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MATTE
A non - shiny surface that absorbs light; a dead or dull finish.

MEDULLA
The medulla is a central zone of cells usually only present in large thick hairs.

MELANIN
Natural substance that gives colour (pigment) to hair and skin.

MELANOMA
A form of skin cancer.

MELASMA
Dark skin discolouration on sun-exposed areas of the face and neck. Young women with brownish skin tones are at greatest risk. Also known as Chloasma.

METABOLISM
The body transformation of food into energy.

MICRO DIFFUSE
Optimum hold without overload.

MICRO FINE
Brushes out easily.

MICRO GRAFT
A very small hair graft usually consisting of one or two hairs.

MICRO LINKING TECHNIQUE
The process of attaching hair wefts without braids. The links are sewn on to the wefted hair. The userís natural hair is pulled through and locked secure. This system is highly recommended for natural hair that is too fine or soft to hold other weave techniques.

MICRODERMABRASION
An intensive exfoliation process that rejuvenates the skin by utilizing ultra-fine aluminium oxide crystals to remove the upper layer of the stratum corneum (microderm, microdermibrasion, microdermebrasion, microdermbrasion, microderma)

MINI GRAFT
A small hair graft usually consisting of between three to ten hair roots.

MINOXIDIL
Minoxidil is the generic name of the brand name drug Rogaine. Rogaine is manufactured by Upjohn. Minoxidil is available in the form of a topical lotion with varying strength from 2% to 5%. Minoxidil was the first drug to be approved by the FDA for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia.

MOISTURIZER
An emollient cream used to hydrate the skin.

MONOFILAMENT
Fine, transparent nylon or silk mesh with hairs individually hand-knotted into the mesh. Allows the hair to fall naturally and gives more versatility in styling. Very suitable for persons with extensive hair loss, as the color of the scalp underneath shows through, creating the illusion of hair growing out of your scalp.

MYRISTATE
Synthetic moisturizer.