A Hair Follicle is an important
component of the skin.
(The skin is also known as the "integument", or "integumentary
More specifically, a hair follicle is the sheath of
epidermal cells and connective tissue that surrounds the root of a hair.
of two layers of
epidermal cells (called the internal root sheath and the external root
sheath) surrounded by a connective tissue sheath.
To view an example of the location of a hair follicle relative
to the other key components of the skin see:
of the Structure of the Skin. This may be of particular interest
to students of courses in massage,
reflexology, beauty therapies, and other clinical courses.