The TrichoScope Digital Microscope illustrates the effects of proper and improper techniques in the use of razors and shears on the hair shaft and follicles.
|Improper use of razor, the stroke is too elongated, always use a 45 degree angle with a short stroke.|
|Improper use of shears, these shears are not tight enough and they pinched the hair rather that having it cut cleanly. You'll know this from the hair pushing away from the scissors as you try to cut.|
|Correct use of shears! Perfect cut!|
|Melted Cortex from too hot flatiron|
|Melanin- these are the Blue, Red and Yellow pigment in natural hair.|
|Melanin sitting in the Cortex of the hair|
|Blister from too hot blowdryer
When the hair is very wet, start on high heat but lower once the hair starts to feel dry and use a medium setting.
|Asian Hair- round / triangular shape due to follicle|
|BAD razor cut, the stroke was too long|
|Hair follicle, showing the hair bulb|
|Hair bulb and it's components.|
|Hair bulb showing all components|
|Pheomelanin- red gold pigment.|
|Product build up|
|Anagen, Catagen, Telogen
The stages of Hair growth
|Elastic band too tight on the hair causes rip.|
|Elastic damage- too tight!|
|Wavy hair, the shape is due to the follicle|
|Teasing or backcombing damage|
|Hair, the way it grows|
|Very damaged hair, high porosity|
|Healthy cuticle, tight and compact.|
|Pili Torti- twisted hair|
|Cross section of hair, outer edge is the Cuticle, then the Cortex and in the middle the Medulla|
|Follicle Shapes- the opening to the follicle is what gives hair it's shape, if the opening is oval the hair will be curlier than a straight follicle hair.|
| Clean razor cut versus dull razor cut.
Make sure your razor has a new blade!
|Dermal Papilla- where life of a hair begins.|
|Cuticle layers showing also the Cortex with Melanosomes holding the pigment granules|
(Photo Credits - Gillette Company Research Institute, Redken Laboratories)