• Question: Why do we have hair on our head?

    Asked by spongeyyy to Adam, Kate, Maria, , Faye, Martin, Samantha, Jemma, John, Lisa, Sam, Mark U, Mark L, Amylou on 9 May 2012. This question was also asked by ellieelephant, natrualme.
    • Photo: Adam Bibbey

      Adam Bibbey answered on 9 May 2012:


      Hi spongeyyy,
      Generally hair, whether it is on your head or your arms, is to control our temperature. The hair on our head helps to protect the temperature of the brain. You may also notice ‘goose pimples’ on your arms when you get cold, this is actually little muscles causing your hairs to stand up which trap a layer of warm air, stopping us getting cold

      Adam

    • Photo: Maria Konstantaki

      Maria Konstantaki answered on 10 May 2012:


      Hi spongeyyy,
      Hair serves many purposes on our head; mainly warmth and sheilding from UV rays as well as protecting from impact. The hair also protects from scalp-splitting, skull cracking small injuries.

      Maria

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