Spring – September is head lice prevention month

We’re not sure how everyone else is feeling, but we’re pretty thankful spring is here. Warmer weather not only brings with it the need to clean out the cupboards, get off the couch, be outdoors more often and probably braai with friends and family most weekends, but also an increase in head lice infestations. Head lice are wingless parasitic insects that feed off the human scalp. They do not jump or fly, but move easily from one human host to another

Because of the increase in lice infestations in September, we have chosen to follow the lead of National Pediculosis Association®, Inc. (NPA) in the USA and declare September in SA Head Lice Prevention Month as they do. Education is key to avoiding and treating head lice, do your research and ensure that you know what you are looking for.

It is easy enough to avoid the dreaded phone call from school – routinely check your children for infestations. The sooner an infestation is identified, the easier it is to treat without using harmful pesticides or chemicals, so screen your children as a routine part of grooming. Suggest regular screenings at school, as these prevent major outbreaks such as those we’ve had in recent years. The Nit-pickers School Partnership Program not only assists schools with reducing head lice infestations, but also rewards the school and the parents for partaking in the program.

We know this is often easier said than done, however, if your girls have long hair, try to get them to wear their hair either in a plait, or a bun. If there is less fly-away hair, there is less of a chance your child will contract lice unless they are hugging their friends, sharing brushes and hair accessories and playing with one another’s hair.

Use an organic lice preventative product such as the Eco.kid range which is available to purchase on our website, or in our salons. These products are specially formulated for children and are 100% safe. The range of products consists of daily shampoos, conditioners, daily sprays and styling gels.

Whilst many parents are reluctant do this, it is imperative that you advise your child’s school should he/she have contracted lice. It is not only in the school or other pupils’ best interests, but yours too. Your child has obviously contracted lice from someone else and if the original host is not aware he/she has lice, it will remain untreated and your child has a good chance of being re-infested. If your children attend extra mural activities such as horse riding, ballet, swimming etc., advise those teachers too, so they can get all of the parents to screen their children. Remember to check all members of the family if one person has a lice infestation – we find around 70% of moms’ contract lice from their children.