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7 Crazy things about your hair that are actually normal

Sasha Brown-Worsham

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Sasha Brown-Worsham

Sasha Brown-Worsham has written for dozens of publications over the course of her years as a journalist and blogger. She lives outside NYC with her three children, husband, and multiple pets. She is working on her first novel.

Human hair is kind of amazing — these 7 weird facts are actually perfectly normal

Anyone who thinks our hair doesn't matter clearly hasn't been studying mythology. Remember Samson? The man whose hair held all his strength? Most women in today's world feel pretty much the same about our own locks.

For many of us, one of the most traumatic things that can happen is hair loss. It's even traumatic for men, but let's face it: This is way worse for the women who experience it. Still, it is normal to lose some hair each and every day.

According to a new Good Housekeeping piece, there are a few things all women should know about hair loss. For most of us, it's nothing to stress over, though. Here are seven other shocking facts about our hair that you probably don't know:

1. Rate of hair growth differs by racial background

Amazingly, your hair grows at different rates depending on your background. According to one study that tested this theory, Asian female hair grew the fastest at a rate of six inches per year. African female hair grew four inches per year, and Caucasian female hair grew a little more than five inches. Pretty crazy, no?

2. Female hair grows slower than male hair

Men may be more likely to go bald than their female counterparts, but they have denser hair that grows faster than ours. Damn them! How unfair is that?

3. Blondes have more hair

You may or may not believe blondes have more fun, but there is one fact no one can deny. They have more hair! It's true. The average human head has 100,000 hairs. Blondes have 140,000 on average. Weird science.

4. Women once used the vacuum to dry their hair

The first hair dryer was actually... a vacuum cleaner. The things we will do for beauty. Wow. It must have worked, though, because you'd be hard pressed to find a home that doesn't own one of these babies in today's world. There is nothing better in the winter than hair that is warm and dry long before leaving the house. Amiright?

5. Chimps and humans have the same density of hair follicles

We haven't come as far as we'd like to believe. Our simian cousins are, in fact, just as densely covered in hair (follicles) as we are. Gross? Maybe. But also so very fascinating.

6. Weight loss can also cause hair loss (BOO!)

Losing weight is wonderful and has so many great side benefits like looking better in our clothing or feeling better about ourselves in general. But there are some downsides, too. Hair loss is probably the worst of it. Just keep it healthy. Lose weight slowly and in a healthy manner and you will probably not lose too much hair. Small tradeoff. Sigh.

7. Hair strands are only meant to grow to two or three feet max

Long hair is beautiful and loads of fun, but it's not always practical — or possible. In fact, the average hair strand is only designed to grow to about three to four feet. It's all individual, though. Some can be like Crystal Gayle and rock the knee-length look while others struggle to make it past their shoulders.
Are any of these new to you? Any you'd like to change?

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