Top 7 Lice Prevention Shampoos Proven to Help Avoid Lice in 2022

If you’ve struggled with lice in the past or are terrified of getting it in the future, look no further. Here are the 7 best lice prevention shampoos proven to help you avoid lice this year!

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It’s estimated that 12 million kids will get head lice this year. How can you ensure that your child isn’t one of them? Your answer: lice prevention shampoo. This article details the best prevention shampoos. Any of these shampoos will do loads more for preventing lice than any other standard shampoo on the market.

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Hi there! I'm Theresa, I'm a lice expert, lice coach, and Registered Nurse. I help people with lice every day! You can get rid of lice in ONE DAY at home by using the same proven professional technique that I use in my lice center.

Just follow the step-by-step videos and be done with lice by the end of the day.

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How do lice prevention shampoos work?

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Almost all head lice cases are passed by head-to-head contact. Just like sharks and mosquitoes, lice have a keen sense of smell and are attracted to the scent of your blood. When your child’s head is within reach, lice follow the scent and crawl quickly into the hair. Soon after, they have a full-blown head lice infestation.

Fortunately, there are proven oils that prevent head lice. These oils smell horrible to lice and as a result, they won’t go near them. Having these oils in the hair “repels” lice by making hair smell undesirable, covering up the attractive scent of blood. As an added bonus, these oils smell amazing to humans even though they are repulsive to lice. Scents like eucalyptus, citronella, lemongrass, rosemary, lavender, tea tree, geranium, neem oil, anise (aniseed), and mint are among the top “lice repellents.” 

Just like you use a mosquito repellent when you go camping, using a lice repellent shampoo every day makes you less desirable to head lice and therefore less likely to wind up with an outbreak!

To be absolutely clear, lice prevention shampoos are not “lice killers,” and do not kill lice. If you have lice and you want to get rid of it then check out this page instead.

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Which is better: lice prevention shampoo or lice prevention spray?

Using all three of these products together--lice prevention shampoo, conditioner, and spray--is the absolute best preventative measure. Lice prevention shampoo and conditioner coat each hair strand in the repellent while lice prevention spray adds an additional layer of protection.


Smells Like: Citronella

Lice Shield is best for families on a strict budget. It's a great lice-fighting shampoo, but it smells like a citronella candle. It is a shampoo and conditioner blend with five essential oils for lice prevention: citronella, rosemary, lemongrass, cedar, and geraniol. 


Why it's not the best...

It repels lice, but the citronella smell is strong. I personally don't think it smells great. It's inexpensive, but it's one of those "you get what you pay for" kinds of things.


Smells Like: Tea Tree and Rosemary

SoCozy Boo! Lice Scaring Shampoo is salon-quality shampoo for kids at a fraction of the salon-quality cost. It leaves hair shiny and squeaky clean. This fresh shampoo has tea tree oil, peppermint, and rosemary to spook away head lice, just as its name promises.


Smells Like: Luxury Hotel Shampoo with Tea Tree

If you’re looking for a lice prevention shampoo that’ll leave your hair looking, feeling, and smelling great, Honeydew Tea Tree Rosemary Lice Prevention Shampoo is the perfect shampoo for you. It has both tea tree oil and rosemary in it, making it a great lice prevention shampoo.


Why it's great...

The truly impressive thing about this shampoo, however, is how fabulous it will make your scalp and hair feel after using it. It relieves a dry, itchy scalp and eliminates frizz. You’re certainly going to love this one.


Smells Like: Spearmint

Similar to other lice prevention products, Ladibugs Lice Prevention Shampoo smells like spearmint, but this product also contains neem oil. Neem oil is a well-documented bug deterrent and, in my opinion, is one of the best deterrents out there.


Why it's better...

The Ladibugs line is one of the only prevention products with neem oil in it.

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Smells Like: Rosemary and Roses

Rosemary Repel is likely the most well-known and kid-friendly lice prevention shampoo out there. It is relatively inexpensive and sold at many standard beauty supply stores.

Although the name is Rosemary Repel, it is actually packed with several preventative essential oils: rosemary, citronella, cinnamon, peppermint, anise, tea tree, and geraniol.


Why it's great...

Even with all these repellent scents, it smells primarily like rosemary and roses. For this line, I’d highly recommend getting the shampoo, conditioner, and spray for added protection. 


Smells Like: Lemon

If you hate the smell of mint and tea tree oil, Head Hunters Lemon Heads is the lice prevention shampoo for you! This is one of the few prevention lines that doesn’t have tea tree in it and instead has a fresh, lemony scent.

Head Hunters is packed with multiple lice repellents, the top active ingredients being lemon eucalyptus oil and geraniol oil. Both eucalyptus and geraniol have proven to deter lice longer than other lice repellents.


