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    Isleworth, Middlesex.

    M/S of a woman reading magazine. She is leaning over sink in front of a mirror. She is obviously waiting to have her hair done. A man comes from behind and starts cutting her hair. M/S of the girl's face - lovely face. A woman comes and wraps towel around the girl's neck and shoulders. Elderly man comes and starts combing the girl's hair. The man starts fiddling with several switches on the wall.

    This is a research centre in Isleworth, Middlesex, where scientists are studying the hair and examining the effects of different kinds of shampoo on different hairs in effort to improve the existing shampoos. High angle M/S of the girl's hair being washed. M/S of the other girl (an assistant) giving a little glass jar with shampoo to the man. High angle C/U shot of one half of the girl's hair being washed with the shampoo. The other half is washed with different shampoo. Voiceover claims the difference is considerable.

    L/S of a laboratory with several people in white coats working. C/U shot of a man looking through a microscope. Then he takes hair samples and looks at them. Cut back to a girl with her hair washed. C/U shot of the girl's face as the man dries her hair with towel. He combs her hair and another man comes and inspects it. M/S of the girl's hair being brushed. Hair on one side of her head is up while hair on the other side is down. The reason, different levels of static electricity - claims voiceover. C/U shots of the static gun measuring the electricity levels on each side of the girl's head. M/S of a girl operating 'hair stretching machine'. C/U shot of a hair diagram being drawn. C/U shot of a single hair being stretched in some kind of a glass container. M/S of the girl's head (with a new hairstyle) being photographed. C/U shot of the girl's new hairstyle from behind.

    Note: Another story from the Research Centre in Isleworth called "Beard Research" can be found in CP 221.

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    British Pathé
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    Time in/Out:
    01:00:16:00 / 01:03:31:00
    CP 113
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    CP 113
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