7 Facts About Hair You Probably Didn't Know
You probably know the basics - don’t wash too often, only brush when dry, avoid using heat, and so on. But did you know that hair can get a bit more complex? Not only is there a ton of science behind the composition of hair, but each person is entirely different. Here are some thing you probably didn't know about hair!
1. Redheads have the least amount of hair.
The average person with brown or black hair has about 100,000 strands of hair on their head, whereas people with a shade of red have approximately 80,000 strands (1). This statistic corresponds to your hair’s level of density, which can suggest a lot about what kinds of products will work with your hair.
2. The longer your hair stays damp, the more time there is for damage to occur.
Wet hair is prone to the most breakage. With this in mind, it’s even riskier to keep your hair tied up while it’s wet. The potential for your hair to be pulled while damp is elevated, and, your scalp is at risk as well. If you spend a lot of time with wet hair right against your scalp, you are increasing your chance of bacteria and fungal infections (2). Our suggestion? Keep your hair down, or in a loose low ponytail.
3. Hair is the second fastest-growing tissue in the body.
Yep! Bone marrow takes first place, but approximately 35 meters of hair fibre grows each day (1).
4. Daily hair loss is completely normal.
Don’t worry too much about finding loose hair, especially when you shower. On average, humans lose approximately 100 strands of hair every single day! Note: If you have curly or wavy hair and use a lot of product with a strong hold (gel, mousse, etc.), be prepared to see an excessive amount of hair loss in the shower. This isn’t because these products cause more breakage, but because these kinds of stylers cause the hair to gather. So when the water and shampoo breaks it up and rinses it away, all of those loose strands since your last wash day are being set free.
5. Hair is mainly made up of Keratin.
The protein we often find in topical products is responsible for the majority of our hair’s composition. With of course, dead skin cells mixed in
6. Less than 2% of the world’s population has red hair.
That’s only about 155,060,000 people worldwide, making it the rarest hair color (3).
7. Living in a warmer climate can promote hair growth.
Warm temperatures increase blood circulation within the body, which helps your hair to grow faster. Boosts in circulation are why scalp massages are highly suggested to help grow longer locks of hair.