10 Things You Didn't Know About Your Hair

10 things you didn't know about your hair

June 17, 2021 4 min read

Hair can be a way to express yourself, improve your confidence, and make a statement – it’s a unique part of our identities that we often take for granted.

But there is way more to hair than meets the eye. In fact, we bet there are quite a few things you didn’t know about your hair.

As one of the leading brands in hair extension technology, our team at Superior Hair Extensions have pulled together some of the most interesting, unusual facts about hair that we could find.

1) What is Hair Made of?

We might all have different hair colours, textures, styles and lengths of hair, but all human hair has a few key characteristics in common. 

Keratin: Human hair is primarily made up of a protein called keratin, which is the same protein found in your skin and nails. It can also be found abundantly in a horses mane, hooves and tail, as well as in animal feathers and wool. 

Melanin: This is the pigment that creates the colour of your hair. The two types of melanin include eumelanin (dark colours) and pheomelanin (light colours). 

If you have naturally darker hair, you have more eumelanin than pheomelanin and vice versa. When melanin production slows, you will notice grey or white hair beginning to appear across your head.

2) Hair is Super Elastic

Hair can stretch up to 30% longer when wet! Although it sounds pretty impressive, it’s also the reason why your hairdresser tells you not to brush or tie up your hair when it’s wet. 

It may stretch up to 30%, but this stretching can also weaken the structure of the hair, making it more susceptible to breakage. 

3) Hair Colour

There are only four main hair colours - blonde, brown, black and red – with a combination of natural variations of these. Of these four colours, red hair makes up only 1% of the population and around75% of woman dye their hair another colour.

4) Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Have you ever wondered how many hairs there are on your head? Well, the average head has between 100,000 – 150,000 hair follicles!

It probably comes as no surprise then that each day we naturally lose between 50-100 hairs from our heads, with health conditions, hormonal changes and trauma just some of the reasons you may lose more hair than this.

5) Hair is Super Strong

The keratin protein structure of hair gives it incredible tensile strength, which means each strand of hair can hold around 100 grams of weight.

Think about that 100 grams, then multiply that strength by the 100,000+ hairs on your head.

6) Beauty Sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep isn’t just great for your mental and physical health and wellbeing, it’s also great for repairing your hair. 

Your body uses your resting hours to repair and rejuvenate, so make the most of this time and apply overnight hair serums before you climb into bed.

7) Hair, Hair Everywhere

While we’re used to hair on our own bodies in usual places like the head, arms, underarms and legs, it’s interesting to note that hair can actually grow anywhere on your body EXCEPT for your lips, eyelids, palms, and soles of your feet.

8) Your Hair is Actually Dead

Once a hair strand has grown to the length of the skin surface, the cells within that hair strand actually die. 

Each hair strand is nourished at the hair root, which keeps your hair growing longer, but the hair strand itself isn’t living.

9) Greying Hair

We’ve all heard parents, co-workers and friends utter say that “xyz is giving me grey hair!” And it turns out they weren’t wrong. 

Greying hair can be attributed to traumatic events, high stress, your genetics and of course, simply aging.

10) It’s in Your DNA

Your hair is uniquely you, and any true crime nerds will love this hair fact.

Forensic scientists have had a recent breakthrough in DNA sampling to allow DNA to be extracted from hairs that don’t have the root attached. 

Previously, DNA could only be extracted from hairs found at crime scenes that had their root attached, so this hair-raising discovery is game-changer for solving crimes. 

Fact: You can Trust Superior Hair Extensions for Quality Extensions

Hair plays such a big role in our identity, our ‘brand’ and how we express ourselves, so it’s no secret that purchasing a set of hair extensions in Australia from Superior Hair Extensions can help to give you the hair you’ve dreamt of.

At Superior Hair Extensions, we supply the #1 rated clip-in and tape hair extensions in Australia, with customers across the world in love with our superior quality hair extensions.

Shop our range of hair extensions today - from the best ponytail extensions in Australia to high quality tape-ins, secret halos or traditional wefts – we’ve got you covered.

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