We often think that we know almost everything about our hair. But apart from the most popular facts that are evident and known to everybody, there are still so many amazing things to learn. So, let’s check it out!
- 95% of our skin is covered with hair.
- If all hairs of the body and the head were joined into one whole hair, it would grow with the speed of 116 mm a minute, 116 cm every 10 minutes, almost 0.7 m an hour, 166 m a day respectively.
- Hair grows differently in different parts of the human body.
- Eyelashes usually grow in three rows. There are from 150 to 200 eyelashes on the upper eyelid and about 75-100 on the lower one.
- Eyelashes grow from 3 to 5 months, while hair on the head has a considerably longer life-cycle (from 3 to 10 years).
- Our eyebrows consist of up to 600 hairs.
- The width of hair on the head ranges between 50 and 100 micrometers (1 micrometer = 0.001 mm), while eyebrows are usually 50 micrometers in diameter. The width of wool hair is only 15 micrometers.
- There are usually from 90000 to 150000 hairs growing on our heads.
- The longest hair grows from the age of 14 to 17 years. After that our hair gradually becomes shorter and thinner.
- Hair grows most rapidly between 15 and 30 years of age. Hair growth slows down considerably after 50 years.
- In summer our hair grows faster than in winter. It also grows faster in the first half of the day and in the evening, while its growth almost stops at night.
- The shape of our hair is determined by hair follicles on our heads.
- The process of hair change is slow and almost imperceptible. It’s not similar with loss of embryonic hair (that’s more like molting in animals that goes immediately and spontaneously).
- You will have strong and healthy hair if you have good blood supply of the scalp, and, on the contrary, when blood circulation is poor your hair will grow weak and will be exposed to various disorders.
- 35-45 ?C is the optimal water temperature for washing your hair.
- 85% of women are in a better mood after visiting a hairdresser.
- According to American experts, hair loss affects 60-70% of men and 25-40% of women.
- There are 300,000 of treatments against hair loss and that’s more than in case of any other disease.
No doubt, healthy hair is our crowning glory. So why not try and make your hair look and feel as good as possible? Hair that has been permed or dyed looks dull, fragile and lifeless. The same thing can be said about totally natural hair that is lacking vitally important nutrients. In this case the external hair stem is actually dead, but the root is still alive and is fed essential minerals and vitamins through the bloodstream circulating in the scalp. But as far as hair is not fed this dreadful situation may eventually result in hair loss.
Vitamins from the B complex group, and the minerals iron, iodine, and sulphur, are essential for healthy hair and can be supplied by a range of fresh juices. Why not help your hair and give it what it really needs? Here are some great recipes to restore your hair.
Each recipe makes approximately one 8fl oz/230ml glass of juice. Adults can drink up to three glasses daily, but do vary the juice combinations for maximum benefit. Dilute with water if you prefer. Juice each ingredient then blend using a spoon.
- 4oz/125g mangetout (snow peas)
- 3 kale leaves
- 2 large carrots
- 1/2 parsnip
- 4oz/125g chunk winter cabbage
- 2 large carrots
- 6 radishes
A couple of more recipes that are very useful for your hair and your general health:
- small bunch of grapes
- 2 passion fruit
- 2 thick slices pineapple
- 4 tangerines
- 4oz/125g raspberries
Hope you and your hair will enjoy these delicious juices!
- Healthy hair is usually strong and elastic due to greasing produced by sebaceous glands. It can be stretched 1.5 times longer and then it returns to its normal length undamaged. It is almost as strong as aluminum and is capable to sustain the weight of 0.1 to 0.2 kg. That’s why in old times people used ropes made of women’s plaits to elevate heavy loads.
- Hair is hygroscopic, i.e. it can absorb water. It is rather acidproof, but vulnerable to alkali.
- Hair has the ability to accumulate certain substances. That’s why it’s successfully used by criminalists in their investigations.
- First hair appears on the head of a child when he is in a womb of a mother, approximately on 4-5 month of pregnancy.
- Intensity of hair growth depends on the season and time of day: it grows faster in spring and summer than in winter and autumn. Also hair growth is not that intensive at night than during daytime.
- A single hair can grow from 2 to 7 years with the speed of 0,3-0,4 mm a day.
- Hair grows averagely 2 years on men’s heads and 4-5 years on women’s.
- Normally a man loses 30-100 hair a day.
- Each follicle bears about 20-30 hair during human life.
- Hair grows about 1 cm a month.
- An adult man has about 100,000 hair, and its amount depends on color. A single hair of Africans and Asians is the thickest. It can be 3 times thicker than that of European blondes. But at the same time blondes have the biggest amount of hair on their heads – about 150,000. Redheads have the thickest hair, but its amount is smaller than that of brunettes.
Have you ever noticed that your hair behaves differently in winter? It goes dry, lifeless, fragile. Tips start to split up. Your hair grows much slower than during summer months. It becomes hard to manage. And what’s even worse, hair loss increases significantly in winter. And it makes so many people ask themselves why it happens so and what they can do to prevent it. I hope this article will clear up some points.
First of all, you should bear in mind that this is inevitable, as it is a part of natural cycle. As everything in nature goes to rest and sleep in autumn and winter, while getting to life and intensive growth in spring and summer, your hair also follows this natural law. So, the first thing to do is to stop panicking. And take into consideration some useful tips to help your hair go through this not easy period of time.
Usually, we drink less water in winter, but it doesn’t mean that we take a sufficient amount. Remember, water in winter is just as important as in summer, or even more. It turns out that because of indoor heating conditions are much drier in winter. After all you body gets unnoticeably dehydrated. That’s why you hair looks so weak and over-dried. That’s why it starts to come out faster. So, drink more water, as simple as that. Dandelion, peppermint, lemon, or ginger tea is very good for your health and your hair especially in winter. Also try to not wash your hair too often and never use concentrated shampoo. Your overdried hair will certainly benefit from aromatherapy and essential oils for hair growth.
In winter we often forget of healthy eating and our diet is far from being balanced. But quick growth of hair requires the supply of all necessary nutrients. Your meals must ideally consist of lots of proteins and vitamins and minerals, which provides the health to the hair. So eat more protein rich food (beans, nuts, tuna, meat, fish, milk, etc.) and all types of vegetables and fruits that are the best source of essential vitamins and minerals.
In winter longer nights and climate change subconsciously affect person’s mood and feelings. That’s why many people, especially in northern European countries usually get depressed and lose optimism in winter. As a result, they experience emotional strains and even stress more often. And stress is one of the main culprits of hair loss. So no matter how hard it is, relax, cheer up and be more to life.
Don’t you know that bananas are actively used to prevent hair loss and regrow hair? They are also very useful in general hair care for both dry and greasy hair. So why not try hair restoration with banana mask?
In case you have dry and lifeless hair this recipe will surely bring good results. Take a banana, peel it, put it in an enamel saucepan and knead it with a plug. Add a whipped yolk, 2 spoonfuls of sour cream and 1 teaspoon of honey. Mix it all thoroughly and put it on your scalp and hair before washing. Keep it about 40 minutes, holding your head in a warm bandage. Wash up your head with a shampoo and rinse it with acidified water. After such procedures your hair will surely become softer and more shiny.
There’s a bit different recipe for greasy hair. Peel one large ripe banana, knead it with a plug. Take its peel and blend or pass it through the meat grinder. Add 2 teaspoons of citric juice and mix all components. Take fresh milk and put it on your scalp and hair with a tampon. Then aplly the mix in the same manner and wrap your head with a warm kerchief or towel. Leave it for 30-40 minutes, then wash up your hair with a soft shampoo. Your hair will restore elasticity, softness and tenderness.