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Summer Plans? Here’s How to Protect Your Family from Head Lice

You might have a vacation planned, but head lice never take a break. They’re always active and looking for new hosts to enjoy. The number one way that lice spread is through head-to-head contact, which there is plenty of when you go on vacation. Between sitting on cramped planes to doing activities with other families, there are many opportunities for lice to spread. 

With everything going on in the world today, the last thing you want to worry about is bringing home head lice. Unfortunately, it happens. Below are some tips on how you can prevent lice from coming home with your family

Read Hotel Reviews 

If you plan on staying in a hotel, do your homework and be sure to choose one that is clean and well-maintained. Lice are like bed bugs and can infiltrate a hotel if they don’t take the proper precautions. Common spots where lice like to breed are couches, chairs, beds and other plush objects.

As long as the hotel changes the sheets daily and gives each room a thorough cleaning in between guests, you should be fine. Contracting head lice from a hotel is low. Bed bugs are a different story. 

Avoid Sharing Hair Products 

On vacation, many friends and families end up sharing personal items. We advise against doing this. Someone could have lice even if they don’t show symptoms. By sharing a hairbrush or hair tie, you’re giving the lice a chance to infect a new host. Your best bet – buy a cheap box of combs and assign one to each member in the family. 

Don’t Try on Hats at the Gift Shop 

Avoid trying on sun hats, baseball caps and other accessoires at the gift shop. Hundreds to thousands of people have probably tried them on, too, which means there could be an active louse in one of them. If you find a hat you like, ask the employee if they have clean ones in the back. Or, order a hat online so that you have it for your trip. 

Keep the Hair Tied Back

Tying back the hair lowers the risk for catching lice. Lice can’t fly or jump, but they can crawl quickly. If your hair isn’t swinging around, it’s less likely that a louse will crawl over. Braids, ponytails and hats are a great way to keep the hair out of the face and away from potential lice infestations. Also, use a lice repellent spray for added protection. 

Perform Head Lice Checks 

You should perform head lice checks on everyone in the family before you leave for vacation and after returning home. Use a nit picking comb to get close to the scalp. If you notice a louse, pull it out and contact a professional head lice expert like My Hair Helpers. It’s possible that you may benefit from one of our safe, proprietary treatments. 

If you plan on traveling this summer, be sure to follow these simple tips and tricks. You can avoid coming home with lice and also enjoy your vacation to the fullest! 

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FAQ's

WHAT ARE HEAD LICE?

Head lice are tiny six-legged insects that are blood-sucking parasites. They live on the scalp of humans. Head lice are the little and wingless insects with a size of sesame seeds that make their home on the human head and spread diseases by sucking the blood from the scalp. Infections and diseases caused by head lice are generally faced by on-going school students and their family members as the head of students come in contact with the head of other students. Contact My Hair Helpers to guaranteed head lice removal services. We are professional head lice removal experts known for our best service and customer support.

WHERE DO HEAD LICE COME FROM?

The evidence for head lice goes back many centuries. Lice was named as the third plague in the Old Testament of the Bible. The shell casings for lice have been found on Egyptian mummies. Live Lice on the head and their eggs can be killed by opting for different lice treatments that are available in different forms such as lotions, shampoos, and creams and these can be used at home without any hassle. It is necessary for the women who are pregnant or breastfeed their babies to take suggestions from a renowned doctor about the risk-free products.

HOW DO WE GET LICE?

In the majority of cases, head lice is passed with head to head contact. A smaller number of cases are passed through brushes and combs and sharing hats. Lice don’t like to leave their food supply unless a warm head is waiting for them.

DOES GETTING HEAD LICE MEAN I’M DIRTY?

Head lice actually prefer clean hair! It’s more difficult for them to lay eggs on greasy or dirty hair.