Some interesting facts about hair….
- A blonde head of hair usually has more strands than red or dark hair heads.
- Hair consists mainly of keratin, which is also responsible for the elasticity of fingernails.
- A single hair has a thickness of 0.02 – 0.04mm, so that 20 – 50 hair strands next to each other make one millimetre.
- Hair is as strong as iron. It rips after applying a force equivalent to 60kg, only after it stretched itself for about 70%.
- Even on a ‘good hair day’, everyone loses anywhere in-between 50 to 100 strands.
- The average scalp has 100,000 strands, or just fewer than 1000 per square inch.
- We are born with all our hair follicles.
- Some people can grow their hair up to 3 feet in length.
- The trait for baldness can be passed down through paternal or maternal genes.
- Hormone imbalances and crash dieting can trigger temporary hair loss.
- Frequent washing does not increase loss of hair.
- Hair grows faster in warm weather.
- Many drugs and illnesses can cause hair loss
- Thyroid imbalance and iron deficiency are reversible causes for hair
- Over 50% of men by the age of 50 have male pattern hair loss
- 40% of women, by the time they reach menopause, have female pattern hair loss