Hair Facts

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