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Hair clippings being collected to clean up oil spill

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A lot of people right here in Kentuckiana are helping out with the clean-up in the Gulf of Mexico whether they know it or not. And you could do your part to help with this natural disaster clean-up just by getting a haircut.

If you're wondering how a haircut can help stop the flow of oil in the Gulf, about a dozen local salons are collecting hair clippings because it turns out, human hair is a very effective way to clean up and absorb oil spills.

On Wednesday, we visited Studio 151 in St. Matthews, one of the salons taking part in the effort.

Instead of throwing hair clippings in the trash, stylists are now saving it to send to Louisiana, where it will be made into booms that will help contain and soak up the growing oil slick from the ruptured oil well on the ocean floor after a BP rig exploded and sank two weeks ago.

Studio 151 Stylist Kasey Miller says people are glad to help.

"Our clients will be excited to know they can help, too, just by getting their haircut because everyone gets a haircut," Miller said. "That's a lot of hair ... that has a destination, finally, so that's good."

An organization called Matter of Trust is coordinating the effort. It's collecting the hair and sending it to a company that's manufacturing the booms.

Thousands of salons around the country and in Canada are involved and hair is coming in from every state. The practice of using human hair to help soak up oil spills started in 1989 after the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska.

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