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Get rid of lice naturally with organic, chemical-free and pesticide-free lice solutions
Using many lice-killing products is basically the equivalent of putting bug spray in your child's hair and on their scalp. Insect poisons kill bugs with dangerous chemicals that invade the bugs' central nervous system, doing plenty of damage and causing death. If these poisons are capable of destroying a bug's central nervous system, what will they do to your child? In addition, lice are becoming resistant to many poisons, any many people find the poisons are just not effective, on top of being dangerous.
An fairly major lice outbreak has occurred in my small community, especially among younger children who attend one of the four elementary schools in our district. Although I’m lucky enough that my kids and my husband and I have not (yet) gotten head lice, when I was in my hairstylist’s chair the other day, she filled me in on the current lice problem. "It can be really hard to avoid,” she said. My stylist also said that while it’s mostly younger children who are getting lice, older children and adults are not immune to it. Along with many moms of younger kids, she has seen a few high schoolers and adults with lice in her salon to buy the special shampoo she sells for lice.
The name of the shampoo is Rosemary Repel Shampoo, and It’s made by a brand called Fairy Tales. “Fairy Tales hair products are safe for kids and can be used every day. Our customers have given us really great feedback and say they are quite effective," said my stylist. She also said she can hardly keep it in stock. What my stylist and all the moms love about the Rosemary Repel Shampoo is that is very effective but is all natural, and made without poisonous pesticides or dangerous chemicals. Instead, it’s made with organic plant oils and extracts, one of the most important being rosemary. While the smell of rosemary is fresh and pleasant to you and me, lice apparently don’t like it and it repels them.
In addition to the shampoo, Fairy Tales makes a complete line of Rosemary Repel hair products, so you can layer on the protection and peace of mind. Read on down for more information on these products.
"Good-Bye Lice" Nit-Removing Mousse and Comb
If your kids already have lice, my stylist recommends Fairy Tales Lice Good-Bye and a special nit-removing comb as two important parts of your "get rid of lice" routine. Lice Good-Bye is a lice treatment that contains a special natural enzyme which dissolves the sticky, glue-like substance that lice naturally produce when they lay eggs, or nits. The sticky substance glues the nits to individual strands of hair, making it very difficult to remove them simply by washing the hair. I sound like a broken record here, but like all Fairy Tales products, Good-Bye Lice is all-natural, chemical free, pesticide free, and safe to use on children every day.
To use Lice Good-Bye, douse hair with the mousse, let it sit a bit to allow time for the enzymes to work, and then comb them out with a fine-tooth metal nit comb. The Fairy Tales "Nit-Free Terminator" Lice & Nit Comb has special microgrooves that the tiniest nits and whisk them out of the hair. My stylist showed me the comb, and sure enough the comb's teeth are very fine and close together, and have little ridges on them to help scrap the nits off of individual hairs. Getting rid of nits is important, because if the eggs are allowed to hatch, the infestation starts all over again.
Using Rosemary Repel Products
During a lice outbreak, whether your child has lice or not, my stylist recommends washing hair with Rosemary Repel Shampoo every two or three days for at least three weeks, even after it appears that the lice have left town. "You don't have tp shampoo every day, because lice actually prefer super-clean hair," she said. "Nits stick better to super clean hair."
Follow each shampoo with Rosemary Repel Conditioner for a second layer of fragrant protection. This conditioner leaves hair soft and silky, and contains the same organic oils and extracts as the shampoo.
Each morning, spray on Rosemary Repel Leave-in Conditioning Spray before combing or brushing your child's hair. Not only does this spray make tangles slip out easily and hair soft and manageable, it provides another layer of Fairy Tales' fresh scent. Go ahead and spray a little of this light, fresh fragrance on your child's shoulders, neck and hairline, behind their ears.
If you style your child's hair with gel, replace your usual gel with Rosemary Repel Styling Gel. It works like any other gel, but like the other Rosemary Repel products is chemical free and contains organic plant oils and extracts that safely repel lice.
Once you've run the lice out of town, put these items away in a handy place where you’re sure to remember their location. Start using them again if you hear of a lice outbreak in your child’s school or in your community. My stylist says that many of her customers enjoy the shampoo and other products so much that they use them year round, not just for peace of mind but because they love the way it makes hair smell and feel.
If your child does have lice, my stylist recommends that you stick with the treatments for at least three weeks. “Treat every day for three weeks, even if you get to where you don’t see any more eggs,” she said. "It just takes that much time to be sure you're rid of all the lice and nits."
More Lice Advice
Tips to get rid of lice and keep it from spreading in your home, school and community:
♥ Wash your children’s clothing often, especially hoodies, jackets, hats, caps and headbands, in hot water. The same goes for their sheets, blankets and pillow cases.
♥ If your children ride in car infant seats or booster seats, wash the covers in hot water.
♥ Teach your children not to share combs, brushes, hats and hoodies.
♥ Don’t let your kids have or go to sleepovers during an outbreak. During sleepovers, kids are much more likely to share hairbrushes, pillows and sheets that may be infested.
♥ If your children are young, ask their teachers to temporarily remove any dress-up clothing from the class toy chest.
♥ Ask your children’s teachers or perhaps even their school administrators to temporarily remove any upholstered furniture such as beanbag chairs, floor pillows, sofas or lounge chairs from classrooms.
♥ If it's winter and very cold outside, place bedding, hats, car seats and stuffed toys outside in freezing temperatures overnight. The freezing temperatures will help kill lice. Place smaller items in the freezer, if you don't have freezing temperatures in your area.
Risa Barash, owner of Fairy Tales Haircare, demonstrates how to use Lice Good-Bye to get rid of lice naturally.
SmartAndFun (author) from Texas on December 31, 2011:
Thanks Eddy for your comment and kind words, and for following me! I look forward to reading your hubs as well and will go take a look here in a minute or two!
Eiddwen from Wales on December 31, 2011:
A great hub which I know will benefit many who read.
I now look forward to reading many more of yours.
Take care and I wish you a Happy New Year.
SmartAndFun (author) from Texas on December 30, 2011:
Thanks phildazz and Enlydia for your comments. Even though my kids haven't gotten lice yet, I'm getting some of this to use during the lice outbreak here in town, so hopefully they won't get it ever! I love that it doesn't have pesticides in it!
Enlydia Listener from trailer in the country on December 30, 2011:
You don't sound like a broken record...and you have provided some great information...luckily our kids never got lice, but it was always going around at one time or another in the schools.
Allan Philip from Toronto on December 30, 2011:
Thanks for the news. It's great news knowing about a natural product that's effective and safe. Thanks again!