Every year, more than 6 million children are infected with these harmless yet pesky parasites. There are often so many fears, concerns and questions regarding head lice. Kate Solomon, the founder of Babo Botanicals, has addressed the most prevalent questions and formulated a clinically proven solution to help repel lice.
What are lice?
Head lice are tiny insects that develop in three stages: from nit to nymph to full-blown louse.
“Nits are eggs that attach themselves to the hair shaft; they’re hard to see because they’re so small, and also because they can be confused with dandruff or shampoo residue,” Says Katie Shepherd, author of the book, “Lice Advice.”
Yellow to white in color, a nit takes about a week to hatch into a baby louse called a nymph, which grows to adult size in another week or so. The louse is about as big as a sesame seed and has a tan to grayish color. It needs human blood to live and can survive up to 30 days in a person’s hair.
Head lice do not come out of the air or from the ground. They are human parasites and have probably been here since the beginning of time. Desiccated (dried up) head lice and their eggs (nits) have been found on the hair and scalps of Egyptian mummies.
Having head lice does NOT mean the person has poor hygiene or low social status.
Having head lice causes intense itching, but does not lead to serious medical problems. Unlike body lice, head lice never carry or spread diseases.
Do pets get head lice?
Head lice cannot be “caught” from pets and cannot survive on pets. They are human parasites and require human blood for survival.
What is the life cycle of the head louse?
Head lice can survive on a human host for approximately 30 days.
A female louse lays 3-5 eggs a day. The eggs hatch in 7-10 days and it takes another 7-10 days for the louse to mature and lay its own eggs.
Head lice do not jump or fly and generally cannot survive longer than 24 hours off the host.
Can you catch head lice in a pool, pond or lake?
Swimming with someone who has lice carries no greater risk of transmission than any other activity. When lice are in water, they go into a state of suspended animation, but remain firmly locked onto the hair – literally hanging on for dear life. This is how they survive shampooing, rain, seawater and swimming pools. Risk of transmission will occur with the sharing of towels, piling clothing or towels, storing personal items in close
Have you ever wondered how to get those perfect runway style waves that don’t require a professional stylist to do your hair? Well now you can easily do them yourself with the T3 Single Pass Whirl Styling Wand. A simple to use, at home tool makes it so even the styling beginners of the world can curl their entire head without fumbling around with a curling iron. It is easy as section, position, wrap and release! The T3 Single Pass Whirl Styling Wand uses top of the line tourmaline, ionic and ceramic technology to give you beautiful waves with the least amount of heat damage possible. Check out the video below for a quick rundown on how to use the device safely and effectively. 15 minutes for flawless curls!
Hot off the presses! Alterna Haircare recently announced that the iconic and beautiful actress and entrepreneur Katie Holmes has joined the company as co-owner and haircare spokesperson. In her role, Katie will be sharing her creative and consumer insights to help the Alterna brand continue to grow and expand its presence around the world. Consumers will get their first glimpse at the partnership with the Spring 2013 integrated marketing campaign, featuring Katie and the brand’s top selling Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oils.
Love Katie’s sleek, frizz-free locks? Here’s how you can get the look at home:
Apply a small amount of BAMBOO Smooth Kendi Pure Treatment Oil on towel dried hair. Working with a blow dryer and a flat paddle brush, angle the dryer down your hair strands to help smooth the cuticle. Be sure to move the blow-dryer with brush in tandem to minimize frizz and fly-aways.
A new year means a new beginning, a time to make changes to become a better version of yourself. It’s a time when many people start a new diet or begin a new workout routine. We all make vows to ditch bad habits, take better care of ourselves, and be nicer to the people that we love. This is a great time to get tough with yourself and say, “It’s time to get serious! No more slacking off, falling into bad habits or not taking proper care of myself, inside and out!”
As a hairdresser in a salon, the frustration I hear the most often from clients is, “I can’t get my hair to look the way you do at home.” Have you ever struggled with this?
As we are beginning a new year and turning over a new leaf, as your “virtual stylist”, I’m going to give you a little bit of tough love. I ask you, “What are you doing to make yourself healthier, look better, feel better about yourself, and ensure a good hair day every day?”
