Human hair, SEM

Human hair, SEM

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Credit: STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Human hair. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a shaft of negroid human hair. Hair consists largely of keratin, a fibrous protein. The hair cuticle is formed of overlapping plates or scales, which are thought to reduce hair matting. Magnification: x3070 when printed 10cm wide.

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Keywords: anatomy, coloured, cuticle, hair, healthy, human body, keratin, negroid, normal, scales, scanning electron micrograph, sem, shaft

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