Did you know that…
- With the exception of bone marrow, your hair is the fastest growing tissue in the body.
- On average, we grow 590 miles of hair during our lifetimes.
- Hair is commonly used for DNA analysis and can tell a great deal of information about a person such as genetics, lifestyle, drug use and diet. The only thing that cannot be identified by hair is gender.
- According to a 1996 study, the more hair you have, the more intelligent you are.
- Hair follicle are formed by the time a unborn baby is in their fifth moths of gestation.
- Blonde people have the most hair follicles.
- The average person sheds about 100-150 hairs per day.
- Melanesian people come from New Guniea and the Pacific Islands. Their hair is blonde and curly and they have dark skin. Malanesian genes are completely different to blonde-haired people of European descent.
- Redhead people are more sensitive to pain. A study published in the British Medical Journal found that often, redhead people require 20 per cent more pain relief than people of other hair colors.
- Hair is mostly made from keratin. That’s the same substance as animal horns, hooves and claws.
- Body hair has muscle cells in it which enables it to stand on end.
- Human hair and fingernails continue to grow in death.
- Laser Hair Removal was one of the top five nonsurgical procedures performed in the USA in 2016.
- Laser Hair Removal has been tested since 1960s and commercially available since the 1990s.
- The world1s longest chest hair is 9.25 inches long.
- Trichotillomania is the name of the disorder that causes people to pull out their own body hair. For about 2-4% of population are affected by this disorder, and about 80-90% of those cases are in women.
- Body hair have a very short lifespan compared to the hair on your head. Scalp hair stays in the growth phase for 2-6 years, while body hair only stays in active growth phase for about 30-45 days.
- There are two different types of body hair. The underarm and bikini area have apocrine glands, which produce odor. Apocrine glands have an abundance of hair follicles, which is why underarm and pubic hair can grow so thick. The rest of your body hair, the hair is rooted in eccrine sweat glands, which primarily control temperature. Hair follicles are more dispersed, so it1s much finer.
- 85% of American women regularly spend time removing unwanted hair daily
- Women who shave will spend over $10,000 on shaving products during their lifetime
- Women spend two entire months of their life shaving
- Women who wax 1-2 times per month end up spending about $23,000 on waxing products in their lifetime
- Men spend about $7,000 during their lifetime on shaving razors only!
- Men spend 5 months of their life shaving.
- Shaving does not make hair grow faster, or thicker, or darker.
- Hair grow on every inch of our bodies except for: palms of our hands, soles of our feet and our lips. The hair that is hardly noticeable is called vellus hair. The longer, darker and noticeable hair is called terminal hair.
Back in history…
- Cave people did shave! But they removed body hair so their opponents in battle wouldn’t have the advantage of grabbing onto anything. Ancient people used natural tools like sharpened stones and shells to scrape hair from the face.
- In Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia it was very common for women and men to remove all their body hair. Hair was associated with the lower classes of society. Also, it helped to control mites and lice. Moreover, it cooled the body temperature in the hot Egyptian climate. The Egyptians were pioneers of waxing, but shaving was very popular in ancient Egypt too. The Egyptians used bronze, copper, or gold razors.
- In the ancient Roman Empire, hair removal was a sign of cleanliness, just like in Egypt and Mesopotamia; it was also a sign of class — but only for women. Men, on the other hand, were free to wear their body hair however they liked.
- At the beginning of 20th century as dresses began to shrink, women began discovering more unseemly hair. Advertisements played on insecurities, and in 1915, Gillette introduced the Milady Decollete, “the first razor designed and marketed specifically for women, and was billed in the extensive national advertising campaign as the ‘safest and most sanitary method of acquiring a smooth underarm.”
- Fashions of the 1940’s, coupled with World War II meant that American women were more and more likely to shave their legs. The wartime shortage of nylon meant women couldn’t wear stockings every day. Having to go bare legged, more women shaved their legs, a practice that prepared them for the mini-skirt in the 1960’s. By 1964, 98 percent of American women were routinely shaving their legs.
- Today hair removal has grown into one of the most popular beauty services today. From shaving, tweezing, waxing, threading, epilating, depilatory creams, and lasers, there are tons of options perfect for everyone no matter the gender, skin type, or hair type. We’ve come this far, who knows what they’ll come up with next.
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