Every stylist, artist, musician, technician, carpenter (you get the picture) knows the importance of high-performance tools that get the job done. No hairdresser worth their salt would trust your blowout to a $25 hair dryer they bought at the local drugstore, and you shouldn’t either. With almost 30 years of blowdrying under my belt, I cannot imagine doing my job without my tried-and-true T3 Featherweight Dryer. If you’ve never used a T3 Featherweight Dryer, you have to experience it to believe it. This wonder-tool has enhanced technology to style hair up to 75% faster than other leading dryers, is totally effortless to use (with a lightweight, ergonomic design), and is clinically proven to improve the health, body and shine of your hair every time you use it. Unlike regular dryers that use high heat and a hurricane-like airflow to blast water off the hair (which can dry fast but damages the cuticle and causes frizz and flyaways), T3 Featherweight Dryers use negative ions and far infrared energy to break apart water drops into smaller molecules which can be absorbed into the hair, then seal the cuticle for a smooth, shiny, frizz-free finish. My stylists (and all our clients) are so in love with the amazing results this tool delivers. I’m not just a spokesperson, but a user as well. I don’t know if my head shot will be attached to this blog, but if it is, check out my coif! You think that fantasy happens on its own?!
So, make yourself a little promise in 2013. “No more bad hair days”. Sounds like a great plan, doesn’t it?
XO, Dan Sharp – T3 Lead Stylist
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Need a bit of drama to spice up your lifeless locks? Your dream of Blake Lively’s glam Gossip Girl hair slowly becoming as impossible as avoiding the bread basket before dinner? Think again.
Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Texture & Volume Spray is your one-stop-shop for instantly tousled hair, no beauty school required! Oscar wanted to create a product that made it easy for women to get his signature red carpet look in an instant with just one product. Voila! Introducing Pronto Texture & Volume Spray. For a sexy, undone style, use a curling iron and curl your entire head in 1-inch sections. Then, kick it up a notch by spraying Pronto Texture & Volume Spray throughout the entire head. Tilt hair away from head and spray from ends to roots while lifting. For added oomph, flip head upside-down while spraying. Or, skip the curling iron and spray Pronto Texture & Volume Spray throughout your style (whatever it may be) to take your uninspiring ‘do to the next level. The result is a light hold without the stick, volume that competes with any Victoria’s Secret runway model, and a truly sexy, roughed up finish.
Feeling bold? Your Oscar Blandi Pronto Texture & Volume Styling Kit includes a Pronto Styling Pin! Trade in your dozens of bobby pins for one (yes, I said one) styling pin for any updo you desire. Custom contoured design fits comfortably on the head while 3 prongs anchor your style for all day (and night) hold. Pronto Texture & Volume Spray provides just enough grit so there’s no slip while styling with your new favorite Styling Pin.
Every woman deserves to feel sexy so let’s just start from the top. The bottom line is: channel your inner diva with Pronto Texture & Volume Spray for head turning drama and cascading movement with just enough hold. Step aside Blake Lively…
How to get the “70′s Venice Beach chic” look seen at the Jonathan Simkhai S/S 2013 show
By Scott Cunha, Celebrity Stylist
The inspiration for the Jonathan Simkhai look was 70′s Venice Beach chic – think an effortlessly stylish California girl with a hot skateboarder boyfriend. We wanted gorgeous hair with movement, but not too done. This look was one of my favorites at Fashion Week because it’s perfect any event or occasion. I love the idea of undone hair with a major makeup look or dress, and it’s so easy to go from day to night with this style.
How to get the look:
First, I used the T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i Dryer to blowdry the hair straight. (This dryer is a must at Fashion Week because we have 20-40 girls to style and it dries the hair in minutes!) Next, I tied up the hair in a loose bun and secured it with a large French pin. This is a good idea when getting the look at home because you can leave your hair in the messy bun and keep it out of your face while doing makeup or getting dressed. Also, by pinning the hair in a bun you get what I like to call a “dent” - not really a wave or curl but not super straight either.
