Back to school time is nearly upon us and, together with the kids’ excitement about returning to see their friends and starting a whole new academic year afresh comes the threat of a set of potential visitors who are not welcome in the slightest.
Yes, when children come back together, it’s a great opportunity for head lice to thrive and just one or two lice can start an infestation off.
Sharing hats and brushes can also spread them as they can survive 8-12 hours off the body but generally, they are spread by physical contact – i.e. head to head.
I’m sure we’ve all felt our heart sink as our little ones run out of school brandishing the “slip of doom” saying that one of their number has been adopted by those nasty little varmints, head lice.
We’ve all heard the homespun advice about combing through conditioner before we wash our children’s hair and the theories about plaiting hair to keep head lice away.
We’ve questioned whether head lice like dirty hair better than clean and given our kids’ scalps a cursory examination to see whether we can spot anything.
|A Head Louse – Source: www.nhs.uk|
But once you’ve done that, what do you do? Apart from crossing your fingers and hoping?
There is a new weapon of lice destruction on the high street from Vamousse – Vamousse Protective Shampoo which is proven to break the cycle of infestation.
You see a commonly held frustration by parents is the belief that other parents are deliberately sending their kids to school with head lice and causing the spread.
Actually, most head lice infestations are spread by undetected infestations that take over a month to discover. Head lice are the hidden enemy!
A head lice infestation takes time to develop. In its early days, an infestation consists of young lice (nymphs) that are too small to be seen by the naked eye and eggs that do not cause symptoms such as itching/a crawling sensation.
To stop an infestation taking hold both adult lice and, later hatching lice (nymphs) emerging from eggs need to be killed, thereby breaking the cycle of infestation.
Research carried out by Vamousse found that most parents are too slow to take action, often waiting for visible signs of lice before whipping out the detection comb and using a product for protection or treatment. (For more information on head lice prevention and treatment with the Vamousse range, check out their website here.)
So, you’ve received the dreaded ‘nit slip’. How does Vamousse Protective Shampoo Work?
When used regularly as part of a family bath-time routine Vamousse Protective Shampoo can stamp out an infestation before it takes hold, by killing the lice that have unknowingly been contracted and later killing lice as they emerge from eggs that have been laid.
It’s easy to use – simply apply a generous amount of shampoo to wet hair, work into a lather and massage into scalp. The leave the shampoo on hair for at least 3 minutes and Rinse.
For best results, it is recommended that you use the shampoo daily for at least 2 weeks. Hair is left clean and fresh and you can use a conditioner afterwards.
Best of all it’s pesticide free and suitable to use on children aged 2 and over.
If you do find head lice, in other words, there is a visible infestation, then you need to use Vamousse Head Lice Treatment before using this shampoo.
It is non-toxic and pesticide free and kills 100% of the lice AND eggs within 15 minutes of contact.
So what did we think? We are not currently under threat of an infestation but I wanted to test the shampoo for ease of application, smell and its effect on a child’s scalp and hair.
The shampoo is colourless and quite runny.
It is recommended that you really massage Vamousse Protective Shampoo in well to blitz any lurking eggs or lice.
Then rinse and condition as normal. Caitlin’s only comment was that the shampoo had a stronger smell than her usual one.
Her hair was left clean and actually had quite a nice shine to it – although that may be because I was liberal with the use of condition, conscious that she had had a stronger product on her hair than normal.
You are advised, by the way, to make sure that you don’t get the product in your eyes or near your mucous membranes as it may irritate or sting but that probably applies to many other shampoos.
Vamousse Protective Shampoo retails at £9.99 and there is sufficient for around 20 washes in the bottle. Vamousse Head Lice Treatment costs £14.99.
Both products are available to buy at and the products are available to buy at Boots, Superdrug, Ocado (coming soon to Sainsbury’s) and all good pharmacies.
It’s nice to know that there is something definite you can do to prevent head lice taking hold and now you can really Vamousse Those Varmints™.
Further information is available at www.Vamousse.co.uk.
*PR samples were received for the purposes of this review.