I felt the invisible tug of my short hairs when I left the good doctor...
Great ! Thank you very much !There is a fixed phrase that reads, "to have someone by the short hairs".
have by the short hairs
have (someone) by the short hairs
To completely control, dominate, or hold power over someone, especially in a difficult or awkward situation. A reference to the hairs on the back of one's neck, though it is often (and incorrectly) assumed that the phrase refers to pubic hairs. Can also be used with the verbs "got" or "catch."