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New Year, New You – Top Hair & Beauty Trends

Category : Beauty , Hair

The new year is always the best time to make changes and to try something new. New Year and time for a ‘New You’.The best place to find the latest trends is, of course, online. Pinterest is one of the popular places to search on the web. What have other people been searching for the most?

Let’s have a look at some of the top hair and beauty trends for 2019

Fancy a new hair colour?

Looking to change your hair colour? The colour trend for this year seems to be lilac, as thousands of people have searched for this specific colour online. Try the more subtle ‘Vanilla Lilac’, which is a light pastel colour. What’s great about this colour, is that it can go with most skin tones.

Grey creeping into your hair? No worries, this colour also seems to be trending this year. So, take the opportunity to show off your grey locks, or if you want, try a selection of wonderful grey hair colours available.

Makeup trends

Think bold and things that shimmer, think fun and glamour with glitter make-up.

The glitter look too much for you?

This year you can also go for the more natural gloss look, glossy eye-shadow as well as some great lipstick options. To get that gloss look on your eyes, simply use your favourite eye shadow and some eye gloss. You could even try some clear lip gloss instead.

There is also a product on the market, which will give you that high gloss shine for your eyes, the ‘eye gloss smudger’. Giving you that sought after ‘wet eye’ look.

Glossy Eye Look:

Natural Lashes

You can easily give your eyelashes a lift and help them to grow thicker, using natural products. Castor oil has been used by many and is said to help you grow longer and thicker eyelashes over time. Other products that are popular include aloe vera and grapeseed oil.

Shaped Nails

When visiting the nail salon, on most occasions, women tend to go for the square or rounded look for their nails. There seems to be a new shape trending for 2019, next time you have your nails done, why not try out the almond-shaped.

Another manicure trend emerging is the powder dipped nails. Simply dip your nails into a special coloured powder, which is said to last a bit longer than a gel nail and is a healthier option to Acrylic nails. This can be done at a salon, but there is also an at-home kit you could try out, available on Amazon. Read a bit more about Dip Powder at Popsicle.

Exfoliators – Liquid

What makes the liquid exfoliator more popular? Well, it seems, this product helps to gently remove dead skin cells leaving the skin brighter and smoother. Other scrubs and exfoliators can be harsh on the skin and some, like products with microbeads, are harmful to the environment.

Have a look at some recommended Liquid Exfoliators at

We can help you look and feel refreshed for 2019! 

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This Season: Give the Gift of an Experience

Category : Beauty , Hair

Why Gifting an Experience is Best

Struggling to find that unique gifting idea for someone? Many people today are just too busy to go out to the shops and search for that perfect gift. So, they land up giving the same old thing, chocolates, wine, bath products etc. There’s nothing wrong with these types of gifts, but for those who are closer to you, maybe something more original would be more exciting. Gifting an Experience is becoming more popular as a way to fulfil people’s desired interests.

Can you remember what you got three years ago for your birthday? Even if you can remember what it was, do you still have it?  Then think about the first time you went on holiday with a loved one, to the beach, overseas, or elsewhere. Can you recall all those memories? The time you went to your very first music concert with your friends? You forget about material things, but experiences and memories are lasting.

“We don’t remember days, we remember moments” Cesare Pavese

You even get those not so good experiences, where you fell into a mud puddle or got lost in the city you were visiting, these become stories you tell over and over again for a laugh. These experiences are almost always done with somebody and by gifting an experience, this can only bring you closer to your loved one. The gift is not just a once off thing, an experience is shareable and the memories can last a lifetime. Social experiences can also influence how happy we feel. After going on a picnic, or to the beach with a friend or family member, how did it make you feel? This is what sets a material gift apart from a gifted experience, the emotion that comes out when sharing the experience.

There have been studies, which actually show that material gifts lose their appeal faster. On the other hand, experiences tend to build excitement, which lasts, even when the actual experience is over. An experience is also something that can’t be compared too much, you know when you get that new iPhone. You might start comparing it to the new one your friend just got, which has more features.

