■Direct observation of the epidermis


Even when you observe the hair at high magnification it is difficult to see the cuticle (The black foreign object simply becomes larger.)


Observe with ring light




If it’s a “high magnification type with coaxial illumination” it’s more or less easier to see.

Furthermore, the resolution of the lens must also be high.


(1) Universal high magnification microscope (coaxial illumination)

NSH130CS-R ultra-high magnification microscope, but low lens resolution (coaxial illumination)


超高倍率マイクロスコープ NSH130CS-Rで観察


Due to the low resolution of the lens, the outline of the epidermis is blurred and cannot be observed.




(2) High resolution/high magnification microscope (coaxial illumination)


Ultra high magnification and high resolution USB CCD microscope USH130CS-H1 Ultra high magnification microscope with high lens resolution (coaxial illumination)


超高倍率高解像度 CCD USBマイクロスコープ USH130CS-H1で観察


(3) Metallurgical microscope

GR3400J Metallurgical Microscope Metallurgical microscope is a coaxial illumination microscope. Although not intended for use, you can clearly see the cuticles. If you just want to look at the cuticles, I think that’s the most cost-effective method.


金属顕微鏡 GR3400Jで観察


To actually take pictures like the one below, you’ll need an electron microscope.*We don’t handle electron microscopes.





<Comparative image of epidermal observation>


Metal microscope + 400x microscope camera


金属顕微鏡 + 顕微鏡用カメラ 400倍


■Ultra high magnification microscope (USH3130CS-H1) 800x


超高倍率マイクロスコープ(USH130CS-H1) 800倍


■Indirect observation of the epidermis


The epidermis cannot be directly observed using a biological microscope.
However, it can be observed indirectly using a technique called the reservoir method

Prepare the “sewage liquid” and “sewage plate”.




Place the hair on the sump, apply the liquid in the tank and let it sit for a while.
The surface of the hair is transferred to the wastewater plate.

Observe this table using a biological microscope.

The following is an image of the epidermis observed at our company using the Sumpu method.