Hair is everywhere. Literally. It grows on you, it follows you around. But even with it being such a big part of your life, you may not know everything there is to know.
Here are ten crazy facts about hair that we bet you don’t know.
Hair Color Rules!
While women have been dying and bleaching their hair with things like pigeon dung for centuries, chemical hair dye is a relatively new trend. In 1907 the first chemical hair dye was invented by Eugene Schueller to be sold to the public. Since then it has only grown in popularity!
While about 7% of women colored their hair in 1950, as of 2015 it is estimated that that number has grown to 75%
That’s a lot of dye, and a lot of brilliantly colored hair!
Hold on Tight!
Even though all that hair is doing a ton of growing, it can still only grow so much, and in so many places. Did you know that you are born with all of your hair follicles? There is no possible way to increase what you have or to repair the ones that may have died. So take care of what you’ve got, and make sure to take your vitamins to help slow or stop any hair loss.
Speaking of Hair Loss
Hair loss of more than 50% of total growth may be considered “balding”, but that is not the only hair loss you are going to go through in your life. The average daily hair loss is anywhere from 50-150 strands, and when your hair is longer it is going to appear to be more. So if you are clogging the drain, chances are you aren’t going bald, you are just in your normal shed cycle.Each hair only lives for about five years before it will fall out, no matter how good you care for it, so don’t freak out over a few split hairs.
Grow Baby Grow!
It may come as no surprise that hair is one of the fastest growing tissues in the human body. Because of the follicles ability to begin regrowth immediately after a strand is lost and its year round growth, it is easily a top contender.
In fact, it is only second to bone marrow for its growth rate and replication.
No Werewolves Here…
When we say that hair grows everywhere, we mean it! Hair can grow pretty much everywhere on your body, with a few exceptions. You won’t find any hair on the palms of your hands or the soles of your feet, for example.
For the most part, however, your body is covered with superfine hair that helps keep you warm, and protect your skin.
Lift With Your Head
It may sound unbelievable, but one strand of hair is actually stronger than a copper wire with the same diameter.
Not quite sure how strong that is? Think on this. Each strand of hair can support up to 100 grams in weight. Multiply that by the average 100,000 to 150,000 strands on each head, and your entire head of hair could support the weight equivalent to two elephants.
So, when lifting elephants. Lift with your head.
Suck it Up, Buttercup.
Hair is actually a very useful natural sponge, absorbing more than double its weight in a record amount of time. It actually absorbs so much, so fast, that it was used in 2007 to help clean up oil in the San Francisco Bay after the Cusco Busan oil spill.
Reach for the Floor!
If you have ever washed your hair only to stare at the mirror and wonder how you grew a few inches overnight, there is a simple explanation for that. When wet, your hair can stretch up to 30% of its normal length. That stretch can also make it weaker, which is why it is recommended that you don’t brush your hair when it’s wet.
If you have curly hair however, that stretch is going to appear to be even more as your curls straighten, but do not fear, they will bounce back as they dry.
Speaking of Curls
Every single hair is curly. Even if your hair is as straight as a rail, it actually still has quite a bit of curl in it because of the way hair is formed and grows. All cuticles have a bit of a curl to them, some are just small enough that you can’t see it.
The amount of curl in your hair depends on its follicle. If the follicle of your hair grows asymmetrically the hair will curl. The more off center your hair follicle is, the more curl you have. But don’t fret my curly haired beauties, all of that lack of symmetry just makes you more uniquely you!
Although mostly known only to the cosmetologists, hair splinters are a thing!
When cutting hair, those tiny little bits of your trim can fly around and embed themselves in your skin, just like regular splinters do.
It’s a danger zone out there for cosmetologists! Crazy!
Which of these crazy facts have you heard before? Which of them is making you scratch your head? Let us know in the comments and make sure to share any crazy hair facts that you might now!