Giving an experience as a gift is a lot more personal and there has to be some thought put into it. You can’t go and purchase a skydiving voucher when the person is afraid of heights. You have to learn more about the person you want to buy the gift for. What do they like and dislike, in order to come up with a unique and thoughtful gift experience? To make it easy for you, today most of the vouchers for experiences can be purchased online.

Reasons why you should try gifting an experience

  • The best reason is the anticipation. For any other gift, you unwrap it and then the excitement fades, but your anticipation builds for however long until the day of the event.
  • Getting new things is great, but in a lot of cases, these things just land up on the shelf collecting dust. Not so with gifting an experience, you will only land up with awesome memories.
  • Finding happiness, buying stuff can feel good but in the long run, does it actually make you happy? A fun experience can fulfil that need.
  • An experience is usually done with somebody else, so not only is it exciting for you but also for those who share the experience with you. You get to build relationships while you’re at it.
  • Those who receive an experience as a gift will always remember the giver.

Look no further

There are many categories when it comes to these types of gifting ideas. One of the major categories include experiences at a beauty or hair salon. You won’t go wrong with a beauty voucher that includes a wash, cut and hair treatment followed by a massage, manicure or pedicure.

The ladies usually have a favourite hair and beauty salon they prefer, so try a voucher here first before anywhere else. Have a look at what we have to offer. Hair Menu. Beauty Menu.


Did You Know That Great Looking Hair Boosts Your Confidence?

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Do you feel better when you have a good hair day? You are not alone. According to a new survey from, 77 percent of women don’t feel like themselves when they are having a bad hair day. Hair confidence is key to feeling good about yourself.

Based on how we feel about our hair, it seems that looks do indeed matter, whether for personal self-esteem reasons or societal standards. It impacts how we feel about ourselves, and how we are viewed in our personal and professional life.

Hair has always played an important role in life: all the way back with ancient royalty to colonial times with elaborate wigs to prove status, wisdom, and wealth.

More Stats

1 in 4 women say that making sure their hair looks good is their biggest concern when making a good impression.  42 percent of women say a sexy hair day is the one thing that would give them a confidence boost, more than just a sexy outfit, a fresh manicure and even new shoes.

When a woman feels good about herself, that confidence pours over into every part of their day.

The survey also revealed that women are most likely to experiment with their hair when they feel comfortable in their environments, and don’t try new looks when they know they are meeting someone for the first time. The internet has given us access to an endless stream of information, thus the ability to follow YouTube tutorial instructions to the “T”, which means now, more than ever before, we can try new styles like curling our hair with a straightener or braiding it.

Hair is also one of the top three features mentioned when describing another person aesthetically. It creates a first impression, similar to one’s smile, eyes, and skin.


If you are feeling bad about the current state of your locks, now is the time to be spruced up for the summer and feel good about yourself.

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How to make your colour last longer

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Everyone loves how their hair looks after a colour treatment. But a month or so later, the colour seems to fade and look dull. Good news! There is a way to make your colour last longer,  and you should definitely give it a try.

“ Everything looks better in colour”

What could cause your hair to fade faster?

  • Styling your hair every day with heat can be causing your hair to fade faster. Today, you may be able to find straightening irons that have a special setting for those with coloured hair. You also get special products that you can apply before styling, known as ‘ thermal protectants’
  • The most obvious cause for fading your hair colour is washing it too often. If your hair is not oily, try to wash every second to third day. You could consider using dry shampoo to extend the time between washes. Hot water is also a culprit when it comes to fading hair, so if you can, try to wash in cooler water. Only use the cooler water after conditioning as this closes the hair cuticles. If you do this after shampooing, the conditioner will have no real effect.
  • Sticking with washing your hair, it also matters what type of shampoo you are using. Some shampoos that contain sulphates and other chemicals can have an effect on the colour. It is best to purchase shampoos that are colour safe or more natural and sulphate free.
  • In the summer months, exposing your hair to the sun and harsh water can strip your hair of moisture and colour. Try applying a hair mask once in a while. The sun can also be a culprit when it comes to fading hair. Try using a shampoo with UV protection and if you do go out into the sun, remember to wear a hat.
  • Speaking of harsh water, chlorine is bad for your hair whether it is coloured or not. The best way you can take care of your hair is to wash out the chlorine before it dries completely. Some professionals also recommend using a leave-in hair conditioner before going to swim.
  • Be aware of hair products with large amounts of alcohol as an ingredient. These will dry the hair out and also fade hair faster.

