Who doesn’t love fun random facts?  They are a great way to expand your mind, while killing time. Personally, I love fun facts (especially about fun facts about hair).  Without further ado, I present to you: 100 Random Facts About Hair!

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Random Facts About Hair:

  1. The average person has roughly between 100,000 and 150,000 strands of hair on their head.

  2. A natural blonde usually has more hair strands on their head then dark or red-haired people. Towheads generally have 120,000 strands; brown/black-haired people have 100,000 strands, and redheads average about 80,000 strands.

  3. Hair is the fastest growing tissue in the body. The only thing that grows faster is bone marrow.

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  1. A single hair strand has a thickness of .02 – .04 mm.

  2. Everybody sheds between 40-150 strands of hair per day.

  3. Crash dieting can cause temporary hair loss.

  4. Hair is mostly made of keratin, which our outer layer of skin and fingernails are also made of.

  5. In animals, horns, hooves, claws, feathers, beaks, quills (porcupines), and baleen (whales) are all also made of keratin.

  6. On an average adult scalp, 25 meters of hair fiber is produced every day.

  7. At any random time, 90% of the hair on a head is in a growing phase, while the other 10% is in a resting phase.

  8. 40% of women have female pattern hair loss by the time they go through menopause.

  9. 50% of men have male pattern hair loss by the age of 50.

  10. For it to be apparent that you are balding, you would have to lose 50% of your hair.

  11. Most drugs cause hair loss.

  12. Thyroid imbalance causes hair loss.
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  13. Iron deficiency causes hair loss.

  14. Humans are born with all of their hair follicles and there is no possible way to increase the amount of hair follicles you have.

  15. Hair turns grey as a result of the pigment cells in the hair follicle not working properly. The hair bulb slows melanin production as a result of age or stress.

  16. Hair is produced in the hair shaft beneath the skin; therefore it takes 13 days to see grey/white hair after it is produced.

  17. A single strand of hair can support up to 6.5 pounds of weight.

  18. A whole head of hair could support up to 2 tons.

  19. On average, hair grows .3 – .5 mm per day.

  20. The length of the growing phase of hair shortens as you age.

  21. When you are born, you have about 1000 hair follicles per square centimeter. This number drops as you age.

  22. Each hair follicle grows a completely new hair about 20 times in a lifetime.

  23. Hair structure is the same, no matter whose head it is on.

  24. The outer layer of hair is called the cuticle, and its purpose is to protect the inside layers. In healthy hair, the cuticle lays flat. In damaged hair, they are more open.

  25. The middle layer of hair is called the cortex, which is made of long proteins twisted together.

  26. The innermost layer of hair is called the medulla. Fine hair usually does not have a medulla. The purpose of the medulla has not yet been determined.

  27. Keratin is composed mostly of an amino acid called cysteine, which is what gives the hair its shape.

32 Comments on 100 Random Facts About Hair

  1. Sandy
    June 26, 2013 at 8:52 AM (4 years ago)

    During the Renaissance era, women shaved their hairlines and eyebrows, as this was a sign of intelligence.

    The romans used hair color as a symbol of their social status. Noblewomen colored their hair red, middle class colored their hair blond, and poor women colored their hair black.

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  2. crème visage
    June 22, 2013 at 11:14 AM (4 years ago)

    If you’ve bleached your hair at least once and then dyed it another color. It only covers it. The blonde will always be in your hair. You cant see it because of the color.And yes, you can get pretty hair with cheap products, I always use drugstore products and I get compliments on how “shiny” my hair is.

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  3. christina
    March 22, 2013 at 11:03 PM (4 years ago)

    Did you know?…If you’ve bleached your hair at least once and then dyed it another color. It only covers it. The blonde will always be in your hair. You cant see it because of the color. If you bleach hair and then color it. To much, makes your hair fall out.coloring isn’t as bad, it still makes hair fall out. So be careful doing that. Dandruff shampoo sometimes makes dandruff worse. You can’t get pretty hair with cheap hair products. You use more and have to buy more. If you get expense shampoo you use less and its good for hair. So its pretty much the same price.

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    • Carreen Cole
      April 20, 2013 at 11:48 AM (4 years ago)

      Who doesn’t know that if you bleach your hair, that hair will remain bleached, even when colored over???
      Dandruff shampoo only makes things worse, if you do not really have dandruff. Most people do not know the difference between dandruff and dry scalp, which are 2 completely different things.
      And yes, you can get pretty hair with cheap products, I always use drugstore products and I get compliments on how “shiny” my hair is. I also went to Cosmetology school and worked in salons for 10 yrs.

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    • Anonymous
      June 26, 2013 at 8:42 AM (4 years ago)

      That is not true. Hair bleach literally eats your melanin which is the natural color. So your natural color is no more untill you get regrowth. And using professional product is better for your hair because it has quality ingredients that are specifically made for your hair type. I am a cosmetologist and have been doing hair for several years so my facts are correct.

