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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

I just did a hair quiz and I am proud to say I got all the answers right, I thought I'd pass on some of them here...they are some myths &facts from read and enjoy! The answers to choose were correct or incorrect...

1- Cutting the tips of hair encourages their growth.
Incorrect : The hair is not a plant - it does not grow by its tip but from its root. It is the cellular activity in this root called the hair follicle which determines the speed of growth. Cutting the hair or its tips has no effect on this activity and cannot therefore stimulate its growth.. On the other hand, for the same reason, the tip of a hair is its oldest part. Since hair grows on average one centimetre per month, the tips of hair 30 centimetres long will be 2½ years old. Over the years, they will have become damaged to the detriment of the head of hair as a whole. Cutting the tips of the hair can therefore give it a cleaner and more beautiful aspect.

2-For an average head of hair, losing about 100 hairs per day is quite natural.
Answer: Correct
Correct : Hair follows a life cycle during which phases of growth alternate with phases of hair loss. Since each one of our hairs is absolutely independent of its neighbours, at any given moment, 90% of them are in a growth phase while 10% per cent are in the decline phase. In terms of an average head of 120,000 hairs, this figure means that 12,000 hairs are ready to fall. Since the loss during this phase is spread out over approximately three months, it is therefore quite normal to lose around 100 hairs every day.

Under the effect of intense emotion, hair can suddenly turn white.
Answer: Incorrect
Incorrect : "The day after being imprisoned in the Conciergerie, Marie-Antionette's hair turned white!" As an expression of despair, this is certainly a powerful and telling image, but scientifically incorrect. For it is during the process of its conception that hair is coloured or otherwise. This colour is acquired for good and can only be modified by an outside agent. In other words, hair does not become white but grows white. This is in fact obvious during growth after the hair has been coloured - for it is the visible base of the hair which shows the natural colour or whiteness. It is therefore impossible for a single hair, and even more so for a whole head of hair, to become white overnight. However, in the apparently well-documented case of Marie-Antionette, there is perhaps an explanation we can put forward. The Queen's hair was already grey before she was arrested. This grey is only an appearance associated with the co-existence of pigmented hair and white hair. The psychological shock brought about an acute loss of hair which the white hair was able to withstand better than the pigmented hair. So that, in just a few days, Marie-Antionette's hair did in fact turn white

4-The hair of a woman is different from that of a man.
Answer: Incorrect
Incorrect : Both in terms of structure and cycles of growth, the hair of a woman is absolutely identical to that of a man. However, male hormones, the androgens, do play an important part in the appearance of alopecia, the progressive disappearance of hair which leads to baldness. This is why, even if women are to some degree subject to this phenomenon, female alopecia is significantly different from male alopecia.

I hope you enjoyed shedding some light on these...I thought they were so fun to try and read the cool the way answer refers to the answer I gave on the quiz and then the next line is the answer from loreal explained! Way to go, this was a great test and teaching tool
All information on myths and facts courtesy of 2006

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