how to prevent lice, naturally!

here are some quick tips ‘n tricks to preventing lice! september and january are the two times of year when the kids are coming back to school after being away for a while, and also the two most common times of year lice make their rounds at schools. now, that’s not to say you or your child can’t get them whenever!

here are some tips i have collected from the internet and from my friends, on how to best prevent lice. again, nothing is 100% and maintaining regular checks and routines is the best way to ensure you remain lice free.



  • lice are parasites found on human heads.
  • lice is the plural for the word louse.
  • according to some 1 in 10 kids are being treated for lice at all times. YIKES!
  • head lice do not affect pets
(from source)



  • first, you the parent have to educate yourself. know what lice look like, how they multiply and their life cycle, how they travel from one head of hair to another, how to rid them properly and know not to panic!
  • do not wash your kids hair often. their hair doesn’t even get that dirty after a day at school. but, lice prefer clean(er) hair, so the more days you let the natural greases and oils build up, the better.
  • for kids with long hair, tie it back, use kerchiefs, clips, barrettes etc.
  • get some tea tree oil and put 10 drops (or so) into your shampoo bottle. 
  • before heading out to school spritz your kids’ hair with some natural hair spray, or rub some essential oils in between your fingers and then rub your fingers through the hair.
  • remind kids NOT to share hats, combs, brushes or any other hair accessories or products with their friends. sharing all clothing should also be avoided.
  • clean and wash bedding, combs, brushes and clothes regularly. i know this is kinda obvious, but proper hygiene is so key!
  • be vigilant. check your kids (and your own) hair regularly and talk to other parents to see if anyone has heard of someone who has had lice.
  • teach others how to prevent the spread of lice and if necessary the removal of an infestation.

the bottom line here is, lice suck so let’s work together to prevent the spread of them. if you have them, TELL PEOPLE, because then the people you have been in contact with can check to see if they have them. let’s break the stigma of head lice, especially since they are not an issue that affects any particular group of people. ANYONE CAN GET THEM!

leaving you with a little lice humour…

p.s. this has been the itchiest blog post to write. i have been scratching vigorously for hours!
xo, mama lola
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  1. says

    We went through years of this battling of the lice. My kids have dark, thick hair and it was a nightmare. I hate to even think about it! Blessings to you. I’ll pass this along to my daughters… Linda

  2. says

    Glad to see this post! I had my own Lice nightmare and Tea Tree Oil saved my life!
    Here’s what worked for us: Use 7-10 drops Of Tea Tree Oil to a cup of Olive Oil put it all over your child’s scalp and hair, cover with a cap and leave it on for 25 minutes, (it smells really bad) shampoo it out a couple of times, comb the nits and lice out. Then wait 3 days put it on again with 5 drops Tea tree Oil and 1/2 cup (to a cup if they have a lot of hair) of Olive Oil for 25 minutes and repeat again in three more days and we were finally lice free after 4 months of this nightmare. Tea Tree Oil works!!! Stopping by to let you know I am featuring you tomorrow on Made in a Day! Thanks for linking up!

  3. says

    “Lice suck,” nice pun! haha I never knew tea trea oil can remove lice. Thanks for the tips! My 5-year-old Zoe had some lice before but I bought lice shampoo and it worked okay. Now that I am into natural remedies, I’ll keep this in mind, though I hope I’ll never have to need it hahaha