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// Head Lice Can Affect Your Child’s Happiness

Posted in Head Lice news, Nits and lice

Research from the USA has identified that amongst 7-11 year olds having head lice was seen by the individual child as a ‘symbolic failure’, associated with (real and imagined) ridicule and blame from peers. There was a strong association of head lice with embarrassment, sadness and anger, as well as peer rejection and negative labelling:

  • 60% of children interviewed had experienced public humiliation as a result of having head lice
  • 90% reported being teased by schoolmates, parents, and relatives when they had head lice
  • Rejection by peers was the number one concern of the participating children
  • Peer acceptance was greatly diminished for a child who had head lice; and negative labelling often followed the child throughout his or her school life
  • The majority of the children in the study showed signs of diminished self-perception because of this issue. Furthermore, most of the children felt a sense of personal responsibility for having lice, and expressed feelings of being ‘bad’ or ‘dirty’

These are all really good reasons to clear your child of a head lice infestation and not let it go on and on. There is clearly a very real price paid by the child if it is not effectively dealt with. Relying on the products will not protect them from all these things. You need to get all of the eggs out as well as all of the head lice.

All the findings ‘illustrated the intense negative impact that head lice infestations, and the perceptions surrounding infestations could have on children’. These effects can have long term implications into adulthood.

The Hairforce – Lice Assassins, the UK’s unique nit and head lice clearing service back up these findings. Their spokesperson states ‘We see both the physical effects of an infestation on a child and also the emotional price some children pay. When they come to us we shut this issue down immediately so they can get on with their lives. Sometimes you can see the immediate happiness this can elicit. You cannot underestimate the negative effect head lice can have on your child and their everyday lives’.

// Wet Combing Nits and Head Lice – Which is the Best Comb to Use

Posted in Hand Clearing Lice, Nits and lice, Non-chemical removal

There are many nit combs on the market, but the most effective ones for lice have long toothed metal teeth. Plastic combs just don’t get everything out.

The narrow tines work to pull lice and nits through the hair for disposal. At The Hairforce we use the LiceMeister nit comb which a great quality nit comb which doesn’t pull or damage the hair, and the one we recommend. If you may need to buy one then this is available in our shop

// 3 Reasons Professional Head Lice Clearing is the Best

Posted in Hand Clearing Lice, Nits and lice

Not sure if you should pay someone to hand clear your child’s head lice? Taking your child to The Hairforce – Lice Assassins is a good investment.

  1. SAFE – no chemicals, pesticides, dimethicone or treatments of any kind are used. Instead a combination of clever technology and hand clearing ensure that your child’s health is not compromised in any way and the head lice cannot be immune to the process
  2. FAST – 2 appointments, 7 days apart and you don’t have to do anything yourself
  3. EFFECTIVE – guaranteed, 100% shut down of the infestation

 

// Head Lice Immunity : What Works?

Posted in Hand Clearing Lice

The safest and most effective option is to simply comb the lice and nits out of the hair using a specialist long toothed metal nit comb. It takes patience and time, but lice cannot become immune to manual removal.

Alternatively you can use the UK’s unique nit and head lice clearing service – The Hairforce – which lice cannot become immune to, ever. They use a combination of clever technology and forensic hand clearing to clear them. They do all the work for you and guarantee 100% to shut the infestation down.

// Tea Tree : An Effective Way to Eliminate Head Lice?

Posted in Lice removal myths, Non-chemical removal

There is absolutely no scientific evidence that tea tree kills head lice. No studies have been done to verify this. Tea tree is a natural disinfectant, and because head lice carry a lot of bacteria it is useful for that. Head lice are immune to all the treatments so tea tree will not do the work for you.

// How are Vacuums Used for Clearing Head Lice Different from other Vacuums?

Posted in FAQ

At The Hairforce – Lice Assassins we use a very specialist lice hoover. This is an attachment to an ordinary hoover but is very different because it has a specialist comb to help hoover out the head lice, as well as a filter to catch them in. You cannot hoover your hair with an ordinary hoover as the head lice will literally cling on and won’t come out!

// A Customers First Hand Experience

Posted in The Hairforce in the news

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(Anne Marie and one of our lice assassins, photo from Catwalk Schoolgates)

Anne Marie Gee (author at Catwalk Schoolgates) and her daughter Luella visited us recently after being at wits end with head lice and spending a fortune on nit products that weren’t working.

They visited our Primrose Hill branch to tackle those pesky lice once and for all. Ann Marie shared their whole ordeal on her website and you can read more about her experience here.

// 5 Tips to prevent the spread of lice

Posted in Nits and lice

The Hairforce Nit & Lice Clearing SystemIt’s important to know that head lice can crawl off the head and can last for one to two days off the head. So after you give your child a nit comb you need to ensure that you do the following to ensure that if something has crawled off their head, that a head louse doesn’t crawl right back on.

