Hair. With upwards of 100,000 strands on your head, there’s plenty to talk about. Ready for a few OMG moments? Flip through for the 11 most incredible facts about hair you’ll ever hear!
1. Leonard Autie, Marie Antoinette’s hairdresser, invented the pouf hairstyle for the queen one evening before the opera. It was around three-feet high that night, and her headdresses only got more elaborate and even wilder. So wild, in fact, that they often became breeding grounds for various types of vermin.
2. Each strand of human hair contains up to 14 different elements, including traces of gold.
3. Red is the rarest naturally occurring hair color, making up only 1 percent of the world’s population. But in the United States, between 2 and 6 percent of the population is redheaded, making the United States the country with the largest population of redheads.
4. Today, 75 percent of American women dye their hair, compared to just 7percent in 1950.
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5. “The Rachel,” which Jennifer Aniston sported in the ‘90s on Friends, is still the most copied celebrity hairstyle ever. According to a poll conducted by Goody, it has been requested by 11 million women across the globe. Ironically, Aniston was not a fan. She’s even called it “the ugliest haircut she’s ever seen.”
6. In 1885, British inventor Mason Pearson invented the rubber-cushion hairbrush. The product design used today is similar to the original model, but with a few improvements that came in the early 1920s.
7. Kate Middleton reportedly spent upwards of $10,000 to have perfectly coiffed locks on her recent tour of Australia. But don’t worry—she saved money by doing her own makeup.
8. Head & Shoulders is the best-selling shampoo brand in the world, with around 110 bottles sold each minute. The British brand Sunsilk holds the number two spot, and Pantene is third on the list.
9. Hair extensions are sparking crime waves across the country. Just this year, authorities have cited an increase in burglaries of beauty supply stores, with extensions being the loot of choice. At around $100 to $300 a pop, hair bandits are making away with tens of thousands of dollars worth of stolen strands.
10. Katy Perry collects locks of hair, including strands from some of her celebrity friends. Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, and Kristen Wiig are a few highlights from her star-studded collection.
11. In 1960, L’Oréal launched Elnett hairspray. It was the first hairspray that could be brushed out, offering a lovely alternative to hairspray helmet head. But up until 2010, the only way for an American woman to get her hands on a can was to bring it back from Europe (which many women and professional stylists did).
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