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Parents of children, who have passed the elementary school years, might think that the lice issue is already behind them. Unfortunately, with the new trend of the self-taken pictures, the horror of lice might enter their homes again.The truth is that teens love selfies and asking them to stop taking pictures with their friends is almost impossible. They love sharing photos on their favorite social networking websites.
So what can you do?

Here are a few tips to reduce the chance of you or your child contracting a case of head lice and still being a part of the picture.

1.    Keep the hair tied up;
Side braids are fun!Lice don’t jump or fly but, they are very fast crawlers. The five second selfie is enough to quickly move from one head to another. Having hair tied up in a simple pony-tail might seem boring so think of a fun side braid or a lovely bun hairstyle. Side braids will look great on a selfie. Be creative and have fun with the hair. Research new fun braids that would get attention from friends. Use different colors hair ties to match the outfit.

2.    Use Hair Spray!
Lice don’t discriminate but, if they had a choice they would choose clean hair over “smelly” hair. And by smelly I mean any hair products. There are many preventive products on the market like rosemary sprays or other essential oils, but the easiest way to give your child an extra shield is by using styling hair spray. Simply spray a light coat of hair spray over tied up hair and lice will have a hard time to attach themselves. You can choose a natural product, designed just for kids, like “Wild Mint Styling Spry” sold by Organic Excellence. Or go with any finishing styling spray hair spray like Redken “FashionWwork 12 Versatile Hairspray.” Styling products and scented lice sprays are also great for hair that is too short to tie up.

3.    Regular head checks
Early lice detection is very important. Check your child’s hair on regular bases.Lice are very fast crawlers, therefore, it’s hard to spot them. Instead, look for light color nits, the eggs of lice. They will be attached to the hair close to the scalp.
Lice Free Selfie 

In the past several years, selfies have increased in popularity and started playing a big role in social media. However, it wasn’t till recently when we started to hear that selfies promote spreading head lice among teenagers. As an owner of a lice treatment company in Seattle, called The Lice Clinic, this issue grabbed my attention. I looked into my file cabinet and noticed that among my regular elementary school clients there were several thirteen-year-olds who didn’t have younger siblings. This made me think that indeed, selfies might be the cause of their lice infestation.