Making your hair colour last longer

One of the first things you can do to help save your hair colour is not to wash your hair too soon after the colour has been applied. The dye needs time to settle and washing too soon can rinse some of the colour out and causing the colour fade faster.

You can try to apply most of the shampoo to the roots, work up a lather and then move a little bit of the shampoo over the rest of your hair before you rinse it off. The water that comes out of the shower may also have chemicals in it, these chemicals can be one of the causes that fade your hair colour. Today, it is easy to purchase a shower head filter that helps to stop any chlorine or other chemicals and metals coming through.

Keep your hair hydrated by applying a colour-friendly conditioner and using a moisturising treatment once a week. There are many products available for this purpose, but you can just as easily use one simple, natural product, jojoba oil. You can also use other oils including coconut oil or Argan oil.

Have a look at this video, which gives you the tips on how to make your colour last longer. You will also find a few recommended products that can easily be purchased from your local store or our salon.

Hairstyles that will make your hair look thicker

Category : Hair

Due to many factors, many people suffer from thinning hair and are always looking for ways to make their hair look thicker, while you also have those with naturally thin hair. In either case, most are looking for a bit of volume and thickness. There are shampoos and other products out there that say they help with thinning hair. There are also volumizing products that give you that extra oomph, but what actual hairstyles are out there that will make your hair look thicker?

First let’s look at some reasons for thinning hair.

  • Hereditary conditions and diseases
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Stress
  • Excessive coloring of hair and applied heat

Most times good nutrition and using some excellent products can help to thicken hair out. This is where different hairstyles come into play. Are there different styles and tricks that can give volume to your hair? The primary aim of these hairstyles, is to take your attention off the thickness of the hair and focuses on other points, like highlights. Some hairstyles or tricks can make your hair look thicker even without a cut or any kind of treatment. Although, if you do have thinning hair, medium to shorter hair is considered to add more volume than longer hair.

Some of the shorter hairstyles that will make your hair look thicker

The classic Bob, this hairstyle can be cut in a few different ways. You can create a messed-up look, that works great for those who just want to shower and go. Then there is the angled or inverted bob, which is one of the more popular styles today. The style is also versatile and can be an option for slightly longer hair. Next, is the shaggy lob, which works well with longer layers and can add nice volume and movement into the hair. There are a few other options as well from A-line to layered, short and long bobs.

“Sorry I can’t hear you over the volume of my hair”

The pixie cut might be a bit of a drastic change for many, but this hairstyle can be a fun and trendy decision. Adding to all these hairstyles so far, you can decide to include a fringe, which is also a great way to update your look and add dimension. The fringe is also great to help cover high foreheads as well as any wrinkles or a pimple that might be starting to show.

Hair that has a textured look with added techniques like highlights and layers, will add dimension. All of this distracts anybody from noticing thinner hair, by adding more volume and contrast. Have a look at these to see more details on hairstyles that will make you hair look thicker.

Here are some more techniques that could help make your hair look thicker

  • When styling your hair, you usually part your hair to one side, which tends to become flat and naturally flips to that side all the time. To add volume, flip your hair to the opposite side, spray with some hair texture spray and there you have your extra volume.
  • Oily hair is not good for those with thin hair, so a good volumizing shampoo and conditioner can help.
  • The idea of using your conditioner first and then shampoo creates the texture needed to add volume to the hair. There are products that are on the market that are specifically sold like for this purpose.
  • Avoid blow drying or using heat on your hair constantly, which can thin your hair out even faster.
  • Using a small dollop of hair mousse can add some volume and texture your limp and thin hair. Apply from root to tip before blow drying.
  • You can also purchase hair pieces or crown toppers. These are added into your own hair creating volume. The topper is specifically designed for those with thinning hair and are for those who don’t really need an entire wig. These toppers add just a little bit of extra coverage and fullness.


