vinciAt Vinci Hair Clinic, we believe that knowledge is empowering. We value our hair transplant surgeons and micropigmentation technicians because the evidence-based methods they employ are based on the best scientific and medical knowledge available. We want each of our clients to understand the basic science behind their hair growth so that they can know exactly why our treatments work and be able to tell when people are selling them fake solutions. But in order to understand how hair growth works, we have to ask a very basic question: what is hair made of to begin with?

In order to understand what hair is made of, you have to understand a few basic biological concepts. Your whole body is made up of trillions of tiny units called cells. At the center of each cell is a nucleus that contains DNA––a giant molecule that contains all of your genetic information. DNA works with other parts of the cell to produce proteins, which are important building blocks for each of your body parts.

Hair is made out of a special type of protein called keratin, which is also produced by the body to form fingernails and toenails. Inside your skin, there are tiny organs called hair follicles with special cells that produce the keratin necessary to create hair. Hair itself is not actually living––that’s why it doesn’t hurt to cut. The follicles, however, are living––that’s why it hurts to yank on hair. The cells in hair follicles also regulate the color of your hair by determining the amount of melanin that grows into the hair structure––melanin is a pigmenting molecule that produces different colors in different amounts.

If you’re experiencing hair loss, it usually has something to do with the cells in your hair follicles. Various medical conditions can influence the health of cells in the hair follicles, but the most common cause is a genetic condition that causes the follicles to produce thinner and thinner hair, until it disappears altogether. At Vinci Hair Clinic, we use this knowledge to perform world-class hair transplant surgeries, by removing healthy follicles from one part of your head and implanting them into the problem area. This enables thinning or balding regions to experience regular hair growth.

What is Hair Made of?