Now that all of the kids have gone back to school it is time to bring some focus on a huge issue that comes wrapped in a tiny nasty little package – LICE!
It gives me the chills just thinking about the little buggers possibly trying to attach to my child’s head and I dread having notes start to come home from school announcing the arrival of the creepy crawlers! I swear that we received a weekly letter last year that lice had been found in at least one of the girls classrooms. They finally ended up banning fabric nap mats in all the kindergarten classrooms to try to control the problem (and I can’t tell you how happy I was that Rylee had English Language class during nap time!).
Let’s cover a few facts first:
- Lice to not discriminate between socio-economic boundaries. In fact, they even prefer clean hair!
- Lice do not jump or fly, they travel from head to head via direct contact, hats, combs, brushes, hair ties, towels, earphones, helmets etc…
- Symptoms include itchy scalp, feeling of something crawling in your hair and/or small red bumps especially noticable behind the ears and at the nape of the neck.
- Preschool and elementary-age children (3-11) and their families are infested most often.
- Girls get headlice more than boys.
- Lice can survive off the human head for 24-36 hours.
This year I wanted to see if there was something I could do besides freak out at every piece of dust I spot in their hair and I don’t want to apply unnecessary chemical treatments to their heads just because I am parinoid to have them lay on my pillow.
I started searching and found a site called Fairy Tales Hair Care. I started checking around and sure enough someone in one of my adoption groups had used Fairy Tales products and said that since they started using it, there had been no lice on her children. I contacted the company to see if they would be interested in a review and I am so excited to share these products with you!
I was sent 4 of their repel products to try out and the girls have been using them exclusively for almost two weeks.
Rosmary Repel Shampoo: The main scent that you notice as soon as you open the bottle is the rosemary. This shampoo uses rosemary, tea tree and lavender oils to help repel lice and other insects. Both girls thought this smelled really good!
Rosemary Repel Creme Conditioner: This is a creamy conditioner that can be rinsed out or left in if you need maximum lice protection. This left both my girls super soft and easy to comb through!
Rosemary Repel Leave-In Spray: This spray is a great detangler and uses some of the same lice repelling oils as the Shampoo and Creme Conditioner. I’ve been using this especially on school days, giving both girls a few sprays before leaving for the bus. I take special care to spray the back of their necks, behind the ears and the parts in their hair. I am seriously tempted to take it to the bus stop and give a little spray to all the kids heads before they get on the bus each morning! The product information also says that this spray can also be used as a DEET free bug repellent – that’s a great bonus!!
Rosemary Repel Gel: This gel is the final step to repel lice. Using this as a finishing touch gave Rylee a beautiful shine and helped tame the fly-a-way hair she normally has. Hanna loves this gel because she likes to calm her curls and this gel really helped achieve that.
Overall, I have to say that I have found these to be really great hair care products. My girls hair looks beautiful and healthy and I have peace of mind knowing that I am protecting my girls from the lice outbreaks at school and I am doing it without dangerous chemicals and pesticides!
In addition to the Rosemary Repel Hair Care Products they also offer Lice Good-Bye Mousse to use in removing lice and their eggs (nits) and a nice looking metal nit removal comb.
Want to try it? Fairy Tales Hair Care for Children has generously offered MommyPR readers a 15% discount on any of their products from September 15th through October 15th, so this is the time to stock up on your lice repelling haircare products for the school year! ************************************************************
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