11 Facts About Hair


Hair is a protein filament that grows from follicles found in the dermis.

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Hair fibers have a structure consisting of several layers, starting from the outside:.

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Hair grows everywhere on the external body except for mucus membranes and glabrous skin, such as that found on the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, and lips.

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Hair follows a specific growth cycle with three distinct and concurrent phases: anagen, catagen, and telogen phases; all three occur simultaneously throughout the body.

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Andre Walker Hair Typing System is the most widely used system to classify hair.

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Hair provides thermal regulation and camouflage for many animals; for others it provides signals to other animals such as warnings, mating, or other communicative displays; and for some animals hair provides defensive functions and, rarely, even offensive protection.

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Hair has a sensory function, extending the sense of touch beyond the surface of the skin.

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Hair has its origins in the common ancestor of mammals, the synapsids, about 300 million years ago.

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Hair is most noticeable on most people in a small number of areas, which are the ones that are most commonly trimmed, plucked, or shaved.

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Hair's has been growing her hair since 1973, from the age of 13.

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Hair curls were compared to hooks and chains, letters, scorpions, annelids, and polo sticks.

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