Is our hair alive or dead.

@thetis74 (1525)
August 6, 2011 3:56am CST
I have been asking questions to myself why some people buy hair and make them as wigs and that why they remain the same and wonder why it does not physically change or die. And I also wondered why it gets very dry like broom if we don't take care of it. I was reading this morning about hair. And I would like to share this. It said that despite advertisements that promise glowing "alive" hair if you use products, our hair is in fact quite dead and cannot be revived by lotions. What we call hair is an outgrowth of skin. It grows out of structures called follicles, of which the body has some 5 million-100,ooo are found in the scalp alone. By the time hair emerges into view from its follicle-cocoon deep beneath the skin, it is long since dead; its cells are no longer capable of dividing to produce new hair. Everyday, during the process of combing and brushing, from 50-100 hairs break off. Although the hair is dead, it remains elastic; and wet hair can be stretched to approximately 60% its normal length and it will snap back. That explains why when people dies the hair stays the same because it has long been dead.
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@jdyrj777 (6558)
• United States
6 Aug 11
I think its alive or else it would not grow. I guess??? I really dont know. Another thing which end does it grow from. I have dread locks in my hair. I know it grows from the scalp. But i have trimmed the ends and some seems to be growing back from the ends. So idk if its growing there too. It doesnt seem likly it could grow from the scap all the way through the locks to the ends.
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@jdyrj777 (6558)
• United States
7 Aug 11
No actually that doesnt answer. Do you know what dread locks are? Well, at the end, not at the roots it seems to grow. theres no way for the new looking growth at the end to have possibly made it way all the way throught the dread lock and sprout out the end. Seems to me like its somehow growing at both ends. A dread lock is hair that is all matted together in locks so i dont see how the growth at the end came from the root. You know what i mean???
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@jdyrj777 (6558)
• United States
7 Aug 11
There are different ways to get the dread locks started. The way i started mine was by braiding it then just leaving them. Ina few months they are transformed into dread locks and they just keep growing out that way. I started mine about 12yrs ago.
@thetis74 (1525)
8 Aug 11
That is so cool. If I am not mistaken Bob Marley's was a dread lock. I love the guy. Such a very good artist.