Hair mats soak up oil spills

Kathie Jones-Hannem co-owner of Total E’Clips Salon and Spa at Spall Plaza in Kelowna, B.C., sweeps up hair that will be made into human hair mats for soaking up oil spills. Human hair is good at soaking up oil because its strands are shaped like minuscule palm trees with scale-like cuticles that oil naturally clings inside.

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Kathie Jones-Hannem co-owner of Total E’Clips Salon and Spa at Spall Plaza in Kelowna, B.C., sweeps up hair that will be made into human hair mats for soaking up oil spills.

Human hair is good at soaking up oil because its strands are shaped like minuscule palm trees with scale-like cuticles that oil naturally clings inside.

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