Nits. Pretty much a rite of passage for any school child. But still grim.
To be honest I think it’s something of a miracle that I’ve taught for almost fourteen years and had kids in childcare for six of those, without getting them before now.
The pesky little blighters finally made their unwanted appearance back in September of last year and we fought a losing battle through till Christmas. The only times we seemed to be properly free of them was in the school holidays so, although I was treating and combing till I almost lost the will to live, someone in Chloe’s class clearly wasn’t doing the same.
Of course, when it comes to head lice, prevention is better than cure. From Chloe’s very first day at Nursery I insisted that she wore her hair tied up and that has been the rule ever since. Neither girl ever wears their hair loose for school. Ever. (And the odd time Chloe has dared to take her bobble out she’s had a rocket up her I can tell you!)
Along with keeping their hair tied up and the occasional spritz of hair spray (which apparently makes it more difficult for lice to hold onto your hair) we’ve also been trying out the Vosene Kids Head Lice Prevention Shampoo and Conditioning Defence Spray.
The Vosene Kids Head Lice Prevention Shampoo is super easy to use and is basically just like any other shampoo except it contains natural tea tree oil and lemon eucalyptus oil which head lice just don’t like! Chlo really likes the smell of it and we found that it cleaned her hair up beautifully without appearing to irritate her sensitive scalp. If I’m honest I’m not sure what the “3 in 1” is in reference too, I had thought perhaps it contained conditioner but apparently not. I can’t find any information about it but I’m assuming it must be to do with the ingredients that the nits don’t like?! Either way, we like it so if there’s a cat in hell’s chance that it might save us from a nit infestation we’re going to keep on using it!
Once the hair has been towel dried, you can spray it with Vosene Kids Conditioning Defence Spray – this leave in conditioning spray should be spritzed on, rubbed in and then dried. Whilst it’s easy enough to apply I’m afraid I can’t stand the smell – I think it must be the citronella which I took offence too as I don’t mind tea tree oil. Chloe never complained though so it’s definitely a case of personal taste.
Unfortunately the conditioning spray doesn’t really suit Chloe’s hair – we found it left her hair a bit dull and lank which, combined with the lingering fragrance, meant it’s not something we’d carry on using.
So all in, can I prove that the Vosene Kids range is working to prevent nits? No of course, I can’t but when you’ve spent a full term combing and treating your daughter’s hair every week you will take your chances so I’m going to carry on using the shampoo, cross my fingers and hope for the best!
(Sorry for making you itch!!)*We were sent these samples from the Vosene Kids range free of charge for the purposes of review however all thoughts and opinions remain our own*