Next, I used the T3 SinglePass 1″ Styling Iron to enhance natural-looking waves. After taking the hair down, I moved quickly through small sections with an ”S” motion. To complete the look, lightly spritz over hair with a texturizer spray, and you’re ready to go.
That’s it – just a few easy steps with T3 to get this great look!
The world seems to be obsessed with the question on how to get thin quick. How can I get thinner arms, a thinner waist or thinner legs? But the one thing we don’t want is thinner hair.
As we mature, hormones in our scalp begin to produce higher levels of DHT, the primary toxin that clogs hair follicles and causes hair to grow back weak and thin. This puts us on a different quest on how to get thick – quick.
To combat the root of the problem, ingredients like Red Clover Extract, Nettle Root and Saw Palmetto help detoxify the scalp and block the enzyme that converts testosterone to DHT. These ingredients, along with a mix of other nutrients, were combined to create Red Clover Growth Complex, which is found exclusively in the Alterna Caviar Clinicalsystem.
The collection is recommended by our hair loss and thinning expert Dermatologist Dr. Debra Jaliman. “These products are extremely effective as the system is clinically proven to promote fuller, thicker, denser-looking hair,” says Dr. Jaliman.
She is internationally recognized for her research and work in clinical and cosmetic dermatology, and authored the chapter Skin and hair in the book “Women’s Health for Life.” If you are trying to decide if the system is right for you, she says, “All products in the Caviar Clinical System are specially formulated for people suffering from hair loss or thinning, and leave no build-up or residue on the scalp or hair if used as directed.”
How to get thick-quick:
Cleanse: Help reduce the levels of DHT, sebum and other residue from your scalp by cleansing with Alterna’s Caviar Clinical Daily Detoxifying Shampoo. It doesn’t have harmful chemicals like sulfates & parabens that further damage hair and irritate the scalp. What it does have is Red Clover Growth Complex, to help unclog hair follicles and promote instantly thicker hair.
Stimulate: Energize the scalp by using a leave in treatment like the Daily Root & Scalp Stimulator. It’s enriched with Vitamin B6 an ingredient known to help promote healthy blood flow to the scalp. Spray directly to the roots and massage in for a soothing mini scalp exercise to help improve hair’s strength and density from the inside out.
Reinforce: Boost the effectiveness of cleansing and stimulating with the Weekly Intensive Boosting Treatment. Apply directly to the scalp to deliver a turbo-dose of concentrated soy proteins and keratin to help reinforce hair’s natural structure.
All three of these strand-saving formulas are available in the Alterna Caviar ClinicalStarter Kit. It’s so effective that 8 out of 10 people said their hair felt thicker and fuller, and would recommend this system to a friend with thinning hair or hair loss.
Now you can say bye-bye to thin, waify strands and embrace your restored thick and full bodied hair.
Want shiny, smooth, frizz-free hair? You can get it with Alterna BAMBOO Smooth Kendi Oil Dry Mist. This weightless mist is not only great for strengthening your hair with nutrients; its organic ingredients reverse damage and extend the life of a blow-out. Brilliant!
Its wonderful, light fragrance makes it easy to spray in liberally and it can be used on damp hair as a leave-in treatment or on dry hair to boost shine. This product is made for fine-to normal hair so if you have medium to thick hair you’ll want to use Alterna BAMBOO Smooth Kendi Oil Pure Treatment. Both formulas offer color hold protection and humidity resistance.
After reading some pretty amazing reviews, I decided that I had to try it for myself. Boy, I am I glad I did! I saw a noticeable improvement with my very first use. You’ll love having “Hair Confidence” in any situation with this little winner. Best of all, for a limited time, you can purchase the Alterna BAMBOO Smoothing Shampoo and receive a deluxe sample of the Dry Oil Mist for FREE. Cha-ching!
Summer is officially here, and with the warm weather brings an opportunity to pay extra special attention to our hair. The sun and chlorine damages our hair, fades our color, and we do little to protect our hair the way that we protect our bodies from the damaging sun. The new Frederic Fekkai Summer Hair Cooling Shine Mist is your solution for gorgeous summer hair.