WATERTOWN—“Your Haircut is a Life Saver” is the slogan on one of the posters of the national nonprofit ecological organization Matter of Trust, which has called upon the nation’s hair salons, groomers, wool and alpaca farmers and individuals to donate hair clippings and nylons to help make hair mats and hair booms that will soak up the oil still spilling into the Gulf of Mexico.

In Litchfield County, several local hair salons, including the Oakville Family Salon & Spa LLC in the Oakville section of Watertow, have all turned their attention to donating. Matter of Trust has collected donations from more than 370,000 salons nationwide to assist in the effort. As news reports remain focused on the impact and aftermath of the spill from a BP oil drilling rig destroyed in a fire and explosion, the local assistance effort grows.

Oakville Family Salon & Spa LLC

Owner Joy Subklew said she learned of the organization’s efforts through “Tabatha’s Salon Takeover,” a reality show on Bravo in which former “Shear Genius” contestant and hair salon owner Tabatha Coffey helps failing salons turn around in one week.

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