Hair is fascinating, and just as fascinating are some of these facts that the hair loss specialists at HRC in Los Angels have found and learned in our experiences. From hair growth to hair loss, these interesting tidbits are great conversation starters!
1. Hair is the second fastest growing tissue in the body.
It’s second only to bone marrow. While race and gender play a role in how fast hair grows, it’s often quoted that hair grows about 6in/15cm per year.
2. Blondes have more hair.
Blondes may or may not have more fun, but they have more hair, at about 130,000 strands compared to brunettes at 100,000. Also, a new scientific study claims that blonde women also have more estrogen.
3. Beards can help protect against skin cancer.
It’s true that beards are back in vogue for men for style, but it seems there’s an added benefit -- it protects the skin against harmful UVs, cutting exposure to almost one-third.
4. Gender and age cannot be determined by a hair strand.
Despite what you may have seen in CSI, hair strands can’t tell forensic scientists (without the root, from common hair loss or hair that’s been cut) what age or sex the hair came from (although general age determination, like an infant or a senior, stands).
5. Hair dye and bleach cause only temporary hair loss.
It’s a standard notion that excessive hair coloring treatment can lead to hair loss for both men and women, however, it’s only temporary. The chemicals may cause your hair to become brittle and break off, but hair dye won’t give you bald patches or pattern baldness. We still recommend that you get your hair professionally colored.
6. You CAN color hair with human hair extensions.
With professional help, it is very possible to dye your hair even if you have hair extensions. Keep in mind however that most hair pieces come with the hair already chemically-treated, so be sure to make your stylist aware of that. Some patch tests may need to occur before a full color treatment.
7. Studies have linked heart disease to male baldness.
Many claim that just because there’s correlation between two events, doesn’t mean one signifies the other. However, this study on male pattern baldness and coronary heart disease is too significant to ignore -- the team found that “balding men had a 70% higher risk of having heart disease, while those in younger age groups had an 84% elevated chance.” If you’re a man experiencing hair loss, particularly in the frontal and crown-top areas, it’s important to discuss with your doctor the state of your cardiovascular health.
8. Only 1% of the entire world’s population have red hair.
13% of the Scottish population has red hair, making it the highest proportion of redheads in the world. And in the U.S., there are more number of people with red hair than anywhere in the world.
While there are many facts about hair loss, this one fact remains: the professional, trained staff at HRC can help you with your hair needs, from laser hair therapy to Virtual Reality and Virtuésse, a non-surgical method for hair restoration. Contact us today for a free hair and scalp consultation.