In the midst of all of this happy-snappy holiday stuff, let’s get real for a minute. You know what would ruin Christmas? Head lice. (Whoa, that came right out of left field, didn’t it?) If the mere mention of those words makes you itchy, you’re not alone.
Now imagine head lice over the holiday season. You know, when you’re forced to rip down all your curtains and blankets and pillows and wash them in scalding hot water to kill anything. Then you’ll have to vacuum every single nook and cranny in your home. Twice for good measure. As a matter of fact, every single thing in your home needs to be de-loused in one way or another.
AND THEN….you get to sit and pick through your kids’ hair for hours to make sure you got all the little buggers out. See this hair? Looks like a great time, doesn’t it? (The little green bug is strategically placed to cover someone’s face.)
Don’t forget to bake cookies and wrap presents and move that stupid Elf on the Shelf around in the midst of this too.
Sounds like a real nightmare, doesn’t it? No worries. The best way to get rid of lice is to not get them in the first place. This isn’t the easiest thing in the world when your kids are in school and there are bugs jumping from cubby to cubby, but there are steps you can take to improve your odds.
- Tell your kids not to share hats, coats, brushes, headphones, etc. Sharing is the biggest form of lice transmission.
- Encourage them to keep their heads to themselves. Hugging and other head to head contact makes it really easy for lice to jump from host to host. (Note: this is easier said than done for younger kids. They’re always hugging.)
- Take preventative measures at home. If you’ve got kids in school, this is the only thing you really can control. Use lice-repelling hair products like those in Fairy Tales Hair Care. Fairy Tales products contain no chemicals, toxins, pesticides, paraben, or sulfates. They’re also allergy friendly – dairy, gluten, and nut-free!
Unfortunately, I have first hand de-lousing experience, so when I was given the opportunity to try out a few Fairy Tales products, I jumped at the chance. The first I tried was the Fairy Tales Curly-Q Styling Gel. If you’ve got a curly haired kid (and I do), this is a lightweight spray gel to keeps curls bouncy and frizz-free. It’s got all kinds of natural moisturizers in it to keep her hair soft all day. It also smells fantastic and seems to keep the tangles at bay a little!
Fairy Tales Rosemary Repel Hair Spray is a lightweight and non-sticky formula to keep hair in place all day long as well as adding a “seal” of protection from head lice. The Organic Peppermint, Tea Tree, Citronella, and Rosemary are clinically proven to help prevent head lice and nits.
Fairy Tales Rosemary Repel Styling Gel is an alcohol free formula that tames unruly hair and holds style in place. It also doesn’t get sticky or crunchy or build up.
We’ve been using the products for about a month now and so far, so good. I also know that there has been a case of head lice in her class. Last week one of the kids came in with a shaved head and told everyone it was because he had “bugs in it”. I’m throwing a few more bottles in her stocking this year for good measure!
What do you do to prevent head lice?