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Hair Fairies Blog: Lice Information, Stories, Guides

Lice vs. Dandruff, Nits & Dry Scalp: What’s the Difference?

Nobody enjoys an itchy scalp. Unless it is a chronic condition, lice are often the first concern when the scalp suddenly begins to itch — particularly if you or your children have been exposed to a recent outbreak at school, in day care, or during some sort of group activity (e.g. summer camp). Because lice are extremely common and contagious, it is important to be able to distinguish between lice, nits, dandruff, and a dry...
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Coconut Oil Lice Treatment: Is It Effective?

Our goal as the "Head Lice Helpers" is to give you as many tools in your arsenal as possible to both prevent and treat head lice. In recent articles, we have discussed the do's and don'ts of home remedies, identifying helpful solutions (tea tree oil) and those that are just plain dangerous (mayonnaise in a plastic bag). The Rundown On a scale of "worthless mumbo jumbo" to "hey, it really works," coconut oil falls somewhere...
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Tea Tree Oil for Lice: Prevention vs. Treatment

Tea tree oil, also known as Melaleuca alternifolia, has played a crucial role in fighting head lice over the years and is often cited as a great home remedy. While we agree that it has some unique and valuable benefits, its efficacy as a standalone treatment has been hampered by the overuse of insecticides (e.g. Permethrin, often sold as Nix and Elimite) and many over-the-counter products over the years, causing lice to build up a...
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Olive Oil Lice Treatment Is Ineffective on Its Own

The Rundown At Hair Fairies, we love olive oil and its many uses. It is a healthy alternative to vegetable oil in cooking, great on salads, and is a staple of the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet. As a home remedy for lice treatment, however, it can be messy, laborious, and expensive. The Ingredients Extra Virgin Olive Oil Hair Fairies Nit-Zapping™ Clenz Shampoo Active ingredient:Extra Virgin Olive Oil Active ingredient:Cyclomethicone Other ingredients:N/A Other ingredients:Tea Tree Oil, Extracts...
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Mayonnaise Lice Treatment: Good or Bad Idea?

The Rundown Treating a head lice outbreak at home can feel like an incredibly daunting task, sending families scrambling for solutions. Online searches for home remedies yield hundreds of results, from Listerine to olive oil, all of which are more likely to lead to increased hassle and heartache than yield actual results. Of these home remedies, mayonnaise might be the worst. Before you decide to turn your child's head into a tuna sandwich, it is...
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