School is back in session, which means the return of a possible threat: head lice! According to the CDC, an estimated 6 million to 12 million lice infestations occur every year in the United States, among children ages 3 to 11. While teenagers usually don’t get head lice as often as younger children, medical experts are seeing an increase in cases—and they’re blaming selfies.
Remember not to take selfies with bison either!
The key to not getting lice is not washing your hair every day. And liberal use of hair gel/mouse/other styling products. Lice like clean hair. So, the not washing every day and the styling products help. Tea tree oil as a preventative doesn’t seem to work for most people – the idea is lice don’t like the smell.