Interesting facts about hair

Posted on Mar 13, 2022      205

Our hair is quite an interesting thing. When we comb our hair in the morning, we don’t even think about how strong our hair is or how many we have... In fact, we usually only think about our hair when we’re shampooing or doing our hair. But it’s not that simple! There is a lot to tell about hair, especially since people could study it properly only because of the development of science and, in particular, the invention of microscopes.

Facts about hair

  • Hair follicles comprise 6 layers.
  • The shape of the follicles directly affects whether your hair is straight, slightly curly, or frizzy.
  • The hair itself comprises 3 layers, with the outer part formed by keratin scales that overlap each other.
  • Its own fatty grease, which makes hair sometimes shiny, includes an antiseptic that helps the body fight off foreign microorganisms.
  • The living part of the hair is under the surface of the skin. The visible part is already dead.
  • The process of hair loss is perfectly normal, as old hair is replaced by new hair.
  • Approximately 93% of all hair on a person’s head is in the growth stage.

  • The average person has between 90,000 and 150,000 hairs on his or her head. There are 200 to 460 hairs per square centimeter of the surface of the skull.
  • People with red hair have more hair than people with any other color.
  • In total, there are three hair colors - brunettes, blondes and reds, but there are about 300 shades
  • Hair is often evidence found at crime scenes. However, although it can tell a lot about its owner, it is impossible to determine his sex in this way.
  • By examining a hair, experts can determine whether a person has recently used drugs.
  • Human hair follicles are formed around the fifth month of development of the embryo in the mother’s womb.
  • Wet hair is heavier and lengthens by 15-30% compared to dry hair.
  • Redheads are the smallest group of people in the world, less than 2%. Most redheads, by the way, live in Scotland and Ireland.
  • The most common hair color on Earth is black.
  • On average, about 20 hairs, grow from one hair follicle during the whole human life.
  • Of all the tissues in the human body, only bone marrow grows faster than hair.
  • The official record of hair length is 6.8 meters.
  • In Ancient Greece there was a belief that red-haired people turn into vampires after death.

  • Losing 40 to 150 hairs a day is normal.
  • Native Africans grow hair slower than other ethnic groups.
  • Epilation, which is the removal of hair from the body, first appeared in ancient Egypt. In particular, it is known that the famous queen Cleopatra resorted to it.
  • In cold climates, hair grows more slowly than in warm climates.
  • Scientists believe that the thick hair cover in evolution was preserved on the human head, as there is no fatty tissue on the skull which would protect it from the cold.
  • Wigs made of natural blond hair are always more expensive than those made of dark hair.
  • A healthy man can go completely gray from severe stress in less than two weeks.
  • Approximately 50% of all men over the age of 50 have some baldness symptoms.
  • On average, the hair on a man’s head grows at a rate of about 1 centimeter per month.
  • In Italy during the Renaissance, horse urine was used to lighten hair.
  • A healthy human hair can hold up to 100 grams. All the hair on the average person’s head would be enough to support the weight of a pair of adult elephants.
  • Contrary to popular myth, regular hair trimming doesn’t help speed up hair growth. But it gets rid of split ends by making hair less brittle.
  • Blondes usually have more body hair than brunettes, but they are visually less noticeable.
  • The ancient Egyptians often shaved the hair off their heads because of the heat, both men and women. And they wore wigs for ceremonies.
  • No one has perfectly straight hair. It’s just that for those who seem to have it straight, the degree of curvature is invisible to the naked eye.
  • If a man never shaves, his beard can grow up to 9-10 meters long over the course of his life.
  • Red hair is more difficult to color than any other hair because of its high melanin content.

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