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Tangled starring Mandy Moore released on January 28 – Top Ten Hair-raising Facts

25 January 2011

Walt Disney Pictures presents "Tangled," an action-packed, swashbuckling, animated musical comedy about the girl behind 70 feet of magical, golden hair. A princess stolen from her parents' castle as a baby, Rapunzel (voice of Mandy Moore) is locked in a hidden tower longing for adventure.

Now an imaginative and determined teenager, she takes off on a hilarious, hair-raising escapade with the help of a dashing bandit (voice of Zachary Levi). With the secret of her royal heritage hanging in the balance and her captor in pursuit, Rapunzel and her cohort find adventure, heart, humor, and hair... lots of hair. With original music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater, this comedic re-imagining of the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale comes to theaters in Disney Digital 3D™.

Most girls love their hair, but imagine having seventy feet or 21.3 meters of it, like Rapunzel in the hilarious tale of heart and humour, TANGLED, released in Disney Digital 3D on 28th January.

Whether you favour long or short, straight or curly, blonde, red or dark, here are ten ‘hair-raising facts about hair...

• The average number of hairs on a person’s head is 100,000. Blondes tend to have more hair (average 140,000), whilst red-heads have the least (90,000 average). About 90% of the world's population has dark brown hair, and studies of imported hair into the UK shows that blonde hair can cost up to three times as much as dark hair. The price for 100g of blonde, European hair is about £1,000. (Source BBC).

• New software and techniques had to be developed to animate Rapunzel’s hair in TANGLED, and the final image contained up to 140,000 individual strands of hair (just like a real blonde!)

• Hair grows around 1cm per month. From that, work out how long it would take you to grow your hair 70 feet (approximately 2,134cm) long like Rapunzel. Starting from bald, it would take you about 178 years!

• Your hair can tell scientific experts your ethnic origin, what you eat, where you live and your lifestyle, but there is one thing about you that your hair cannot reveal: your gender. (Source London’s Natural History Museum).

• If you laid out the individual hairs of a person with 12 inches of hair, end to end, they would reach 26 miles. Rapunzel’s hair would reach 1,820 miles!



• The lifespan of a hair is between 2-7 years.

• Male hair grows more quickly than female hair, and all hair grows faster in warm weather. So if you need to give your hair a growth spurt, head off on holiday to a hot country (good excuse right?)

• A person loses between 40 - 100 strands of hair every day.

• The world's longest documented hair in real life belongs to Xie Qiuping from China at 5.6 metres (or approx. 18’ 6”) when measured in 2004. She had been growing her hair for thirty one years (since 1973 when she was thirteen) to achieve this. (Source Guinness Book of Records).

• Your hair is made of keratin, the same ingredient as your fingernails, and its strength is equivalent to an iron wire. It should only rip after being stretched about 70% (or by applying a force of approximately 60kg). If you want to learn more about the powers and strength of Rapunzel’s hair, watch TANGLED.

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