Who doesn’t love random, fun, interesting facts?  What a great way to expand your mind while killing time. Personally, I love fun facts (especially about interesting facts about hair).  So without further ado, I present to you: 100 super random, super interesting facts about hair!

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Interesting 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 a temporary loss of hair.

  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 growing, 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 baldness 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 a person to lose their hair.

  12. Thyroid imbalance also causes hair loss.

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  1. Iron deficiency causes hair loss.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  8. Your hair takes longer to grow as you age shortens as you age.

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

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

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

  12. 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.

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

  14. 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.

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

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Hollee Wood is a professional hairstylist with over 10 years of experience in the hair industry. She loves teaching about the science of hair along with everything else beautiful.

51 Comments

  1. The process of hair growth is very complex. I ave had troubles along the way with hair growth and reading your post has taught me a few things that I didn’t know

  2. Oh wow these are such cool facts, who knew hair was so strong. I did know that hair does grow super fast though, but the only hair I want growing is the one on my head lmao

  3. I am thankful for my genes for healthy hair. But I can totally vouch for how iron deficiency had caused my hair to fall a lot at one point.

  4. Kelly Edgar Reply

    Wow I didn’t know half of this information about hair! This is very cool and interesting information.

  5. Whoa, I didn’t know most of these! A head of hair can hold 2 tons? I don’t ever want to test that one out 😄 I’ve always been very interested in human anatomy and physiology, and you just fed my curiosity. Thanks, I’ll be sharing these with my kiddos, too!

  6. A whole head of hair could support up to 2 tons, wtf so then the garnier ads that I always see are true? Pulling a truck with hair… teehee!

  7. I honestly didn’t know that there’s so much that can cause hair loss. That’s pretty alarming and it’s definitely another reason for you to take better care of your health. Loved reading all these facts and leaning more about our crowning glory!

  8. Elizabeth O Reply

    I never knew there were so many facts about hair, how interesting! I still cant believe there are between 100,000 and 150,000 strands of hair on their head.

  9. There was a time when I thought I was shedding more than just 150 strands of hair in a day. I think this was an after effect of my blonde ambition, lol. My hair got all dry and damaged and broke easily that I almost regret getting my hair bleached.

  10. i’m a hairstylist & I love your list – thanks so much for sharing – it was so much fun to read!

  11. HAIR GROWS EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. 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.

  13. 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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  14. 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

  15. Jessica Cleveland Reply

    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.

  16. 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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  18. 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.

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

  20. 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

  21. #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”.

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

    • 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.

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

  24. #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.

  25. “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?

    • 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.

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

  26. #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.

  27. 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.

  28. #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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