Posted by Roland Beverly, MD on Jan 06, 2015 under

This month, our blog series will focus on all things hair! We all have hair that we want to keep healthy & strong (although we will also talk about hair we’d rather not have this month too!). To get us started, let’s look at some basic information & facts about hair that can give you a good foundation as we explore different hair topics this month. 

It’s all about the numbers

*Humans have an approx. average of 100,000 strands of hair on their head. Redheads typically have the least amount of strands, at an average of about 90,000, and blondes typically have the most, at 140,000 on average.

*A human hair has a life span of 2-7 years.

*The average person loses 50-100 hairs per day.  

Hair Type

Your hair type (curly, straight, etc) is largely determined by the shape of the follicle as well as the formation of the keratins in the hair shaft. The hair strand is created in the follicle, and then it grows according to the follicle shape, similar to using a mold:

Altering your hair care regimen to suit your hair type is recommended because each hair type has it’s own set of things to watch out for. For example, curly hair generally has less natural scalp oil than straight hair, making it more prone to dryness (and therefore, brittleness), so a curly-haired person should have products designed to hydrate their locks and keep in that moisture (esp. deep conditioners).


And remember…

The hair follicle contains living cells, but the strands themselves are not alive. Hair is made primarily of keratin, a protein that also makes up human nails. 

BLOG DISCLAIMER: Information on this blog is for educational purposes only and not intended to diagnose or treat any skin ailment. Please make an appointment with your physician for personalized medical advice. 


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