Amazing Facts About Hair

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Dec 21, 2013

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Your hair can say a lot about you. It can tell about your health, lifestyle, habits and ethnicity. Factors like diseases, genetics and even diet contribute to the health of one’s hair. In order to take care of your hair in a better way, it is important to know it well.
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    Hair

    Your hair can say a lot about you. It can tell about your health, lifestyle, habits and ethnicity. Factors like diseases, genetics and even diet contribute to the health of one’s hair. In order to take care of your hair in a better way, it is important to know it well.

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    They Grow Fast

    We all love our hair and are forever concerned about its growth. Amidst our worries about whether the hair is growing or falling, we fail to realise that it is the second fastest growing element of the body. Its growth is second to that of bone marrow, which grows the fastest in our body.

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    They are Strong

    Human hair may look thin, but the fact of the matter is that they are stronger than we can imagine. A single strand of hair can support about 100 grams of weight. Moreover, a head full of hair can support as much as 12 Tonnes, which is about the weight of two elephants.

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    They are Countless

    An average person has around 100,000 strands of hair. Redheads have the least number of hair, which is usually 80,000 strands. Brown and black haired people have about 100,000 strands and blondes have the most i.e. 120,000 strands.

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    They help in Forensics

    Human hair is one of the most common types of evidence found in forensic investigations. The core structure of the human hair can provide substantial information about a person’s identity in an investigation.

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    They are Dead

    Most of your hair is dead. The only living portion is found in the follicle. The visible part of the hair, also known as the hair shaft, exhibits no biochemical activity and is considered dead.

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    Wet and Long

    Ever found your hair few inches longer right after stepping out of the shower? Healthy hair may stretch as long as 30% of its natural length when it is wet.

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    Hair Fall is Normal

    Everyone goes through hair fall and it is the most usual part of one’s life. Yet, people fail to realise that it’s normal to lose some of the hair daily. On an average, a healthy person sheds around 40 to 150 strands of hair daily.

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