Why more women under 40 choose to go grey

Category : Hair

Looking in the mirror to find your first grey hair usually is a bit of a shock. The first signs of grey hair are the first signs of getting older. Many would make an appointment with their hairdresser to cover up the grey. Many women start to go grey in their 30’s and some even younger and most choose to begin dying their hair. Things change and new trends develop and today people, especially young people, are going to have their hair dyed a variety of grey options from an ombre effect to silver and highlights.

So why should women, who are starting to grey have to cover up? Men who are greying are seen as distinguished, so why can’t women embrace their natural grey look as well. In the media, there are so many commercials advocating dyeing your hair, which is not a bad thing, but women should not feel pressured into doing something if they don’t want to. Sometimes this is difficult as colleagues or even friends might comment on those grey roots showing. Whether you want to leave your hair natural or dye it, should be completely up to you.

Here are some of the options for, how to get grey hair and the summer trends.

Reasons for grey hair

Let us have a look at the actual reasons for those grey hairs. Let’s start with the basics, you have a pigment in your hair, known as Melanin. This pigment is responsible for the colour of your hair. The grey starts to develop when the cells that produce this colour pigment stop working, due to age or other factors. The melanin pigment can also be blocked by a buildup of hydrogen peroxide, which occurs naturally in the hair follicles. This then bleaches the hair and it grows out grey. Ethnicity may also play a role, as it seems that Caucasian people tend to go grey earlier, while those from an Asian or African heritage tend to go grey a little later in life.

Sometimes there is a cause for going grey prematurely:

  • Diet plays a major role in overall health, but also specifically in the health of your hair. A deficiency in Vitamin B12 may be causing the problem
  • Thyroid imbalances can also have an effect
  • Stress can be a major player in the existence of those grey hairs.  
  • Environmental factors can also play a role in the health of your hair.
  • Using too many hair products and styling can damage your hair
  • Medications may have a negative effect, especially when it comes to things like chemotherapy.

How to slow down the onset of greying hair

There are some steps that you can take to help slow down the greying process.

  • Live a healthy lifestyle, eat correctly and if needed take some supplements like Vitamin B12 to boost your bodies systems.
  • Smoking has been associated with accelerating the ageing process. The best thing to do is to stop smoking.
  • Look after your hair like you would your skin; apply regular moisturizing treatments or hair masks on a regular basis.
  • Let your hair hang loose, by putting your hair up into a bun or up style may cause trauma to the scalp area and therefore increase your risk of damage to your hair.

Another reason for choosing to go grey could be that dying grey hair might be more difficult. Sometimes grey hair doesn’t absorb the hair dye as effectively as it should. Colouring your hair can also be an expensive activity that you need to do on a regular basis. If you are a person who has dyed their hair for a long time, growing out your grey hair is a process. This process can take a long time to get your hair looking how you want it. Have a look at these testimonials and see if you can get some encouragement for your decision to go grey naturally.

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7 ways you can update your look

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Have you ever felt like trying out something new, a new haircut or look, but just don’t know what to do? Many times we land up doing the same thing, because it’s familiar and safe. Making a big change like colouring your hair a striking colour or cutting your long tresses you’ve had for years, can be a big decision. So here is a little bit of help on how you can update your look, and also some current trends and styles.

  1. Hair Colours and trends

Let’s start off with hair colours, you could be thinking of adding a few highlights or, if you’re really daring, choosing the new trendy neon colour. Although, it seems that this year colours are a little less out there, but definitely still on the bold side. Those who have brunette or darker hair can easily get away with the more vibrant colours like a midnight blue or a deep red. Those with lighter hair have a variety of blond colours to choose from. They make up such enticing names for each colour like Rose Blond or Cinnamon Caramel Swirl. Even if you don’t want a whole head of new colour, highlights are the next best thing.


2. Hair Styles and trends

There are some really great hair styles, most of them leaning toward natural looks with minimal maintenance. The hairstyles include some fun short cuts, as well as easy to manage long hairstyles. Some of these styles include wash and go bob cuts to long pixie cuts and easy to manage bangs.


Let’s have a look at some of these great options: Update your look and style with these great hairstyles.

