Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Long blonde hair
Long hair, don’t care?

This week I learned that, so far in my life, I have lost about 3,500 strands of hair. Maybe more.

That’s about 100 strands a day. Every day. Just falling out of my head, easy breezy.

And it’s not just me leaving my hair everywhere I go. Most of us lose anywhere from 50 to 100 strands a day.

The average human head has 100,000 hair follicles—small, pocket-like holes in our scalp that play a part in hair growth, shape, and colour. And each follicle can grow about 20 individual hairs in a person’s lifetime.

That’s a lot of hair. So I guess it’s okay if I lose 100 strands a day. Especially because as a natural blonde (hi!), I actually have more hair. I’m told that we blondes have closer to 150,000 hair follicles.

Take that, brunettes!

Just kidding.

It’s simply biology and evolution at work. Blondes generally have more sensitive skin. So we need more hair to cover our scalps and protect us from those damaging UV rays.

Cool with me. Bring on the sun!