Ive got em.
Although I did find that leaving a super moisturising conditioner in my hair (Joico Kpak) before I styled remedied it.
I too used to pull them out, but the more moisturised my hair became the less they appeared, in my experience they are shorter than the rest of the hair, which means they are new growth, but because they are shorter they tend to not fall into place with the rest and I think they are more prone to the elements because they are sticking out.
Have you thought about products with more hold so they stick better to the rest?
Umberto Giannini & Curls Rock Amp
Fotki pw: curls