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Pamphlet Committee

You guys will need to research the spill, the impact of the spill of the environment and the economy and on the process that turns hair into oil booms.  You need to pick out a template, and decide what information/pictures you're going to include.


heres a website for info on how hair helps pick up oil -kenzie marvin



Hair is collected then mailed in to the Matter of Trust charity. They then make the hair into oil spill clean up mats and oil spill containment booms (recycled nylon is stuffed with hair and animal fur)
726 million gallons of oil on average are spilt every year
366 million gallons of motor oil are spilt every year
1 quart of oil can contaminate 1 million gallons of drinking water
300,000 pounds of hair and fur are cut daily in the US
the spill is will cause a long term damage to the ecosystem that is responsible for 20% of the nations total commercial seafood production
the oil releases a total of 5000 barrels of oil a day
in Louisiana the fishing industry brings 2.4 billion dollars to the states
experts worry that millions of gallons will reach the coast where shrimp and other seafood are beginning to spawn, which would wipe out the industry for years
 If enough oil makes landfall, it could kill the marsh grass, which essentially kills the marshland. “If the marsh goes, the land erodes and the wetlands are lost. The consequences could be severe,” Michael Blum, an assistant professor of ecology at Tulane University in New Orleans


Hair Composition

Human hair consists of three layers. The outside layer, known as the cuticle, is made of scales of the protein keratin. Much like the shingle coverings of a roof, the keratin scales protect the inner portions of the hair. The next layer also contains keratin, but is made of protein fibers more tightly knit together. Finally, the inner core--known as the medulla--is composed of round cells.

The sebaceous glands produce oil on the scalp. Hormones control the amount of oil a person secretes--which explains why some people may have oilier hair than others.


When oil is applied to the hair (or coated via the sebaceous glands), two things take place. The first is that the oil is able to seep into areas where the keratin scales may have flaked off or do not fully cover the hair, leaving open areas exposed. Once again, consider the hair strand as a roof. Over time, damage from heat styling, excessive brushing, pollutants or other occurrences can strip the roof's shingles away. The result is that oil is able to flow under the panels and be absorbed by the hair.

After this oil seeps into the hair, the remaining oil will cling to the tiny scales outside the hair's cuticle.

Practical Applications

The hair's ability to absorb oil means more than just that a person can have a bad hair day. Hair's ability to absorb oil has been used to sop up oil following several oil spills, including a 50,000-gallon fuel leak off the Philippines' Guimaras island. Using hair mats created from discarded hair clippings from salons and animal hair, rescuers applied the mats to the oil spill, which in turn absorbed the oil.

When it comes to everyday application, hair's ability to absorb oil or to become coated with oil means most people must wash their hair every day or every other day.

Press Release

Lori Pruyne's first period English class at Corning-Painted Post West High is doing a community hair drive called Tresses for Messes to collect hair to send to the Gulf of Mexico to help stop the recent oil spill. 

Tresses for Messes is working with an organization called Matter of Trust (, established in 1998, which has developed a system whereby hair is turned into oil booms.  The booms are placed in the ocean to prevent the oil spill from reaching land, destroying marshlands and coastal areas, destroying delicate ecosystems, killing animals and interefering with industries such as fishing, shrimping and tourism.  Hair is uniquely suited to help contain oil spills.  It consists of three layers - two outer layers of the protein kerotin, and one inner layer, called the medulla.  The keratin layers are adsorbent - oil clings to them - while the inner layer is absorbent - oil soaks into it.  Matter of Trust fills recycled nylons with the hair, creating a natural, sustanible barrier to oil spills.

Tresses for Messes is attempting to engage local salons in our effort to help contain this devestating oil spill.  We are asking salons and barber shops to save their hair clippings - which can total up to three pounds a day - and save them.  The Tresses for Messes committee is then collecting the clippings and shipping them to Matter of Trust, where they will be made into oil booms or mats used to help clean and save marine life and birds who have been affected by the oil spill. 

To date, nine salons have partnered with Tresses for Messes, including Regis in the Arnot Mall, the Arnot Mall Barber Shop, The Beach House Tanning and Hair, Cost-Cutters on Silverback Lane, Marcy's Full-Service Salon, Panache, Deborah's Diva Designs, Smart Style, and Flip-Flop Beauty Shop.

The students of the Tresses for Messes committee are deeply concerned about the environmental and economic impact of the oil spill.  The spill is causing long-term damage to the ecosystem that is responsible for 20% of the nations total commercial seafood production.  Some early estimates indicate that Louisiana shrimpers may not be able to resume their industry for up to seven years.  Additionally,  the thousands of gallons of oil that are daily pumping into the Gulf will prove devestating for coral reefs, fish, birds and turtles.  90% of the Gulf region's marine species rely on the affected wetlands to survive.All the world's oceans could end up damaged by this.  This spill can not be contained by one company or organization - everyone needs to do their part to help.  Something as simple as a haircut can help to Tress Up This Mess!

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05/18/2010 | 08:48 AM - by Pruyne