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  4. Jessica Cleveland
    February 11, 2013 at 4:50 PM (4 years ago)

    African American hair does not grow slower. It looses moisture faster therefore breaks off easier, and appears to grow slower. If cared for properly it grows just as fast as European hair.

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  5. edykinz
    February 10, 2013 at 9:44 AM (4 years ago)

    73. At one time, in Russia, there was a random tax for wearing a beard.

    Peter the Great wanted to “westernize” Russia so he implemented the beard tax so Russian men would start to style themselves more like European men. Russian men kept long beards to protect the face from the extreme weather. The tax was so high that even the wealthiest men could not afford to keep their beards.

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  6. Bryson
    February 6, 2013 at 9:43 AM (4 years ago)

    You really overuse the word “random”.

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  7. Shayla
    December 21, 2012 at 4:03 AM (5 years ago)

    In the past, individuals were limited to clothes, accessories and even hair coloring.
    It was discovered after scientists took the drug for patients with glaucoma and limited use of chemicals causing the
    eyelashes to grow. You want to make sure you go with one that lets you get the results you want the results
    of temporary eyelash extensions result of relatively constant
    output growth of eyelashes.

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  8. Anonymous
    December 8, 2012 at 11:19 PM (5 years ago)

    Your hair continues to grow while your body still has nutrients in it. As soon as those are all gone then the hairs stop growing.

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  9. Danalee
    November 17, 2012 at 2:37 PM (5 years ago)

    My daughter is 6 and her name is Hollee! You are the 1st person I’ve seen that spell it this way also.

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    • Hollee Wood
      November 17, 2012 at 2:38 PM (5 years ago)

      Hahahaha that is awesome! You have good taste in names, my friend! 😀

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    • Danalee
      November 17, 2012 at 2:40 PM (5 years ago)

      🙂

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  10. Lizzie
    November 1, 2012 at 8:37 AM (5 years ago)

    Number 73. Was not a random tax for having a beard it was a strategical move by Peter the great to weaken the power of the Eastern Orthodox Church

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  11. Anonymous
    October 23, 2012 at 4:13 PM (5 years ago)

    #73 – The Russian tax on beards wasn’t random. It was in an effort to make Russia more modern, as the bearded style was very traditional and was a visual sign of Russia’s already slow paced progress into the “future”.

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  12. Anonymous
    October 21, 2012 at 10:54 PM (5 years ago)

    i dont believe #96 saying cutting your hair doesnt* make it grow faster

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    • Anonymous
      October 22, 2012 at 4:00 PM (5 years ago)

      cutting your hair does not change the rate at which it grows, however, by trimming hair regularly you remove split ends thus, preventing the hair from splitting further up the hair shaft which would make it more fragile and much more suseptible to breakage.

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  13. Anonymous
    October 21, 2012 at 10:53 PM (5 years ago)

    does not *

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  14. Anonymous
    October 21, 2012 at 10:52 PM (5 years ago)

    i dont believe #96 saying cutting your hair does make it grow faster..

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  15. harleygirl76
    October 3, 2012 at 4:53 AM (5 years ago)

    #79 is not 100% correct. The growing stage of hair is Anagen, the resting phase of hair is Catagen, and Telogen is the phase where the hair falls out of the follicle.

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    • Hollee Wood
      October 3, 2012 at 9:38 AM (5 years ago)

      Awesome! Thanks for catching that 🙂

      Reply
  16. mandi
    October 1, 2012 at 10:27 AM (5 years ago)

    “It takes about 7 years to grow your hair to your waist, and 3 years to grow to your shoulders.” is this if you are completely bald?

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    • Hollee Wood
      October 1, 2012 at 8:02 PM (5 years ago)

      Yeah pretty much. It’s saying that if your hair is to your waist, that hair has been on your head for 7 years without shedding.

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    • Anonymous
      December 27, 2012 at 6:55 AM (4 years ago)

      I think so because this isn’t true for me. My hair grows pretty fast and died t take me 7 yrs

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  17. Anonymous
    September 20, 2012 at 3:00 PM (5 years ago)

    #80 is not true… It appears to still grow because of moisture loss and shrinking or withdraw of skin, which exposes hair that was previously under the skin.

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  18. blair
    September 15, 2012 at 12:04 PM (5 years ago)

    Number 80 is wrong the hair and nails apear to keep growing but it actually is caused by the dehydration if the body. With out a constant blood supply feeding the hair it can not grow.

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  19. Anonymous
    August 28, 2012 at 8:05 PM (5 years ago)

    #80 is not true. your hair does stop growing but it looks like your hair has grown because your skin shrinks which makes your hair appear longer

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