Hair Growth Experiment

This is the first part of the short film “Hairlady”.
Hairlady began as a time-lapse photography experiment. First the subject’s head and face were shaved. As hair growth proceeded, two identical digital photos were shot per day (approximately 12 hours apart) for 4 months, the subject becoming rather hairy. Finally, a video camera was mounted in place of the still camera and the resulting video footage was shot, following the subject as he goes to meet the titular Hairlady (Miriam Escovitz).




Video by: David Birdsell

More info:
The growth of human hair occurs everywhere on the body except for the areolas, soles of the feet, the lips, palms of the hands, and, apart from eyelashes, the eyelids. Like skin, hair is a stratified squamous keratinized epithelium made of multi-layered flat cells whose rope-like filaments provide structure and strength to the hair shaft.
Hair follows a specific growth cycle with three distinct and concurrent phases: anagen, catagen, and telogen phases. Each phase has specific characteristics that determine the length of the hair. All three phases occur simultaneously; one strand of hair may be in the anagen phase, while another is in the telogen phase.
The body has different types of hair, including vellus hair and androgenic hair, each with its own type of cellular construction. The different construction gives the hair unique characteristics, serving specific purposes, mainly warmth and protection. Most humans develop the longest thickest hair on their scalps and (mostly observed in males) faces. This hair will usually grow to several feet before terminating, but many humans develop much longer hair.
 
And watch “Hairlady” also.

Video by: David Birdsell






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