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3. Adding the feminine touch

Maybe you feel your hair is just fine the way it is, but you just want to add something new. Dress your up with some ribbon or other accessory, to create a more feminine yet playful look.

4. Pulling back your hair

Open up your features with a hair band. Today you have a variety of different hair bands and types to choose form. Use the band on long loose hair or use it with a ponytail or bun. The more popular or trendy look is to go for, is the 90’s thick leather headbands, which seem to be popular this year.

5. Change up your hair parting

How simple is this? Just change up the way you part your hair. You will be amazed at the change and difference it actually makes. This can help to increase volume and the hair will frame your face differently. Basically an instant new look without any fuss. If the style doesn’t want to stick, then try some hair styling spray and blow dry into the new direction.


6. Wet Hair Trend

Another simple and easy way to get a new look. This is especially great for those who have little time to spend on hours of styling your hair. Just get some shine and texture spray and apply to your hair roots and ends and then tousle your hair around a bit, and maybe even add a side path. Of course you can also get that glossy slicked back look, many celebrities have used this style over the years and it seems to be sticking around.

7. Long looped Ponytail is in

According to Marie-Claire, the long looped ponytail is very popular this year. The ponytail has just been glamorized by adding a higher looped and wrapped ponytail. Have a look at the 7 biggest hair trends from Marie Claire.

Read the Marie Claire Hair Trends of 2018 here.




What is a Brazilian Blowout?

Category : Hair

To understand what a Brazilian Blowout is, let’s have a look at the process involved. First of all your hair will be washed a number of times, so as to remove any other hair products. Then the stylist will work slowly on portions of your hair and will add the blowout formula. This formula is basically a liquid keratin, which actually bonds to your hair. This helps to protect and smooth the hair out. This technique was developed in Brazil, hence the name, and many of the products also contain ingredients that are indigenous to the area.


Let’s have a look at some questions you might have about Brazilian Blowouts.

“Gorgeous Hair is the best revenge” Ivanka Trump

Who should consider getting a Brazilian Blowout?

Those people who struggle a lot with frizzy hair or those who have used other products on their hair and it is dry and course. Anybody who really wants to have that straight and sleek look to their hair. Just remember the treatment does not restore damaged hair, it only  helps to reduce frizz and make the hair look shiny and smoother. Those who have severely damaged hair should maybe re-thing getting a Brazilian Blowout as it still uses a lot of heat, which might not be good. So if you have normal to very thick healthy hair that is unmanageable, you are a perfect candidate for the treatment.

What are some benefits of a Brazilian Blowout?

  • Hair will be hydrated
  • Definitely less frizz
  • The process helps the hair manage heat styling more effectively
  • It will give you a sleek and shiny look, but will still retain its body
  • Your hair will be more manageable
  • To blow dry and style your hair, will take you half the time than usual.
  • You can wash your hair almost immediately, unlike some other Keratin treatments
  • The treatment also allows you to go swimming or have that hot yoga class on the same day.

Will it take out the natural curl of the hair?

The Brazilian Blowout will only help to make your hair appear naturally straight, but won’t take out all the body and bounce. If you have very curly hair the blowout should help to lessen any frizz and will actually help to enhance the natural curl of the hair. On the other hand if you have straight hair and your problem is with the frizz, then the blowout will take that away, leaving your hair frizz free with a healthy shine.


What about if I have coloured my hair or if I have Highlights?

Yes, you can still have a Brazilian Blowout. In fact the whole process will help to condition and protect  the hair. The treatment will take out the frizz and most probably enhance the colour.

How long will the treatment last?

First of all the treatment itself will take about an hour and a half to complete, even up to two hours if you have really long and thick hair. After this,the Brazilian Blowout can last up to 10 weeks maybe more, but only if you use the aftercare products provided and look after your hair.

Why you should consider a Brazilian Blowout first

Some of the treatments offered use some very harmful chemicals such as formaldehyde amongst others. Exposure to these chemicals can affect some people negatively. To keep your hair looking like you just stepped out of the salon can also be a bit of a mission. Costs involved can also be quite expensive as you have the initial treatment, products to use and follow up sessions.


