Lice Treatment

Avoiding Lice

Note: Bangs ‘N Bows does not treat lice and we are unable to perform a service if lice is found.  We Recommend Lice BeWare across from us on Long Point Road and will be more than happy to give you a Referral, in confidence of course.

THE OLD MYTHS…DEBUNKED!

Lice for Children are a fact of life now, especially when your child starts school.  You may get the dreadful “there has been a case of lice in your child’s classroom” letter home from your child’s teacher.  Getting lice is common, is nothing to be ashamed of and lice actually prefer clean hair.  At Bangs ‘N Bows we see an increase in lice cases in late summer and early fall at the start of school.  It can be from contact from other children, girls sharing headbands or hairbrushes, the big tall bus seat, etc.  No one knows.  It just happens.
The old Myth of it coming from Dirty Hair is all incorrect. Actually, Lice prefer clean, non-oily scalps to hatch their eggs.  Oily hair prevents lice from attaching their eggs to hair follicles.
So please Do Not think it is due to being in the wrong place or near other people.  They also prefer our warm, Lowcountry environment.  It’s a fact of life now that the lice have become immune to the chemicals used to treat them in the past and have recently proliferated and are more difficult to treat thus the rapid growth.  Over the counter treatments will NOT WORK any longer.   
Our Stylists at Bangs ‘N Bows Kids Salon know how to look for lice and the 7 day dormant Nits.  By Law we cannot cut your Child’s hair due to license requirements and contamination.  Our Professional Stylists will quietly consult with you regarding the condition and will quietly inform and show you the condition.  PLEASE do not worry; it is totally normal and nothing to be ashamed of.   
We have teamed up with our neighbors “Lice BeWare” to schedule an appointment for proper treatment.  They are the best in the Lowcountry. After the owners have dealt with a few cases at the start of each school year, we decided to let them do the hard work of nit removal.

Tips on how to prevent lice:

  • Teach your kids to avoid sharing hats, sweaters or hairbrushes.  Lice cannot jump but will transfer from direct contact.
  • Check your kids’ hair, especially behind the ears and at the nape of the neck.  Be on the lookout for itchy scalp and red spots.  Note: if you do find lice, remember that it will usually be very subtle, and may be hard to spot, or may be mistaken for something else. 
  • Don’t mistake a dry skin flake (dandruff) for lice.  A flake will come right off the hair shaft, but a nit (or lice egg) is sticky and will be hard to remove.
  • Use natural anti-lice shampoos and sprays containing tea tree oil or rosemary.  At Bangs ‘N Bows we sell Rosemary Repel Shampoo + Conditioner and customers keep coming back for it for their children even before their next haircut.
  • If your daughter has long hair, consider sending her to school with braided hair.
  • Lice can easily be mistaken for dandruff; look for red spots and white flakes that are sticky and tough to remove.
Rosemary Repel Shampoo + Conditioner for lice
Lice Goody-bye, all natural treatment

Tips for Swimmer’s Hair

What is Swimmer’s hair?

Swimmer’s hair is hair that has been damaged by chlorine and other pool chemicals.  The hair feels dry, brittle, and looks green or shiny.  When wet with water, it smells strongly of chlorine.

Tips for Swimmer’s hair:

  • Wet your hair in the shower before your get in the pool or wear a swim cap.
  • Wash + condition your hair immediately after you swim.
  • Use a Swimmer’s shampoo + conditioner.  At Bangs ‘N Bows Kids Hair Salon, we use Malibu Swimmer’s Shampoo. It is gentle enough to use every day, is 100% vegan and sulfate free.  We love it because it smells delicious and the shampoo doubles as body wash.
  • We also provide Malibu treatments for hair damaged by chlorine.  It is gentle enough to use once per week, or you can wait until the end of the summer.  The treatment crystals remove the harsh chemicals from the pool or ocean, removes discoloration, and restores softness and shine.  The pasts is applied to wet hair, left on for 5 minutes, followed by Swimmer’s shampoo + conditioner.
  • Bangs ‘N Bows offers both stand-alone and add-on Malibu Swimmer’s treatments.
Hair damaged by chlorine and other pool chemicals known as swimmer’s hair
Malibu Swimmer’s Shampoo + Conditioner