Twenty Tucson-area Supercuts are collecting hair from haircuts at the stores to be sent to aid in BP oil spill clean-up efforts.
Supercuts store manager Jessica Swain learned about hair booms being used to soak up oil from oil spills and spearheaded efforts to collect hair from Supercuts and send it to Excess Access, a Florida-based company collecting hair from hair salons, pet groomers and wool farmers to make hair booms.
Hair booms, effective because of hair's natural absorbency, consist of tightly-packed bundles of hair in nylon casings. Their use has grown in recent years, partly due to the low cost to create them.
"We throw away so much hair as it is," said Swain. "It made perfect sense to call up all the stores, get organized and start saving hair to send out for the clean-up."
Swain and two other colleagues collected trash bags full of hair from each Supercuts location this past weekend and shipped the hair to Florida where it will be distributed by Excess Access. Supercuts plans to continue the program with weekly or bi-monthly pick-ups of hair.