LOS ANGELES, Aug. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Millions of children will head back to school this month armed with paper, pencils and notebooks. Are they also prepared to battle one of the main reasons students end up missing school? According to research presented at last Tuesday's American Chemical Society's National Annual Meeting, head lice have developed a high level of resistance to the most common over-the-counter treatments in 25 states. Researchers from Southern Illinois University found that out of 109 head lice populations in 30 states, 104 had high levels of gene mutations causing the lice to be resistant to permethrin, the active ingredient in the most common head lice treatment products found in drug stores.
Open since 1999, Hair Fairies is known as the Starbucks of lice removal and treatment facilities due to their upscale, professional and friendly salons and staff which have been treating kids and parents with lice safely and quickly using non-toxic and environmentally safe products for over fifteen years.
According to Hair Fairies founder and owner Maria Botham, "Our salons receive hundreds of calls and inquiries a week from parents who have questions on how to prevent and treat head lice." Due to the increase in cases around back to school months, Botham is offering a 20% discount on any Hair Fairies treatment in August and September. Additionally, she has created a list of helpful facts and tips to help educate parents, teachers and administrators about lice.
- Avoid sharing combs, brushes, towels, hats and helmets
- Don't go head to head – try to avoid touching hairs and heads with other kids when hugging hello or goodbye
- Keep hats, scarves and coats out of common areas
- Selfies are fun, but can help spread lice! Taking a selfie is part of hanging out, but if it involves more than one person squeezing into a frame and connecting heads you might want your kid to opt out or go solo
- Head lice spread by crawling; they cannot jump, fly or hop
- Head to head contact with a person who has head lice is the most common way to transfer lice
- Dogs, cats and other pets cannot contract or spread lice
- Over the counter chemical lice pesticide treatments and shampoos are no longer effective on killing many strains of head lice
- Head lice love all types of hair. They are not the result of bad hygiene and prefer clean rather than dirty hair
"Even the most attentive families can contact head lice," said Botham, "But with correct information parents can detect it early and choose a safe effective treatment to minimize infestation and get on with their lives."
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About Hair Fairies
Hair Fairies has treated more than 120,000 clients nationwide and has salons in Seattle, New York, Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Diego, San Francisco and Connecticut. Most insurance companies approve partial payment of Hair Fairies treatments that also qualify for Flexible Spending Accounts, a validation of the treatments' success. More information about Hair Fairies services and products is available at www.hairfairies.com.
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