Head Lice Prevention
I vividly remember having head lice as a child. I know how I got it. My friend’s and I used to play “hairdresser” during recess. We would brush each other’s hair. Share brushes. Share scrunchies. My grandmother seemed to always be visiting from Miami when I would begin scratching. She would sit there with a comb and slowly get them out of my hair. Just hearing the word lice, I begin to itch. I’m itching now.
This week our principal sent home the infamous lice letter – someone at school has lice. EEEEEK! Thankfully I’ve done all I can to prevent head lice from our home. I still checked the girls and scratched my head a million times.
Preventing Head Lice
- Keep hair dirty. Head lice doesn’t like dirty hair. Not sure why but don’t stress about the kids washing their hair when lice is going around school. A lot of hair styles work better with unwashed hair, too.
- Head lice doesn’t like tea tree or peppermint. A few years ago I received Boo Spray made by So Cozy. It’s a peppermint smelling spray that you spray into the child’s hair. The smell is strong but pleasant and FAR BETTER than lice. I spray it in the girls hair – when I remember. (Please note that this is not a sponsored post for So Cozy. I am sharing this product SOLELY based on my experience using it.)
- Keep the hair up. Beautiful long dangling hair just gives the head lice and extra “branch” to jump to. Please, keep their hair up.
- Gel and spray it up! Have no shame in adding globs of gel to your child’s hair. This coating adds another layer of defense.
Looking for a good brush for your girls with knots? See my review of the Wet Brush.
Hoping your school year and summer camp days are NOT full of head lice!