Human hair

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Hair primarily grown from the scalp of humans (Homo sapiens). Human hair is a cylindrical tube composed mostly of keratin. The shaft is covered with thin, flat scales and the central core often contains pigments of red, black, or brown. Commercially, human hair has often been used for wigmaking. A small amount of long, black, human hair has also been used for brushmaking.

Other Properties

Growth rate = 1 cm/month

Human hair is strong ( single strand can hold 100g)

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Authority

  • Encyclopedia Britannica, http://www.britannica.com Comment: hair" Encyclop√¶dia Britannica Premium Service. [Accessed October 16, 2003].
  • Zora Sweet Pinney, 'A Handle on the Terms used for Artists' Brushes', unpublished glossary, 1999
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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