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FACE LIFT
Surgical procedure that lifts and stretches the patients skin to provide a firmer more youthful look. Does not improve appearance of the skin itself. Some face lift patients require hair removal under and behind the ears following this procedure, since hair-bearing skin ends up being moved behind the ear.

FASHION SHADE
A basic colour with added tone.

FEATHERING
Feathering is a cutting technique hairdressers use to take hard lines out of the hair. By cutting into the hair softer lines are created.

FIBROBLASTS
Cells within the the extracellular matrix that produce new collagen molecules when stimulated.

FINASTERIDE
Finasteride is the generic name of the brand name drug Proscar. A drug that binds with the type 2 5-Alpha Reductase enzyme to reduce the amount of DHT in the prostate and serum. Proscar is manufactured by Merck and is FDA approved for the treatment of benign prostate enlargement. More recently 1mg tablets of finasteride have been marketed under the brand name Propecia as a treatment for hairloss.

FINISHING SPRAY
A hairspray with medium hold used on a finished style to maintain its shape and hold.

FLUENCE
Term used to measure the output energy, for Lasers and Pulsed Light Sources, that is delivered to tissue. Quoted in J/cm2 (Joules per square centimetre).

FLY-AWAY HAIR
"Fly-away Hair, is thin hair that is charged by static and is a particular problem with straight looks as the hair just won’t lie properly and can spoil your look.

FOLLICLE
The hair follicle houses the root of the hair.A pore in the skin from which a hair grows.

FOLLICLE SHEATH
Protects the hair during its growth stage.

FOLLICLES
The hair follicle is the tiny blub under your scalp from which the hair grows.

FOLLICULAR HAIR TRANSPLANTS
One of the latest technique for conducting hair transplants where surgeons harvest hair from naturally growing sections.

FOLLICULAR UNIT
Groupings of hair that grow together and share the same blood supply.

FOLLICULITIS
A common disorder characterised by inflammation of the hair follicle. Also known as Pseudofolliculitis Barbae (PFB) or Tinea Barbae. Appearance of raised lumps and a rash. Prevalent in Type V and VI males.

FRAGRANCE
Any natural or synthetic substance or substances use solely to impart a sweet or pleasant smell (odor) to a cosmetic product.

FRAGRANCE- FREE
Products so labeled may still contain small amounts of fragrances to mask the fatty odor of soap or other unpleasant odors.

FRECKLES
Small clumps of coagulated melanin (freckel, frekle, frekel)

FREEZING SPRAY
A hairspray with the firmest hold used to maintain style of hard to hold hair.

FUSION
The process of attaching small pieces of human hair with a special adhesive and a thermal gun. This is a hair to hair process, no tracks are required. This method allows for free movement of hair extensions.