www.4haircare.com.au There are lot of stuff that you do not know about your hair.
Most people have around 100,000 hair follicles in their heads. You cannot increase them. You are born with it and no products can make it grow more follicles. However some people might have more due to genetic reasons. Some examples
- Red heads – 90,000 hair follicles
- Black hair – 110,000 hair follicles
- Blond hair – 130,000 hair follicles
A person’s genes determine the hair/skin/eye color since before his or her birth. The determinants for hair color are known as melanocytes. These cells form the natural hair colors, or pigments and distinguish between black, brown, and red. Depending on the percentage of each pigment, the person has blonde, brown, red or black hair. As the melanocytes decay during a lifetime, the hair becomes a dull gray and later on it turns into a whitish color.
Fact #2 Your hair turns gray because the pigment cells known as melanin in your hair follicles are not working properly. The hair bulb usually degrades in production as you age or when you are stressed. It is possible for your hair to turn white from shock… but not overnight! Hair pigment is produced in the hair shaft beneath the skin, so it would take about 13 days for any white hairs to show. Stress is also a major cause of hair loss.
You can’t repair split ends on your hair. The only way to get rid of it is by cutting it. And keep the hair health by proper treatments, like our 4step Hair Rescue SPA
If you pluck out one of your hair, a new hair will start to grow from the hair follicle.
Hair loss by changing shampoo is one of the most asked hair facts. Shampooing frequently can result in more hairs in the TELOGEN phase to fall out faster especially if the hair is shampooed more energetically than usual. This is why, whenever there is a change in the shampoos or conditioners, or a move to new brushes, loose hairs are often found for two or three days after the change.
The extra hair loss has nothing to do with the product and will settle in a day or two. Usually, you will find that the hair that you lost will start to grow back almost immediately
When you are born, you have around 1000 follicles per square centimetre. When you reach 25, it falls to around 600 per square centimetre but can vary depending on the individual. By your mid 30s to 40s, your hair follicles will reduce to around 300 or less. After that, there won’t be any significant drop.
Each follicle can grow many hairs over a lifetime: on average, each grows a new hair around twenty times. 90% of scalp hairs are growing and 10% are resting.
When your hair is wet, it can increase its length by up to 30% and still return to normal length after it’s dried. If you stretch your hair too often you can damage it and cause breakage to the hair shaft.
A hair grows by 0.3 to 0.5mm per day – about 1 to 1.5cm a month and 12 to 15cm a year. Depending on the individual, the hair follicle can grow up to 1 metre in length before it stops growing.
Waist-length hair is 80-90 cm long, and will have taken about seven years to grow. Shoulder length hair will have taken only about three years. Thus only people with long ANAGEN times can expect to grow their hair down to the waist.
If you damage your scalp, your hair follicle will start a new growing phase. Cuts and wounds will cause the hair to grow around them provided that there is no scarring in the hair follicle.
The width of the hair shaft is determined by your genes, and is not affected by anything you do to your skin or to the hair shaft itself.
Hair is the second fastest growing tissue in the body. Only bone marrow is quicker.
Your hair is made of keratin, the same ingredient as your fingernails. Keratin is a type of protein generated by your body’s stem cells.
A single hair can support up to 100 grams in weight and a whole head of hair could support up to 12 tonnes – the equivalent of two African elephants!
Usually East Asians hair are often very straight and always black in color. Caucasions have the most varied form of hair. They range from the fair-skinned people of north-west Europe to the widely varying peoples of the Indian subcontinent. Their hair may be either wavy or straight, and the diameter varies widely too. The color ranges from black to a pale blond that is almost white, including just about every possible shade in between. People with African origins usually have black and curly hair. It tends to be dry and woolly.African hair grows more slowly and is more fragile than European hair. Asian hair grows the fastest and has the greatest elasticity.
Fact #18 Forty percent of women by the time they reach menopause will have female pattern (hereditary) hair loss. Over 50% of men by age 50 have male pattern hair loss.
Fact #19 Women often experience major, but reversible, loss of hair two or three months after giving birth. The massive production of the hormone oestrogen during pregnancy puts hair follicles into their ‘growth phase’. After the birth, the hormonal balance is restored and the hair follicles go into the ‘loss phase’, causing a large number of hairs to fall out at once.
Usually people will only notice that you are balding when you have lost almost 50% of the hair in your scalp. When you reach that stage, it might be too late to recover back all your hair. See Preventing Hair Loss for solutions now. www.4haircare.com.au