Heads up—we’re entering prime head lice season. Scratch, itch, shudder.
The majority of outbreaks strike from September to October (although these pesky critters can crop up any time), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that there are up to 12 million cases every year, with heading back to school likely to blame for the bug bonanza. “Kids get lice because they are in close contact with each other,” says Anna Albano-Krosche, owner of The Lice Lady of Westchester, a natural head lice removal salon. “Lice are not dangerous—just annoying—but if you don’t treat them they’ll never go away.”
The facts of lice can be frustrating—treatments can be tedious, re-infestation is common, and the idea of insects crawling around your head is enough to tempt you to grab the strongest formula you can find. But get this: Choosing an all-natural option won’t just help with all of that—it actually might be the most effective plan. “Head lice have mutated and become resistant to many common chemical lice shampoos—the super lice are present in at least 47 states,” Albano-Krosche says. “Pesticide treatments are no longer effective in killing many strains of head lice.”
In need of a little lice advice? Below, experts share some of their go-to, non-toxic picks for beating the bugs.
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