5 Wacky Facts About Human Hair

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Some people take it for granted. Some people spend their lives trimming and styling it. Some people don’t have much of it left. But every human being, regardless of their level of concern with it, or the quantity of it remaining, has hair. In fact, having hair is one of the characteristics used to define the class “Mammalia,” of which we are a part (other factors include milk-fed young, warm blood, the bones of the ear and so on). And whether you are a Vidal Sassoon-trained stylist or just some guy with a faux-hawk, we think you’ll find these facts pretty hair-raising!

5 Don’t Worry, There’s More Where That Came From

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The average, non-balding human has a little more than 100,000 hairs on their head. As you only lose around a hundred each day (it might seem like more based on the shower drain, but it’s not, trust us), you are pretty well covered at all times. Also, blondes might not necessarily have more fun, but they do have more hair – usually about 15 percent more hairs per head.

4 It’s Not Just for Breakfast …

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OK, this might seem gross, but if you have dry, fragile hair, the best thing you can do for it is to beat some eggs, and then spread them all over those locks of yours. In fact, if you can bring yourself to either leave your crown in a bowl of raw egg or pop on a snug, water-and-egg-tight shower cap, all the better. The proteins and fats in raw egg will do wonders for you hair, but please shampoo twice when you’re done with the treatment.

3 It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint

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Just got a terrible haircut, did you? Well, we feel for you: you’re going to have it for a while. The average person’s hair grows at a rate of just 1/2 inch per month, or 6 inches per year. And there’s really nothing you can do to speed it up. Also, hair growth slows down with age, and may be as much as 80 percent slower by the time you’re in your 70s.

2 When You’re Done, It’s Done

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There is an urban legend school kids like to pass around (and many adults have likely never debunked) that says hair continues to grow for a while after death. Brief thought paid to this assertion is enough to convince most people that no, in fact, it doesn’t: Your dead body does not continually add keratin to the base of your hair shafts. This phenomenon does seem to occur at times, but it is due to the flesh of the deceased contracting, exposing more hair.

1 That’s a Long Time Between Trips to Super Cuts

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The Guinness World Record for the longest hair ever is held by a Chinese woman named Xie Quiping. At its greatest length, her locks stretched out to 18.5 feet! She had reportedly not cut it between 1973 and the 8th of May, 2004, when the record was certified.

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