Is there a single English word for a single hair that grows on someone's head which is practically bald?

I found a picture like this one, this is a movie character:

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See that one hair? Is there an English word that describes that hair? [Not just that is one, but also a hair.]

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    Single, lone, only, solitary, etc. Commented Dec 31, 2013 at 15:08
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    It looks more like a lock of hair than a solitary hair. Perhaps it's a baby Cossack, and it has what the Russians call хохол.
    – z7sg Ѫ
    Commented Dec 31, 2013 at 15:15
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    That looks thicker than a single follicle or a strand - in fact its more like a small tuft. Commented Dec 31, 2013 at 15:17
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    How about "lonely"? Commented Dec 31, 2013 at 15:42
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    A die hard follicle? :P
    – Dom
    Commented Jan 1, 2014 at 23:29

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How about a strand? I suppose you could complicate things by adding such words as single and solitary, but a strand is a strand; single and solitary would seem, then, to be redundant (though an argument could be made that strand needs the word one or a to accompany it, since to say "He has strand of hair" would not sound right).

  • A strand of hair, you mean? Does strand have the same meaning as a strand of hair or a hair strand?
    – Safira
    Commented Jan 1, 2014 at 2:09
  • @Safira: Yeah. Using simply "strand" to refer to a single hair is a bit of a stretch. Moreover, a strand is not limited to hair, of course, but also includes fibers, threads, filaments, strings and the like. Commented Jan 1, 2014 at 2:17

You could probably call it a Charlie Brown, and many Americans would get what you meant.

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    You mean Charlie Brown's hair or just Charlie Brown would make a meaning of that one hair?
    – Safira
    Commented Jan 1, 2014 at 2:08

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