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What does hair look like under a microscope?


The best part about studying the micro world is that you can find the specimens around you. And sometimes – even on yourself. One of the most interesting objects for studying is regular hair. You do not have to prepare it for observations: simply take one hair, put it on the specimen glass and focus. In this article, we will tell you what hair looks like under a microscope, which optical tool is better to use for observing, and what magnification is required for research. If you have a chance, use different people’s hair for studying. The specimens will differ in color and structure.

Hair under a microscope: photo and structure peculiarities

Human hair under a microscope resembles animal fur. It looks like a tube filled with keratin (pigment) and covered with small scales outside. If these scales are growing tightly, hair looks smooth and shiny. Dull and unruly hair looks different under a microscope – the scales are disheveled and tumbled.


You can study hair under a microscope, take photos, and record videos of your research with a regular digital microscope. High magnification is not required: magnification up to 100x is sufficient to observe a hair shaft, hair bulb and hair tip. You can use an optical microscope for observations, but you will at least need a smartphone to take pictures.

In our online store, you will find a rich choice of up-to-date microscopes that will be perfect for studying different specimens, as well as prepared slides.

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