You’ve been lusting over your best friend’s gorgeous long hair for years. How can she manage to grow it that long when you can barely get your hair to reach your shoulders? Have you ever wondered why some people have thicker hair than others? Or why some people go gray in their 20’s? Check out these fascinating facts about hair!
Fact #1: Hair turns gray when the melanin (pigment cells) in the follicles of your hair stops working. Stress and aging both cause the hair bulb to slower or cease melanin production.
Fact #2: The average person has about 100,000 hair follicles on their head. Red heads tend to have about 90,000 hair follicles while blondes have about 130,000 hair follicles.
Fact #3: Most people don’t realize they’re losing their hair until they’ve lost about 50% of the hair on their scalp. It’s at this point that most people accept their hair loss or seek out hair transplant procedures.
Fact #4: Hair follicles are capable of growing many hairs over the span of a lifetime. The average follicle will grow up to 20 new hairs.
Fact #5: After menopause, over 40% of women will experience hereditary pattern baldness. Over 50% of men over the age of 50 will experience male pattern baldness.
Fact #6: Wet hair can increase in length up to 30%, but will return to its normal length when dry.
Fact #7: Hair and fingernails are both made up of keratin, a protein generated by stem cells in the body.
Fact #8: Split ends can never be repaired. The only way to cure split ends is to cut them off.
Fact #9: Hair grows in three cycles: Anagen, Catagen, and Telogen.
Fact #10: Some individuals can grow their hair follicles up to one meter in length before it stops growing.
Fact #11: A single strand of hair is as strong as a strand of iron wire. It takes almost 132 pounds of force and the stretching of a strand of hair by about 70% to rip it in half.
Fact #12: Bone marrow is the fastest growing part of the human body, while hair is the second.
Fact #13: Baldness is not inherited solely from the maternal side of the family. Baldness and thinning are hereditary issues and are dependent on the maternal and fraternal sides of a person’s family.
Fact #14: New technologies and advancements in medical science now make low cost hair transplant procedures wildly accessible to anyone suffering from hair loss. Procedures include micro grafting and NeoGrafting techniques that offer permanent solutions.
Fact #15: Infants have about 1000 hair follicles per square centimeter. By a persons mid 30s or 40s, that rate will decrease to about 300 follicles per square centimeter.