Get A Haircut - Save The World! Kelowna Salon & Spa Provides Relief for Oil Spill Disasters in an Unusual Way

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Total E'Clips Salon & Spa, Kelowna, BC celebrates 'Back to School' with customer promotions which help save the lives of animals and birds endangered by oil spills. All hair chopped off during the month of September will be used to create coastline-saving 'hairmats', which mop up over a litre of oil a minute, via the Hair for Oil Spills program.

Linda Russell and Kathie Jones-Hannem, owners of the Total E'Clips SalonSpa at Lakeshore and Spall Plaza, announce a new promotion to celebrate 'Back to School' but also helps save the lives of animals and birds endangered by oil spills .

From today through to 30th September 2009, both locations of the Total E'Clips SalonSpa are offering a series of promotions whether you are going back to school, back to work or back to reality.

Head back to school in style with a free fun colour extension or free AVEDA experience size product with your cut. Be a workplace fashion maven with $25 off any colour and cut or return to reality on a floaty cloud of spa bliss by booking any 60 or 90 minute massage or facial and get a second one for a friend or loved one free.

The additional twist in the ponytail is that every hair which hits the salon floor in September will be swept up and packed into special boxes to shipping to Matter of Trust, Inc. which creates oil-absorbent mats from human hair for use at oil-spills across the world.

Committed to environmentally friendly practices and to providing an environment that promotes harmony with staff, clients, community and the world at large; Russell and Jones-Hannem yet again have come up with a unique way to combine both style and compassion.

Jones-Hammem says: "We wanted to do a promotion which not only benefits our customers but also our environment. The Hair for Oil Spills program is the perfect match with our AVEDA philosophy that authentic beauty comes from working in harmony with and caring for the environment."

Last year over 2,600 oil spills occurred in the world. They weren't all are high profile, but most had an impact on the environment. Phil McCrory, a fellow hair stylist from the US, was watching coverage of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill and noticed the unfortunate impact on the Alaskan otters, whose fur seemed to absorb the oil. He wondered how much oil human hair could soak up - after month of experimenting with the hair from his salon's floor, he created his first 'hairmat'.

McCrory's Hair for Oil Spills Program was launched in 2000, which has since become part of Matter of Trust, Inc. which links ideas for using natural and manmade surplus materials for environmental causes and programs.

According to the World Response Group and Matter of Trust hair is good at soaking up oil because, up close, the strands are shaped like a palm tree with scalelike cuticles and drops of oil naturally cling inside. A pound of hair can pick up about one litre of oil in a minute, and it can be wrung out and reused up to 100 times.

"Everyone sees the distress and harm caused to our wildlife by oil spills - to be able to say you helped save one of those animals has to be a good thing. Come for a whole new look or just a refresh - every hair we cut will be used!" says Russell.

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