I was contacted recently by a company called Po-Lice. They specialise in making head lice repellant hair ties. Of course the minute they started discussing head lice my head started itching like crazy so I jumped at the opportunity to try their hair ties out, even if just to stop my own crazed scratching.
Head lice are the scourge of children everywhere. They are tiny and sneaky, and now they have started to mutate into "super bugs" which just means they are even harder to eliminate once your child has caught them. Parents spend hundreds and thousands of dollars each year buying special nit removal shampoos, conditioners ointments, and other treatments, Then once they eliminate the little nasties, they then go out and buy preventative sprays to stop the bugs from returning. This is exactly what I did the last time head lice swept through the local schools, but there was something that concerned me when I went to buy my repellant. Upon looking at the ingredients on the bottle, I was disturbed to find I could neither recognise nor pronounce any of the ingredients inside. All of them were unfamiliar chemicals, which meant I had no idea exactly what I was going to be spraying on my daughter's head. I know in this case chemicals would be the lesser of two evils, but I still felt bad putting them on my child.
Can you imagine trying to de-louse this much hair?
That is where the Po-Lice hair bands are different. They contain only natural plant based extracts which have all been proven to repel head lice. This means there are no nasty chemicals coming in contact with your child, and you can rest easy in the knowledge that you are using a totally natural product. The hair ties do have a distinct smell to them, given the combination of ingredients inside of them, however I found this to be not unpleasant, especially with the addition of both tea tree and lavender oil. Now because these are hair ties infused with plant oils, it is essential that you do not get these ties wet, as the oils can be washed out. So you need to put them in dry hair only. Each hair tie can last up to 2 weeks if used correctly.
So once I received my package of 8 hair ties, I popped one in Miss K's hair, and I even gave some to my sister for my niece to use as well. I would have included one for my nephew too, but sadly he's just not as into accessorizing as I am. Before I put the hair ties in Miss K's hair I checked it thoroughly for head lice, and came up clean, so I know there was no previous infestation. I checked her hair each day for two weeks while using the hair ties, and by the end of my test period she still hadn't been infested. Upon checking with my niece, I found that she came up clean too.
They have good grip and strong elastic too which is always a must when dealing with thick hair
For any of you who are interested in purchasing the Po-Lice hair ties, they are available in packs that can last you anything from two months right up to 12 months, and can be purchased directly from their website. You can also check out their Facebook page to see testimonials from other customers. But for one lucky reader I have a 2 month supply of Po-Lice hair bands to give away today.
To enter all you need to do is go down to the comments section below and tell me in 25 words or less the worst experience you've had with head lice. Even if it is just the fact you become a crazed scratcher the minute someone so much as mentions them, leave it down below. I will pick a winner at random and the results will be announced on my Facebook page.
This giveaway is open to Australian residents aged 18 and over only. One winner will be picked based on your answers. Competition ends on Saturday 4th June at 8:00pm EST. Winners will be announced on Facebook and Twitter on Wednesday 8th June
In the interest of honesty, despite the fact that it is not Australian Law that I make this disclosure, I will say that I did receive free products for the purpose of this review. All opinions given here are my own and have in no way been influenced by Po-Lice Australia or anyone else.