Tips for Lice Prevention

Any mention of the word lice is sure to give every parent a case of the heebie-jeebies—with good reason! Once those pesky critters have entered your home, it’s hard to get rid of them. The best way to combat lice is to do everything you can to prevent your child from getting them. Here are our 5 best tips for lice prevention:

5 Ways to Prevent Lice

Use a lice prevention product-

Use great products like the Fairy Tales Rosemary Repel line. Instead of treating lice these products will help to stop the infestation before it even happens. This line uses a blend of natural ingredients, such as citronella, rosemary and tea tree oil, to repel lice while detangling and conditioning.

BONUS: The Rosemary Repel Conditioning Spray is 20% off this month in all of our salons! It’s a quick and easy step for fighting off lice.

 

Teach Children good prevention habits

Lice don’t fly and can only spread through head to head contact or sharing things like hats and brushes. Teach your children good habits like not sharing objects that touch their hair with friends and to avoid any head to head contact while playing.

 

Do routine checks

It’s important to do regular checks for lice and nits throughout the school year. Catching lice early can make treatment much easier. Do a comb through with a lice comb to check for the presence of any nits at least once a week.

 

Keep Hair Tied Up

5 Tips for Lice Prevention

The less opportunity for lice to grab onto your child’s hair the better. Keeping longer hair tied up in a bun or ponytail can help to stop lice from latching onto any strands. Even braids can help keep hair away from the critters.

 

Lice like Clean Hair

Lice prefer to attach themselves to clean strands of hair. We’re not saying to skip bath time all together, but even adding a bit of product like gel or hairspray can make your child’s hair less appealing to lice.

 

Taking these precautions should greatly reduce your child’s risk of getting lice. Be sure to check out our lice 101 guide for even more great lice prevention info. Come into our salon and check out our great lice prevention products today!

lice 101

 

Head Lice Tips and Tricks

As a mom, it’s a terrifying moment when your child comes home from school one day scratching their head. Classrooms are breeding grounds for the white, itchy, bugs that give us all the heebie-jeebies: Lice!

Despite all of a parent’s best efforts, the icky truth is that it can happen to your kids. Here are some helpful tips and tricks to combat these little critters.

What are nits and head lice?

  • Nits are the term given to the  eggs of head lice, which stick to the hair close to the scalp.
  • An itchy scalp is the first  symptom that we notice and a closer inspection may reveal live lice crawling close to the scalp or eggs (nits) stuck to the hair shaft.
  • From the time when the egg is laid until the live insect dies is about 33-35 days, and during that time they go from nymph to mature louse.
  • Head lice are transmitted by  crawling from head to head or through sharing things like hairbrushes or hats – they can’t jump or fly, as the six-legged lice have no wings.

How to prevent head lice?

Why treat head lice when you can prevent it? Here at Cartoon Cuts we have excellent prevention products.

  • Fairy Tales (4 layer prevention) – Shampoo, Conditioner, Leave-in conditioner, Hairspray.
  • Circle of Friends (3 layer prevention) – Shampoo, Leave- in conditioner, Hairspray/Gel.
  • Original Sprout has tree tea and lavender components in all their products which are great for lice prevention.

How do you treat head lice effectively?

When lice are already a problem, Cartoon Cuts offers two of the most helpful kits to rid the hair of lice:

  • Fairy Tales Lice Good-Bye Mousse
  • Circle of Friends Lice Defense Elimination Kit

Both products are non toxic, pesticide free products proven to eliminate both lice and their eggs (nits).

These head lice treatments must be applied to all parts of the hair, ideally with great tension, doing it in sections and applying it close to the scalp.

No head lice product or insecticide currently kills all eggs, but is likely to kill the live lice.

A complete getting rid of head lice management consists of two treatments, a week or so apart. The first treatment kills the climbers, and the second kills the juvenile lice hatched from the eggs over the intervening week.

You must remember lice have claws on their legs, which make them perfect for holding on to human hair – fortunately the critters cannot live for more than one day off a human head.

How do you know if the lice treatment has worked?

If a head lice shampoo or treatment is effective, the lice will be dead within 20 minutes. We recommend the following test to check whether the product you just used was resistant to lice or not:

The head lice resistance test

Insecticide resistance in head lice is common, but it can be detected by assessing the effect of treatments. If live lice are found in the combings after treatment that has been correctly applied, the head lice are resistant to the product used.

You can test if the lice are killed effectively by treatments with the 20-minute death check:

  • After 20 minutes, use a fine tooth comb, such as the Terminator comb, to comb the entire head of hair and then wipe the combings onto a tissue.  This needs to be done at least twice and until little treatment formulation is visible on the hair.
  • Examine the tissues and see if lice are alive or dead. Assess success of treatment and possible insecticide resistance. If all lice are dead, infestation is sensitive to product used.
  • If some lice are inactive but  alive, infestation may be partly resistant to treatment, but regard the louse population as “sensitive” if no lice are active. If some lice are active, infestation is resistant.
  • For a sensitive population of head lice, the current treatment has been successful, but embryos in eggs will most likely survive. Retreat in 7 days using the same product.
  • For resistant lice, the current treatment has been unsuccessful.

If lice are still present after two treatments, we recommend two options:

  • Retreatment with same  preparation for a third time in seven days.
  • Use the conditioner and fine tooth comb technique between treatments. If conditioner is applied and then immediately combed out, the nymphs that have hatched will be removed.  Do this at least twice in the 7 days between treatment 2 and treatment 3.

what are lice and how do I find them?

Lice are translucent parasites that cling to the hair shaft, predominantly around the ears and the nape of the neck. Nits, or lice eggs, look like grains of salt. Unlike dandruff, they cannot easily be brushed off.