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Weird But True: Donate Your Hair to Help Clean Up Gulf Oil Spill

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The non-profit organization Matter of Trust is seeking donations of hair, nylons, fur, and wool to help create hair booms to clean up the oil spill in the Gulf.

What? Yeah.

Check out the handy-dandy video above for a more thorough explanation, but basically it comes down to this: hair attracts oil, so lots of hair will attract lots of oil. And there it is. Check out the links below to find out how to donate—the organization is taking commitments from individuals, corporations, and salons.
· Matter of Trust [Official Site]
· How to Make a Hair Boom [YouTube]
· The Gulf oil spill needs your hair [CocoPerez]