Hair is a protein filament that grows from follicles found in the dermis or skin.Hair is made up of a protein called keratin that is produced in hair follicles in the outer layer of skin. As follicles produce new hair cells, old cells are being pushed out through the surface of the skin at the rate of about six inches a year. The hair you can see is actually a string of dead keratin cells.Each follicle has its own life cycle that can be influenced by age, disease, and a wide variety of other factors.The part of the hair follicle below the skin surface is known as hair root while the portion you see protruding from the head is known as the shaft. At the base of hair root is the hair bulb where nutrients are received and new cells are formed.It is one of the defining characteristics of mammals. Majority of human hair is concentrated on the head. Hair,its health,how well its groomed and its style are strong reference points used to predict Social Status  Religious Affiliations  Marital Status  Authority  Politics  Age among others.

Hair and Politics

Hair has always been used as a signal for a person's politics.In kenya,the maumau kept very long dreadlocks of hair.They rebelled against colonialists complaining of land allienation,forced labour,inhuman treatment from the white settlers.

Hair and Social Status

Good grooming and health is one indicator of social class.Bad nutrition and lack of water leads to unhealthy hair and bad health signalling low income.People with more time and money have easy access to vitamins for their hair.

Hair and Religious Affiliations

Religion and hair is another strong indicator of social standing.Most religions do frown upon very extreme and exaggerated hairstyles.however,most religions have no preset standards of hairstyles.Nuns of different religions wear their hair closely cut and covered.

Hair and Marital Status

The way the hair is styled and worn by married women is normally different from young singles in many communities.

Hair and Age

Hair and Age.The young are likely to follow trends and ignore the established standards of their parents social class.Youth sometimes piss off their parents by wearing very crazy hairstyles.

Hair and Authority

Like many schools in Kenya,hairstyles standards are preset and any pupil or student can earn an expulsion or suspension because of wearing the un-desired hairstyles.One pupil was not admitted in a school for wearing dreadlocks.This formed a basis for a heated debate in the media.

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