Human head hair, SEM

Human head hair, SEM

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Credit: STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Human head hair. Scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a shaft of Eurasian human head 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: x680 when printed 10cm wide.

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Keywords: anatomical, anatomy, black and white, blond, blonde, cuticle, eurasian, flaxen, hair, head hair, healthy, human body, images, keratin, magnified image, microscopic photos, monochrome, normal, scales, scanning electron micrograph, sem, shaft, subjects

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