Head lice treatment: The most effective tips
Head lice are really one of those things that parents have to deal with from time to time. If you are a mother or having some kids at your home, At one time you will be shaving your kid’s heads almost completely bald in frustration at having to deal with head lice that seem to be resistant to everything you brought from the chemist.
So Now I would like to give you some brief introduction of head lice and lice treatment.
What are head lice?
Simply put head lice are very small bugs that live in the hair feeding on the blood of the scalp. They lay their eggs on the hair strands which take up to a week to dream up. It takes a week for them to than mature into adults where they can live up to thirty days but only the larger females lay the eggs.
Head lice or nits as it’s commonly referred to, do not have any preference for clean or dirty hair, they are highly transmissible and are most commonly passed through head to head contact.
Natural lice Treatment
Tea tree oil
This essential and most effective oil is good for the use of removing head lice from the scalp.It has been proven to kill lice and is often now found in many of the over counter treatments that you can secure from the chemist. By using a mixture of aromatherapy oils you can naturally and safely remove head lice from hair.
A quick and simple recipe
5 drops of pure tea tree oil
5 drops of pure lavender oil
20 drops of olive oil or coconut
Mix these oils together in a glass container, the darker the glass the better for preserving your oil
You just have to rub this oil onto a dry scalp and through the hair leaving for no longer than 6 hour, before rinsing out and combing with lice comb repeat in 7 days
Homemade lice Treatment-
Virgin coconut oil
There are some advantages of using coconut oil on your hair is that it will suffocate the head lice, coating the hair strands in fine oil that will both moisturize your hair as well as make it more difficult for the eggs to stay on the hair strands making removing the nits much easier.
Melt a portion of the virgin coconut oil in a small bowl and let cool it so as not to burn the scalp
Apply to the hair and the scalp using generous amounts of the oil
Massage into the scalp to the ends of your hair thoroughly paying special attention to the crown, behind the ears and the nape where head lice like to hide the most.
Place a shower cap over your hair, or wrap in cling wrap to keep secure and tight.
leave on for at least 12 hours, so it’s best to do this at night before bed, if using on young children it’s always a good idea to remove the plastic shower cap or cling wrap to avoid suffocation while sleeping, placing a towel over their pillow instead
Wash your hair using your normal shampoo and comb out the dead head lice and eggs, after 12 hours they should all be dead
Repeat in 7 days to prevent reinfestation
Another great homemade lice treatment item that can help you to remove the head lice in your home, although it doesn’t kill the parasites it is known to suffocate them and knock them out, making it easy to comb them out.
Section the hair and apply the oil liberally to each section thoroughly drenching the scalp
Leave on the scalp for at least 30 minutes
First comb the hair normally helping to distribute the oil evenly, before using a nit comb or fine tooth comb, its best to comb out small sections at a time. Rinse comb it hot water to help prevent oil build up.
Once you have removed all that you can, wash your hair in either vinegar or Dawn dishwashing liquid to help remove the oil in your hair
Repeat every 3 days for best results removing head lice on young children
One of the cheapest ways to deal with head lice is by using a white conditioner and a fine tooth comb. The white conditioner will stun the bugs making their removal with a nit comb or the like much easier.
Simply apply a generous amount to dry hair and leave it to sit for 20 minutes
Section the hair and comb thoroughly using a nit comb or fine tooth comb to remove the stunned bugs and their eggs.
Repeat in 7 days
Vinegar is another versatile product that comes in great use when dealing with head lice, although it doesn’t kill the lice it can be used its two ways, as a preventive and as a combing solution.
Vinegar is a natural acid and it can create a barrier that lice are very unwilling to cross
1 cup of Vinegar
1 cup of Water
Mix the two ingredients together thoroughly
Shampoo hair normally, using the vinegar solution instead of conditioner and leave in hair and dry normally. The smell generally takes about 30 minutes to run away.
1. you should always have to use a fine tooth comb or a nit comb that you can buy from chemists and some supermarkets, these are the best way to be sure that you are getting the ones that your eyes may not be able to see.
2. Head lice can’t tolerate heat, so dip the comb into a bowl of boiling water before running through the hair this can help loosen the glue that lice use to hold the eggs to the hair maroon.
3. As I have told you that head lice hate vinegar so by dipping your comb into a bowl of vinegar as you remove the nits, will help loosen up the glue used by the eggs as well as creating a preventive.
4. For long thick hair its best to section the hair, working from the scalp the to the very ends of the hair strands
5. Dry hair with hair dryer as head lice hate hot temperatures
6. Nits feed on our blood so are generally found very near to the scalp, on the crown, behind the ears and the nape of the neck so concentrate on these areas to begin with.
Preventing re infection
It is the most important thing that you clean each and everything that may have had contact with the head lice, from pillows, blankets brushes and the like.
The sun and hot temperatures are a great aid in this, so wash your linens and clothes on the hot cycle, 30 minutes in the dyer or a full day or two, in open sunlight will also kill any lice that may be left.
One last thing that you should always keep in your mind, Head lice are not a sign of dirty living or dirty hair, and there is nothing to panic about if you or your child come into contact with these small parasites, simply know that you have at least a week long challenge in front of you and let others know who may have had contact with you or your children as this can stop the infestation from spreading and returning to your home at a later date