Hair Types

Humans have three types of hair that grow on the body during their lifetime known as lanugo hair, vellus hair and terminal hair.

Lanugo Hair– a very fine mostly unpigmented hair that grows on the body of unborn and newborn babies. This hair falls off soon after birth

Key Points:

  • Usually un-pigmented hair that covers a newborn babies body, falls off shortly after birth
  • Genetic background effects how dark this hair can be
  • Some babies are born with excessive amounts
  • Protects babies in the womb

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