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Exhibition reveals hair secrets

Visitors to the "Decoding the Hair" exhibition at the Hong Kong Science Museum will be able to learn all about the social and scientific aspects of hair.

The exhibition, which is one of the highlights of "The Year of France in China", is jointly presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Consul-General of France in Hong Kong, and is designed and produced by La Cite des sciences et de l'industrie and L'Oreal.

It was officially opened today (March 8) by the Director of Leisure and Cultural Services, Ms Anissa Wong Sean-yee; the Consul-General of France in Hong Kong, Mr Serge Mostura; the Head of International Department of the La Cite des sciences et de l'industrie, Mrs Marie-Francoise Bosq; the Managing Director of the L'Oreal Hong Kong, Mr Stephen Mosely; and the Chief Curator of the Science Museum, Mr Yip Chee-kuen.

The exhibition will feature more than 20 panels, multi-media displays, computers and interactive games. It includes four topics ─ "From Life to Matter", "Hair through the World", "Product Science" and "Transformation Zone".

"From Life to Matter" features the structure and properties of hair by using a model of a hair root. "Hair throughout the World" enables visitors to explore different cultures in the context of hair while "Product Science" emphasises industrial research related to hair care. "Transformation Zone", which is expected to be particularly popular with visitors, has more than 120 different hairstyles in a multimedia simulation game.

In addition, interesting factual information in the exhibition includes:

a) The head of an "average" person has 100,000 to 150,000 hairs;

b) A single hair can support up to 100 grams in weight and a whole head of hair can support up to 12 tonnes - equivalent to the weight of two African elephants;

c) Hair is the second fastest-growing tissue in the body after bone marrow, and,

d) One centimetre of hair holds the personal record of its owner in the past month.

Admission to the "Decoding the Hair" exhibition, which will continue until May 20, 2005, is $10, with a half-price concession for full-time students, people with disabilities and senior citizens aged 60 or above. There is no free admission on Wednesdays.

Located at 2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Kowloon, the Science Museum is open from 1pm to 9pm from Monday to Friday, and from 10am to 9pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. It is closed on Thursdays (except public holidays).

For details of the exhibition and related programmes, members of the public may visit the Science Museum's website at and enquiries may be made at 2732 3232.

Ends/Tuesday, March 8, 2005
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