25 Interesting Facts About Hair

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Besides our dove or siren eyes, hair is another fascinating human body feature. It can be naturally blonde, black, brown, or red, depending on factors such as melanin content and genetics. Moreover, you can style the hair section of your human body system in different ways by getting a bob, pixie, bangs, feathering, and layers. But do you really know your hair that well? Here are 25 interesting fun facts about hair that might blow your mind. 

Fun Facts About Hair

1. About 95% of our skin is covered in hair. 

2. We generally lose about 50-100 hair strands in a day. 

3. Your hair absorbs oil out of water.

4. Each human hair strand contains around 14 different elements including carbon, nitrogen, and hydrogen.

5. Every hair strand is made up of a cuticle, the cortex, and the medulla. 

6. Human hair is often used to clean up oil spills.

7. The scientific term for grey hair is called “canities”.

8. Malassezia globosa is the fungus responsible for causing dandruff. It pushes dead skin cells to the surface at a faster rate than usual. 

9. The colour of our hair depends on the amount of melanin each strand contains. 

10. All the hair follicles you will ever have were formed when you were a fetus.

11. Your hair can tell everything that has been in your bloodstream, such as vitamins, drugs, minerals, and medicines. 

12. The only thing which can’t be identified by hair is your gender. 

13. Black is the most common hair colour in the world.

14. Red is the rarest hair colour in the world. 

15. Hair is the fastest-growing tissue in the human body, second only to bone marrow. 

16. Wet human hair can stretch up to 30% of its original length. 

17. A hair strand is stronger than a copper wire of equal diameter. 

18. The only part of your hair which is not dead is within the scalp. 

19. Each hair strand tends to have its own muscle, nerve, and blood supply. 

20. When we feel cold or scared, the muscles of the hair strand contract, making the strand rise. This leads to goosebumps on the skin. 

21. On average, women spend about 2 hours a week styling their hair. 

22. Trichoptilosis is the scientific term for split ends.

23. Getting a haircut frequently will not make your hair grow faster than usual. However, it may help get rid of split ends. 

24. Blow drying our hair changes its shape by affecting hydrogen bonds. The same thing happens when we wash our hair with water and it flattens them out. 

25. Each hair strand can support up to 100 grams of weight. This means that your entire head of hair might support two elephants.  

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