Hope this won’t seem too garbled …
During some of the SDMBs “slow time” earlier today, I skipped over to Snopes and happened upon this article , which includes the statement:
*“Another reason for the belief [that short hair is tougher than longer hair] resides with the naturally finer ends of uncut hair: compare the end of a long-lived hair with that of a hair recently cut or shaved, and you’ll see the one is thicker than the other. That could lead the less-than-careful to conclude that the whole of the hair’s shaft became thicker as a result of the hair’s being cut (which it didn’t) rather than to realize that shaving or cutting results in a blunt termination, whereas natural outgrowth concludes in a tapering.” *
Now, I can understand how this would be true with short hair, where natural outgrowth could replace hair which had been previously cut fairly quickly … but what about hair which is always long? My hair is always below shoulder length and blunt-cut every few months. But if I let it go too long between cuts it seems to thin out at the ends and become wispy - as if each individual hair shaft has gone from blunt to tapered.
How does this happen?