50 Insane Facts About Hair

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Insane facts about hair color

  • 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)

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 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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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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  1. Very nice research. Thanks for informing and updating my knowledge of hair color.

  2. Giovanna Carrasco says:

    HI, I just read some of your hair facts and you guys contradict yourselves. I just feel like you should have your facts straight before you go around telling people hair facts that aren’t ever true

  3. If redheads only make up 1% of the population, why the hell are there so many frakking gingers?

  4. Actually shampoo was brought to the west before neither Hindi nor Urdu even existed. It was probably some form of Hindustani or a regional language.

  5. Hmmm… either they left out a couple on the Places Hair Does Not Grow, or it is possible for a man to have a hairy penis. I’m not sure how I would feel about that.

  6. WebDiva says:

    You’ve left out albinos from your hair color list, whose hair is really clear (like a polar bear’s fur) rather than white.

  7. Grey hair is not caused by stress, that has been proven to be false.

  8. I’m a stylist. The shape of the cross section of your hair doesn’t tell you your ethnicity, but the form the hair takes. Round is straight hair, Oval is Wavy hair, and Flat is very curly hair.

  9. Great Article. “The anticipation of Sex makes your hair grow faster.” Doesn’t seem to be working on me!!

  10. Beards will not grow to a length of 30ft. They are genetically programmed to reach a certain length and fullness.


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