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Hair Facts: 50 World Hair Statistics for Hair Types, Hair Color, and Religion

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Did you find yourself typing the keyword “world hair statistics” if you did, you landed are the right page because we have them for you. Why? Well, because we are passionate about everything about hair, from hair care, hairstyles, and of course, statistics. Keep reading because we have the best lists of facts for you.

1. The global hair care market reached a new high in  2018 with an estimated worth of $87.9 billion U.S. dollars.

2. The hair care market comprises thousands of products, including hair care, washing, hairstyling, chemical treatments, and hair accessories.

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3. Hair care products are formulated with natural and synthetic ingredients geared to target a variety of hair textures and concerns.

4. Not every type of hair product is used in countries worldwide.

5. Certain religions honor God by not cutting their member’s hair.

6. Shampoo holds the largest market share in the haircare segment and is estimated to grow to $30 billion USD by 2023.

7. Hair industry polls show that  52% of consumers prefer natural or organic shampoos.

8. Americans spend approximately $89.95 on haircare products annually on average.

9. Natural Hair products shoppers account for approximately 8.8% of market sales.

10. Males spend an average of almost 37 minutes daily on their haircare.

11. Females spend an average of almost 52 minutes daily on haircare.

12. People between 16-24 years old spend an average of 9 hours and 26 minutes on their haircare weekly.

13. UK adults spend 5 hours and 10 minutes weekly on haircare.

14. Black is the most abundant hair color in the world.

15. 75% to 85% of the world’s population has black or deep dark brown hair.

16. In Asia, 4.6 billion people have black hair.

17. 1.2 billion people in Africa have black hair.

18. It’s estimated that black hair accounts for 85% of hair color choice worldwide on average.

19. Brown Hair accounts for 11% worldwide on average.

20. Blonde Hair accounts for 2% worldwide on average.

21. Red Hair accounts for 1% worldwide on average.

22. Gray/White Hair accounts for 1% worldwide on average.

23. Brown or brunette is the world’s second most common hair color.

24. About 11% of the global population has brown hair.

25. In the United States, brown is the most common natural hair color.

26. The brown ranges in a wide variety of shades from dark deep brown to light brown, nearly blonde, depending on the quantity of eumelanin and pheomelanin pigments in the hair.

27. Only up to 3% of the world’s population has natural blonde hair.

28. Red hair is the rarest natural hair color.

29. 1-2% of the world’s population has red hair.

30. Red hair is more common in Scotland than anywhere else in the world;13% of the Scottish population are redheads.

31. Scientists know that our genes control hair shape.

32. Selective pressure acts on the genes responsible for selecting hair types.

33. Genes influence hair texture and thickness in people of different ethnicities.

34. Polymorphisms in two genes (EDAR) and (FGFR2) have indicated differences in hair thickness in Asians.

35. The main driver to have been identified to determine hair share is a gene that produces a protein called trichohyalin (TCHH).

36. The trichohyalin (TCHH) strengthens the growing hair.

37. The (TCHH) gene has distinct variants called small nuclear polymorphisms associated with different hair shapes in people.

38. For people of East Asian descent, variations in the gene for the receptor (EDAR) are associated with straight, coarse hair.

39. A polymorphism in another gene, TCHH, suggests differences in hair texture in northern European people.

40. Cell follicle behavior during hair fiber production during the genetic process contributes to hair texture.

41. The cells in the follicle of straight hair act coordinated, leading to an even hair growth from the straight follicle.

42. Straight hair follicles are round.

43. In Curly hair, the cells divide and produce specific proteins asymmetrically, which correlates with the bends in the curved follicle.

44. The hair fiber in curly hair has an elliptical shape, allowing it to curl.

45. Curly hair is thicker and more voluminous than straight hair.

46. Turbans are used by religions to cover their female and male members’ uncut long hairs.

47. For certain religions, such as the Sikh Religions, not cutting hair also includes shaving facial and body hair.

48. For Amish men shaving their bears is considered a personal violation.

49. For the Rastafarian religion, its members’ long, uncut hair mirrors the mane of their leader, the lion.

50. Married Orthodox Jewish women cover their heads for modesty since their hair becomes  “erva” Hebrew for nakedness. Not covering their heads would be seen as being naked.

Sources: Statista, Mlive, Allure, cfcindia, Geehair, youprobablyneedahaircut, jstor, medlineplus, Yahoo!, Medical News Today, NIH, Oxford.

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