Putting Hairspray in your Kids Hair.....Not Just for Style....

@Jshean20 (14373)
Canada
August 14, 2012 11:26pm CST
So when I was going to school, headlice was a widespread issue throughout the whole school. One tip that was sent home with all students in a newsletter, was to apply hairspray to your hair everyday before coming to school. Lice do not like hairspray and this actually helped control the issue. Have any of you ever heard this? What preventative measures do you use for yourself or your child to stop headlice from starting? Thanks for commenting.
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@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
16 Aug 12
A few weeks ago while i was combing my daughter's hair i also saw some head lice.. i never really thought of using hair spray as some are pretty strong. But i saw one episode in TV that you can put conditioner in your child's hair and leave it for 10 minutes then rinse it. It says it can actually kill the lice but never really tried that. What i did was really search her hair... lol i am that paranoid when it comes to lice as there is a possibility i might get it too. So i really searched and kill every head lice i could see plus get all the nits out too. I also use fine tooth combed, we call that "suyod" here and you get every head lice there is.
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@Jshean20 (14373)
• Canada
16 Aug 12
I'm not sure if it's effective for killing the lice, I just know it's a good preventative measure to stop them for living in the hair.
@oXAquaXo (607)
• United States
16 Aug 12
I don't think we ever had a headlice problem in our area. The biggest medical concerns are usually just the flu season, since SO many students get sick. But I've definitely heard of people concerned with headlice in the past. I think that as time continues, people have become more sanitary, sometimes to the point of obsession... I guess it would make sense; hairspray makes your hair more stiff and I guess inconvenient and uncomfortable for the headlice. I would also think the chemicals in hairspray may kill off or fend off the headlice. Interesting post, though. At least now I know what to do if there is headlice! ~ Annie
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@Jshean20 (14373)
• Canada
16 Aug 12
Well hopefully you don't ever need to use this method but if you do, I'm glad I could help. Thanks for posting.
@bunnybon7 (36876)
• Holiday, Florida
15 Aug 12
tonig and raine, you can get lice even if your hair is kept clean, i know. if you come in contact with them on someone elses hair or pillows or furniture. theres no shame in getting lice the shame is in dirty people that keep them! the hair spray may help jshean, not sure. i know it does help to have really fine/thin hair. cause when i was a kid, i had fine hair and the lice would not stay, just slide off. but then my mom had thick hair and they stayed till she bought the killer. she would get so mad at me for getting around someone with them she was very clean and washed and styled her hair almost every day except weekends. she had to look and smell good for work! so there. lol
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@Jshean20 (14373)
• Canada
16 Aug 12
Yes it's frustrating to have to deal with something like that when you put in so much effort with your hair and keeping clean.
@Bhebelen14 (5206)
• Philippines
15 Aug 12
When I was young I never experienced to has head lice because I am dont not sharing my comb to anyone and I always take a bath twice a day but I remembered some of my classmates has had lots of head-lice and its really scary and most of the time they keep on scratching their heads. I think proper hair hygiene will help to stop headlice.
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@Jshean20 (14373)
• Canada
16 Aug 12
See I must be missing something because I always heard that lice were more attracted to clean hair not dirty hair...I'm not getting that vibe though based on these posts.
@natliegleb (5184)
• India
15 Aug 12
Ya it was a widespread topic and passionate discussion about it.so its about preventing headlice,Actually i heard from one of my friend's about it and its true but the scientific fact is not proved anyhow. i will try it for sure and let you know ,the fact is it will kill the anti matter and some irrelevant matters and keep your head clan but your hair will get spoiled in the future
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@Jshean20 (14373)
• Canada
16 Aug 12
I definately wouldn't want to try anything that might spoil hair in the future, I'd just cut it all off instead if I didn't care. Thanks for sharing.
@Shellyann36 (10754)
• United States
15 Aug 12
I have never heard of this before. I wish I would have known this tip when I was younger and in elementary school. I had very long hair and the one time I did get lice in school it was a pain to get it taken care of. My Mama spent hours combing through my hair to get all of the lice and the knits out. Our only precaution was to try to stay away from anyone that had lice.
