We all know at least a few people that are balding or have thinning hair. These observations have probably raised a question or two for you about the typical number of hairs on someone’s head. How many hairs does the average human possess on their head? Does that number change depending on what color hair they have? How many hairs do they lose over the course of a few days? Well, here we’ll discuss some of the answers to those questions and hopefully encourage you to have a conversation with your stylist at the same time.
As far as how many hairs are on a person’s head, typically, humans average between 90,000 and 150,000 hairs. Why such a large gap? Well, the number of hairs on your head depends on the number of hair follicles that your scalp contains. The average person has up to 150,000 follicles, but the number on your particular head is hereditary. That means that you inherited the amount of hair on your head because you inherited the number of follicles in your scalp. The number of follicles also stays constant throughout your life, so even if you begin balding, you aren’t losing those follicles. They just aren’t producing strands of hair anymore.
The number of hairs on a person’s head also depends upon that person’s hair color. Hair color and number of follicles are both inherited traits, and generally speaking, blond people have smaller diameter hair and more follicles than people with another hair color. Blonds average about 145,000 hairs on their heads, while brunettes average around 108,000. Black and red hair strands are often thicker and more dense, so people with these colors of hair average lower than blonds and brunettes. Black hair averages around 100,000 strands, and red hair averages around 90,000. Of course, variance in hair diameter and density will vary from person to person, but the reasoning for the general occurrence makes sense. Blond hair has much lower levels of pigmentation, so the strands are thinner, so more hair is needed to cover and protect the scalp. The opposite is true for those with darker colored hair. Any tips from your stylist about maintaining healthy strands will help you protect your hair.
The hair on your head is constantly in a cycle, and at the end of the resting phase, you’re hair will fall out. As new hair is produced within the follicle at the beginning of the growing phase, the old hair is pushed out, thus ending the the resting phase for that hair. The hairs on your head can last between two and six years, but because you have so many hairs, approximately 90% of your hair is in the growing phase at any given point in time. However, the average person loses between 50 and 200 hairs throughout each day. You can ask your stylist about ways to strengthen your follicles, but you shouldn’t be worried about this natural hair loss and regrowth.
While your hair color and parent’s genes may determine the number of hairs on your head, you can be pretty sure that your number and color combination are totally unique. Here we provided a little bit of insight into the averages across many people, but it’s up to you to talk with your stylist about the right way to approach maintaining the health of your hair.