50 Insane Facts About Hair {Infographic}

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50 Insane Facts About Hair [Infographic] – By the team at Hair Loss Geeks

50 Insane Facts about Hair

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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.

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Sources

15 Amazing facts about hair – www.ivillage.co.uk

The Price of Pretty – www.stylelist.com

Average Woman Spends £500 a Year on Hair Styling Products – www.lady.co.uk

Tran Van Hay, the Man with the World’s Longest Hair Dies at 79 – www.odditycentral.com

How Strong is Rapunzel’s Hair? [PDF] – www.physics.le.ac.uk

Secrets of human hair unlocked at Natural History Museum in London – www.guardian.co.uk

Weird & Wonderful Hair Facts – www.hairboutique.com

100 Random Facts About HAIR – www.holleewoodhair.org

What Can a Strand of Hair Reveal About You? – www.livingproof.com

Hair Analysis: Your hair tells the truth about you… but not all of it – www.medindia.net

5 Things You Didn’t Know: Human Hair – www.askmen.com

The Study of Hair [PDF] – www.cengagesites.com

Dreadlocks – www.wikipedia.com

Race – Dr. C. George Boeree – http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/race.html

How Hair Coloring Works – www.howstuffworks.com

Clairol Hair Color Survey – www.thefashionablehousewife.com

40 Flaxen Facts About Blonde Hair – www.randomhistory.com

Gingers and Titians – 38 Red Hair and Redhead Facts – www.randomhistory.com

The man with the world’s longest ear hair – www.dailymail.co.uk

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