How to Get Rid of Nits in No Time

How to Get Rid of Nits in No Time

Parasites. We hate them don’t we? And if they’re nesting on our children’s hair we hate them even more! But as most moms have found out, you can’t run away from head lice, and, with them, nits. If you have a kid in kindergarten or preschool you’ve most likely dealt with this problem already.

Let’s Face it, it’s Never Easy

You may have even had the misfortune of having to deal with it a couple of times. And it’s never easy. Kids are not that cooperative when you ask them to sit straight while you comb their hair for hours on end. Usually someone else in the family gets them soon after, and before you know it you’ve got an infestation on your hands. And these little pesky creatures are resilient! It’s a pretty stressful to have to deal with. But, as I’ve said – it has to be done.

There are many ways of dealing with head lice and nits, and moms are discovering new ones all the time so you might have come across some weird remedies, such as ‘the hair straightener technique’ while looking for advice on the subject. So, to help you out we’ll break down the life cycle of head lice and their eggs, called nits, and then give you the best tips to get rid of them.

4 Important Facts About Nits

A lot of people aren’t familiar with some head lice facts that might help them deal with the infestation and avoid re-infestation, like these:

1. Female head lice lay eggs (nits) in sacs which stick to individual hairs.

2. A baby head louse then hatches seven to ten days later.

3. Ten to fourteen days later, the baby head louse is ready to have babies of its own.

4. From the time when the egg is laid until the live insect dies is about 33 to 35 days.

These facts are important to know because they show that a second treatment and constant combing out sessions are necessary in order to prevent having eggs left in the hair. So, if you don’t get rid of all the nits, they will hatch, and you’ll be at it all over again.

While there are many products available in stores that can help you kill head lice (shampoos, electric combs etc.) the best way to get rid of nits and dead pests is combing them out and dipping them in hot water. You’ll need two treatments, a week or so apart, and lots of combing to get it all out. Make sure that the infestation isn’t resilient to whatever shampoo you’re using. When combing out after washing the hair, look to see whether the lice are in fact dead or at least inactive. If you’re catching several of them moving after you’ve used the shampoo it probably means it’s not working, and any other similar shampoo won’t work either.

What’s recommended when it comes to combing out the little pests and their eggs is using a low cost simple conditioner and putting a generous amount of it on the hair.

Leave it in for five minutes and don’t wash it out. Comb the hair with the regular hair brush the first time, and then continue with the disinfected nit comb. It might be smart to separate the hair into sections and carefully go through each one at a time. After you’re done, rinse out the left over conditioner and disinfect the nit comb again (at water temperature of 60 C or higher).

how to get rid of head lice eggs stuck to hair shafts?

I’ve nuked DS with full marks and I’ve combed and combed and combed him, but there’s loads of eggs (?) still stuck to hairs and I can’t shift them.

I can’t help as I’m in the same position, but interested to read anyone else’s posts

Let’s have a bump for us both then!

It sounds disgusting but I sort of slide them down the hair shaft and dispose on a tissue. Nitty gritty comb gets most of the buggers, just make sure to thoroughly wipe comb after each sweep.

Did you use a nitty gritty comb?

I second (third?) the use of Nitty Gritty combs. They are excellent.

Although if they’re truly glued on I’ve heard that pouring a bottle of listerine over the hair, wrapping in cling film and leaving for 20 mins dissolves the glue.

When my DC were little, I didn’t bother with any of the chemical treatments as they are really not that effective. Just use plenty (loads and loads) of conditioner, nit comb and some time to do the combing. It can be quite therapeutic, tbh. It is the best way.

You need a good nit comb i used bug buster but nitty gritty is the same conditioner and comb through clean comb onto a tissue also do it with your nails and do it every night for 2 weeks which is the cycle from egg to louse

Put loads of conditioner on then go through and slide them off with your fingernails. Takes a long time, but works very efficiently, particularly if your DCs have fine hair, as the combs never seem to have close enough teeth.

Wrapping a child’s head in cling film? Are you insane.
How many children would allow that to happen without tearing it all off?

