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Interesting Facts About Hair

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Interesting Facts About Hair

Here are some facts about our hair that you have never known before:

  1. Hair is the fastest growing tissue in the body, second only to bone marrow.
  2. Hair is composed of 50.65% carbon, 20.85% oxygen, 17.14% nitrogen, 6.36% hydrogen, and 5.0% sulphur.
  3. A single hair strand has the thickness between 0.02 mm and 0.04 mm.
  4. Hair is made of a protein called 'keratin', the same protein that protects the finger nails.
  5. Pigments give the hair its color. When we get old, hair receives fewer pigments and turns grey or white.
  6. On an average, the scalp contains 100,000 strands which are just less than 1000 per square inch.
  7. Load-carrying capacity of hair is 100 grams
  8. Hair is made of dead cells when it grows out of its root. This is the reason why you don't feel any pain when your hairdresser works on our hairs.
  9. Darker hair contains higher levels of carbon than blonde hair.
  10. On an average, the scalp contains 100,000 strands which are just less than 1000 per square inch. The average lifespan of a human hair is 3 to 7 years.
  11. Hair grows approximately one-half inch per month.
  12. We lose about 100 hairs per day.
  13. Cutting hair does not influence its growth.
  14. In one year our hair growth is about 12 cm.
  15. Baldness only show if we lose about 50% scalp hair.
  16. Hair grows at a rate of about 150 mm a year.
  17. In adult about 35 meters of hair fibre is produced every day.
  18. Warm weather helps hair grows faster while Humidity help stretching.
  19. By age 50 man loss about 50% hairs.
  20. Average about 90% of scalp hair grows, 10 % are in a resting state. Men have denser hair as compare to women.
  21. About 40% women have hereditary hair loss by the time they reach menopause.
  22. On the average there are over 100,000 strands of hair on a young adult
  23. Redheads have about 90,000 hair strands on their scalp
  24. Blondes have the maximum hair strands, almost 140,000.
  25. Brunettes have average 108,000 hair strands
  26. Hair grows quickest in young adult women aged between 16 and 24.
  27. People with natural brown color have 140,000 strands.
  28. Asian hair grows faster than any other ethnicity.
  29. Africans and Europeans are more prone to balding as opposed to Asians.
  30. African hair is more fragile than European hair
  31. Baldness is a hereditary trait that you receive either from your paternal or maternal side. To improve your hair health, eat more whole wheat products, eggs, vitamin D, herrings, salmon, carrots, green vegetables, and Vitamin C.
  32. Hormonal imbalance and a poor diet can lead to excessive hair loss.
  33. Combing hair daily facilitates good blood circulation.
  34. Don't wash hair in too much hot water. This can damage your hair cuticle



Nov 9, 2010 4:05pm
Several of the facts about hair were a surprise for me.
Thanks for a funny list!
Nov 9, 2010 9:55pm
#33 Combing hair daily... What if I just comb my scalp where my hair used to be?

Thanks for the list.
Nov 10, 2010 11:08am
dpeach-thanks for nice comments
Nov 15, 2010 2:43pm
sakformoe-thanks fro nice comments
Jan 17, 2011 5:21pm
Great info about hair, very interesting.
Jan 26, 2011 11:18am
kristara-thanks for nice commnets
Sep 22, 2011 6:30pm
Good info. If I enter a "hair trivia" contest anytime soon, I will dominate.
Oct 13, 2011 8:45am
marcel-thanks for nice comments
Oct 14, 2011 10:30pm
I learned a lot about hair from you article. Thanks for sharing.
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