10 Things You Didn’t Know About Hair

know about hairWe do a lot with our hair. We color, style, braid, weave, and even cut it. Despite having hair since the womb, most people know very little about hair. People rarely give a second thought to the wonder that is hair. How much weight can it pull or lift? How long can it grow? Where can it grow? If you knew just a few facts about hair, you would be amazed.

Here are 10 random facts about your hair:

Contains vital information

Did you know your hair contains vital information that can reveal different characteristics about you? It can reveal who you are related to and it can also reveal what is in your  blood stream. This includes drugs and other chemicals.

Black is the most common color of hair

Yes, black hair is the most common and this does not include color-treated hair. What you need to know also is that red hair is the rarest and only exists in about 1% of the world’s population. Blonde hair accounts for 2%.

Grows on all parts of the body

While hair can grow on all parts of the body, there are few exceptions. It cannot grow on the palms of your hand, the sole of your feet, eyelids, mucous membranes and lips.

Pulses for 21 hours after death

Human hair especially the nasal cilia have been found to continue pulsing for up to 21 hours after an individual has passed away.

Supports 100 grams of weight

Every strand of hair has the ability of supporting up to 100 grams. The average number of strands on a human head numbers between 100,000 to 150,000. This means the entire head of hair has the ability to support weight equal to two elephants. Just don’t try this at home.

Used as additives

Did you know that human hair can be used as an additive especially in dough for pizza crusts and bagels? This should not dampen your appetite but it’s among hair facts that are a little bit creepy.

Used to clean oil spills

Oil spills are rated as among the worst disasters to occur especially when they happen in the ocean. Eco-friendly volunteers use hair to clean oil spills as it absorbs oil from water.

Longest hair record by a female person

The world’s longest hair record by a female is held by Xie Qiuping from China. She grew her hair for a period of 30 years. It measures 5.627 m (18 feet 5.54 inches).

Longest hair record by a male person

Tran Van Hay held the record of world’s longest hair which measured 6.8 m (22 feet 3 inches). It weighed 10.5 kg.

Human hair can taste

Cilia are small hairs found in the lungs and nasal passage. They help to sweep for impurities since they respond to bitter flavors like nicotine.

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