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How Many Hairs Are on Your Head? Random Facts About Human Skin, Hair, and Nails


How much skin does the average person have?

On average, the human body is covered with around 20 square feet of skin, which weighs about 6 pounds.

Do identical twins have the same fingerprints?

No, even twins have different prints, though the differences are often subtle and detectable only by experts.

What causes goose-bumps?

The contraction of muscle fibers in the skin produces more heat, raising the temperature of the body. This is why your skin puckers in the cold.

How can tattoos be removed?

Skin grafting, infrared coagulation treatment, or salabrasion (table salt is scrubbed into anaesthetized skin) are options. Also, hypertonic irritant solution disperses tattoo pigment particles, but cause scars.

How much does human hair grow?

Each hair grows an average of 9 inches a year.

Does hair grow faster in summer or winter?

Human hair growth increases during the summer 10% because warm weather facilitates blood circulation, nourishing hair cells. In cold weather, blood is needed for warming internal organs and less is circulated to the skin.

How many hairs are on a human head?

An average person has about 100,000 hairs on their scalp. Redheads have 90,000 while blonds have 140,000; brunettes fall in between.

Most people shed 50-100 hairs a day.

How fast do fingernails grow?

Healthy nails grow about 0.8 inch a year. The middle fingernail grows faster because the longer the finger, the longer the nail. Fingernails grow four times faster than toenails.

Do nails and hair continue to grow after death?

No, but it looks like it sometimes because the body begins to dry out between 12 and 18 hours after death and fingertips shrink.

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Richard Johnson on June 13, 2012:

How many hair are on the human head? I will stick with this conclusion:

Average--100,000, Blonds have most--140,000, Red heads--

90,000, Brunettes--80,000, Really Bald-- none.

Cj on March 22, 2012:

This is awesume!

vaibhav on March 22, 2012:

what has happen to our pubic hairs when we die they still grow or they stop and why they still grow or why do they stop

Alka upreti on March 20, 2012:

So interesting. It helped me to solve my science conceptual question.

Kelvin on January 26, 2012:

Thumb up great job

xaw_x on January 22, 2012:

Number of hair on head = 99,000

on body except head = 90,000

k-k on December 28, 2011:

realy i did not need to know this!!!!!!!:(.

rookie on December 06, 2011:

wrong wrong wrong all of it

chelsey hess on October 20, 2011:

hehe...i have very short hair hehe!!!!!

xxx on September 22, 2011:

I doesn't believe this one for hair 100000..and loss also

princess peach on September 22, 2011:

Hi prince nelly, im a hairdressee n there is no way of growing hair bk! Also the volume of hair varies from person to person n not by there hair colour! I have a dark auburn.brown hair n.have a lot more sisters who are blonde!

Curious on September 21, 2011:

Does the figure about number of hairs apply to all race?

BEHNAM FROM IRAN on September 12, 2011:

THANKS FOR is superb and breathtaking.especially for hair,good job.GOOD LUCK

Prince Nelly on August 24, 2011:

I am a young guy and i have completely lost my hair and i want to know if there is anything i can do to gain my hair back.Thank you

ruth on July 31, 2011:

My 5 year old just asked me a question about hair I wasn't able to answer. Thanks for the help!

Mae Ortiz on July 19, 2011:

good to know this facts...i used to look that i do have a thick hair though it was really thin,I am so worried that i barely losing numbers of hair strands after taking a bath, happy to know that it really does happening...

Idude607 on March 26, 2011:

very informative hub, thanks for sharing!

lovelylizzy from Bahamas on October 27, 2010:

this was very interesting.thanx 4 putting it up. :D

bellebop on September 18, 2010:

wow! i have 140,000 hairs on my head! sooooo cool!

lolo on May 31, 2010:

wow,I learned so much :D

Belle on April 17, 2010:


I only have 90,000 hairs on my head!

ghd on March 12, 2010:

People usually say :"Seeing is believing." After I bought this strighter ,in a sense,it means a great deal to ghd is very useful tools to protect our damaged ghd.If you never pay attention your hair ,please grasp this chance.

Marsha on March 09, 2010:

This is really awesome, but which is true? Your hair and toenails grow after death or what?

nikk on March 03, 2010:

this is so boring

lee on March 03, 2010:

doing school project

glassvisage (author) from Northern California on January 24, 2010:

Thank you all for your comments! Jayde, lol!

Jayde on January 22, 2010:

Wow that's a crap load of hair!!

LAUREN on January 04, 2010:

WOW I never thought there were really that much hair and skin on our body

Skin care on July 17, 2009:

interesting one.

Te'a Hall on May 29, 2009:

I found this extremely intresting. My three year old son, Nathan kept on bugging me about how many hairs were on his head. Once he tried to cound them and that was a hoot! Well thank you for answering it to me but Nathan still doesn't beleive me...

Zee on April 09, 2009:

the data on hair (and all facts) should also have Asian and South Asian skin / hair types

wordsimmaculate from delhi on April 08, 2009:

cool Knowledge about the skin.... :D I really needed this...liked your hub :-)


Danielle. on September 23, 2008:

This is soo freaky

i love my hair and i love to have long hair but i just got it all cut off im so glad to hear it grows 9 inches a year! :D


karinabaybee on June 01, 2008:

this is kinda kool that someone actually finds out random stuff:]

Liz on May 29, 2008:

Hey this is cool. Im doing a science project on hair too. This really helped me out. Thanks.

Joanie Ruppel from Texas on May 09, 2008:

I love these types of facts. They are the type that will stick in your head keep you entertained and entertaining.

Bob on May 08, 2008:

I need to know a method on how to find the hairs. But it was still interesting. Thanks

mishi on March 26, 2008:

this website is awesome. im doing a project about hair and these facts really help.

AUSTIN on February 02, 2008:

Its pretty weird i was checking a fact on a triva game and got stuck reading it.

Duchednier on November 08, 2007:

Your last comment is wrong actually. Hair, skin cells, toenails all live and grow after death. Not long of course, but at least a day or 2, because there is still oxodized blood in the veins at the time, and the cells can still live off that, and then once the blood is drained of its oxygen, there is still glucose inside the cells themselves, then after that they all slowly die, but its not until then that they stop growing.

Lisakg from Caribbean on November 08, 2007:

This is so interesting. It reminds me of the verse in the bible which says God knows every single hair on your head.

Ashok Rajagopalan from Chennai on November 01, 2007:

Very very interesting. Bookmarked this hub.

Sangay Glass on October 31, 2007:

I like random acts of knowledge! Good job!

Leis on October 13, 2007:

I don't belive that there is around 100 000 heairs on the human head......more like millions!!!!!!!!!!!! Who would actually count every single little hair?

Amanda Kendle from Perth on September 11, 2007:

I was happy to read about the hairs on a human head question - I teach English to foreigners and often use a quiz that includes this question to practice talking about big numbers. Once I had a student who had actually scientifically calculated how many hairs were on his head by taking some sample sections and counting them - he worked it out at around 100,000 too (he was a singer in a band and was worried about going bald!). Interesting facts, thanks!

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