Curl Co. is one of the more popular hair salons in Salt Lake City. As such, we know a lot about hair thanks to all of the customers we see on a regular basis. However, even our experts do not know everything there is to know about the flowing manes we have the privilege of making beautiful. Suffice it to say there is a lot to learn if the goal is to make your hair always look as beautiful as possible.
We did some research and put together a few amazing facts about hair you might not know. It turns out that hair is pretty amazing. It just goes to show that the average head of hair is a lot more complex than many of us understand. With that said, let us get to those facts.
Hair Is the Second Fastest Growing Tissue
Your body is made up of dozens of different kinds of tissue recognized by medical experts. As it turns out, the only type of tissue that grows faster than hair is bone marrow. So, just how fast does your hair grow? The average head of hair grows at a rate of between 4 and 6 inches per year. How quickly your hair grows depends on a number of factors, including:
- hair density
- hair thickness
- diet and environmental conditions.
Interestingly enough, the speed at which hair grows does not differ substantially between men and women when the characteristics listed above are similar. Simply put, sex has very little to do with how fast hair grows.
You Could Lose Half Your Hair before Anyone Notices
The average human scalp has over 100,000 individual follicles, each one producing a strand of hair. That is a lot of follicles. Moreover, because there are so many, you have to lose more than half of your hair before anyone else really notices. People with thinning hair and bald patches are already on the downward slope of hair growth with more than half their hair already gone.
If you are curious about this fact, you can see it in action by going online and watching a video explaining how wigs are made. You will see that the wig maker who does things by hand inserts the strands of hair one at a time by using a needle to sew them into the artificial scalp. But you'll notice that the individual strands are not placed that closely together. The wig maker does not need to occupy every square millimeter of space on the scalp to create a full head of hair. The same applies to you. You could lose as much as 45% to 50% of your hair and no one would likely notice.
Both Men and Women Can Suffer from Pattern Hair Loss
We are all familiar with male pattern baldness. It can begin to affect men as early as their 20s; most men who will suffer from this sort of hair loss will do so before the completion of middle age. But guess what? Women can suffer from their own form of pattern baldness brought on by menopause. Changes in body chemicals can prevent follicles from growing new strands of hair in women, just as they do in men.
There is a lot more to learn about hair. We may publish a few more facts in the future, but for now, we want to invite you to visit us at Curl Co. If you have tried other hair salons in Salt Lake City with unfavorable results, try us instead. We believe you will be more than pleased.
1. Dermatology.org – http://www.dermatology.org/skincare/hair/hairfact.html
2. Live Science – http://www.livescience.com/42868-how-fast-does-hair-grow.html