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Hair Snips #30: Hair Color Statistics

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Hair snips are fun, quick articles about hair and beauty.  They are meant to be short and straight-to-the-point, so you have an easy time reading them.  For this Hair Snip, I would like to talk about a few interesting hair color statistics.

Hair Snips are fun, quick articles about hair. In this Hair Snip, I want to touch on a few fun hair color statistics. The first thing is...

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Hair Snips #28: What Causes Goose Bumps?

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It’s common knowledge that when a human is cold, they get goose bumps (usually on their arms).  But do you know what causes goose bumps and what they are?  Let me explain…

It's common logic that you get goose bumps when you are cold or scared... but do you know what causes goose bumps? Find out from...

Goose bumps, aka the “pilomotor reflex,” are part of an automatic response of a mammal’s body.  Part of this reflex’s function is to generate warmth in a cold environment.  “How does it work?” you ask.  The muscle fiber attached to the hair follicle tightens and pulls the hair straight up, which makes the surrounding skin bunch up.  The straightened hair traps a layer of air against the skin which adds insulates the body.

Goose Bumps As A Result Of Fear:

This reflex does not do a lot to help hairless mammals like humans.  However, notice how when a cat is spooked, their hair stands straight up.  This defense mechanism is caused by the pilomotor reflex.  The purpose of the hair standing up is to make the mammal appear to be larger than they are, possibly scaring the attacker away.

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Hair Snips #27: Dead Ends

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Everyone has heard the term “dead ends” but do you know what that really means?  Let me explain…

Everyone has heard the term "dead ends" but do you know what that really means? Let me explain...

What Are Dead Ends, Really?

Well, here’s the thing:  all hair is dead– or at least the hair you see.  The only part of hair that is alive, is the hair found in the hair follicle, below the epidermis of the scalp.  The actual hair shaft, which is the part you see, has no biochemical activity in it.  According to dermatologists, that means its dead.

The phrase “dead ends” typically refers to the ends of the hair shaft, where the hair is likely more damaged.  However, it would be much more accurate for that phrase to refer to all of the visible hair.  “Split ends” is a better way to explain the damaged ends of the hair.

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Hair Snips #26: Halloween Makeup

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Do you know the dirty truth about Halloween Makeup?  It may even scare you more than Halloween itself…

Do you know the dirty truth about Halloween Makeup? It may even scare you more than Halloween itself...

It’s that time of year when everyone is putting their last-minute Halloween costumes together and kids are getting ready to impress all of their friends around the neighborhood.  Some of these costumes may even be so elaborate that they need costume makeup to finish off the look.  But do you know just how unsafe Halloween makeup is? (more…)

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