Why it's one of the best...

This line is especially good for those with thick, coarse, or curly hair because it simultaneously deep conditions your hair. Best of all, it leaves your hair smelling like lemony goodness!

Smells Like: Mint or Lavender

LiceLogic’s lice prevention line is one step above all other lice prevention products. All lice prevention lines contain essential oils that repel lice, but LiceLogic takes it a step further by adding lice-killing enzymes to their prevention line.


Why it's the best...

These all-natural enzymes are actually capable of killing lice on contact but are completely safe to humans. LiceLogic Shampoo and Conditioner come in two different scents: Rosemary Mint or Lavender. Either scent will effectively repel lice.

FYI- This product is great for all hair types, but because it contains these enzymes, it is not recommended for children under the age of two.

For added protection at school and play, spray LiceLogic Clear & Free All Purpose Spray on your kid’s backpack, jacket, and other items. This peppermint-scented spray will keep lice away from his or her favorite things.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Does tea tree shampoo prevent lice?

Tea tree shampoo alone will not be as effective of a lice repellent as any of the shampoos listed here, although it is better than nothing if you either can’t find one of these shampoos or are waiting for it to arrive.

Does coconut oil or coconut shampoo prevent head lice?

If you slather your hair in coconut oil every day before you go out into the world, then yes, coconut oil will work as a lice prevention method. Hair slathered in any kind of grease makes it difficult for lice to attach to the hair strand and move.

However, the actual scent of coconut or coconut oil added to shampoo has not been proven as a lice deterrent and is not recommended as an alternative to these tried-and-true essential oils. 

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Why do some people get lice over and over again? 

In cases where lice return within a month or less, the most likely reason for the comeback is that they never really went away. It's fairly common for people to use an over-the-counter treatment and think that they're finished with head lice, but they are very wrong. 98% of lice in the US are resistant to traditional over-the-counter and even prescription lice treatments. Often these treatments will kill the weakest lice, tricking people into thinking they've killed them all. What they don't know, however, is that the strongest lice survive these lice treatments and continue to lay more eggs. 

People continue to think they are in the clear for a few weeks because they can’t see the remaining lice bugs, and, with fewer bugs on the head, the itching stops. Within a month, though, those lice eggs hatch and grow into adults, which is when people usually discover that the lice "is back" when the truth is that it never was really gone. People will say, "My child keeps getting lice back from school," but the truth is that their child has gotten lice “back” from themselves because they never got rid of it. 

If you find yourself in this situation then lice prevention sprays aren't gonna help you, check out my step-by-step video system instead.

Why Is It So Hard to Get Rid of Lice?

Now that you know what you're looking for I want to talk briefly about your biggest worry (that your child actually has lice) and the question I get asked by parents around the world that have been battling lice….

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Parents around the world are all asking me the same question…. "Why is it so much harder to get rid of lice now?"

Lice have become immune to everything that used to work in the past. Perhaps you remember your mom using a typical lice treatment or mayonnaise and that doing the trick. The new strain of head lice is no longer killed by those treatments, that’s why lice today are termed by people, “super lice,” because they are immune to those treatments. 

I’ve cured thousands of people of lice in my lice center and let me tell you, I don't do it with over-the-counter lice treatments. 

problem #2

Most people struggle with lice because they focus all of their attention on killing lice bugs and not enough attention on GETTING RID OF LICE!

If you want to get rid of lice you have to address all 3 of the problems of lice:

  1. Lice Bugs
  2. Lice Eggs
  3. Getting Lice Back

The best way to get rid of lice is to tackle all 3 of these problems at the same time, which is what I teach in my step-by-step video system.

So, if you discover your child HAS lice, don't panic. Just head over to the video system. Follow along with the videos and you'll be done with lice by the end of the day.

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There are lots of myths about what prevents head lice, but if you’re serious about preventing lice this school year, I highly recommend using one of these seven proven lice prevention shampoos.

Combining an effective lice prevention product with vigilant prevention measures is the best way to keep your child lice-free this year (and every year!).

Watch the Lice Prevention Video or check out my article 21 Proven Ways to Prevent Head Lice to know how you can keep lice out of your life!


All the best!

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Theresa is a Registered Nurse and lice expert with years of experience curing children of lice. She owns a lice treatment center in the US which is where she perfected the Step-by-Step Video System proven to get rid of lice. She also works with government agencies and schools helping those with the worst head lice cases in America.

Her greatest passion is empowering parents by teaching parents online how to do a professional lice treatment on their child at home. She is the Lice Coach for the My Lice Advice Step-by-Step Video System.

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