Back-To-School Healthy Hair Care Preventing Head Lice
KC Wright, MS, RDN, LD
Here in the United States, head lice are most common among pre-school and elementary school children, with an estimated 6-12 million infestations yearly among 3-11-year-olds.1 Although head lice are not currently known to spread disease, they can take a big emotional toll on both children and their families due to their false association with cleanliness or social status.
With the addition of Fairy Tales Hair Care to Emerson’s broad selection of brands, you can now offer preventive care as an option for your pediatric patients and their parents. Along with peace of mind, Rosemary Repel® products—which include shampoo, conditioner, spray, and styling gel—are proven to help prevent head lice with organic herbs and natural plant extracts.
When five of the Rosemary Repel® products were tested for their efficacy in repelling head lice, research results showed a statistically significant difference with each of the Fairy Tales Hair Care treatments—demonstrating powerful antagonistic properties against head lice.2
Rosemary Repel® hair care—with a proprietary blend of organic rosemary, citronella, tea tree and geranium oils—is a compelling treatment alternative for two important reasons. First, most products used to treat head lice contain permethrin, a pesticide which can be absorbed through the skin. Second, lice continue to build resistance to common treatment products, thus prevention really is the primary approach.
Should a patient already exhibit signs of infestation, Fairy Tales Hair Care also offers Lice Good-Bye®, the next generation of lice elimination products that are safe, easy, and natural for removing lice and their eggs (nits.)
When you integrate natural personal care into your practice, you’re offering your patients and their families a value-added service—appealing especially to parents who are already looking to purchase these types of products for their children. You can stock Fairy Tale Hair Care in your office dispensary or provide patients the option to order these products through wellevateSM, your online dispensary.
In addition to providing comprehensive healthcare for your patients and their families, offering personal care, like Fairy Tale Hair Care products can help boost your bottom line.
Personal care products are a $300 billion dollar industry in this country, making these products second only to groceries in total annual retail sales.3 Online purchasing of personal care products continues to trend upward, providing a unique opportunity for practitioners who have an online dispensary.
With the bustle of activities that accompany the school season, no one wants to consider the irritation and inconvenience of an infestation of head lice. Benjamin Franklin’s famous axiom holds truer than ever for Rosemary Repel®: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Sharing Fairy Tale Hair Care products with your patients will help make for worry-free healthy living!
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention. 2017. Parasites – Lice – Head lice. General
Information. [ONLIINE] Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/gen_info/faqs.html[Accessed 6 September 2017].
- Shepherd, Katie. LSRN Research. A Blinded Proof of Concept Study to Compare the Efficacy of
Fairy Tales Hair Care Rosemary Repel Products: Rosemary Repel Leave-in Conditioning
Spray, Rosemary Repel Shampoo, Rosemary Repel Gel, Rosemary Repel Crème Conditioner,
Rosemary Repel Hairspray, Combo; Rosemary Repel Conditioning Spray & Rosemary Repel
Shampoo, in Repelling Mature Adult and 3rd Stage Instar Head Lice when Compared to
Untreated Human Hair. July 2015; pp 1-19.
- Smith C. The Health and Personal Care E-Commerce Report: How online retailers are finally
disrupting the $300 billion a year industry. Business Insider Web site. May 28, 2015.