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Do you ever think about your hair? Sure, you spend hours of your life primping, sculpting, blow drying, and styling your ‘doo, but ever wonder what’s going on?
1. All hair is dead. No amount of fruit, fructis, herbal essence, or other food product will change this fact.
2. Men and women have hair that is identical in structure, making gender one of the few things that cannot be identified by your hair.
3. Next to bone marrow, hair is the fastest growing tissue in the body.
4. There is a psychiatric disorder called “trichotillomania” that is characterized by the repetitive pulling of an individual's own hair.
5. And if you want an idea of strength, did you know that if you compared a copper wire and a strand of hair with equivalent diameters, the strand of hair is stronger?
6. Anticipating sex makes hair grow faster. Ok, so this must be some cosmic joke. I just waxed...
7. In the 1950’s, approximately 7% of women dyed their hair, compared to nowadays when in 2015 upwards of 75% of women colored their hair.
8. And enough about where it is, let’s talk about where it ain’t. Your mucous membranes, your lips, the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet are the only areas on the human body that is unable to grow hair.
9. The human body forms all of its hair follicles by the time that a fetus is five months old and still in the womb.
10. Wet hair can expand up to 30% of its length when its wet, demonstrating how elastic hair is even if it doesn’t feel that way! Wet hair can also expand your coolness by up to 30% if you can pull it off.
11. By the time an average woman reaches the age of 65, she will have spent upwards of 7 months of her life washing,drying, and styling her hair.
12. Conversely, a man will spend approximately 5 months of his life shaving his face. More if he’s wooly willy.
13. Trichoptilosis is the scientific name for that pesky thing known as a split end.
14. The natural color of one’s hair is linked to the density of one’s hair, with blondes having the highest number of strands and redheads having the fewest number of strands of hair on their heads. BTW, more on this in my Nickipedia episode on redheads.
15. Back in time…while some might think that Brazilians were the founders of waxing (wink wink), in actuality, ancient Egyptians were the first to experiment with the removal of unwanted body hair.
16. During the Victorian Era the silky locks of the deceased were used to make lockets and jewelry. Creepy, creepy jewelry.
17. In Venice, during the Renaissance Era, women used to use horse urine in an attempt to color their hair blonde. I guess for me, the big question is how the urine was administered.
18. While everyone associates Ireland with redheads, in actuality, the United States has the most redheads (in terms of quantity) living in a country, and Scotland has the most redheads (highest proportion) in a country.
19. Hypertrichosis is the scientific name for excessive hair growth on a human body part. It’s also the sworn enemy of Larry, the name I gave my nose hair clippers.
20. A grey hair can appear in as little as 14 days due to stress or aging. And you guys, it’s ok to cry when you see one. And then immediately pluck it the eff out! It’s ok to cry.
21. Black is the most common color of hair, and red is the least common color of hair, with only 1% of people being born as gingers.
22. A strand of hair can have a lifespan of up to 5 to 7 years. One dog year.
23. Each individual hair strand consists of its own nerve, muscle, and blood supply. Think about all that waste the next time you pluck.
24. Goosebumps are a reaction we experience when we are scared or cold, caused by the contraction of each muscle for each hair strand which results in the hair rising.
25. Eyelashes are meant to keep oils and particles out of the eye, and have an average lifespan of around 150 days.
26.The average american woman spends upwards of $800 annually on hair products, not including additional hair services such as coloring, cutting, and styling.
27. Humans lose an average of 25-150 strands of hair a day, but don’t worry, because we have to lose over 50% of our hair in order for baldness to become apparent.
Producer: Nick Uhas
Writer: Sean Stanley
Editor: Griffin Louis
DP: Sam Mosco