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J Am Acad Dermatol. 2003 Jun;48(6 Suppl):S120-6.

Hair shape of curly hair.

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L'Oréal Recherche, Clichy, France. bbernard@recherche.loreal.com

Abstract

The hair follicle is a unique composite organ, composed of epithelial and dermal compartments interacting with each other in a surprisingly autonomous way. This is a self-renewing organ that seems to be a true paradigm of epithelial and mesenchymal interactions. Each of the follicular compartments is endowed with a specific differentiation pathway under the control of an intricate network of growth factors, cytokines, and hormones. As observed for ethnic hairs, even the shape of the hair shaft is intrinsically programmed from the bulb.

PMID:
12789164
DOI:
10.1067/mjd.2003.279
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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