As we enter into the spring season, many of us are focused on having some fun in the sun, and there’s definitely plenty of fun to be had! Warmer days mean beach trips, pool days, wandering through swap meets, maybe even catching a movie on the beach, a concert in the park, or a quick camping trip. Our beautiful county offers all of these so get out there and plan some memories! Resources and availability are readily accessible through each city or area’s websites so take advantage of the beautiful weather and scenery during your school break! That having been said, as always, we recommend protecting yourself first. Look up weather conditions, bring your sunscreen, a hat (one for each person – no sharing!) and appropriate clothing, so you can make the best of your outdoor outings! And always remember, public spaces breed public illness so don’t forget to put your hair up (braids and buns is what we love), extra hand sanitizer for the cooties, and maybe even a spritz of our enzymatic preventative treatment just to be on the safe side! Whatever you do, we hope you have a wonderful spring and get out and enjoy the beautiful world around you!
So many people want to know what they can do to simply not get lice to begin with. Unfortunately, there’s not really one simple answer to that question.
With so many products on the market claiming to prevent or repel lice, where does one begin? There are sprays and shampoos and oils and plants and even kitchen staples that people swear by, but what really works? Well, to be honest, not much. But there are a few options which can at least keep them at bay.
Let’s take a step back for a moment, and make a quick observation: there are simply some people who lice just like. Similar to mosquitos or ants, some peoples’ chemistry is more attractive to these little parasites than others. While no one is really sure why a type of insect may be attracted more to one person than another, the fact remains that it happens. So, if you happen to be one of the unlucky few who simply draw out the bugs like the Pied Piper of Insectville, let’s just say it’s because you’re so sweet. At least until more research can tell us really why.
In the meantime, there are myriad options available just about everywhere promising to keep them away, with testimonials and tradition-based reasoning to back them up. With any folk remedy, though, these must be treated with a grain of skepticism. Many of them are great for your hair and skin, like tea tree, coconut, and olive oils, but there’s little evidence to back up the claims that they will do much of anything unless used in such amounts that they choke everything including your own scalp. And they typically have to be left on the head for up to 48 hours, which can certainly cramp ones style. Other options like vinegars and mayonnaise and mouthwash (yes, I’ve personally heard that one!) and garlic may lead to a great salad dressing, but humans are not salads. And again, there’s little to no evidence that these do much of anything. There are also plant extract based sprays with ingredients like peppermint, lavender, and licorice root, but these show very little effectiveness either.
So now let’s talk about what does work. Frankly, we’ve only found one folk remedy which seems to keep the little invaders at bay. Neem oil, which has been used for thousands of years, does show some compelling evidence of being able to kill lice as well as discourage them from infesting someone to begin with. There’s a catch though: it’ll likely repel anything else with a nose too, the stuff smells AWFUL. Our recommendation is to skip the folk remedies altogether, and instead use the enzyme-based treatment we use and sell here at Lizzie’s Lice Pickers after any potential exposure to nip the nits in the bud. Because it’s natural and pesticide free, it’s safe enough to use daily without any side effects or hair damage. Also, always keep girl’s hair up in braids and buns with plenty of hairspray or gel, and boys’ hair cut short with plenty of product too. Sometimes offense is the best defense!
In the end, when it comes to lice, vigilance is the best approach to avoiding a recurring or chronic problem. Check regularly, treat early, and always do your follow up just to be sure!
Lately, it seems like no one can log into Facebook or watch the news without coming across an article about “super lice”. Everyone with even a wisp of hair is afraid of these new, seemingly unkillable invaders threatening to take over our homes and heads. But what are they really?
We get asked this almost daily, and the shortest version of the truth is: they’re the same bugs you’ve been battling for years. Sort of.
“Super lice” is a scary way of saying that they’ve simply become immune to the stuff you’re buying at the drug store because they’ve been exposed to it so many times. Kind of like needing to take a stronger dose of medicine because you’ve taken it in the past. Lice, however, are able to pass their drug resistance on to their offspring, so each generation gets a little stronger and the box of funky smelling shampoo is a little less effective.
Recently, the largest study of head lice resistance conducted to date was presented to the American Chemical Society. 95% of the samples of head lice collected overall throughout the country had this resistance, and 100% of the samples from California were resistant. This resistance, called a “KDR (knock down resistance) mutation”, was actually first recognized in the late 1990s. It was geared specifically to pyrethroid resistance, which is the group of chemicals found in most over-the-counter products such as Rid and Nix, but other chemicals which work in the same way may also have similar immunities develop. Associate Professor Shirley C Gordon, who studies persistent lice at Florida Atlantic University, has stated that such tolerances may take as few as 3-5 years to develop in a lice population. When this happens, more of the chemical must be used in order to be effective, however this can be unsafe due to the fact that pyrethroids are neurotoxins and are being applied not only to the body but specifically the head, and they can be absorbed through the skin or inhaled, causing side effects.
So, what can be done to battle these stronger parasites? There are many new methods which involve heat or smothering or natural ingredients which are gaining a lot of attention, but the number one best method is always going to be the complete removal of all bugs and eggs from the hair manually (nit picking). Here at Lizzie’s Lice Pickers we use an enzyme-based spray in conjunction with this hand removal, which attacks the exoskeletons of the living insects and helps to break down the glue-like substance which bonds the eggs to the hair, making them easier to remove. After the treatment, a follow-up schedule with precise instructions is given in order to ensure absolutely that the lice are gone. After much of our own research and beta-testing, this is the most effective and least potentially harmful method of treatment that we have come across, and the only method that we endorse and use for our own families and friends.
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Hello and welcome from the team at Lizzie’s Lice pickers!
Thanks for stopping in, we hope you will find this page to be informative and entertaining!
Here we will be building a resource for individuals and families to find information about the “wonderful” world of head lice, and beyond.
Let’s start with a little something about us:
Lizzie’s Lice Pickers was founded by the owner in the summer of 2015 after she had spent several years in the industry and decided it was time to strike out on her own, where she could refine and perfect her methods as well as reach an area which previously had no such facilities. Our inviting, kid friendly shop is located near Old Town Orange at 648 North Tustin Street, Suite G. Our treatments include the use of specialized “nit combs” to remove eggs from hair, followed by a visual inspection and manual removal of any remaining visible eggs, and finished by the application of a natural, hypo-allergenic enzyme based spray which kills the lice and loosens the glue which binds any possible remaining eggs to the hair. After this is completed, we also provide a follow-up schedule and comprehensive home care list to ensure that your infestation is completely removed from the home. Our goal is to be with you through the entire process and ensure that you and your family are rid of this nuisance the right way, the first time!
As we continue to expand our blog, we welcome any questions or topic suggestions you would like to see covered, so please feel free to leave a comment and help us help you!
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