Lufkin salon's donated hair may not benefit oil spill

Stephanie Moore
Stephanie Moore
Lisa Hudson
Lisa Hudson

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Holley Nees - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin hair salon's efforts to do its part in cleaning up the massive oil spill may be all for naught, after a report that the hair booms are "not helpful to the response effort."

According to a USA Today report, the idea for hair booms, pantyhose filled with hair, began as a small effort 12 years ago as a solution to cleaning up oil spills.

The idea has gone viral, with salons all over the nation sending their hair, which would normally be thrown away, to warehouses near the gulf, the report stated.

But BP has not returned calls concerning the hair booms, the article stated, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a fact sheet that said: "Recent reports of a need for hair are exaggerated and not helpful to the response effort."

In a KTRE report which aired Monday, Lindsey Gager of Bravo called on Lufkin salons to join her in sending hair to aid cleanup efforts.

"We're just wanting to do as much help in the community and environment as we can," Gager said in an interview Monday. "It's going to help our world in the future, so as soon we can get this mess cleaned up the better."

In a Wednesday interview, Bravo stylist Stephanie Moore said the salon will continue to send their hair, in hopes that officials will decide to use it.

"We want our efforts to pay off," she said. "Not that we are going to make a huge difference, but we want to be able to help and I think it's a good idea."

"That would be disappointing because like you could make wigs for the cancer cause, not just leave it in a warehouse and not use it for anything," customer Lisa Hudson said.

"They're doing so much stuff that's so expensive, I don't know why they wouldn't try something like this to see if it worked or not," said Moore. "We'll help in anyway we can and just because it may not have helped as much as we thought it would, doesn't mean we are going to stop.

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