Unless you have been living under a rock, you would have heard about the biggest oil disaster in US history that is currently destroying the Gulf of Mexico and surrounding areas. The BP deep sea oil rig Deepwater Horizon blew up, sank, and now the well it was drilling is gushing crude oil into the ocean at a rate of 12000 barrels a day, and has been doing so for more than 30 days.
When things like this happen, it is difficult to see a way to help. We live so far away, and disaster is so enormous that there is little else to do but despair. Fortunately for hairdressers, there is a way we can be of practical use. Human hair, along with animal hair & nylon pantyhose, is used to create booms which absorb oil. We are collecting all the hair we can and sending it to the Gulf through an organisation called Matter of Trust, where it will be made into mats which will suck up some of the toxic sludge.
We can't stop the leak, and our 5 boxes of hair won't save an entire school of fish, but we are doing what we can to help, and have called on our friends in the industry to do the same. Every little effort counts!