Hair is one of the most astonishing parts of the human body.
It is stronger than copper wire, it is a natural oil sponge that can absorb oil out of the water, and it definitely makes or breaks the look of a person.
That’s why losing your hair can be an issue that affects your whole social and professional life. We’re used to living with a full head of hair for so long, we become disoriented when we lose it.
In this list, I’ve gathered 28 statistics about hair, hair loss, and hair transplants that every person who’s experiencing any sort of hair loss should know.
Starting with the hair itself:
Facts and Statistics About Hair
Here are a few facts and statistics about human hair you probably didn’t know, that will make you appreciate it more:
1- The average person has 100,000 hairs.
And each of these hair follicles has its own muscles that are capable of reacting individually.
Also, did you know the number of hairs on your scalp is strongly influenced by your hair color? (7)
2- Those with brown hair have an average of 110,000 on their scalp while redheaded people have 90,000 hair on average, and those with blonde hair have 150,000 hair on average.
This is because the lighter the color of a hair is, the thinner it is; which enables your scalp to support more of it.
3- An individual hair is supposed to be stretched by 30% in length when it is wet if it is healthy (8).
And if it doesn’t stretch by that amount, your hair has protein deficiency that you should treat. As you might know, nutritional deficiencies including lack of protein can end up making you lose hair.
4- The fastest-growing tissue in a human body is hair.
On average, you grow 35 meters of total hair every day.
5- Every hair follicle you ever had and will ever have was formed before you were even born.
Hair follicles are where the individual hairs are produced. A single hair is produced, then continuously grows for years before it falls out of your scalp and gets replaced by new hair.
6- Currently, roughly 90% of all your hair follicles are in the anagen phase (growth) while the remaining are in transition (catagen) or resting (telogen) phases.
The individual hair grows in the hair follicle for 2-6 years (anagen phase) and then its growth slows down for 10 days (catagen). When the growth comes to a halt after this period, the hair rests for 3 months on your scalp (telogen) before falling out (exogen).
Most of your hair follicles are currently in the growth phase solely because of the length of this period.
Statistics About Hair Loss
7- It is completely natural to lose 50-100 hair strands per day.
You’ve definitely heard this before in elementary school or on the internet, and yes; since your hairs that were produced in your hair follicles grow, rest, and fall, losing hair to a certain degree is normal.
8- Native Americans are mostly immune to hair loss caused by androgenetic alopecia. (1)
Research suggests that the majority of Native American people are immune to hair loss caused by androgenetic alopecia (AGA). Their scalps are much less susceptible to male hormones that cause AGA, specifically DHT.
From most affected to least (1):
White Patients ➡ Asians ➡ African Americans ➡ Native Americans ➡ Eskimos
Hair Loss in Men (2) (3)
Although statistics for hair loss are similar, men are significantly more likely to go bald compared to women which is why most hair loss patients are male.
9- By the age of 20, 20% of men experience visible hair loss.
10- By the age of 30, 25% of men have visible hair loss.
Between 25-35 is where androgenetic alopecia and male pattern baldness start to display visible effects on the scalp hair such as thinning and hairline receding.
11- By the age of 50, 50% of men experience balding.
12- And by the age of 60, over 66% of men have experienced pattern balding.
That’s two people out of three.
13- Androgenic alopecia or common male pattern baldness (MPB) accounts for more than 95% of hair loss in men.
Even though there are numerous reasons for hair loss, the primary cause and type of hair loss in men are AGA and MPB.
However, this doesn’t mean that other reasons are irrelevant if you’re experiencing AGA. There are numerous practices and medical conditions that can aggravate or reduce the effects of your pattern baldness.
Hair Loss in Women (4) (5)
14- 81% of women reported that they feel the most confident when their hair looks great; 72% say feeling good about their hair is empowering.
According to research, women spend twice as much annually on hair care as men, which is not surprising when you consider men tend to ignore their hair and scalp more than women.
15- Between the age of 30 and 40, 3-12% of women experience some degree of visible female pattern hair loss (9).
Female pattern hair loss rises with age in Caucasian women:
- Between the age of 30 and 40: 3-12%,
- 50s, Postmenopausal women: 14-28%,
- Older than 70s: 29-56%
16- By the age of 49, 25% of women have visible female pattern hair loss.
Female Pattern Hair Loss (FPHL) is different than male pattern balding and is evaluated through a different scale.
17- By the age of 69, 41% of women have female pattern hair loss.
18- By the age of 80, 57% of women display visible pattern hair loss.
The stress of pulling their hair and forming them into stressful hairstyles such as tight buns or ponytails also causes traction alopecia.
Regrowing Lost Hair – Facts and Statistics About Hair Transplants and Other Methods (6)
Various methods, medications, and surgical procedures were developed throughout the years to meet this need.
Although most solutions are claimed to be “highly effective”, only a couple of methods have strong approving research around them, the best of them being hair transplant surgeries.
Practiced for over 70 years, modern hair transplant surgery focuses on harvesting donor hair from the donor area of your scalp (generally) and implanting them on the balding spots. With dozens of studies and countless success stories, hair transplant surgeries are proven to work.
Here are a few statistics about hair transplantation that can help you understand the demand behind it and even answer the question “do hair transplants work?“:
19- Over 735,000 patients underwent hair transplant surgeries in the year 2019, and the number keeps increasing.
The actual number of hair transplant surgeries in 2019 is possibly much higher than the number presented by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery since the numbers are added up from just the physicians who participated.
