The tried-and-tested head lice prevention trick every parent should be armed with 4 months ago

The tried-and-tested head lice prevention trick every parent should be armed with

Nothing jolts you back into reality after the summer holidays like the dreaded "there is headlice in your child's class" e-mail.

I would know – I got one this week.

Yikes.

And many of us will at times (shudder!) also have had to deal with the icky critters – and having lived through that ordeal, you're probably all sorts of keen not to have to do it again.

You have come to the right place, parents – we have just rounded up three seriously handy tips that might help you with that – hacks that are proven to prevent head lice:

1. Keep hair pulled back

Braids and buns are your best friends – as loose locks provide the head lice with far more entry points and hiding places. Take special care to keep the hair tightly pulled back from areas like around the back of the neck and ears, where the critters like to start their (unwelcome) visit.

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2. Use coconut oil for all it's worth

If you thought you knew all the uses for coconut oil by now, think again. This multi-purpose kitchen staple is also perfect for keeping head lice away when you use it in your children's hair, as the oil makes it harder for lice to stick to the hair or attach themselves to the scalp.

3. Use a drop of tea tree oil in the leave-in conditioner

Tea tree oil is one of those scents that lice detest, and you can harness this by adding a little drop of this oil to your child's shampoo or leave-in detangler/conditioner (if you use that).

Have YOU got any tips for how to prevent head lice, guys? Do share in the comments or tweet us at @Herfamilydotie