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5 Interesting Facts You Never Knew About Human Hair

Updated on February 28, 2014
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I’m going to share with you here, those mysteries of the human species that were never highlighted in General Knowledge textbooks. Neither have they been discussed by hair goddesses who make appearances in shampoo commercials. I’m going to enlighten you on some fun facts about human hair that you obviously haven’t heard before (for reasons mentioned above) and therefore do not know.

Redheads don’t grey!

Jealous? Don’t be. It’s not that their hair does not turn white; it’s just that their hair never passes through the greying stage. As they age, redheads tend to go blonder and then finally turn pure white. On the negative side, studies reveal that redheads tend to be more sensitive to pain. So, if you’re a redhead and you’re often accused of being a wimp, blame in one your hair color!

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Eyelash hair mites:

You’ve heard of head lice, but parasites populating your sparse eyelashes! Now, that’s something we can’t quite imagine. But it’s true. Tiny, wormlike mites reside in eyelash follicles. They feed on waste products, including sebum. Eyelash mite infestation could lead to loss of eyelashes, discharges and impaired vision. Yikes!

We are monkeys, still:

What I mean to say is that we’re as hairy as chimps. Although we don’t look as hairy as chimps, our bodies have the same per inch density of hair growth as chimpanzees. The only difference is that our bodies are mostly covered in fine, short, pale colored strands that are not easily visible. On the bright side, just like us, chimps suffer from hair loss too! Well, you gain some, you lose some.

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Who said you’re turning bald?!

You see a couple of strands on your hair brush and you start wondering if your baldness has become very visible. The next minute, you’re trying to set hair this way and that to cover up the sparsely covered patches. However, in reality, people start noticing you’re balding only after you have lost almost 50% of your hair. However, by the time you reach this stage, it might be too late to undo the damage.

Helpful tip: Take necessary steps from a young age to minimize hair fall. Have a healthy diet, oil your hair, exercise, and use a good shampoo and conditioner. Loreal’s Fall Repair 3X Anti-Hair Fall shampoo does a good job in reducing hair fall and strengthening hair roots.

You can check out the product here: Fall Repair 3X Anti-Hair Fall shampoo

You have naturally strong hair

Haven’t you always cribbed about weak, fragile hair that seems to break at the drop of a hat? The truth is quite the opposite. According to studies, your hair is as strong as an iron wire. It rips only if it is stretched about 70% and a force equivalent to 60 kgs is applied!

So much for cribbing about bad hair!

Anyway, this was the trivia I could collect. Were there any facts among these that did surprise you? Are you aware of any more such little known facts about human hair? Do share them with me in the comments section.


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    • Cherylann Mollan profile imageAUTHOR

      Cherylann Mollan 

      4 years ago from India

      @ Dream On: Oh yes, a guy can seldom understand the thought and time a woman invests in dressing up! :) But, what with the latest beauty products available for men, yes, 'beauty products' available for men, I must make an argument that men too have started finding the 20 minute time limit very limiting!

      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. :)

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      DREAM ON 

      4 years ago

      I am lucky to be a guy and never imagined how much work women put in their hair and make up etc. to look stunning. I will never question how long it takes for a woman to get ready.Now I know why.Where a guy hops in a shower , shaves and puts on nice clothes and cologne done 20 minutes flat.

    • Cherylann Mollan profile imageAUTHOR

      Cherylann Mollan 

      4 years ago from India

      @ologsinquito: Thanks for your kind words. It is much appreciated. :)

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      4 years ago from USA

      This is really interesting. Voted up and shared.

    • Cherylann Mollan profile imageAUTHOR

      Cherylann Mollan 

      4 years ago from India

      Thanks for stopping by DDE. Some of these facts surprised me to. It is true that our lifestyle and diet does impact our health and hair. Very often a minor change in our daily eating and sleeping habits can bring about a visible change in our hair quality!

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting facts about human hair, and our daily activities do make a change in our lifestyle with health and good hair.

    • Cherylann Mollan profile imageAUTHOR

      Cherylann Mollan 

      4 years ago from India

      @ FlourishAnyway: Glad you found the tip interesting, and thanks for stopping by. :)

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      4 years ago from USA

      Very interesting about red hair!


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