20- 85% of people who underwent hair transplant surgeries were male patients, while only 15% of them were female.
There are two important variables for this statistic.
The first is that the male pattern baldness affects the overall appearance of hair much more than the female pattern baldness does, due to the differences in the patterns of hair loss.
And since the frontal hairline is not affected in female pattern baldness, hair transplantation which is advantageous for restoring hairline becomes a last resort option.
21- Most patients underwent a hair transplant surgery to treat their loss of hair to improve their social/dating lives (37% of patients) or to have a better professional life/career (34.7% of patients.)
The appearance of a receding hairline possibly plays a lesser role in your social and professional life than the psychological issues that might occur due to it.
According to research, those with hair loss may be at higher risk for developing a serious depressive episode, anxiety disorder, social phobia, or paranoid disorders. There are numerous studies showing higher stress and anxiety levels in people with hair loss.
So, it makes sense to assume that after a successful hair transplant and your natural hairline restored, you will have fewer obstacles standing between you and success in your professional and social life.
22- Hair transplant patients were most likely to belong in these age groups: 26-35 years (45.2%), 36-45 years (42.2%), and 46-60 years (8.6%).
Androgenetic alopecia usually starts to affect your scalp when you become a young adult. But it takes time to produce visible hair loss since you need to lose a great amount of hair before you can visibly see your hair thinning.
Between the ages of 25 and 30 is where most of my patients noticed their hair loss and started looking for a way to treat it. So it makes sense for these age groups to hold the majority.
Just remember that the earlier you start an effective treatment (through medications or surgical operations) the better results you’re going to get; unless you have aggressive alopecia which might make it hard to predict how your hair loss is going to proceed.
23- 57.2% of hair transplant patients achieved their desired results with a single surgery.
This is an intimidating statistic, even for me as a hair transplant surgeon. Although it’s great that more than half of the patients get the results they want from their first surgery, the fact that 42% of patients had to have a second surgery can make the patients doubt the method.
I can safely say that for my patients, the satisfaction rate was much, much higher.
That is mainly because I am a dermatologist, who’s expertise in treating skin and hair conditions including hair loss. I’m afraid we can’t usually say the same for most other hair transplant physicians, since a dermatologist hair transplant surgeon is a rare sight in the hair restoration industry.
If you’re still optimistic about the “more than half” part, see the next statistic first:
24- It takes the average patient 3.4 surgical procedures to get to their desired results.
An even more intimidating statistic for the hair loss patient.
The reason an average patient has to have multiple surgeries is because of hair transplant failures that might occur due to poor patient selection, inexperienced staff and surgeons, and poor after hair transplant care.
The successful hair transplant surgery is the one where the physician (preferably a dermatologist) adopts a holistic approach just like the approach we take here at UnitedCare;
- eliminating the underlying reasons for hair loss,
- having a successful operation,
- and guiding the patient until long after the operation is done for a permanent hair transplant.
25- 2 out of 3 patients underwent Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) surgeries while the remaining chose either Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) or the combination of the two methods.
Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT) is the method where donor hairs are harvested from a strip of tissue cut from the donor area. Naturally, this “cutting” can leave a scar area that can be visible if you wear your hair short.
That is why patients are leaning more towards Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE), where the individual hair follicles are harvested directly from the scalp with a special pen tool, often leaving no scars.
FUT patients can often undergo FUE surgery for their second time, just to cover the scar on the donor area to get their natural look back. This is another reason for patients to undergo multiple surgeries to get their desired look.
26- The average number of grafts harvested in a hair transplant surgery is 2,083.
When you look up costs of hair transplant surgeries, clinics usually provide “2000 Graft Cost” along with the “price per graft cost”.
This is mainly because 2000 grafts are ideal for most patients that undergo hair restoration surgeries.
27- For 92.5% of the patients, the scalp acts as the donor area while the beard (7.5%) and chest hair (2.4%) can also be used.
In a hair transplant surgery, the donor hair is usually harvested from the back of your scalp.
This is because the back and the sides of your scalp are mostly unaffected by hormones that cause androgenetic alopecia, which makes them grow forever even when it is implanted into the bald areas.
But, in rare cases, beard hair and chest hair can also be used as donor areas.
28- The most common complaint (28.1%) of hair transplant patients following the surgery was having less dense hair than they have expected.
A hair transplant does not increase the number of hair follicles you have on your scalp.
We extract donor hair from the donor area and implant it into the bald areas to restore your hairline and your natural-looking hair.
But, with the right aftercare and change of some habits, you can promote hair growth on your scalp and even increase the thickness of your hair, giving it a more dense look.
First Step: Diagnosing Your Hair Loss
The first step to treating any illness or medical condition is to first diagnose it.
If you notice any signs of balding, make sure you see your dermatologist to understand what’s going on.
You can also schedule a free consultation for a hair transplant surgery here at UnitedCare:
Restore your natural look with a Dermatologist:
UnitedCare and its expert dermatologist doctors provide you with a holistic approach to FUE surgeries.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What percentage of people lose hair?
By the age of 30, 25% of men and 12% of women lose hair. This number increases to 50% for men and 25% for women at the age of 50.
Is hair loss becoming more common?
With our diets worsening and environmental pollution increasing, hair loss is possibly becoming more and more common. Also, since the psychological effects of balding are now much more clear, more attention is drawn to the medical condition.
How many people have hair loss in the world?
Every person in the world experiences hair loss to some extent, whether it is due to aging or androgenetic alopecia. The exact number of people who suffer from hair loss at the moment is possibly in the billions.
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