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Natural Fibers

Virginia Hencken Elsasser

Source: Textiles. Concepts and Principles, 3rd Edition, 2010, Fairchild Books Library

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The two main classifications of natural fibers are protein and cellulose. Protein fibers, such as silk and wool, are obtained from animals. Cellulosic fibers, such as cotton and flax, are obtained from plants. Asbestos, a mineral fiber, and natural rubber are other natural fibers. Asbestos is seldom used because it is carcinogenic. Natural rubber has limited use because synthetic rubber is superior for most purposes.

Artificial Hair Additions

Shari Sims

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Global Perspectives, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

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Whether to change hair’s texture, length, add color or fabulously fake ornamentation, hair extensions have become incredibly popular in the early 21st century, leading to hair (and feather) shortages, price wars, celebrity endorsements, and even thefts. The process of hair extension, though, actually has an impressive history--and a wide range of options from permanent to temporary. This article will explore the hair fashion’s new popularity as well as the techniques, tools, fashion and star styl

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