Did you think that you only had to have body hair to know everything about it (and therefore, you were an expert)? Don’t be mistaken, the body hair hasn’t finished surprising you. Here are 11 things you didn’t know about your body hair.
There are several types of hair
We can distinguish 2 main types of hair: the vast majority of them are long and thick (beard, pubic hair, hair…).
The other type is down. This type of finer hair is found on specific parts of the body such as the forearms for example or at a particular stage of life such as baby hair that will fall out shortly after your birth.
Genetic disorders may be the cause of your hair colour
Studies have shown that several pathologies or risks can be associated with hair colour. For example, blonde women tend to have more estrogen, which can lead to more learning disabilities. They would be more likely to suffer from increased macular degeneration (which affects the retina and therefore affects eyesight). Redheads, on the other hand, are more sensitive to pain. It has also been noted that bald people are more likely to die earlier than average and that brunettes are more likely to smoke.
Are you losing your hair? It’s normal.
On average, most people lose about 100 hairs a day (up to 150). Rest assured, we have so many that this daily loss remains invisible.
Hair has “muscles”
Have you ever wondered how hair manages to stand up when you get goosebumps? Simply because it has muscle cells! Unfortunately, you don’t know how to build up your hair, so it’s best to stick to the classic muscle training sessions.
Hair attracts the opposite sex
Not by its physical attractiveness (even if the beard is a real asset of seduction), but especially by the diffusion of specific hormones. Indeed, the hair is used to distribute certain hormones to send them to your potential partners in order to attract them. So pull out your hair if you want to flirt!
Your hair regulates your body temperature
Ideal in the event of a heat wave, your hair can serve as a real natural air conditioner by eliminating sweat. In very cold weather, they will serve to keep the heat in. It is thus a real body temperature regulator which would make us think twice before a definitive depilation.
Few people like pubic hair
This is what this study seems to indicate by revealing that 90% of people had shaved their pubic hair in the last 4 weeks. This can be explained by another piece of information from the same study that 60% of men prefer their partners to get rid of their pubic hair. Among men, the trend is the same with 19% of them having already shaved this area. However, beware of the dangers of pubic hair removal.
Hairiness is a function of intelligence.
This question has been the subject of a study, so it’s not so silly. And the results are surprising. So this study conducted in 1996 established that the more hair people had on their bodies, the smarter they were. Indeed, this study conducted on the MENSA (an elite organization that campaigns for human intelligence) showed that they had more hair than the average population. Is this rule true for all hairy people? Not so sure unfortunately.
Hair or hairs: which one lives the longest?
Hair and hairs do not have the same lifespan. As far as hair is concerned, its growth is limited to a few centimetres at the most and its lifespan will not exceed 6 months.
Your lashes are home to a real fauna
Mites are tiny creatures that lodge in the eyelashes of more than half the population. This very harmless presence can, however, in extreme cases, cause itching or inflammation.
Sweating is caused by your hair
At the base of each hair is a sweat gland. It is these glands that secrete sweat and protect against germs. They also create body odour, which is generally not very delicate when sweating.