Salon donates hair to help mop up oil spills

Ubuntu Hair Studio in Solana Beach is doing their part to help the oil spill that is currently threatening marine life in the Gulf of Mexico. Salon owner Dawn Ellinwood sent nine pounds of hair to Matter of Trust — the hair will be used to create a mat or "boom" (a stocking full of hair) to help collect the oil.

"One pound of hair can absorb a quart of oil in a minute," Ellinwood said. "They can wring it out and use it 100 times before it won't absorb anymore."

The method of using hair in oil spill disasters has gotten attention lately but it is something Ubuntu has done since day one.

"We have been saving and donating hair to Matter of Trust since we opened two years ago," Ellinwood said. "I just loved the idea of it. We recycle as much as we can anyway and we send the hair out every couple of months."

In addition to recycling the hair for Matter of Trust, Ubuntu also participates in donating hair to be used for wigs for cancer patients. For the second year in a row, they recently worked with Cathedral Catholic High School and the Future Physicians Club on a hair donation drive for Pantene Great Lengths. It takes six ponytails to make a wig and the drive generated 17 ponytails.

"It's nice to know that what we do has a more important and better purpose," Ellinwood said.

To learn more or donate to Matter of Trust and their program to collect nylons, hair, fur and wool, visit

www.matteroftrust. org

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