Thursday, May 19, 2011

hEALTH mATTerS: Hair by the Numbers

By the 10s
A human's entire head of hair is replaced more than ten times during their lifetime.
The average number of hairs on a human head is 100,000 and we lose about 100 strands daily.
Hair is so strong that each hair can withstand the strain of 100 grams which is equal to one chocolate bar
An average head of hair could hold 10-15 tons if only the scalp was strong enough!

And number 9!
The redhead has the least number of hairs averaging 90,000 while blonds have 140,000 strands. Blond hair is the finest while black hair is the coarsest. Whose dumb now,huh?!

8 forms the word "alopecia"
Which is defined as "baldness" . A complete lack of body hair is alopecia universalis.
The world's longest documented human hair was just under eighteen and a half feet long atop the head of a Chinese named Xie Quiping.
Go Xie Quiping, Go!

70% of the composition of dust in your home is made up of shed human skin and hair.
The diameter of human hair varies from 17 to 180 ┬Ám The minimum length of hair is 70cm (maximum of 90 cm)
and the maximum lifespan of hair is 7 years (minimum of 2 years)

At number 6
"Status" is a 6 lettered word which could be determined by your hairstyle.
White hair may be a sign of age or genetics.Healthy hair usually indicates health and youth
The Afro was once worn among African Americans as a symbol of racial pride.
Short hair on women is considered a taboo in some cultures excluding widows in mourning.
Many subcultures have hairstyles indicating membership;hippies have long hair, punks- the Mohawk.
The military is associated with the crew haircut, a trend that started during the world war1 in a bid to reduce the spread of lice.

Halfway at 5
There are approximately 550 hairs in a person’s eyebrow.
There are about five million hairs on a human's body. In the womb, hair is w-h-i-t-e and this is lanugo hair which is noticed at about 3 months, is shed at 7 months and replaced by normal hair by birth.

F-Four monthly, the human hair grows an inch.
O-One human hair can support 3kg.
U-Untidy hair can be straightened with a comb which is less detrimental than using a brush
R-Rubbing wet hair aggressively is not advisable. Pat the hair dry instead.

down to 3
The process of hair growth has three phases:
anagen-growing phase, catagen- transitional phase and telogen- resting phase.
An average hair grows 0.3 mm a day, 1 cm per month and 12 cm annually.

Are 2 is better than 1?
Men versus women:
men generally also have coarser hair than females, but the woman's hair is more dense and
the man's hair grows faster than the woman's hair

Warmth versus cold:
human hair grows quicker in warm weather

Young versus elderly:
Elderly people have slower hair growth and diminished hair density

Humans versus animals:
human body hair is barely visible as it is thinner, shorter, and more translucent than the hair of other mammals

Light versus dark:
all natural hair colors are the result of two types of hair pigments: dark (eumelanin) and light (phaeomelanin).
Eumelanin is the dominant pigment in dark-blond, brown, and black hair,while pheomelanin is dominant in red hair. Blond hair is the result of having little pigmentation in the hair strand.
Gray hair occurs when melanin decreases or disappears.

And there was 1
The diameter of a hair strand averages 0.1 mm.
Hair is the fastest growing dead tissue, yes, i am using the words dead and growing in the same sentence.
Hair is made up of keratin which is dead protein.
Human hair grows autonomously, that is each hair is on its own individual cycle. (How lonely. *sigh*)
The cuticle is the outer covering of hair and this is covered by a molecular layer of fat that makes the hair repel water.

This are some hairy riddles:
What does the hair have in common with sticks?
They both break.

What animal is the hair afraid of?
The cheetah
(chaetophobia is the fear of hair)

What was Mozart's response when he was asked for his opinion on Sebastian Bach' s music?
Seb,um, do i know him?
(Sebum is a fatty oil that's produced at the base of each human hair follicle)

So, do you know your hair that well?

1 comment:

  1. Intersting post, we even learned alot. So many women healing from cancer lose their hair-which means so much to their self esteem. Keep up the great work in educating Nigerians about cancer and prevention--prayer is the key.