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  1. Einstein’s famous wild hair wasn’t just the result of having his mind on higher things and forgetting to brush.  He had a genetic condition called Uncombable Hair Syndrome.
  2. Everyone loses hair. It has a limited lifespan and it’s perfectly normal to shed up to 100 hairs a day which will grow back.  Of course, if you start to suffer from hair loss then expect to lose more hair and for it not be replaced.
  3. Only 2% of the world’s population are natural blondes. Nearly everyone else apart from the 1% of redheads have got black hair.
  4. Hair is very elastic. We’re not suggesting you try this as you might get traction alopecia (hair loss due to pulling at it) but wet hair can bet stretched by over a third.
  5. Following on from point 3 a single hair can support up to 100 grams in weight. That means that you could support two elephants with your hair although we don’t recommend trying this at home.
  6. A single hair lives for approximately five years and can regrow up to 20 times in a lifetime although not everyone is quite so lucky when it comes to retaining their locks. Interestingly, the only “live” part of the hair is under the scalp.
  7. Hair doesn’t continue to grow after we die despite the old wives’ tale.
  8. A crash diet can cause hair loss. Shedding the pounds to look good might be a little futile if your hair starts dropping out.  Also, just the wrong types of foods can have the same effect.  Hair is like a barometer of general well-being.
  9. 50% of men are losing their hair by the time they’re 50 although the actual statistics vary from country to country and region to region.
  10. Split ends cannot be repaired. Beware any products claiming to this.  The only way to tackle split ends is to cut them off.
  11. Hair is like a sponge. It can hold its own weight in water.  In the 2007 Cusco Busan oil spill it was used to remove the oil from the San Francisco Bay.

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