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You Don’t Need to Shave Your Child’s Head to Get Rid of Lice

It’s every parent’s fear – their child coming home from school or summer camp with head lice. Many misconceptions still exist about head lice, and that only confuses parents on the best ways to treat a breakout. As a result, some people think that the only way to get rid of lice is through a drastic measure like shaving their child’s head. However, this treatment is not necessary. 

Why Shaving Your Child’s Head isn’t Needed 

Shaving your child’s head should get rid of lice eggs, but it’s a drastic way to solve the problem. And, we say “should.” Sometimes, shaving off a full head of hair doesn’t remove lice eggs completely. Lice can cling to the smallest piece of hair and get blood from the scalp. If you’re counting on a shaved head to eliminate lice, you need a sharp blade and a close cut, probably not things you want to do. 

Additionally, if you do decide to shave your child’s locks, you’ll have to do it on your own. You can’t bring your child to the salon to have their head shaved, as this is a health code violation. A hair salon will turn you away. Not to mention, does your child want a buzz cut? If not, they’ll feel more ashamed and isolated than they need to. 

Bottom line: Unless your child is happy with a shaved head, there are better ways to deal with a case of head lice. 

Alternatives to Shaving Your Child’s Head

If you do a quick Google search, you’ll find dozens of ways to get rid of head lice. For example, some sources recommend “suffocating” or “smothering” the lice by applying olive oil or almond oil. Others say to use essential oils. The trouble with these treatments is that many are not consistently effective and need to be repeated every day for weeks. The lice can grow tolerant of the treatments and multiply, causing you to waste time and money.

A better alternative is to work with a hair lice treatment professional. These experts are trained to identify and treat lice in salons or at home. My Hair Helpers offers both in-home and in-salon head lice treatments. We use our proprietary products to get rid of lice for good, usually within a few hours from your call. So, don’t panic! We’re here for you. Our hair lice treatment products can also be ordered online. 

Save your family time and money with head lice treatment solutions from My Hair Helpers. You don’t have to shave your child’s head – keep their locks growing beautifully just the way they should!

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