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How many hairs are on your head? Random facts about human skin, hair, and nails

Updated on April 29, 2016
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How much skin does the average person have?

On average, the human body is covered with around 20 square feet of skin, which weighs about 6 pounds.

Do identical twins have the same fingerprints?

No, even twins have different prints, though the differences are often subtle and detectable only by experts.

What causes goose-bumps?

The contraction of muscle fibers in the skin produces more heat, raising the temperature of the body. This is why your skin puckers in the cold.

How can tattoos be removed?

Skin grafting, infrared coagulation treatment, or salabrasion (table salt is scrubbed into anaesthetized skin) are options. Also, hypertonic irritant solution disperses tattoo pigment particles, but cause scars.

How much does human hair grow?

Each hair grows an average of 9 inches a year.

Does hair grow faster in summer or winter?

Human hair growth increases during the summer 10% because warm weather facilitates blood circulation, nourishing hair cells. In cold weather, blood is needed for warming internal organs and less is circulated to the skin.

How many hairs are on a human head?

An average person has about 100,000 hairs on their scalp. Redheads have 90,000 while blonds have 140,000; brunettes fall in between.

Most people shed 50-100 hairs a day.

How fast do fingernails grow?

Healthy nails grow about 0.8 inch a year. The middle fingernail grows faster because the longer the finger, the longer the nail. Fingernails grow four times faster than toenails.

Do nails and hair continue to grow after death?

No, but it looks like it sometimes because the body begins to dry out between 12 and 18 hours after death and fingertips shrink.

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      Amanda Kendle 9 years ago from Perth

      I was happy to read about the hairs on a human head question - I teach English to foreigners and often use a quiz that includes this question to practice talking about big numbers. Once I had a student who had actually scientifically calculated how many hairs were on his head by taking some sample sections and counting them - he worked it out at around 100,000 too (he was a singer in a band and was worried about going bald!). Interesting facts, thanks!

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      Leis 9 years ago

      I don't belive that there is around 100 000 heairs on the human head......more like millions!!!!!!!!!!!! Who would actually count every single little hair?

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      Sangay Glass 9 years ago

      I like random acts of knowledge! Good job!

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 9 years ago from Chennai

      Very very interesting. Bookmarked this hub.

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      LisaG 9 years ago from Caribbean

      This is so interesting. It reminds me of the verse in the bible which says God knows every single hair on your head.

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      Duchednier 9 years ago

      Your last comment is wrong actually. Hair, skin cells, toenails all live and grow after death. Not long of course, but at least a day or 2, because there is still oxodized blood in the veins at the time, and the cells can still live off that, and then once the blood is drained of its oxygen, there is still glucose inside the cells themselves, then after that they all slowly die, but its not until then that they stop growing.

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      AUSTIN 9 years ago

      Its pretty weird i was checking a fact on a triva game and got stuck reading it.

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      mishi 9 years ago

      this website is awesome. im doing a project about hair and these facts really help.

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      Bob 9 years ago

      I need to know a method on how to find the hairs. But it was still interesting. Thanks

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      Joanie Ruppel 9 years ago from Texas

      I love these types of facts. They are the type that will stick in your head keep you entertained and entertaining.

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      Liz 9 years ago

      Hey this is cool. Im doing a science project on hair too. This really helped me out. Thanks.

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      karinabaybee 9 years ago

      this is kinda kool that someone actually finds out random stuff:]

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      Danielle. 8 years ago

      This is soo freaky

      i love my hair and i love to have long hair but i just got it all cut off im so glad to hear it grows 9 inches a year! :D

      xxxx

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      wordsimmaculate 8 years ago from delhi

      cool Knowledge about the skin.... :D I really needed this...liked your hub :-)

      Khush

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      Zee 8 years ago

      the data on hair (and all facts) should also have Asian and South Asian skin / hair types

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      Te'a Hall 8 years ago

      I found this extremely intresting. My three year old son, Nathan kept on bugging me about how many hairs were on his head. Once he tried to cound them and that was a hoot! Well thank you for answering it to me but Nathan still doesn't beleive me...

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      Skin care 7 years ago

      interesting one.

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      LAUREN 7 years ago

      WOW I never thought there were really that much hair and skin on our body

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      Jayde 7 years ago

      Wow that's a crap load of hair!!

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      glassvisage 7 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you all for your comments! Jayde, lol!

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      lee 7 years ago

      doing school project

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      nikk 7 years ago

      this is so boring

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      Marsha 7 years ago

      This is really awesome, but which is true? Your hair and toenails grow after death or what?

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      ghd 7 years ago

      People usually say :"Seeing is believing." After I bought this strighter ,in a sense,it means a great deal to me.cheap ghd is very useful tools to protect our damaged hair.discount ghd.If you never pay attention your hair ,please grasp this chance.

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      Belle 7 years ago

      Mann,

      I only have 90,000 hairs on my head!

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      lolo 7 years ago

      wow,I learned so much :D

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      bellebop 6 years ago

      wow! i have 140,000 hairs on my head! sooooo cool!

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      lovelylizzy 6 years ago from Bahamas

      this was very interesting.thanx 4 putting it up. :D

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      Idude607 6 years ago

      very informative hub, thanks for sharing!

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      Mae Ortiz 5 years ago

      good to know this facts...i used to look that i do have a thick hair though it was really thin,I am so worried that i barely losing numbers of hair strands after taking a bath, happy to know that it really does happening...

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      ruth 5 years ago

      My 5 year old just asked me a question about hair I wasn't able to answer. Thanks for the help!

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      Prince Nelly 5 years ago

      I am a young guy and i have completely lost my hair and i want to know if there is anything i can do to gain my hair back.Thank you

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      BEHNAM FROM IRAN 5 years ago

      THANKS FOR EVERYTHING.it is superb and breathtaking.especially for hair,good job.GOOD LUCK

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      Curious 5 years ago

      Does the figure about number of hairs apply to all race?

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      princess peach 5 years ago

      Hi prince nelly, im a hairdressee n there is no way of growing hair bk! Also the volume of hair varies from person to person n not by there hair colour! I have a dark auburn.brown hair n.have a lot more than.my sisters who are blonde!

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      xxx 5 years ago

      I doesn't believe this one for hair 100000..and loss also

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      chelsey hess 5 years ago

      hehe...i have very short hair hehe!!!!!

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      rookie 5 years ago

      wrong wrong wrong all of it

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      k-k 5 years ago

      realy i did not need to know this!!!!!!!:(.

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      xaw_x 5 years ago

      Number of hair on head = 99,000

      on body except head = 90,000

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      Kelvin 5 years ago

      Thumb up great job

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      Alka upreti 5 years ago

      So interesting. It helped me to solve my science conceptual question.

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      vaibhav 5 years ago

      what has happen to our pubic hairs when we die they still grow or they stop and why they still grow or why do they stop

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      Cj 5 years ago

      This is awesume!

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      Richard Johnson 5 years ago

      How many hair are on the human head? I will stick with this conclusion:

      Average--100,000, Blonds have most--140,000, Red heads--

      90,000, Brunettes--80,000, Really Bald-- none.

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