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Impress your colleagues, friends, and family with our fun and freaky facts about hair. After reading this article, you’ll ace a Mastermind round on ‘hair’. Alternatively, why not break them out during quieter moments when you’re out with the lads this weekend? We’re certain they’ll thank you…

  1. The most common hair colour in the world is black. Blondes make up just 2% and redheads are only 1%.
  2. The highest proportion of redheads live in Scotland where 13% of people have red hair.
  3. Hair is mostly made of keratin, which can also be found in animals’ horns, hooves, claws and beaks.
  4. As soon as a hair is plucked from a follicle, a new hair begins to grow.
  5. Around 80% of Americans wash their hair twice a day. (We think that sounds excessive – depending on your hair type!)
  6. A single hair on your head can live for around five years.
  7. With the exception of bone marrow, hair is the fastest growing tissue in the body.
  8. All hair follicles in humans are formed when the foetus is only 5 months old.
  9. Hair can grow everywhere on the human body with the exception of the palms of your hands, soles of your feet, mucous membranes and lips.
  10. Hair is one of the most common types of forensic evidence.
  11. However, hair cannot be used to identify gender.
  12. An average man spends five months shaving in his life.
  13. If a man never shaved his beard, it could grow to 30 feet in a lifetime.
  14. In ancient Rome, pigeon poo was used to dye hair blonde
  15. In 1705, a beard tax was introduced in Russia by Peter the Great in order to westernise their society.
  16. Ancient Greeks believed redheads became vampires when they died.


  1. Also in ancient Greece, blonde hair was associated with prostitutes.
  2. If you’ve had a shock, been stressed or are simply aging, it will take 13 days for any white or grey hairs to show.
  3. The average numbers of hairs on a head is 100,000.
  4. Hair grows slightly faster in warmer weather.

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