Salons still bagging hair despite report it won't absorb oil

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 24, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 25 at 10:37 AM

SPOKANE-- Bags of hair are being collected across salons in Spokane to clean up the oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, despite reports claiming hair cannot soak up oil as well as expected. Still, the campaign to make hair booms continues.

The Associated Press reports engineers won’t be using booms made out of hair to help with the oil cleanup. KREM 2 News found out that isn’t stopping local salons from bagging the stuff.

Casey Holmes has five days worth of hair from the salon she works at in her garage. The bags are just waiting to be sent.

A nationwide effort to collect and bag the hair in nylon, now has booms waiting to be used in warehouses along the coast.  But now BP says its crews aren’t using the hair booms because commercially made booms work better. 

The organization that jump started the collection campaign says they were still told to keep hair on reserve and to keep saving and collecting.

KREM 2 News caught up with Gigi Beachler as she was cutting hair to add to the collection. She says she is still getting emails for the organization “Matter of Trust” saying send more until they tell her not to.  “Matter of Trust” wants Beachler to keep bags on reserve. The group figures as the oil spreads, demand for hair booms might grow. Beachler says even if the chance the booms will work is low, she says it is worth a try.

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