Head lice is most easily spread through head to head contact, in fact over 90% of lice infestations result from direct contact. Keeping your hair up high and tight can be one of the best ways to prevent head lice. Head to head or hair to hair contact is the most common way lice is spread by touching heads together while taking photos, hugging, or sharing a pillow. Lice do not jump but crawl to the new hosts hair and begin to lay new eggs. Only fertile female lice can infect a new host as they are the only lice that can lay new eggs and continue to cause an infestation and spread more lice. Keeping your hair up and out of the way can be one of the simplest and best preventative methods to avoid head lice. Here are some easy hair styles to help prevent head lice:
A common braid can be sophisticated and is easy to do even on your own. A braid keeps long hair pulled back and contained so that it does not easily come in contact with another student’s or friend’s hair. There are many types of braids that can work for all types of hair and ages. The common braid, a French braid, a fish tail braid, or a crown braid are all excellent hair styles to keep your hair up and out of the way of others. Any braid type that keeps your hair pulled back and contained is perfect for helping to prevent your contact with head lice.
A bun keeps all of your hair gathered together and pulled back out of your face, also a great style for keeping it away from lice. There are several types of buns that you can do to keep your hair up. For a sleek clean style, a ballerina bun may be best and for a more relaxed style a messy bun may be better for you. A softer low neck bun can still be just as effective and give a different look from the high bun on top of your head. Adding a twist or curl to your hair and placing the bun in different places on your head can give you many options and style choices, all while being effective in preventing head lice.
Of course there is always a good old ponytail to keep your hair pulled back out of your face and out of the way of coming in contact with head lice. While a ponytail doesn’t offer as much protection as the other styles since the hair isn’t completely tied back and contained. Still a high and tight pony tail can be a simple a stylish option. There are also many options of pony tails themselves from a high and tight pony to low side pony or perhaps pigtails even.
There are many steps to preventing head lice from becoming a problem in your life but keeping your hair from coming in contact with someone with head lice in their hair is one of the simplest and easiest ways. From children to adults these hair styles can fit every lifestyle and individuals personal style. At Lice Clinics of America, we work hard to help you prevent lice and offer the latest in head lice treatment techniques. Our technicians are trained professionals and can treat your lice infestation safely and without chemicals, they can even give excellent advice on lice prevention.