For me, weird as it may sound, my hair is one of my most treasured body parts. I love my hair like kilode. So whether it is in its natural state or under a weave, it gives me great joy! Lol! Okay, enough of my hair. But really I know there are so many ladies out there that feel the same way too, but then how much do we really know about our hair?
It might help that you know about the hair, maybe not the molecular composition of the hair, but you know a few facts. And nice me, I have here a couple of hair facts I thought you might find interesting:
- The major component of hair is keratin – the same protein animals’ feathers, beaks, horns and claws are made up of.
- In forensics, hair is used a lot as evidence because the hair contains information about everything that has ever been in your blood stream.
- A healthy hair strand is elastic in a way and can stretch up to an additional 30% of its original length.
- All of the hair above the scalp is dead.
- Men’s hair and women’s hair are identical in structure.
- Asian hair is the fastest growing in the world and African hair is the slowest growing.
- A single hair strand can support up to 100 grams in weight!
- The moment a hair is plucked from its follicle, a new one begins to grow.
- On an average, the number of hair strands on an individual’s head varies by natural color and a single strand has an average life span of about 5 years!
- The hair is the second fastest growing tissue in the body. The bone marrow is the first.
Please, Is anybody else thinking what I am thinking: So why does it seem like my hair doesn’t grow?
Well, a few facts about hair growth:
- Hair grows by an average of half inch every month. Multiplying that by 12 months in a year, that means that on an average, the hair grows by six inches.
- Hair grow a little bit faster in warm weather because the heat stimulates circulation and that encourages hair growth.
- Because the hair above your scalp is dead, cutting/trimming the ends of your hair cannot determine hair growth. Okay, I just have to say this: The last time I cut my hair, I had people tell me to trim the ends often to ensure growth. I just couldn’t bring myself to trim the hair I had worked so hard to grow. PS: I am not hairy, so just imagine the struggle. And then imagine my joy when I found out trimming doesn’t determine hair growth! Hehehe!
Hair grows from the root, so cutting your ends would only make a difference if the ends of the hair can split up to the hair root.
- Its normal to lose up to 100 hairs daily.
- There are a lot of factors that contribute to hair loss/growth. Some of which includes: Health factors, stress, lifestyle and hereditary factors.
- Most African women are born with kinky hair and it dries out easily, so to maintain moisture and retain hair growth, the hair would need some extra conditioning and moisturizing.
- Healthy hair with the right level of moisture and protein does not break as much. More often than not, the cause of the breakage is the way the hair is handled and the products used on it.
If you maintain you hair moisture level by moisturizing often, stay away from harmful hair chemicals and handle your hair properly, your hair would grow because that’s what its supposed to do!
While collating these facts, I think I figured out possible reasons why it seems like my hair isn’t growing. Can you tell why yours isn’t? Like always I’d love to know your thoughts, so do let me know what you think and feel free to add other fun facts about the hair I left out! xoxo