I am really excited to introduce you guys to the new part of my blog: Hair Snips.
I’m not gonna lie… I stole this idea from my client, Barbie, who has a blog about swimming: Talking To The Fish. You all should check it out because she writes a ton of cool and interesting articles! Anyways, I DID ask her if it was okay for me to use her idea and she said “yes.”
So what are “Hair Snips”, you ask?
They are super short, directly to the point articles about hair and beauty. I think they are a wonderful idea because they will be easy for me to write with the small amount of time I have, and they will be quick and fun for you guys to read.
1. Make-up in regulated by the FDA along with food, over-the-counter drugs, and medical devices. They could stop the sale of any cosmetic product if they see it unsafe.
2. The word “cosmetic” comes from the Greek word kosmos, which means “of this world or worldly.”
3. Because you wash your hands more than your face, it is not good to match make-up to the skin tone on your hands. This could make you chose a darker or redder tone.
4. Women used to pinch their cheeks to give themselves rosy cheeks before blush was invented.
5. Ground fish scales can be used to add shimmer to lipstick and eye shadow.
6. Bubble bath, mouthwash and deodorant are all considered cosmetics.
7. The world’s first EVER cosmetics were created from copper and lead ore by ancient Egyptians.
8. The first makeup was used when Egyptian women painted their eyes, applying dark color under the eyelid and blackening their eyelashes.
9. In the old days, make up was used to frighten enemies, show a social rank or make magic.
10. The founder of Maybelline named the company after his sister Maybel who inspired him to create make up products.
11. “Hypoallergenic” means that the manufacturer feels the product is less likely to cause an allergic reaction.
12. When the term “natural ingredients” is used, it means they are extracted directly from plants or animal products.
13. Nestle owns a quarter of the world’s largest cosmetic company, L’Oreal.
14. MAC stands for Make-up Art Cosmetics.
15. 60% of 12-year-old girls use cosmetics.
16. Keeping make-up out of sunlight prevents destroying the preservatives in it.
17. The ancient Romans considered wrinkles, freckles, sunspots, skin flakes and blemishes to be unfavorable. To soften wrinkles, they used swan fat or donkey milk. Sores and freckles were treated with the ashes of snails.
18. Egyptians used henna to stain their nails before nail polish was invented.
19. The first nail polish was invented in China in 3000 B.C. by mixing egg whites, beeswax, gum and colored powder.
20. In 3000 B.C. pale was desirable. People had to “bleed themselves” by using leaches or cutting into a vein to achieve this look.
21. In 1400, it was popular for women to be hairless. They would shave their heads and pluck their eyebrows and eyelashes completely out.
22. The most common injury caused by make-up is scratching the eye with a mascara wand.
23. In ancient Egypt, the beauty regime was very complicated. It began with a walk and applying incense pellets to their underarms as a form of deodorant. Then, while sitting at a mirror, servants brought grinders and applets used for daily make-up. The servants mixed malachite with oil derived from animal fat to create eye shadow. The servant applied the eye shadow with a small ivory stick carved on one end, and then lined the eyes with black kohl. Red ochre was used as lipstick.
24. Acne is the most common skin problem in teenagers.
25. Except for color additives and a few prohibited ingredients, a cosmetic manufacturer may use almost any raw material as a cosmetic ingredient and market the product without an approval from FDA.
26. In the Elizabethan era, coat tar was used as eye liner, mascara and eyebrow pencil. Unfortunately, it smelled bad, caused blindness and is flammable.
27. In the Victorian era, upper class women did not wear any makeup, since it was only used by stage actresses, working class women and prostitutes.
28. Nightingale feces is used in geisha facials. It is applied wet and allowed to dry. It’s supposed to diminish wrinkles and said to be a great exfoliator.
29. Underarm hair was first said to be unfeminine by the Wilkenson Sword razor company in 1915 after a woman appeared on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar magazine without any.
30. Coco Chanel started the trend to be tan after she tanned herself on a cruise.
31. Mum crème deodorant was developed in Philadelphia in 1889. The main ingredient was aluminum chlorhydrate.
32. In 1952, roll on deodorant was inspired by the ball-point pen.
33. After Coco Chanel popularized tanning, fake tan started to flood the market. But in the Asian region, the skin whitening products were more popular since Asians prefer paler skin.
34. A popular therapy called “urine therapy” is used by many celebrities to stay healthy and beautiful. This includes rubbing your first urine of the day on your face, and / or drinking a few drops :-/
35. In the 1400′s, women whitened their faces with “ceruse,” which was made from vinegar and powdered lead. Ceruse rapidly ate the skin away, causing the need to apply more than one layer. It eventually killed the person.
36. After a while, the lead in ceruse was replaced with zinc oxide.
37. Drinking a lot of water adds an instant glow to your face.
38. Natives of New Zealand tattoo their faces with swirls called “Moko”. This beauty ritual is considered sacred and dates back hundreds of years.
39. The United States has the highest rate of cosmetic surgery in the world.
40. Ancient Roman toothpaste contained ammonia from human urine, which whitened the teeth.
41. Cochineal is a red dye made of ground up beetles, and was used in ancient Incan and Aztec civilizations to color lips and nails red.
