Hair and Nails

Objectives

When you have completed this section, you should be able to

  • distinguish between three types of hair;
  • describe the histology of a hair and its follicle;
  • describe the cycle of hair growth;
  • discuss some theories of the purposes served by various kinds of hair; and
  • describe the structure and function of nails.

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6. The Integumentary System

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Chapter 6 The Integumentary System 201

Hair, nails, and cutaneous glands are the accessory organs, or appendages, of the skin. Hair and nails are composed mostly of dead, keratinized cells. While the stratum corneum of the skin is made of pliable soft keratin, the hair and nails are composed mostly of hard keratin. Hard keratin is more compact than soft keratin and is toughened by a greater number of disulfide bridges between the protein molecules.

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