How To Avoid Getting Lice Naturally

With kids returning to school, I am starting to see posts popping up about lice letters coming home with their children. YIKES! Lice is one of my biggest fears because my daughter has thick, very curly hair and I feel like we would never get rid of them! I have done tons of research on how to naturally avoid getting lice without exposing my daughters to toxic chemical treatments.

  1. Don’t wash hair too often: In my research, I found that lice are more likely to be attracted to freshly washed/clean hair. While washing your hair daily may seem like a great way to keep lice at bay, the opposite is actually true. Try to keep hair washing to a minimum: 2-3 a week, max!
  2. Tea tree oil: Tea tree oil is a natural lice deterrent. Simply fill a spray bottle with water and add 2-3 drops of tea tree oil (per ounce of liquid). Shake well and spray on hair and rub/comb through before styling.
  3. Natural Lice Deterrent Spray: Lice Shield uses natural essential oils known to repel lice so you can react easy. There’s no need to spray your hair with toxic chemicals to keep lice at bay.
  4. Use Natural Hair Products: As mentioned above, lice prefer clean hair. Hair that is covered in product like gel or hair spray is less desirable for these critters. Most hair sprays and gels you buy at the pharmacy are filled with nasty, toxic ingredients, but there are a few more natural options out there.
  5. Keep hair up in a tight bun or braid: Hair that is loosely flowing is more likely to come into contact with something contaminated with lice. Keeping hair up and away from the shoulders will help prevent lice from getting to your hair.
  6. Use plastic backpacks: Lice can come home on your child’s fabric backpack. Using a plastic backpack makes it less likely for lice to lay eggs in your backpack fibers, because there aren’t any fabric fibers for them to get into.

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