Local hair salon helps oil spill cleanup efforts - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/19/10

Local hair salon does their part to help with oil spill cleanup

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

By Ann Wyatt Little - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - As the oil continues to flow into the Gulf of Mexico at the rate of thousands of barrels a days, there is an uneasy tension right now, from the Mississippi Delta to the Florida Keys.

Once the leak is repaired, BP still faces the massive effort of cleaning up the mess. But there may be a way you could help with that clean up effort... get a haircut!

A few snips and a new look. Dianna Gattone spends her days making over clients, but now she hopes to help make over the gulf coast by donating the hair her salon collects each day. "The way that hair is it doesn't break down so it can collect the oil and absorb it," says Gattone.

Hair by Diane and other salons across the country send the hair to Ritz Carlton Hotels where it is used to make mats called booms that soak up the oil.

Gattone heard about the idea and searched online how her salon could help. Hair by Diane usually fills buckets with left over hair each week. "My goodness, we will fill up a canister every day so it is probably a good 10, 12 or 13 gallons of hair a day," adds Gattone.

Instead of throwing it away they can do something useful with it. "It's very important that we jump into this," believes Gattone.

Gattone's customers enjoy helping too. They get a free style with their cut when they donate their hair. "It's fun to see a small business like this in a town far away to be doing something to help out," says Raquel Hardesty. 

There are critics who doubt the usefulness of the hair booms because it has never been tested on an actual major oil spill.

Copyright 2010 KCBD. All rights reserved.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • US women beat Canada for gold in a 3-2 shootout thriller

    US women beat Canada for gold in a 3-2 shootout thriller

    Thursday, February 22 2018 2:34 AM EST2018-02-22 07:34:20 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 6:05 AM EST2018-02-22 11:05:44 GMT

    Twenty long years after taking gold when the sport debuted in 1998, the United States snapped Canada's streak of four straight Olympic golds with a 3-2 shootout victory.

    Twenty long years after taking gold when the sport debuted in 1998, the United States snapped Canada's streak of four straight Olympic golds with a 3-2 shootout victory.

  • Nowitzki 'disgusted' by report of hostile workplace for Mavs

    Nowitzki 'disgusted' by report of hostile workplace for Mavs

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 2:13 AM EST2018-02-21 07:13:50 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 6:05 AM EST2018-02-22 11:05:26 GMT

    The Dallas Mavericks have hired outside counsel to investigate allegations of inappropriate conduct by former team president Terdema Ussery in a Sports Illustrated report that described a hostile workplace environment for women.

    The Dallas Mavericks have hired outside counsel to investigate allegations of inappropriate conduct by former team president Terdema Ussery in a Sports Illustrated report that described a hostile workplace environment for women.

  • Wise gives it all, and comes out with another Olympic gold

    Wise gives it all, and comes out with another Olympic gold

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 11:26 PM EST2018-02-22 04:26:51 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 6:05 AM EST2018-02-22 11:05:13 GMT

    It's the seventh gold medal for the U.S. in Pyeongchang, five of which have come from snowboard and freestyle skiing events.

    It's the seventh gold medal for the U.S. in Pyeongchang, five of which have come from snowboard and freestyle skiing events.

Powered by Frankly