13 Amazing Fun Facts You May Not Know About Hair
Your hair defines you more than you know!
Did you know that your hair is amazing and unique! Whether you have fine, thick, long, short, matte, glossy, curly, coily, or straight, you need to discover these 13 amazing fun facts about our hair.
1. Baby humans 👶 are born with about five million hair follicles, and there is no possible way to increase the number of follicles you have.
By week 22, a developing fetus has all of its hair follicles formed. At this stage of life there are about 5 million hair follicles on the body. There are a total of one million on the head, with one hundred thousand of those follicles residing on the scalp. This is the largest number of hair follicles a human will ever have, since we do not generate new hair follicles anytime during the course of our lives.
2. Africans 👩🏾🦱 and Caucasians 🧑🏼 are more prone to balding than Asians.
Baldness (is also known as genetic hair loss or alopecia) is the most common form of hair loss usually in men. Caucasian men are more likely to experience hair loss in larger numbers, but that doesn’t mean you won’t experience thinning hair if you are Asian descent. The highest rates for balding men based on studies are found among Caucasians, followed by Afro-Caribbeans. Chinese and Japanese men have the lowest rates. For some unknown reason, this form of hair loss is does not occur among Native Americans.
3. The anticipation of sex makes hair grow faster.
The anticipation of sex boosts testosterone levels, which stimulate hair growth. In both men and women, the levels of estrogen in the body will increase during sex. Estrogen will counter the effects of testosterone. It’s like a natural antidote to hormonal hair loss. Both men’s and women’s bodies have the hormones estrogen and testosterone. It’s usually assumed that testosterone is a “man’s hormone” and estrogen is only found in females but that’s not true. Levels of each hormone are found in our body, regardless of sex.
4. Women often lose more hair after giving birth.
Hormones are the biggest reason for pregnancy hair changes and postpartum hair loss. Many new moms see noticeable hair loss a few months after having a baby. 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐥, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐢𝐫 𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐬. Dermatologists refer to this condition as excessive hair shedding. The excessive shedding is caused by falling estrogen levels.
Depending on the individual, signs of pattern baldness might not be noticeable until upwards of 40% hair is lost. Signs of balding are even harder to detect in women because hair loss tends to occur in a more spread-out manner.
When ammonia dyes are used repeatedly, they tend to damage the cuticle, allowing the moisture to escape. This causes frizzy, dry and brittle hair. Choose ammonia free-hair colours because its gentler on your hair and skin. If you have an extremely sensitive scalp, you may opt for organic hair colours. They are devoid of ammonia, but may contain other alkalis similar to ammonia.
In a survey collected about the relationship between hair color and personality perception, these were the results:
- Blonde : flirty, fun
- Brown :smart, serious
- Redheads : strong
Although the experimental hypothesis (𝘩𝘢𝘪𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘢 𝘳𝘰𝘭𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘥𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘱𝘩𝘺𝘴𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘭 𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴). According to Feinman and Gill (1978) found that males preferred blonde hair colour and females preferred brunette hair colour. The Clayson and Klassen study (1989) indicated that blondes were preferred by both sexes.
Blow drying your hair involves a 𝘁𝗲𝗺𝗽𝗼𝗿𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲 in the structure of the hair into wet hair is stretched around brush, and dried in its stretched state. When blow-drying the hair good 𝙚𝙡𝙖𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙘𝙞𝙩𝙮 is essential . Without it, the hair cannot be stretched into new shapes. The stretching of the hair is called hydrogen bonds.
Once the hair is at the skin’s surface, the cells within the strand of 𝗵𝗮𝗶𝗿 𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗻’𝘁 𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝘆𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲. The hair you see on every part of your body contains dead cells. That’s why it doesn’t cause pain when someone cuts your hair with scissors! Even though the hair you can see isn’t made of living cells, the roots of your hair are very much a living thing.
Hairs possess different microscopic characteristics such as shape, colour, and root appearance. Forensic Scientist𝘀 use hair to determine 𝗮𝗴𝗲, 𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗿𝗮𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗶𝗻 of the person that shed the hair, as well as allowing one to determine which area of the body hair has come from and it can also show if the hair has been chemically treated, or if has been cut or pulled out in a certain way. .
Have you ever been disappointed when you realized that your recently cut wet hair seemed longer? Then discovered it suddenly shrunk after drying it. This happens because water stretches hair to be longer than it naturally is! If hair does not stretch back to it’s original state, it’s lacking protein. If it snaps it is either over protein or lacking moisture. This is called the Wet Stretch Test.
The the sun and heat do boost hair growth. 🌞 The summer season has a beneficial impact on the growth of your hair due to extended periods of sun and higher temperatures. The warmer weather boosts the supply of nutrients needed for keratin production. The production of this protein (essential for hair growth ) is 𝙞𝙣𝙘𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙚𝙙 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙮𝙤𝙪𝙧 𝙡𝙤𝙘𝙠𝙨 𝙢𝙖𝙮 𝙜𝙧𝙤𝙬 𝙛𝙖𝙨𝙩𝙚𝙧.
Second only to bone marrow. The hair on your head grows about a half inch per month, or 6 inches per year. Hair grows out of little pockets in your skin called follicles. In general, male hair grows slightly faster than female😮 (but men are more likely to go bald) , by the age of 50, approximately 85 percent of men will have significantly thinner hair)