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For once, getting hair oily may have far-reaching benefits

For once, getting hair oily may have far-reaching benefits

Posted: Thursday, May 20, 2010 9:06 pm

Staff Reporter
A young lady whose work involves animal health care has begun a campaign to collect hair that ultimately will help soak up the great oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Kristin Mann of Troy, a veterinary assistant at Reelfoot Animal Hospital in Union City, said she got the idea Friday while watching a CNN report about the oil spill.
“They were asking for donations of human hair and animal hair,” she said. “I was not aware they use hair for oil spills. I thought, ‘We have a lot of hair. We do multiple surgeries. We vacuum dog hair into a little Shop-Vac.’
“So I came in Monday and said I want to do this and got started.”
She searched the Internet and found a website — — that had much information.
“The oil spill is an ecological disaster. We love animals and we just want to help,” she said.
Interested people should not bring donations of hair to the animal hospital but ship them direct to Matter of Trust. The address can be found on the website.
Matter of Trust, based in San Francisco, has these statements on its website:
“Loose hair can be stuffed into nylon stockings which we double up and tie together to make booms that surround and contain as well as soak up oil.
“All salons, groomers, wool and alpaca fleece farmers and individuals can sign up to donate hair, fur, waste wool … and funding … We have many temporarily donated warehouses of various sizes strategically placed along the Gulf Coast.”
Staff reporter John Brannon may be contacted by e-mail at
Published in The Messenger 5.20.10


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