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Animal Hair

Animal hair refers to the thin, thread-like structures that grow on the skin of mammals. These hairs are composed of a protein called keratin, which is also found in human hair and nails. Animal hair serves various purposes such as insulation, sensory perception, camouflage, and protection. The texture and color of animal hair vary widely among different species, and it can be straight, curly, wavy, or even spiky. Animal hair is an important resource for humans, as it has been used for centuries to make clothing, blankets, and other textiles. It is also used in the production of brushes, paint rollers, and other household items. The quality of animal hair used in these products depends on the species of animal, the part of the body the hair is taken from, and the age of the animal. However, animal hair can also cause allergies in some people. The proteins found in animal hair can trigger an immune response in sensitive individuals, leading to symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, and itchy eyes. For this reason, many people choose to avoid contact with animal hair, or choose hypoallergenic breeds of pets.

keratin, insulation, textiles, brushes, allergies

Jeffrey Taylor

CITATION : "Jeffrey Taylor. 'Animal Hair.' Design+Encyclopedia. (Accessed on February 29, 2024)"

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