You may be an expert on styling your locks, but we’re pretty sure you’ll be fascinated by these super interesting facts about hair…

We spend a lot of time on our hair… from washing and styling it, to nourishing and protecting it, so we thought it was time to get a little more familiar with our manes.

And while you may know a lot about your locks, we’re pretty sure you’ll be surprised by these super interesting facts about hair…

11 facts about hair that you probably didn’t know…

  1. Any hair that you can actually see is technically dead. Only the hair that’s hidden inside the epidermis – in your scalp or inner layer of your skin – is ‘alive’, which is why things like diet can affect hair condition. Strange, but true!
  2. You can grow hair anywhere on your body, with the exception of your palms, soles of your feet, lips, mucous membranes and eyelids… so no need to worry about hairy palms anymore!
  3. Hair is the second fastest growing tissue in the human body. Bone marrow is the fastest.
  4. The average person will lose between 50 and 150 hairs every single day (so the next time your significant other moans about those hairs all over the house, it really isn’t your fault!). This may seem like quite a high number, but you don’t need to stress because…
  5. The average person has around 100 000 to 150 000 hairs on their head. Yip, that seems like a whole lotta hair, but your scalp area is bigger than you think. Don’t believe us? You’re free to count!
  6. As soon as a hair comes out of its follicle, and new one begins to grow in its place – yet another reason not to stress about those 50 to 150 hairs every day!
  7. A single strand of healthy hair is seriously strong; it is stronger than a piece of copper wire of the same diameter! So, if your hair seems like it’s breaking a lot, you may want to check for split ends and head to the hair dresser for a trim.
  8. Natural blondes are way more rare that you’d think, and make about around only two per cent of the world’s population. They’re pipped to the post by red hair, which is only found in about one percent, while black hair is the most common natural hair colour of them all.
  9. Healthy hair is incredibly stretchy and, when wet, a single strand can stretch an extra 30% of its original length. Just be careful not to tug too hard when you’re experimenting how you’d look with hair that’s 30% longer!
  10. Hair contains tons of information about the person it comes from. It can give information about everything and anything that has been in your bloodstream at any time, which is why they often use it in forensic testing.
  11. The only information they can’t get from hair is whether is comes from a man or a woman, since the structure of the hairs of both is identical.