A study has been made on the incorporation of trace elements into human hair by measuring concentration distributions across hair diameters of selected samples using the Amsterdam proton microbeam. Because hair is considered as a recording filament, reflecting metabolic changes over a period of time, a hair of a young mother was plucked 4 months after delivery of her first child. No change in the Zn and Cu concentrations correlated with the period of gestation was observed. A strong increase of Ca in the distal end must be attributed to outside contamination. From a study of a hair root, including the root sheaths, it is found that the method of incorporation of sulfur (minor element) differs strikingly from the behaviour of the trace elements Zn, Cu, Fe and Ca. The Zn and Cu distributions provide evidence of a, not yet reported, transversal transcellular input route, in which the root sheaths play an important role. From the results it is deduced that Zn and Cu seem to be distributed homogeneously by nature, while Fe, present at a high level in the root sheaths, seems to be peaked by nature on the periphery. The results are discussed against the background of the range of values of concentrations of certain elements found in the literature.