@Jshean20 (14373)
• Canada
16 Aug 12
That would be such a pain! I remember a lot of teary eyed little girls having to get their hair cut off because they were infested so bad..
• India
15 Aug 12
yes.. Its really a good idea. But it may also damage your kids hair or whom uses it. Because there are some chemicals in some hairsprays, which causes damage if its content level increased. So be careful of using hairsprays. You can also use Siddha Medicines which are the very useful and non-side effective treatment method.. My sisters hairlice and hairfall are completely stopped using Siddha treatment.
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@Jshean20 (14373)
• Canada
16 Aug 12
I've never actually heard of Siddha treatment, thanks for suggesting it.
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
15 Aug 12
Shean, in fact this is my first time heard that lice don't like hairspray. What we usually do here is, if we had hair lice we will cut our hair short and use anti lice shampoo. After a few times of washing, use a special hair lice comb to comb out the lice. After a few days of same routine going on, the lice will be totally away.
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@Jshean20 (14373)
• Canada
15 Aug 12
Well hairspray wouldn't be used to treat the lice once it's there, it's used to prevent the actual lice from happening. Also, little girls are devastated if they have to get their long hair completely chopped off, I hope I don't ever have to go through this with my kids.
@Fulltank (2896)
• Philippines
15 Aug 12
Its my first time to heard this. And I don't think its a good idea either. Putting chemicals to our kids hairs will surely had a bad effect in the long run. Lice is I think a part of being a kid and I don't think that only a few will say they hadn't experience one during their childhood. Its because, at school, we cannot choose our kids classmates, we cannot say that "that kid should be expelled because she/he has a lice problem". The only thing we can do is to ensure that our kids are healthy and react immediately once there is a hunch that our kids do contacted lice at school.
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@Jshean20 (14373)
• Canada
15 Aug 12
Lice can be really hard to get rid of when there's an infestation, especially in long hair and getting it out of all the furniture is a lot of work. You're right though, there's only so much we can do to prevent it.
• Philippines
15 Aug 12
I haven't heard this before. Besides, I don't think it's practical to use hair sprays just to prevent lice, especially for young children. And my little girl, for one, does not like hair sprays, even when I had to use it to fix her hair for a school event. She says it smells odd and gets sticky too. You may just purchase anti-lice shampoo for treatment as sometimes, a child can really catch lice from their playmates at home or from close friends in school. It's easy to treat and only occurs during summer based on my own experience with my kids. Of course, we also need to make sure they keep their hair clean all the time and teach them to avoid borrowing or letting others borrow their personal necessities to prevent recurrence. :)
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@Jshean20 (14373)
• Canada
15 Aug 12
I remember going to school lice would always happen to the same kids over and over again, often it was little girls with really long hair! You're right, hairspray might not be a practical choice but if it works it might be better than having to go through huge hassels of getting rid of the lice.
• Philippines
15 Aug 12
There are shampoo designed to eliminate headlice. Also avoid frequent and prolong exposure to the sun. make it a point that your kids bathe properly. Meaning they were able to wash their hair thoroughly. Kids should have their own comb and avoid using other's pillow so as to avoid the spread of lice. Be sure also that you don't share towels.
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@Jshean20 (14373)
• Canada
15 Aug 12
I wasn't aware that sun exposure made a difference when it comes to headlice, thanks for the details.
@ARIES1973 (9552)
• Legaspi, Philippines
15 Aug 12
I never heard of this thing before when I was younger and because of too much exposure to sunlight, I had head lice. As of now I haven't notice if my daughter have this head lice also. Perhaps this information could help us somehow. Thank you for sharing this information Jshean.
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@Jshean20 (14373)
• Canada
15 Aug 12
You're welcome, hopefully the information helps you in some way.
• Philippines
15 Aug 12
I used to have different kinds of insects in my scalp when I was a kid. I even think they've eaten a part of my brains out. I didn't know what happened, I just used the same shampoo then and the lice just went away. Back then, there were no special shampoos for a dandruff-infested scalp but now, you have a lot of choices. Pick the right one but consult with a specialist first to narrow down your choices. Some brands might just be posing as better than the number 1 brands, but turns out to be scams.
