Since Data is an inorganic Android, how does he grow organic hair?

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    Who said his hair is organic?
    – Lexible
    Commented Apr 4, 2018 at 0:12
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    He's not entirely inorganic. He himself states that he must consume a nutritional substance upon occasion, and his "blood" is partially organic, much like the gel packs on Voyager.
    – Tim
    Commented Apr 4, 2018 at 1:20
  • Data's main goal is to become human, so it's only reasonable he should look like the part. But It's probably just a really minor detail.
    – mr.eaver
    Commented Apr 4, 2018 at 10:07
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    @Tim he doesn't require a nutritional substance, but rather a lubricant that happens to be semi-organic.
    – corsiKa
    Commented Apr 4, 2018 at 14:37
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    @mr.eaver More like, Dr. Soong's the one who gave Data hair, before Data ever drew a breath or thought a thought about his own goals.
    – Beanluc
    Commented Apr 4, 2018 at 20:38

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Data has artificial hair follicles. They can (presumably) take nutrients from what he consumes and convert those into a hair-like substance.

BASHIR: Does your hair grow?

DATA: I can control the rate of my follicle replenishment. However, I have not yet had a reason to modify the length of my hair. Why do you ask?

TNG: Birthright, Part I

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    He also "grew a beard" at one point. Commented Apr 4, 2018 at 2:42
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    This doesn't necessarily mean organic. Non-organic things "grow" too, (like those grade school grow-a-crystal experiments), could be nanobots, etc. I think the right answer is that we don't know that it's organic or not, just that it could plausibly be either. Commented Apr 4, 2018 at 6:22
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    So... 30 years ago Data preempted this exact question - why do you ask?
    – corsiKa
    Commented Apr 4, 2018 at 14:37

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