10 facts about hair you probably didn’t know

If you love hair as much as we do here at Grow Gorgeous, you’ll know your balayage from your ombre, you know which foods to eat to help your hair grow long and you know far better than to follow the old lather-rinse-repeat method when it comes to caring for your hair. But we’re on hand to broaden your knowledge about your locks with our 10 fun hair facts that might just blow your mind…

Wet hair is super elastic

Wet hair can expand by up to 30% of its original length – so try to avoid brushing damp hair in order to prevent damage and breakage.

Your hair is stronger than you think

Each strand of hair can support up to 100 grams of weight. The average person has around 100,000 strands of hair on their head, meaning that your hair could support 10 tonnes of weight – that’s the equivalent to the weight of four rhinos! Grow Gorgeous Hair Density Serum Intense will ensure each and every strand of hair is nourished and supported to make it as strong as possible.

Your hair contains vital information

Anything that’s been in your bloodstream, including drugs, alcohol and minerals can be detected in your hair, which is why hair is most commonly used as forensic evidence. The only thing that cannot be identified by your hair is your gender – both men’s and women’s hair is identical in structure.

Perfection can’t be rushed

The average woman spends 1 hour and 53 minutes washing, drying and styling her hair every single week, so by the time she reaches 70 she’ll have spent over 9 months of her life styling her hair. Oh it’s totally worth it!

Our hair falls out

It’s normal to lose up to 150 strands of hair a day as your hair goes through the hair growth cycle. But don’t worry! As soon as one hair falls out, another will start to grow as 80% of your hairs are growing at one time- with 100,000 strands of hair on your head, you won’t even notice that those 150 have gone! If you’re still freaking out over this fact then read all about the hair growth cycle here to put your mind at ease.

Your yearly hair growth rate might surprise you…

Your hair can grow up to 0.5mm per day – that’s 6 inches per year! Grow Gorgeous Hair Density Serum will supercharge your hair-growing powers to help you achieve the long hair you’re after!

Your follicles are formed before you are

Every single hair follicle on your body is formed by the time you’re five months old in the womb when you’re roughly the size of a banana – this is before your facial features are even fully formed! Now didn’t we say how important our hair is? This just proves that hair always comes first.

There are only a few places on your body that your hair can’t grow

Humans have hair follicles on the majority of their body; the only place that hair cannot grow is on the palms of the hands, the soles of the feet and the lips… probably for the best…

Most of your hair is actually dead (sob!)

The only living part of your hair is inside the follicle. As soon as the hair has grown past the follicle all biochemical activity ceases, so the hair shaft is considered ‘dead’. This is why a good haircare regime is so important to keep your hair in tip-top condition!

Your hair could help to clean up an oil spill

Yep, you read that right! Due to the hair’s amazing ability to absorb oil from water, human hair has been known to help clean up oil spills in the ocean.

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