"Can natural hair help clean the Gulf oil spill? BP doesn't think so."

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Lisa Craig Gautier of Matter of Trust supports use of hair mats to help clean the Gulf oil spill.
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We've all read about the devastating affects the recent Gulf Oil Spill has had on the economy as well as the environment. Even though the cap has been replaced to stop the oil from spilling, the clean-up from this incident can take months to rectify...unless hair mats are considered.


I ran across an article on the Examiner's site about husband and wife, Lisa and Patrice Gautier, proposing that "our hair can be used to help spread of oil from the most recent spill in the Gulf of Mexico without placing more biochemical stress on the fragile ecosystem of the area."


According to them, "You shampoo, because hair collects oil. Hair is very efficient at gathering oil, skin oils off your face, oil pollution out of the air, and water, even petroleum oil spills,” states a quote from McCrory that’s listed on the Matter of Trust Website. “Hair is absorbant (as in ‘clings to’ unlike [absorbent] which is to ‘soak up.’) There are over 370,000 hair salons in the US and each collects about one pound of hair a day. Right now, most of that goes into the waste stream, but it should all be made into hair mats."


What are your thoughts about using collected hair to absorb some of the oil? Would you be willing to donate some of your locs for this cause?