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?