What’s going on in your hair?
A new study from the University of Utah has found that people who have curly hair can grow more hair at any age than those with straight hair.
The researchers analyzed the hair growth in 3,000 people from a large population-based survey conducted in 2009 and 2010.
The average length of curly hair was about 8 inches, the researchers said.
The curly hair growth was also linked to a person’s overall health, as it increased the likelihood of being overweight or obese, said lead author Rebecca Ritchie.
The results show that people with long hair are less likely to be overweight and are more likely to have an excellent health profile than people with short hair, she said.
“People with long curly hair have a higher risk of obesity, and this is because they have a longer hair strand,” Ritchie said.
“Long curly hair makes it harder for the body to keep the strands together, and therefore, this creates a tendency for hair to grow out more slowly.”
This may explain why curly hair is more prevalent in women.
The length of the hair makes curls more noticeable and more visible, she added.
The study was published in the journal PLOS ONE.