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Odd and Interesting Hair Facts

Guest Author - Lynne Chapman

Do you know how the legend of the werewolf started? Did you know that there used to be a tax on wearing a beard? Have you ever seen jewelry made of hair?

  • The legend of the werewolf may have come from a medical abnormality called Hirsutism. Hirsutism causes excess body hair or facial hair in places that is not considered normal. For instance, women may have coarse, dark, thick hair on their face, chest abdomen and back. Some sufferers are covered with thick coarse hair.
  • One inch of hair can reveal facts about your behavior. Scientists can discern facts, such as what you ate, or drank in the last month and in what environment you lived.
  • A lock of Elvis Presley's hair, alegedly cut when he joined the Army in 1958, sold at auction for $15,000. The buyer also had to pay $3,500 in auction house fees.
  • Scientists have been found that people with a high IQ have more Zinc and Copper in their hair.
  • Some type of hair can be found covering every inch of your body except for the soles of your feet, the palms of your hands, and your lips.
  • Cutting your hair will not cause it to grow faster or slower.
  • A single human hair can support 6 Ĺ pounds of weight.
  • Hair is the second fastest growing tissue of your body. The first is bone marrow.
  • The first American Black woman millionaire was Madam CJ Walker. She produced the first hair care products for Black hair.
  • The first menís hair product was Brylcreem produced in 1928. It was a mixture of mineral oil, beeswax and water. It kept a manís hair in place and gave it a wet look.
  • In America, men spend more than a billion dollars a year fighting hair loss.
  • You must lose 50% of your hair before anyone else will notice.
  • The average man will spend about five months of his life shaving.
  • That man will shave 20,000 times in his lifetime.
  • During the time of Peter the Great in Russia, there was a tax on wearing a beard.
  • The loss of eyelashes is called Madarosis.
  • A eyebrow hair will last from 3 to 5 months before it falls out naturally.MLI>African hair grows more slowly and is more fragile than European hair. Asian hair grows the fastest and has the greatest elasticity. Thatís why Asian hair is coveted for most wigs.
  • The first synthetic hair dye was invented in 1907 by French chemist Eugene Schueller. He named his product Aureole.
  • The first hair dryer was a vacuum cleaner that was adapted for drying hair.
  • Jewelry made from hair is a Victorian art form. In a Hair Museum located in Independence, MO, a hair art brooch made in 1680 can be found.
  • In the 1700ís scenes were painted on brooches using paint mixed with pulverized hair.
  • There are also wreaths made entirely of human hair.






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