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Different hairs have different shapes, thicknesses, properties.

What exactly is different between these types of hairs? a previous post implies that the root of the differing length (pun intended) is the rate at which the skin sheds the hair. However, this doesn't explain the different degrees of curliness, thicknesses, and textures.

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hair shape texture is really easy. the biggest effect is the shape, size, and angle of the hair follicle. Hair with different cross sections have different properties. If hair is stiffer in one plane than other it will tend to bend along the weaker plane. Larger follicles will of course produce thicker, thus stiffer hair and the angle of the follicle can influence the hairs cross sections as mush as the follicles cross sectional shape can. Note the chart below is simplified triangular and kidney shaped cross sections also exist.

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  • $\begingroup$ This is a nice picture, where did you find it? $\endgroup$ – User2341 Nov 19 '17 at 15:26
  • $\begingroup$ Out of one of my lessons, let me see if I can find the original source. here it came from this forensics slide show. slideshare.net/leahmorgan/forensics-ch-5-6-notes $\endgroup$ – John Nov 19 '17 at 19:19
  • $\begingroup$ At one time I donated a "pinch" of head hair some years ago. A crossection was made with a microtome. The point being that there were many more colors that the photo above; white,black,red, and a dozen shades of tan/brown. My hair was nominally light brown. ( a much better photo also). $\endgroup$ – blacksmith37 Jan 17 '18 at 20:57
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Similar to the differences between curly and straight hair, different hairs have different hair follicles.

Sex hormones at the onset of puberty rebuild the local vellus hair into terminal hair, which tends to be longer, thicker, and darker. The anagen/telogen/catagen cycle is different for these follicles and as a result they get longer.

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  • $\begingroup$ you really should go into what differences their are in follicles. $\endgroup$ – John Nov 18 '17 at 6:35
  • $\begingroup$ As far as I can tell terminal follicles are just bigger? $\endgroup$ – Resonating Nov 18 '17 at 22:34

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