50 facts about hair

50 Insane Facts about Hair

WTF facts

  • Each strand of hair can contain up to 14 different elements, including traces of gold
  • The anticipation of sex makes hair grow faster
  • Human hair can be used to make an additive that is found in foods such as the dough for pizza crusts and bagels
  • A cheap Chinese producer of soy sauce – Hongshuai Soy Sauce – was found to use amino acids from human hair
  • 2750kg or 45 men
  • The answer to “How Strong is Rapunzel’s Hair?” A paper produced by The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester
  • Two African elephants or 12 tonnes
  • The weight a whole head of hair could support
  • 10 miles (16 km)
  • The yearly gross product per head of hair
  • Healthy hair, when wet, can stretch to 30% its original length
  • Human hair is used by groups of eco-friendly volunteers to clean up oil spills
  • Hair absorbs oil from the water, working as a natural sponge
  • 40 – 150 strands of hair
  • The number everybody sheds per day (unless you’re bald!)
  • The only part of hair that is not dead is the hair that is inside your scalp

Insane facts about hair colour

  • 2% Percentage of world population with Blonde hair
  • Black hair is the most common hair colour
  • The rarest hair colour is red and is only found in 1% of the world’s population
  • 13% of the Scottish population has red hair
  • The highest proportion of redheads in the world
  • 2 – 6% of the American population are redheads
  • USA has the largest population of redheads
  • In 1950, about 7% of American women dyed their hair
  • Today, 75% of American women dye their hair
  • In a survey by Clairol, they found perceptions of people differed based on their hair colour:
  • Blondes = fun and flirty
  • Brunettes = smart and serious
  • Redheads = strong
  • Blonde hair can fetch up to 3x the price as dark hair.
  • 100g of blonde, European hair = £1,000 ($1,600)

Insane facts about hair biology

  • Hair is the second fastest growing tissue in the body – Only bone marrow is quicker
  • We get goose bumps when it’s cold because our hair follicles contract, causing our skin to bunch up and hairs to stand on end.
  • Hair is composed of 50.65% carbon, 20.85% oxygen, 17.14% nitrogen, 6.36% hydrogen, and 5.0% sulphur
  • 100,000 is the average number of hairs on the head
  • Blondes average hair strands– 146,000
  • Black haired average hair strands – 110,000
  • Brown haired average hair strands – 100,000
  • Redheads average hair strands – 86,000
  • Hair is one of the most common types of forensic evidence
  • Hair cross-sections can be used to tell what race or ethnic origin you are
  • People of Asian descent have very round shaped hair
  • People of African descent have very flat shaped hair
  • People of European descent have oval shaped hair
  • Gender is one thing that cannot be identified by a hair strand
  • Hair contains information on what has been through your blood stream, including minerals and drugs
  • 5 million
  • Approximate number of hair follicles the human body has
  • All of the hair follicles in humans are formed when a foetus is five months old
  • Hair can cover the whole body, with the exception of the soles of feet, palms of hands, mucous membranes, and lips

Insane facts about hair beauty

  • The word shampoo comes from the Hindi-Urdu word ‘champna’, meaning “to smear, knead the muscles, massage”
  • £500 / $780
  • Average yearly amount women spend on styling products
  • One hour and 53 minutes
  • Average weekly time girls spend washing, blow drying and styling their hair
  • – By the age of 65, they will have spent more than seven months of their lives on their hair
  • For it to be apparent that you are balding, you would have to lose 50% of your hair
  • 13 days
  • Time it takes for any white or grey hairs to show from stress, shock or aging
  • 5 months
  • Average time a man spends shaving in his life
  • If a man never shaved his beard, it would grow to over 30 feet in a lifetime
  • World’s Longest Hair (Female) – Guinness World Records
  • – Xie Qiuping (China) – Measured at 5.627 m (18 ft 5.54 in) in 2004
  • – Growing her hair for 30 years
  • World’s Longest Hair (Male)
  • – Tran Van Hay (Vietnam) – measured at 6.8m (22 ft 3 in) at death in 2010
  • – Weighed 10.5 kg
  • World’s Longest Ear Hair
  • – Radhakant Baijpai (India) – measured at 25cm (9.8 in) in 2009

Insane facts about hair history

  • In ancient Greece, blonde hair was associated with prostitution
  • During the Renaissance, it was fashionable for woman to pluck their hairline to give them a higher forehead.
  • In 1705, Peter the Great of Russia instituted a beard tax to westernize Russian society
  • Beard tokens were inscribed with: “the beard tax has been taken” and “the beard is a superfluous burden”
  • During the Victorian era, jewellery and lockets were made from the hair of deceased loved ones
  • The Ancient Egyptians were the first to remove unwanted body hair
  • Dreadlocks are said to have biblical justification
  • “All the days of the vow of his separation there shall no razor come upon his head: until the days be fulfilled, in the which he separateth himself unto the LORD, he shall be holy, and shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow.”
  • — Book of Numbers 6:5, KJV Bible
  • In Ancient Rome, women dyed their hair blonde with pigeon dung
  • In Renaissance Venice, women dyed their hair blonde using horse urine
  • The ancient Greeks believed that redheads would turn into vampires after they died.

    Special thanks to hairlossgeeks.com for compiling these facts.