Some Hair Facts Can Be Fascinating
Hair facts can admittedly make for some boring reading, but we're usually interested in how hair growth happens, and especially what can cause growth to stop happening or go into reverse. One can learn something of what to expect as the years go by from not only the hair facts one comes across but the hair myths that have been documented as well. Some of the ways in which our hair behaves are genetically programmed, and no product will make a difference in the hair, except may be to destroy some hair on occasion, no matter how much money has been spent.
Follicles Matter - There's a saying, you can't grow hair on a billiard ball. You can't grow hair on a person's scalp either if the hair follicles aren't working. Each strand of hair we have is there because the follicle it emerges from is healthy and functioning. We can't grow more hair than we have follicles, or healthy follicles for that matter. There's another saying, from the Bible, that our days on earth are numbered and predetermined, just as are the number of hairs on our head. You may or may not believe that the number of days you will spend on this earth are cast in stone, but the number of hairs on your head certainly is. You are born with so many hair follicles, and that's all you get. You'll even lose some the first third of your life, and maybe the last two thirds as well, but at around 40 the loss of hair follicles starts to level off.
Some lists of hair facts will tell us that besides having more fun, blondes also have more hair follicles on their heads. A typical gorgeous blonde will have around 130,000 hair follicles, brunettes about 20,000 follicles fewer, and the poor redheads have to make do with something on the order of 90,000 follicles. If you are an average person, you should have something in the order of 100,000 hair follicles to work with. If all of the follicles are performing, you should have a nice head of hair.
I Have Longer Hair Than You Do - Once your hair starts growing, which in some cases may be before you are born, the length it will eventually achieve is also programmed into you. How long hair grows though depends upon where it is growing from. Hair on the scalp grows fastest and longest. Our beards can grow fairly fast and long as well. Eyebrows and eyelashes as well as the hair on the rest of our body does not grow as fast nor nearly as long. The length varies form person to person. Some people can grow hair that will reach to their waist or below. Others will never make it that far.
Hair Loss - There are an abundance of hair facts as well as hair myths regarding hair loss. Much hair loss is due to heredity, in which case we can't do much about it. Disease can cause hair loss as well of course. On the other hand, wearing a hat does not cause hair loss, as some are lead to believe. If you pull your hat tight down over your ears, and wear it so tightly that you get a headache, the loss in circulation could cause follicular damage and resulting hair loss, but a hat worn normally will not. Hair dryers won't make you bald either. If you hold them too close, and under high heat, you can make your hair brittle and it may break off, but it will continue to grow. If you pluck a hair out, it will grow back, unless you pluck it out often enough to damage the follicle. Then it may not grow back, whether you want it to or not.
When you do lose hair it can sometimes be coaxed to grow back. Some hair restoration advertisements actually are telling the truth. A hair follicle that is damaged or gone dormant may be restored to productivity, but a follicle damaged beyond repair will never grow a hair shaft again. There are things you can do to keep your hair the way you would like it to be. But much of what happens was long ago cast in stone, in terms of how may fully functioning follicles you will be able to keep. And that's one of the indisputable hair facts.