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Oil spill: A hair-raising cause

"Hair" cast is part of an effort to collect hair clippings in prominent salons in Manhattan and on Long Island. The clippings will be donated for use in sopping up the oil spilled by BP in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo Credit: Ari Mintz, 2009

Oil and hair are not usually the best of combos, but in the case of the oil crisis in the Gulf of Mexico, your hair may be part of the solution.

Hair trimmings from thousands of salons across the country are being donated to the environmental non-profit organization Matter of Trust, who, since 1998 has been reusing hair clippings from hair salons, barber shops, pet groomers and wool farmers to create oil absorbing mats or “booms” that surround, contain and sponge up spills.

How appropriate then, that "Hair," the Tony-award winning musical, cast above,  is partnering with big name salon Bumble and bumble to throw a “Cut-in” on Monday, May 24 from noon to 4 p.m. at the salon’s uptown location (146 East 56th St.) where stylists will give you free (yes,free) haircuts. Tickets to the show will be raffled off each hour, and cast members will be on hand to cheer-on participants.  No appointments necessary -- so expect a bit of a scene.

If you want to get into the act, but avoid the chaos, several Long Island salons are cutting and donating (but you’ll have to pay for your haircut) including nuBest in Manhasset (the average salon collects one pound of hair a day, nuBest gets five).

  At Maximus Salon in Merrick and Carle Place, Broula Adde, a spokesowman, says, “People are very eager to participate in this,” and at Salon Blue, in Mineola, co-owner Lisa Abbey says, “It’s amazing to think that your next haircut could help save the life of an otter or a bird and stem the devastation of ecological disaster!

That’s great incentive, so get your hair  cut soon and lots – with luck and trimmings it may be a matter of hair today and oil spill gone tomorrow.

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