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@Jshean20 (14373)
• Canada
15 Aug 12
Thanks for the information and warning me of possible scams.
@shaggin (37100)
• United States
15 Aug 12
Well that is something that I have never heard of before this. I hate hair spray I never use it. It isnt good to breath in the fumes like that day after day and the chemicals absorb into our skim as well. I would worry it would be more harmful for the child to have the hair spray put on each day. I will have to look this up. Kids in my daughters class have had head lice and I am always worried about her catching it. Maybe if the hair spray really does help then I could use it on her during times of outbreaks at the school.
@Jshean20 (14373)
• Canada
16 Aug 12
Yes, this was something I just overheard other people talking of with regards to the hairspray, whether or not it's recommended or proven to help I'm unsure of.
@shaggin (37100)
• United States
17 Aug 12
I did a search online for this and from all the sites the information I got was that yes it can help deter them but it wont prevent them as in it helps but not much. I'd rather skip the hair spray if it wont keep them out of my childrens hair completely.
@Jshean20 (14373)
• Canada
18 Aug 12
Good to have a more solid answer, thanks for the feedback on that :).
@toniganzon (51576)
• Philippines
15 Aug 12
I've never heard that hairsprays are use to keep lice away. I heard otherwise. I heard they can cause lice because dirt and dusts could stick to your hair and lice thrive on dirty hair. All I know is that when ones hair is clean no lice would thrive into it.
@Jshean20 (14373)
• Canada
15 Aug 12
I forget what it is about hairspay there was supposed to prevent it, there's some ingredient in it that they cannot live in apparently. Thanks for commenting.
@chookie1971 (2276)
• Australia
16 Aug 12
Head lice treatments don't seen to work for my family. My kids keep getting them and then I would get them off them. So I started moving away from head lice treatments. If you or your child has head lice. Use anti dandruff shampoos. They have zinc in it and head lice don't like zinc. If you have a hair dryer, use it daily. Even though there is not clinical test done on hair dryers, I have found this is on of the most effective way to get rid of them. I also use it daily after to prevent future out breaks. Unofficially, heat can kill upto 97% of live eggs and 40 something percent of live headlice. I am now using a tea tree shampoo. I haven't caught headlice from my kids for at least since december 2011 as my daughter would come home with them constantly. It has been a battle but it looks like we are beating head lice. So for those who are currently having the trouble with head lice, don't give up, keep fighting. There is light at the end of the tunnel.
@Jshean20 (14373)
• Canada
16 Aug 12
These are all interesting tips thank you. I'm glad that you've found something that seems to be working in your household.
@silverfox09 (4727)
• United States
16 Aug 12
I have learn something new , I have never had head lice or know anyone who have got it , and never know hairspray would help . I think the best preventative is to keep your sheets clean and wash your hair regular .
@Jshean20 (14373)
• Canada
16 Aug 12
Thanks for sharing your opinion.
• United States
15 Aug 12
Never share...hair brushes, combs, hair pieces, hats, bedding, clothing, towels and etc. Check for CLEAN CARPETS and CLEAN SURFACES, in schools and day-care centers. I've NOT head of the hairspray/lice thing you are speaking of, so I can't comment on it, further.
@Jshean20 (14373)
• Canada
16 Aug 12
Perhaps schools should look into having less carpet and more hardwood floors, that might help control it better.
• India
15 Aug 12
I don't make use of any hair sprays or nothing like that. The only thing that i just used is shampoos once in a week. Shampoos help us to clear away the dirt from us. So there is no such lice on my hairs.
@Jshean20 (14373)
• Canada
15 Aug 12
Alright, thanks for letting me know how you prevent lice.
@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
15 Aug 12
I believe I remember hearing about this. I remember my family (I forget to whom did this) used to put hair spray in my hair, it was occassionally but that's about it. It may have been because of a lice breakout.
@Jshean20 (14373)
• Canada
15 Aug 12
That would make sense, thanks for commenting.