Interesting Facts About Your Hair

Things You May Not Know

Hair is an interesting thing. There are lots of facts you probably aren’t aware of, such as the average person has 100,000 to 150,000 strands of hair and sheds 50 to 150 strands a day. A single hair has a lifespan of about 5 years, and a new hair begins to grow as soon as one is plucked from its follicle. Hair is made from mostly keratin, and is stronger than a copper wire the same diameter. Your hair is the second fastest growing tissue in the body after bone marrow, and has an interesting growth cycle. 

Hair Growth Cycle

Our hair grows in a cycle, just like all living things. Anagen is the first stage and lasts 2 to 7 years, where the hair is actively growing. Catagen is the next stage that hair goes into what’s called a transition that lasts about 10 days, and the follicle shrinks and detaches from the layer of skin called the dermal papilla. Then the resting stage begins, called the telogen phase, lasting around 3 months. Only about 10 to 15% of our hairs are in this stage at any one time. The last stage is called exogen, where the old hair sheds and a new hair grows. Over time, the anagen stage decreases in length which can decrease and weaken the hair you have and result in hair thinning and loss. 

Ways To Keep Your Hair Healthy

The average person’s hair grows about 6 inches per year. It is important to have a good diet to ensure healthy hair growth, and certain nutrients are vital. Vitamin D is said to play a large role in hair growth. Protein and biotin are also said to promote hair growth, and both of these are found in eggs, along with other important nutrients for hair. They are said to be one of the best foods for your hair’s overall health. Collagen is also important for good hair health, as well as antioxidants, and both can be found in berries. There are many great foods that can help promote healthy hair growth like spinach and fatty fish, as well. It is also important to care for your hair well with regular gentle washing and brushing daily.  

Hair Extensions

Sometimes no matter what we do, our hair still doesn’t grow as much or behave the way we want it to. Real hair extensions can help with these issues, believe it or not. The Lauren Ashtyn Collection is one place that has a line of Remy human hair extensions that have a unique clip-in design that does not damage your own hair. Plus, they are fully customizable with regard to color, cut and style. By caring for them with good, healthy products and as you do for your own hair, they can last up to 3 years so make a wise investment, too. You might want to check them out, as they also offer many tutorials on their website and they are gaining popularity these days. Anything that can help us women with hair improvement and convenience in one, is something to be aware of, for sure! Good luck with your hair’s future health and appearance.  

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