NB – Leeloops are currently unavailable in Ireland – they are due back into stock with our suppliers at the start of November and as soon as we can get them I promise we will!
**for the purpose of this review a hair band means… hair bobbin, go-go, etc!
These hair bands are a really great alternative to regular head lice repellent sprays. Even though a lot of the repellent sprays are actually quite convenient to use nowadays, it’s still a bit of a pain applying them and brushing them through the hair etc. Even nitty gritty is a little sticky even though it’s a lot nicer to use than I imagined – the smell is gorgeous! There hairbands offer a convenient solution!
They function like a normal hair band – they are actually really strong and high quality, I was afraid they might be a little flimsy and my two princesses have no shortage of hair to tie up so I wanted something which was a little more on the heavy duty side of things!! Out of ten in terms of functionality as a normal hair bobbin I would score them ten!
So, most importantly in terms of their ability to repel head lice..! These are based on the same theory as the repellent sprays so whilst clinical evidence is generally lacking in relation to the success of these products from my experience it’s still something parents, including myself, would like to try! Anything that helps or even might help is worth a shot for me when head lice are concerned.
The hairband is infused with essential oils which are designed to repel the lice – they actually smell pretty good as well so don’t be deterred by the fact that they have a fragrance to them. Using essential oils means that you are using natural ingredients which contain no pesticides which is a good child friendly approach to this problem. I advise the use of pharmacy products such as full marks, lyclear, full marks if you have actually detected head lice on your child’s scalp – this product is just for use as a repellent – not a treatment. I started using them as I had seen them come into the Pharmacy where I work in Milltown in Dublin 6 and then got the dreaded text message from my eldest’s school saying that head lice were rampant in her class. I started using these hairbands and combing as per recommendation in my head lice blog and I have to say – she didn’t bring anything other than her “junk art” home thankfully! Remember to keep their hair tied up tight to their head in a bun or plait etc for maximum effect!
Each hairband lasts two weeks from when you open the little individual wrapper in which it is stored. There is four in a pack – so it works out at about €2 per hair bobbin which means it’s costing you about a euro a week.
Whether it’s worth it or not? Here you will have to draw your own conclusions as I do feel it’s important to stress there is no evidence or guideline to say that essential oils are beneficial or effective at preventing head lice – and it certainly won’t deal with existing infestations for which I really advise you read my head lice blog for treatment information. I did email the company and ask for the fact behind the 95% effective claim that they make but received no response. All of that being said…I used them and I probably will again when I get the next dreaded text message or email from the school. If there’s even a small chance that they help, clinically proven or not, I’ll take it!
The best prevention is through combing so I’d advise to try the techniques as described in my blog in addition to the use of these hair bands! The Leeloop hair bands are available by clicking here!
As always if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch through the WonderBaba facebook page by private message – http://www.facebook.com/wonderbabacare or phone me at Milltown totalhealth Pharmacy in Dublin 6 on 012600262!