  • Give them fresh bedding and clothes

In addition any cushions and stuffed toys on the bed need to be put in a black plastic bag and kept there until the infestation has been cleared. If any head lice have crawled on them they will dehydrate and die. If they need a special stuffed toy to sleep with then give it a good hoover.

  • Clean their hairbrush or comb

Remove all the hairs directly into the bin and then either fill a sink with hot soapy water and wash them or empty your dishwasher and wash them in that. Remove all the hairs from hair ties and hoover the sofa or chair your child may have been sitting in to watch TV.

  • Check all the family for head lice and nits (the eggs)

Ensuring all other family members are clear means putting a stop to the infestation before it has a chance to proliferate

  • Inform your child’s school that you are clearing a head lice infestation

This means that other parents or carers will be aware that head lice are around in their child’s class and it will mean that they will then check their own children. If they do this and find a problem then they can also take action. This intelligence will mean that the problem can be prevented from further spreading to other children.

  • Tell your child not to share anything that goes on their head

If your child doesn’t share combs, brushes, hats, or anything else that goes in their head, then it prevents the spreading of head lice amongst a group of friends.

// Head Lice Myths – Cleared Up!

Posted in Head Lice news

'We see kids who have had nits for their whole school lives. They may be bullied, they're not feeling great' The Hairforce - Lice Assassins(Head lice on a human hair)

When it comes to head lice, there are a few common misconceptions that constantly make the rounds and which contribute to the confusion. As the head lice experts we can set them straight.

“Lice can jump from you to me?”

Lice do not and cannot jump from one person to another. They simply crawl, but they can crawl very quickly – 23 cm in a minute in fact. The most common way they transfer is by head to head contact. If you or your child put their head close to someone who has it the head louse can crawl across. The head louse has serious claws at the end of each leg and they lock these onto the hair shaft and climb quickly up the hair. Head lice will crawl off the head on occasion and so sometimes they can be passed by sharing things that have been used on the head such as brushes, headbands, and hats. They can also be on the pillowcase, in the bed and on the sofa or chair where someone has been sitting. It is important to know that head lice can live off the head for up to 48 hours, so if you are clearing an infestation then after combing give the person fresh bedlinen, hoover the sofa or chairs, clean the hair brush, and clean the hat or coat.

“You must never wash your hair, head lice only live in dirty hair”

For head lice it is not about clean or dirty hair. They aren’t picky about that, and neither affect their ability to thrive. It is however all about your blood which is what they are feeding on. They will live in all types of hair, clean, dirty, curly straight and everything in between.

“Can shaving your head get rid of the lice”

Since lice live very close to the scalp, shaving your hair might not even have any impact. They can thrive in hair as short as 2mm long.

“Can I give my head lice to my dog or cat or catch them from them?”

Head lice live off human blood and the composition of human blood is different from the composition of animal blood. Therefore your head lice are not interested in living on your dog or cat. Likewise animal lice will not live on a human body.

“Head lice are only caught from other children at school”

While schools are a veritable playground, you need to stay vigilant generally – they aren’t just confined to schools. A lot of infestations are caught from other family members or friends outside school; you shouldn’t ever share a hairbrush; you need to be watchful when you travel; and you should ask your hairdresser to use clean equipment on you.

“Head lice can infect the whole house and live in the sofa and bed”

Head lice cannot live off the head for more than 24-48 hours before they need a blood meal. They cannot live in inanimate objects – so they cannot live in a pillow; the mattress or the sofa. The best way to clean your home if anyone in the family has head lice is to change the sheets and pillow case; hoover the carpet or wooden floor; hoover or wipe down the sofa; wash the towels and hoover the hats and coats.

“Head lice are irritating to have but they are harmless and therefore it isn’t important to clear them.”

Head lice are covered in bacteria, and they carry impetigo which is a highly infectious disease. Also the itching at night will mean your child’s sleep will be disrupted and they will not get that important deep sleep they need. Feeling ‘lousey’ is a phrase in the English language that comes from having head lice – they will literally run you down and given low level flu like symptoms. Once an infestation is removed then a child will physically perk up; they will benefit from better sleep and they will be more confident and their performance at school will improve. Being free of head lice will also protect them from bullying and self esteem issues.

 

 

 

// I have one child that always seems to get head lice and the others don’t – why is that?

Posted in FAQ

For head lice it is all about the blood and high blood sugar levels in the blood are particularly attractive. If the child in your family who always gets head lice is the one who loves apple juice and sweets then they are raising their blood sugar level by drinking and eating these things. If they also have really thick hair then they are a doubly attractive hide out for head lice. Check them regularly and when you nit comb be particularly thorough with the thick hair.