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We’re well into the winter season, and for much of the country, snowy adventures and cozy gatherings await. However, along with the joy of winter activities comes the potential risk of head lice infestations. During the winter, people spend more time indoors within close proximity to one another, increasing opportunities for lice to spread. 

Fortunately, you do not have to fear head lice this winter season. Let’s explore effective ways to prepare for winter activities while keeping head lice at bay, ensuring a season filled with fun, warmth and worry-free moments.

Winter Gear Inspection

Start your winter preparation by gathering winter gear such as hats, scarves and earmuffs. Head lice can only survive for about a day or two on surfaces, so don’t worry about any lingering lice from the year prior. However, a smart tip is to treat this gear with a lice-repellent spray. Most lice sprays can be used on clothing and upholstery.  

Encourage Personal Space

Take a few minutes to remind your child of the importance of personal space, which is helpful during cold and flu season, too! Activities that involve shared gear like helmets or hats deserve special attention, as do sleepovers and classroom activities. Not sharing personal items and avoiding head-to-head contact significantly minimize the risk of lice transmission.

Perform Regular Hair Checks

Implement a routine of regular hair checks, especially after group activities. This simple habit can help detect lice early, making it easier to address the issue before it becomes more severe. The best time to check for lice is after your child’s shower or bath when their hair is wet. Use a lice comb to comb through the hair and drag out any active lice. 

Tying Hair Back

For longer hair, tying it back in ponytails or buns can be an effective preventive measure. This reduces the chances of lice transferring from one person to another during close contact. Braids also work well because the hair is tucked inside the braids, preventing it from flowing out in the open where lice can hitch a ride. 

Lice-Repellent Hair Products

Consider using lice-repellent hair products. There are shampoos and sprays available that use natural ingredients known for their repellent properties, such as the line from My Hair Helpers. These products can act as an additional layer of defense against head lice – and they smell great, too! 

Quick Response to Symptoms

Be vigilant for signs of head lice, such as itching or red bumps on the scalp. If symptoms arise, take quick action to address the issue before it spreads. When you catch lice early, you can usually comb them out and avoid having to do a complete head lice treatment. This is why we recommend weekly checks – they allow you to get ahead of lice! 

Stay Lice Free this Winter 

Winter activities bring joy and memorable moments, and with a few proactive measures, you can also ensure they remain lice-free. By incorporating these tips into your winter preparation routine, you’ll create a protective shield against head lice while enjoying the wonders of the season. 

My Hair Helpers has all the products you need to fight lice! Between head lice prevention, head lice treatment and salon/mobile appointments, you’re in great hands with us! And, all of our products are made from natural ingredients that are safe for all ages and skin types. Contact us today for more information about our products and services!