10 Hard Facts About Human Hair

“Let it fly in the breeze and get caught in the trees
Give a home to the fleas in my hair
A home for fleas,  a hive to bees, a nest for birds
There ain’t no words for the beauty, the splendor, the wonder of my hair.”

Hair from the Broadway musical “Hair”


Here are 15 unusual facts about human hair. Enjoy!

 

1. Black is the most common hair color in the world

2. Blond beards grow faster than dark beards.

3. Hair doesn’t grow on the palms of your hands, the soles of your feet, and on your lips and mucous membranes.

4. In 1972, Cicely Tyson was the first celebrity to wear cornrows on television.

5. The Melanesians of New Guinea are the only dark-skinned group of humans known to have a high blonde hair rate.

6. If a man never shaves his beard, it can grow up to 30-feet long!

7. Upper-class women of the Renaissance pluck the entire front of their hairline, to give themselves a higher forehead.

8. On average, hair grows .3 – .5 mm per day, 1.25 centimeters or 0.5 inches per month, and 15 centimeters or 6 inches per year.

9. The scientific name of grey hair is canities

10. German blondes were kidnapped during the Roman era and had their hair cut off to be made into wigs for women.

11. The first curling iron was invented in France by Marcel Grateau in 1875.

12. The Average man spends five months of his life shaving.

13. At 13% of the population being redheads, Scotland has the highest ginger population in the world.

14. You can determine a person’s race from their hair, but not their gender.

15. 75% of women today dye their hair.

 

BONUS FACT: An Indian grocer, Radhakant Baijpai, has the world’s longest ear hair, measuring 10 inches (25cm) long.  (Eeeeeeeeeeewwwwwwww.)

 


SOURCES:

https://www.madison-reed.com/blog/25-fun-facts-about-hair

https://www.factretriever.com/blonde-hair-facts

http://www.holleewoodhair.com/2012/09/01/evolution-of-hairstyling/

http://www.dailyinfographic.com/50-insane-facts-about-hair-infographic

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World’s Longest Dreadlocks

The world’s longest natural dreadlocks belong to Asha Mandela, a self-proclaimed “Black Rapunzel” and understandably so!

In 2009, Asha’s dreadlocks were officially measured by Guinness and found to be 19 feet, 6 inches long, with one lock measuring  55 feet, 7 inches.

55 FEET, 7 INCHES!

Asha has been growing her locks for over 25 years and she carries them low on her back bundled in a sling tied around her waist. Fortunately for her, she married a Kenyan hairdresser who takes loving care of her hair two days a week.

Asha currently lives in Florida and has her own line of haircare products.

World's longest natural dreadlocks

Image from Asha Mandela’s Facebook Page

 

BONUS FACT: On average, hair grows .3 – .5 mm per day, 0.5 inches per month, and 6 inches per year.


SOURCES:

http://www.ashamandela.com/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/20/asha-mandala-dreadlocks_n_3781219.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3505946/Woman-world-s-longest-dreadlocks-finds-love-hairdresser.html

https://www.facebook.com/AshaZuluMandela/