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What causes the feeling of pain like hair pulling on your head?


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October 14, 2008 2:24AM

Well, the cells that make up hair are dead, so that is why they do not feel pain when trimmed. But they are attached to your scalp by folicles, or little bulbs that are under the skin, that keep the hair in. That is why if you pull on your hair, it puts stress on the folicle, and is trying to force it out of the skin. But when your hair is ready to fall out, the folicle dies, so it doesn't feel any presure when falling out. Don't worry, plenty of hair grows in place of that hair that fell out! Hope that helped! :)