As the mom of two daughters who both have long hair, one of my biggest fears is them getting lice. Knock wood we’ve been lucky so far. But I was beginning to wonder if our luck would run out. Then I found out about Fairy Tales Lice Prevention Products. Fairy Tales was nice enough to send me their Rosemary Repel Leave-In Conditioning Spray to review. I love that their products are natural and not made of harsh chemicals so they are safe for my children. This conditioning spray softens, detangles, and eliminates frizz while keeping lice away. Rosemary Repel products are loaded with organic herbs of rosemary, citronella, peppermint, tea tree and lavender. It is proven safe, gentle and effective to help prevent lice and great for all hair types. I have been using it on my daughters’ hair daily to keep the lice away. It can be used on wet or dry hair.
One product I am glad exists but hope I never need to test is Lice Good-Bye. It removes head lice and their eggs naturally — without chemicals or pesticides! It is formulated with enzymes that eliminate the bug and dissolve the sticky “nit glue”. No-mess foaming mousse makes removal easy with comb provided. New strain of “super lice” are increasingly resistant to the harsh, chemical removal treatments. Lice Good-Bye is the only natural treatment proven effective to kill lice, “super lice” and their eggs. Safe for repeated use during outbreak and head checks. Simply pump the mousse into the palm of your hand and apply to damp hair. Allow it to sit for 10 minutes and comb through hair section by section. Wipe away residue after combing each section.
LICE FACTS From the Fairy Tales Website
(check out Fairy Tale’s website for more detailed, helpful info)
There are more than 12 million cases of head lice reported in the US each year.
The majority of reported lice cases are in children age 3 to 11.
Lice infects people regardless of social status or personal hygiene. Lice, in fact, like clean hair, not dirty hair, because it’s easier to attach to a clean hair shaft rather a dirty one.
The most common way to transfer lice is from heat to head contact. They do not fly or jump- they only crawl. It can take lice 30 second to move from head to head.
Lice can survive off a human head for 24-36hours and can therefore be transmitted through contact with pillows, hats, hairbrushes, helmets, and other personal items.
A full grown adult louse can live up to 30 days on a head and lay up to 100 eggs in her lifetime.
Fairy Tales had some great prevention tips on their website:
TIPS TO PREVENT HEAD LICE
- Avoid head to head contact at school and home.
- Do not share clothing, hats, scarves, sports uniforms and helmets, coats and hair accessories
- Do not share combs and brushes or towels
- Do not lie in beds, on couches or car seats that have recently been in contact with an infested person
Lice are usually spread thru head to head contact and less frequently by lice that crawl.
Preschool and elementary-age children, 3-11, and their families are infested most often. Girls get head lice more often than boys. In the United States, African-Americans rarely get head lice. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice.
TO PREVENT RE-INFESTATION
- Do not worry about furniture sprays, they are useless. Vacuuming the areas such as floors, carpets, bedrooms, and couches is sufficient. Don’t forget to vacuum car seats!
- Wash the bedding each morning in hot water. Dry on high heat for at least 20 minutes.
- Store all stuffed animals, large comforters, etc. in a sealed plastic bag for 2 weeks.
- Soak combs and brushes in Lysol or rubbing alcohol for at least 1 hour.