When booking a treatment always enquire about the salon’s treatment process and the products they use. Look for hair salons that use products that are formaldehyde free, so it’s best to ask around and even get some quotes.

Costs of a Brazilian Blowout


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Costs of a Brazilian Blowout can vary from salon to salon, so do your homework and ask around to find the best place. The range of prices can be anything from R1500 to R2400 for a good quality Brazilian Blowout. Of course many salons also offer specials on the treatments, so keep an eye out at a salon near you.


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How To Treat Lice In Children

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The thing that many mothers dread when their kids go to school is the illnesses they can pick up, and the day your child comes home with lice. Now, that doesn’t mean your child has dirty hair, in fact lice enjoy well groomed and clean hair or scalps rather. Unfortunately they are very hard to get rid of.


The louse, singular is a small parasitic insect that has no wings. They like to live in amongst our hair and feed off small amounts of blood that is taken from the scalp. Lice can become a problem anywhere, especially when there are many people working or playing close together, such as at schools.


Once the problem has been detected, it is always a good idea to act fast. The eggs of a louse are known as nits, and can take up to 7 to 10 days to hatch and then a further 12 days to mature into an adult. The next step is for them to mate and then lay their eggs again and again, and again. If the lice do not have any blood supply, say they fall off onto clothes, linen etc., they will die within two days.


Many people also think that lice can jump, which in actual fact is not true. They cannot fly or jump and only spread with close or direct contact. They are very contagious and can easily spread from one child’s head to another. So now that we know a little more about lice, how does one go about treating the problem. Do you wash your hair with prescribed chemicals or go the more natural way?

Treating Lice in Children

Treating lice does not have to go the chemical way, but if you do, always ask your pharmacist for the best and safest option for your child. They have the best knowledge on all medications. Prevention is always better than cure, so putting in place certain precautionary measures might save you a lot of hassle in the long term.


How to avoid Lice:



The most important thing to do if you apply treatments, is to make sure that you repeat the treatment about two weeks to one month after the initial dose. This is to ensure you get all those nits that may have survived the first round of treatments.


As I mentioned before, sometimes the more harsh chemical treatments can be abrasive. You as a parent can take preventative measures, this involves regularly checking your child’s hair and scalp.

Head Lice, What to look for?

The annoying parasites look like small yellowish or brown specks before they hatch from their eggs. The eggs are laid close to the scalp on the hair shafts. The adult louse is the size of a sesame seed and can be tan or off white in colour. By using a comb and parting sections of hair, or checking behind the ears regularly, you may be able to pick up on a problem sooner.


What should you do if you find head lice?

You can find the best treatment for your child and use it as soon as possible. Consider applying treatments to all family members as well. You should inform the school if your child has lice, so that an alert can be sent out to other parents, so everybody can then treat their children. This will help to prevent it from spreading and becoming a major problem.


Types of Lice Treatments

Your doctor may prescribe medicated shampoos that are available, a lotion or hair rinse. You can also get over the counter medications for the problem, but again always ask the pharmacists for their advice. Sometimes, if the problem persists, an oral medication may be prescribed. Today the lice also seem to be more resistant to the medicated products,


Treatment the old fashioned way

Sometimes for younger kids, you will have to remove the lice and nits by hand as the products would be harmful to the child. Even if you use products, you will have to check and remove nits by hand anyway. This may be torture to both parent and child, but many schools won’t allow you to come back unless the scalp and hair has been declared clear.


The best way to remove nits and lice by hand, is to take a fine tooth comb and run it through conditioned wet hair. Wetting the hair seems to momentarily stun the lice, while the conditioner just helps to make the comb run through the hair much more easily. You can also use olive or coconut oil as the conditioner. You will just need to rinse out the hair a few more times.

Natural remedies for treating lice

There are natural remedies from applying mayonnaise, petroleum jelly, tea tree oil, salt, apple cider vinegar and oil.


Here are some more natural lice remedies:


Many natural products can be purchased from outlets like Wellness Warehouse and Faithful to Nature. There are even more unique products on the market, such a the preventative ‘Lice Ban’, a hair band that has been infused with essential oils that kids with long hair can wear.


You can get them here: Lice Ban Elastics –