42. In the 1930′s, a product called “Lash Lure” was sold in the U.S. as permanent mascara. It blinded more than a dozen women and killed one.
43. In the 17th and 18th century, women dilated their eyes with drops from a plant called Belladonna, as it was considered attractive. Long term use damaged the eyes and lead to blindness.
44. Acne and burn patients in the U.K. may be treated with vavelta, a clear liquid that contains skin cells that rejuvenate and revitalize damaged skin from the inside out. These skin cells, called fibroblasts, are isolated from foreskins donated by mothers of circumcised baby boys.
45. In ancient Rome, “cosmetae” (where the word cosmetologist came from) were female servants who applied cosmetics to wealthy Roman women and bathed them in perfume. It is also said that cosmetae dissolved various cosmetic ingredients in their own saliva.
46. Dying your hair black in ancient Rome involved feeding leeches, putting them in vinegar, leaving the substance to ferment for two months and thicken into a paste, then applying the mixture to the hair and allowing it to dry for a day.
47. When waterproof mascara entered the beauty industry in 1938, it was made of 50% turpentine.
48. Cleopatra was known to soak her ship’s sails in perfume so the fragrance would reach Rome (and Marc Antony) before she did.
49. In Vietnam and other parts of Asia, women and men take part in the ritual of “teeth blackening” to enhance sex appeal, maintain healthy teeth, and not be mistaken for an evil spirit.
50. Dermatologist tested does not mean dermatologist approved.
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Who doesn’t love fun random facts? I always like to learn everything I can, especially about hair, so I present to you 100 Random Facts About Hair!
1. The average person has between 100,000 and 150,000 strands of hair on their head.
2. A natural blonde usually has more hair strands then dark or red hair. Towheads generally have 120,000 strands; brown/black-haired people 100,000 strands, and redheads average about 80,000 strands.
3. Hair is the fastest growing tissue in the body. The only thing that grows faster is bone marrow.
4. A single hair strand has a thickness of .02 – .04 mm.
5. Everybody sheds between 40-150 strands of hair per day.
6. Crash dieting can cause temporary hair loss.
7. Hair is made up of mostly keratin, which our outer layer of skin and fingernails are made out of.
8. In animals, horns, hooves, claws, feathers, beaks, quills (porcupines), and baleen (whales) are all also made of keratin.
9. On an average adult scalp, 25 meters of hair fiber is produced every day.
10. At any random time, 90% of the hair on a head is in a growing phase, while the other 10% is in a resting phase.
11. 40% of women have female pattern hair loss by the time they go through menopause.
12. 50% of men have male pattern hair loss by the age of 50.
13. For it to be apparent that you are balding, you would have to lose 50% of your hair.
14. Most drugs cause hair loss.
15. Thyroid imbalance causes hair loss.
16. Iron deficiency causes hair loss.
17. Humans are born with all of their hair follicles and there is no possible way to increase the amount of hair follicles you have.
18. Hair turns grey as a result of the pigment cells in the hair follicle not working properly. The hair bulb slows melanin production as a result of age or stress.
19. Hair is produced in the hair shaft beneath the skin; therefore it takes 13 days to see grey/white hair after it is produced.
20. A single strand of hair can support up to 6.5 pounds of weight.
21. A whole head of hair could support up to 2 tons.
22. On average, hair grows .3 – .5 mm per day.
23. The length of the growing phase of hair shortens as you age.
24. When you are born, you have about 1000 hair follicles per square centimeter. This number drops as you age.
25. Each hair follicle grows a completely new hair about 20 times in a lifetime.
26. Hair structure is the same, no matter whose head it is on.
27. The outer layer of hair is called the cuticle, and its purpose is to protect the inside layers. In healthy hair, the cuticle lays flat. In damaged hair, they are more open.
28. The middle layer of hair is called the cortex, which is made of long proteins twisted together.
29. The innermost layer of hair is called the medulla. Fine hair usually does not have a medulla. The purpose of the medulla has not yet been determined.
30. Keratin is composed mostly of an amino acid called cysteine, which is what gives the hair its shape.
31. Blow-drying your hair works by changing hydrogen bonds to alter the shape. Water also changes hydrogen bonds; hence the reason women hate humidity.
32. The only part of hair that is not dead is the hair that is inside your scalp.
33. African hair grows slower and is more fragile than European hair.
34. Asian hair grows the fastest and has the best elasticity.
35. The word “shampoo” comes from the Hindi word “champna” which means “to knead”.
36. Women lose a lot of hair after giving birth. This is due to their hormones regulating back to normal.
37. Most shampoos are slightly acidic to restore the pH of damaged hair and smooth the cuticle.
38. Healthy hair, when wet, can stretch to 30% its original length.
39. It takes about 7 years to grow your hair to your waist, and 3 years to grow to your shoulders.
40. The only way to get rid of “split ends” is to cut them. There is no way to completely repair them.
41. The major cause of dandruff is a fungus called Malassezia globosa, which pushes dead skin cells to the surface quicker than normal.
