12 Interesting Facts About Hair and Hair Loss

Published: 19 de March de 2023
| Last Updated on 25 de April de 2024 by Easy Hair Hub
Dr. Oguz Kayiran
Medical Reviewer

Your hair is one of the most important assets you have to create a great first impression. Lucky for us, there are lots of fascinating facts about hair and hair loss which can be helpful to know of.

In this post, we'll explore 12 interesting facts about hair and hair loss that you might not have known before. Whether you're a hair enthusiast, experiencing hair loss issues or just curious about this aspect of the human body, this post is sure to provide you with some new insights.

Let’s dive into 12 impressive facts about hair!

1. A person has 100,000 hairs on average

Approximately, it has been estimated that a person has 100,000 hair follicles on average. The growth of these follicles is cyclical, going through three different phases: anagen (growth), catagen (transition), and telogen (rest).

2. The amount of hair varies according to your hair color

Redheads are the one with the lowest average amount of hair, 90,000. Right above, there’s black hair people with an average of 100,000, followed by brown hair people, who have 110,000 hair on average. Finally, blonde hair people are the ones with the highest average amount of hair, with 150,000.

3. Hair should stretch by 30% in length when it is wet

It should if your hair is healthy. If it doesn’t stretch by that amount it is an indicator that your hair is not in a healthy state and is lacking proteins. Hair protein deficiencies suggest that there is a need to  increase protein consumption in your diet, as low protein diets are directly linked to hair loss.

4. All the hair you’ve had, have, and will have was formed before you were born

Hair follicles are the ones in charge of creating all the hairs you have. The truth is that by week 22 already about 5 million of hair follicles can be found on a developing fetus. 100,000 of them are found in the scalp area alone. Hair follicles don’t regenerate so that is the maximum amount we will ever have in our bodies.

5. It is normal to lose 50-100 hair strands every day

Losing a certain amount of hair per day is completely normal. Observing an increased amount of hair falling, especially in the months where seasonal hair loss is not common (summer and winter), is a sign that your hair loss amount is above average. In this case it is advisable to consult an expert.

6. Hair loss and balding increase by these percentages in men through the years

  • At the age of 20, visible hair loss is experienced in 20% of men
  • At the age of 30, visible hair loss is experienced in 25% of men
  • At the age of 50, visible hair loss is experienced in 50% of men
  • At the age of 60, visible hair loss is experienced in 66% of men

7. 95% of hair loss in men is caused by androgenic alopecia (AGA) or male pattern baldness (MPB)

Men's hair loss is mainly caused by AGA or MPB. Despite that, it is relevant not to ignore other causes of hair loss that may be affecting your scalp and that you can start tackling today.

8. Sugary drinks consumption have a correlation with hair loss in young men

DIet has a direct relationship with hair health and hair loss. According to a recent study, there is a tendency that men with hair loss problems also have a much unhealthier diet than those with no problems. More importantly, it was found out that those who suffered hair loss consumed 70% more sugary drinks, showing that high sugar consumption is one of the foods to avoid for your hair’s health.

9. 63% of women with alopecia have suffered career-related problems

According to a study, it was found that female alopecia could cause problems related to work for women. Also, 40% of women with alopecia reported that they had had marital issues.

10. Female pattern hair loss increases by these percentages through the years

  • Between the ages of 30 and 40, visible female pattern hair loss is experienced in 3-12% of women
  • At the age of 50, visible female pattern hair loss is experienced in 14-28% of women
  • From 70s on, visible female pattern hair loss is experienced in 29-56% of women
  • At the age of 80, visible female pattern hair loss is experienced in 57% of women

11. Tight hairstyles can produce inflammation linked to hair loss

According to doctors, there is a correlation between tight hairstyles and scalp inflammation, as a lot of tension is produced in the area when wearing your hair up. In fact, there is a type of alopecia called Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia (CCCA), which is almost exclusively found in women.

12. Genetics don’t play the main role in alopecia

Most of the time genetics is regarded as the culprit for hair loss issues. However, there are many types of hair loss and only one of them is truly hereditary: male and female pattern baldness. When it comes to other types of alopecia, genetics only has a supporting role but not a main one in explaining the causes.

Final learnings

Hopefully, after all these facts sourced by United Care Clinic and Health Central, you have gained some new insights and knowledge about hair and hair loss. Whether you're struggling with hair loss yourself, or just curious about the topic, there is always more to discover about this fascinating aspect of our bodies.

If you have read this post because of hesitation that you might be struggling with hair loss, we recommend you to have an expert analyze your personal case. If that’s the case, feel free to request a free consultation and save some money!

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