Chiquito pero Picoso

The other day my youngest son was watching CNN with me. The images were of dead fish washed upon the shore, and birds covered in slick black oil. The story, of course, was about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In all his 8 year old wisdom he said, “It makes me sad because I want to do something, but I really can’t.”

That’s how I often feel about so much I see in the news, but I wanted to show him it wasn’t true. I wanted to show him that you can make a difference, no matter how small you feel.

After a little research, I found out that there’s an organization called “Matter of Trust“. This organization makes booms out of human and animal hair which they stuff into stockings. It sounds crazy, but apparently these booms are very effective at soaking up the oil and are re-usable.

FACT: 1 pound of hair can absorb 1 quart of oil in 1 minute and be reused up to 100 times.

I called our regular hair stylist at Hair Cuttery and said, “I have a weird question…” I fully expected her to have no clue what I was going on about, but she enthusiastically informed me that they do participate in the program and donate all the hair they cut.

When I explained all of this to my son, he was very excited. The next day, we headed over to Hair Cuttery. We signed in and then browsed the books until he found a hair style that he liked.

The stylist put him up on a booster seat, (because even though he’s 8 years old, he’s only in the 5th percentile for height. Puro guanaquito!), and I took his photo before the hair cutting began.

Afterwards, my husband and I paid for the haircut, but our son pulled a few dollars from his own pocket to tip the hair stylist.

When I asked him how he felt he said, “Great! I like my haircut and I helped the animals in the Gulf of Mexico.”

Now that’s a win-win right there :)


  1. I’ve heard of it, but I don’t see it on the headline news that they are actually implementing it. I hope they do, because it makes since to me. And by the way, he is too dang cute for his own good. He is definitely gonna give big brother a run for his money with the ladies, lol.

    • I saw the program mentioned once or twice on TV news, but mostly I’ve read about it in articles/online media. As for implementing it, it seems BP isn’t implementing much of anything despite their lies to the contrary. I watched Anderson Cooper re-visit a Louisiana marsh on CNN last night. Because BP didn’t do what the locals asked, it’s now dead.

  2. What a caring and handsome young man you have! It’s great to know that the Hair Cuttery is helping out. I hope other salons are doing the same.

    • I think some others are – so call the one you regularly go to, and ask them. If they aren’t you can always encourage them to sign up!

  3. OMG!!! My dog sheds so much hair! It would be great incentive for me to brush him everyday if it was going to a good cause…. I need to find out MORE about this!

    • I hope you find someone to take the dog hair off your hands. I called my local groomers to ask if they’d take pet hair, (because I brush the dog myself.) … They said they aren’t involved in the program this far north, but that groomers down south are.

    • LOL – I wonder, too. Should be interesting! … I’ve made my husband promise to tell me in the future if I’m not acting right, though ;)

  4. Blo is very funny…hmm, I wonder what kind? ( :

    He is a cutie, and good for you watching the news then doing something to help. You are one of a kind!

  5. I also heard about this program but I’ve read that the people in charge are saying that “they are not convinced that using hair to do the oil cleanup is safe” because, you know, dumping tons of unknown chemicals into the ocean is safe.

    The whole thing is heartbreaking.

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