42. The strength of your hair is equivalent to an iron wire. It rips after having a force equivalent to 60 kg after stretching it 70%.
43. One sixteenth century doctor claimed you could restore hair by applying a random concoction made of boiled slugs, olive oil, honey, saffron, soap and cumin on the scalp.
44. Hair can absorb its weight in water.
45. Trichotillomania is the name of the disorder where you pull out your hair, eyelashes, and/or eyebrows compulsively. It is more common in women and usually stress related.
46. Africans and Europeans are more prone to balding than Asians.
47. Asian hair is almost always straight and black/dark brown.
48. If you pluck one hair, a new one will start growing from the follicle.
49. Different textures of hair have different cross-section shapes under a microscope. Straight hair is usually round and curly hair is usually oval.
50. The first liquid shampoo on the market was called “Dop” and came out in 1952.
51. 90% of right-handed people grow cowlicks in a clockwise direction.
52. Hair is stronger than a copper wire of the same diameter.
53. The size of a hair follicle determines the thickness and length of hair.
54. The hair follicle contains its own muscle, nerve and blood supply.
55. Hair grows the fastest during the summer, sleep, or between the ages of 16 to 24.
56. Dark hair contains higher levels of carbon than light hair.
57. The werewolf legend is believed to have originated from an abnormality called Hirsutism, which causes excess body hair or facial hair to grow in places it is not supposed to.
58. The growing phase of hair lasts between 3-5 years on average.
59. Scientists can tell what you ate or drank, or the environment you live in, by examining a small piece of your hair.
60. Hair is composed of 50.65% carbon, 20.85% oxygen, 17.14% nitrogen, 6.36% hydrogen, and 5.0% sulfur. Hair also contains trace amounts of magnesium, arsenic, iron, chromium and other metals and minerals.
61. Every inch of the human body is covered in hair besides the palms, soles of the feet, and lips.
62. The average life span of a strand of hair is 4-7 years.
63. The natural part is caused by a condition called a hair stream. It refers to the effect that is created when hair follicles slope in the same direction. When two hair streams slope in opposite directions, a natural part occurs.
64. The average man spends 5 months of his life shaving.
65. Facial hair grows faster than any other type of body hair.
66. The scientific term for grey hair is “canities.”
67. The first hair dye was invented in 1907 by French chemist Eugene Schueller and it was called “Aureole.”
68. If a man never shaved his beard, it would grow to over 30 feet in a lifetime.
69. Many store-bought hair colors contain random metallic salts. These salts accumulate on the hair shaft and can cause breakage or severe discoloration if colored or permed by a professional hairstylist.
70. The first men’s hair product was called “Brylcreem”, was produced in 1928, and was made of mineral oil, beeswax and water.
71. On average, women’s hair is half the diameter of men’s hair.
72. The process of removing unwanted body hair dates back to the ancient Egyptians.
73. At one time, in Russia, there was a random tax for wearing a beard.
74. Humans have the same amount of hair follicles per square inch as a chimpanzee.
75. The scientific term for split ends is “Trichoptilosis.”
76. The first African-American hair products were created by Madam CJ Walker, the first American black woman to become a millionaire.
77. Body hair is generally shorter because the growing phase is a lot shorter than the growing phase of hair on the scalp.
78. The earliest form of chemical hair removal dates back to the ancient Turks, who used a concoction known as “rusma”. Rusma is a combination of yellow sulfide of arsenic, quicklime, and rose-water.
79. The growing phase of hair is called anagen, and the resting phase is called catagen. When hair goes into the telogen phase, it sheds.
80. Human hair and fingernails continue to grow in death.
81. Scientists have discovered that people with a higher IQ, have more zinc and copper in their hair.
82. The curling iron was invented in France, by Marcel Grateau, in 1875.
83. The purpose of hair is to act as a thermal protection, since our head lacks the thermal insulation fats layers.
84. Every hair follicle is completely independent of neighboring follicles.
85. Less than 4% of the world’s population has natural red hair.
86. Research shows that hair becomes drier with age.
87. Hair transplantation is the only permanent solution for hair loss.
88. Gender is one thing that cannot be identified by a hair strand.
89. Hair extensions are made from mostly from people of the Chinese and Indian heritage.
90. The anticipation of sex makes hair grow faster.
91. Men grow hair faster than women.
92. Stress can make dandruff worse.
93. A random lock of Elvis’ hair was sold at an auction for 15,000$
94. The average American woman spends between 10-23 thousand dollars in a lifetime on unwanted hair removal.
95. The color of hair depends on how much melanin each strand has.
96. Cutting hair does not influence how fast or slow it will grow.
97. Men without hair on their chests are more likely to get cirrhosis of the liver than men with hair.
98. The human body has approximately 5 million hair follicles.
99. Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss.
100. The longest documented hair was measured in 2004. It belonged to Xie Qiuping from China, and measured 18.5 feet long.
Do you know any other cool facts about hair? I’d love to hear more in the comments!If you enjoyed 100 Random Facts about HAIR, you’ll probably like A History Timeline of HAIRstyling 50 Fun Facts about Cosmetics! To learn more about hair, check out HAIR 101!