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Hair to Help... Local Salons Help Gulf Coast Oil Spill

Dombie Jochetz, Coronado Pet Shoppe Dombie Jochetz, Coronado Pet Shoppe

by: Kristen Guilfoos

Amarillo, Texas - As high tech efforts continue in the gulf, much simpler efforts are being made in Amarillo.

NewsChannel 10's Kristen Guilfoos has more on how local businesses are doing their part to help stop the environmental disaster.

Hair today... Oil clean up tomorrow. Instead of sweeping up the extra hair and throwing it in the trash, local salons and pet groomers are sweeping it up and boxing it up... Sending it to help the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Hair is one of the most absorbent things out there. Think of it this way... We wash our hair everyday to get rid of the oil it absorbs from our skin. It will work the same way in the gulf... The clean hair will soak up oil floating on the surface.

One pound of hair can soak up one quart of oil in just one minute... Then it can be rung out and used a hundred more times.

Dombie Jochetz is a groomer at Coronado Pet Shoppe in Amarillo. She says, "Now it's going for a good cause. At least we know that we can do a little bit of our part to help clean up the ocean. If you think about it, it has a trickle down effect. If it's gonna effect the ocean, it's gonna effect our drinking water, let alone the sea creatures that are in the water to begin with." 

So many salons around the nation are taking part that one ton of hair is being shipped to the coast everyday. For more on the effort, you can go to


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