if it’s something they would probably be aware of, then no. “Hey your dress is hiked up back there” = yes “Wow, those pants make your butt looks HUGE!” Before she walks out the door= yes, at the party = no.

    And I’d phrase it something like: “Those pants aren’t really showing off your ASSets to their best advantage. If I were you, I’d resell them and find a pair that do you justice.”

  42. nancy says:

    Going to Catholic schools and being terrified by the Sisters with the odd hairy faces was so traumatic. I think Jesus would be OK with them if they pulled those hairs.
    I have lots of facial hair which I attribute to being half French. Electrolysis is great, but if you don’t get tears in your eyes, you know it’s growing right back. Most of it has been killed off finally, now I use good tweezers for the giant chin hairs, and mustache bleach for the finer stuff. I just discovered this thing at a Japanese drug store, a “Bellabe, facial hair remover”. I LOVE IT. Having facial hair will not make you holier, Sisters!

  43. Shirley says:

    So you fibber!! I wish you 10 that grow slowly so that it takes a horrific number of days as aggravating stubble tooo short to grasp….like me!! Lol

  44. Another Karen says:

    I ballsed up the survey so, since I forgot to say it there, your idea of a cut flower garden was genius. I grow pretty flowers in the garden and then spend a fortune at the florist getting flowers for the house, and somehow the two remained totally separate in my mind. Anyway, I bought a load of bulbs and have need dutifully planting them in a separate section of my garden, so now all I need is for the sun to shine here in Scotland and I should have a fortnightly supply of pretty flowers for the house. I’m far more excited about this than is dignified. Thanks for a great idea!

    • Karen says:

      Oh. Well if you screwed it up you can do it again. I’m linking to it for a final time in my Friday post. πŸ™‚ Glad you like the cutting garden idea and don’t forget to CUT from it, lol. ~ karen!

  45. ScrappinJackie, Dumpster Queen says:

    ( my real name is Friederike Louise Charlotte von Arnswaldt)
    I just want to say that you& I are identical in our thinking, i LOVE THIS AS IT sounds EXACTLY like sumthing i wud say, you crack me up!?!!! Thanks, youre AWESOME, & I Love ppl who TELL IT LIKE IT IS?!!! If they cant handle the damn truth, they shouldnt ask for our opinion?!!!

  46. Julie says:

    My dad’s younger sister has afew issues that I would greatly wish to unknow. Since that is not possible, I shall creep you all out. German, very German. Grows a man beard that my uncle shaves for her. Yep you read that right he shaves it. There is absolutely no belief that there are certain foods one should not in public.

  47. Janet says:

    You know….I love a smokey eye, it really distracts from other facial peculiarities!

  48. Kim Sharpe says:

    hair on the upper lip wasn’t mentioned anywhere — that I read, but if this is a problem for you I have a suggestion.

    I went to an electrologist – Janis – for about 12 years – mabyee more I can’t actually recall; my dentist’s wife was also a client so Janis told me told to make an appointment for electrolysis immediately after a dental appointment and at the end of the appointment as for a hit of freezing for the upper lip and then just like back and enjoy the benefits without the pain.

    many years later now and I have hairs there very occasionally.

    what I really hate are people who tell you ‘the truth’ unsolicitedly – like my sister in law! who also tells me why I wear it the way I do as opposed to the way she thinks it should be. if I wear my hair this way, it must be because I like it and I don’t need to know that you would like it much better if …

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