Let’s have a look at the structure of our hair from its follicle. As shown in the diagram,the hair follicle is the sac-like anatomical structure from which hair grows. It comprises of the,
- Sebaceous gland – the gland that secretes sebum which lubricates or oils the skin and hair shaft.
- Arrector pili muscle – muscle which elevates the hair shaft
- Root of hair – part of the hair implanted in the dermis
- Papilla also known as the dermis papilla – part of the hair at the base of the hair follicle connected to the blood stream which carries nourishment for hair growth.
- Connective tissue sheath – girdle enclosing the epithelial sheath and connecting to the conjunctival tissue
- Epidermis – outer layer of the skin or scalp
- Hair shaft – the filament that grows from the skin that we call hair
I hope this will help us to understand where our hair comes from as it grows out of the scalp.