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May 19, 2009
Kerastase coming to midtown's Mosaic Salon

Kerastase Paris, well-known for its high-end haircare products for 25 years, is doing something pretty unprecedented: a nationwide event that's aimed at clients in need of a little coif care.

With some folks giving up hair-care services to save money, this is indeed an indulgence - a complimentary treatment and blow-dry service at participating Kerastase salons. As luck would have it, there's one in Sacramento - Mosaic Salon & Spa. It will participate on Wednesday at its midtown location, 2700 J St.

If you're on Kerastase's mailing list you probably already have received an e-mail from the company announcing the event. Some folks are telling their friends, who are also making appointments.

Todd Buckley, co-owner of Mosaic, says the salon still has some appointments available for tomorrow. "The treatments, which include a full consultation and scalp massage, will be based on the condition of a client's hair - whether it's dry, damaged, color-treated or if they have scalp issues," he says.

If you've received an e-vite - either from Kerastase directly or from a friend - print it out and call for an appointment: (916) 558-2700. Bring a printout of the e-mail.

And here's something else you might not know about Mosaic. For the last couple of months, the salon has been participating in the Hair for Oil Spills program, which is operated by Matter of Trust out of San Francisco. The program is working with thousands of salons nationwide and abroad that donate their hair clippings to soak up oil spills.

Matter of Trust says that the program came to be almost 20 years ago when Phil McCrory, a stylist from Alabama, was watching coverage of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Phil says he noticed the fur on Alaskan otters was soaked with oil, so he began testing how much oil he could collect with hair clippings from his salon. He came up with the "hairmat." It's used to amass the clippings, which also come from barbers, dog groomers and wig makers.

Matter of Trust estimates there are 300,000 salons in the U.S., and each cuts about a pound of hair per day.

Todd at Mosaic says his salon donates a 10-pound box of clippings each month.

"We put a plastic bag of hair (ideally shampooed) in a box, cap it off, tape it and ship it to San Francisco," he says. "It's just a nice thing to do."

Each salon pays out of pocket to send the swept-up clippings. For more information about Matter of Trust, click here.

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