My three are all fine with being wrapped in cling film. we have a serial non-treater of nits at our school, so they are a permanent fixture here.

I was going to say nitty gritty too.

Nitty gritty doesn’t work on the eggs on dd’s hair so I do two treatments of oil 10 days apart — gets any live ones before they can lay.

Second the liberal application of conditioner. They can’t hang on.

I also put a bit of wax in ds hair, i have a theory that it stops them gripping, or kills them? Who knows. He hasnt had lice since though, horrible little #%/&@%!

The swears referring to the lice, obviously, not ds!

We would just sit and I’d comb, DD would watch Scooby Doo on a Saturday morning. It was such a lovely bonding time

Also, a little bit of Tea Tree oil or lotion at the nape of their necks — headlice don’t like Tea Tree!

I was a TA whilst DC were at school and once found a louse in my hair whilst bathing. I immediately leapt into action, conditioner and combs at the ready. But only I had the infestation (worked in Early Years, where they like to snuggle up when reading). DC had none at all

I used a bug buster and the comb that came with the full marks solution. The bug buster wasn’t fine enough but the full marks comb really hurt him, pulling his hair.

Is the nitty gritty comb better?

Lol at FastWindow

yoink yes a preview might have helped me there

We used these combs — they’re available on prescription or on minor ailments scheme too.

We use nitty gritty. I out the hedrin in a wee spray bottle and comb it through. Wiping the comb on a damp piece of kitchen roll in between. You get to see them all on the paper. So satisfying.

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Its going to hurt means its doing its job im afraid there is no gentle way to get the buggers conditioer helps

In my experience, even nitty gritty won’t get them all. I use it but then pick over with fingers when their hair is dry. It’s the only way

How to Remove Nits from Hair without a Comb

Nits are the eggs laid by head lice. In order to complete the lice treatment, it is necessary to get rid of all nits. Properly removing nits from hair mean that lice eggs never hatch, which not just averts pain but also restrains the spread of lice to others. Natural remedies can encounter with this problem.

Kill All Adult Lice

You should kill adult lice first as it will not cause any difference if you remove the nits from the hair when adult lice are able to bread. Those nits left behind will hatch into more lice which will bread and lay more eggs or nits. This cycle is hard to break until you do not kill all adult lice.

  • You need to start nit-picking and combing.
  • There are special kinds of comb that will help you go through this.
  • You can start hours to extracting nits by hand from hair.


    It is the active ingredient in nit removal shampoo and obtained from the chrysanthemum flowers. It harms the nervous system of lice but.

    • You need to keep dry hair for a few minutes.
    • Apply the product to your dry hair and add water to form a lather.
    • It has softened the nits so just comb for nits.

      Olive Oil

      This is one of the most excellent agents to remove nits from hair without a comb. Olive oil is able to create suffocation for lice and let them die.

      • It is a slow process so you need to keep your hair like that overnight as we know lice can survive hours without breathing like underwater.
      • It will help loosen lice from the hair shafts.

        Permethrin Lotion 1%

        It is a synthetic version of pyrethrins. It works the same way as pyrethrins attack lice.

        You need to shampoo your hair but not conditioned.

        • Fill up your head with the lotion.
        • Keep your head like this for the next about 10 minutes.
        • You should repeat the process if you find any more nits or lice after 7 or more days after the initial treatment.

          Hair Dryers

          It is known that hot-air is highly effective in killing nits but not able to remove live lice. A hairdryer might kill about 90% of your nits but just 10% of lice.

          • If you blow dryer using direct heat, it will increase the efficiency and kill about 98% of nits and 55% of lice.
          • You should wash your hair first as it increases your chance of removing the nits.


            It is a lotion which contains ingredients from a natural insecticide.

            • It had proven to be a great success in clinical trials.
            • You need to cover your scalp and put the liquid through dry hair.
            • Keep your hair like this for the next 10 minutes.
            • It may cause eye and skin irritation.


              It is a lotion that can paralyze and kill lice and their eggs/nits. There are fewer chances of having eye and skin irritation.

              • It is harmful to use this lotion for babies.
              • You need to apply some lotion to dry hair and scalp.
              • Wash off after 10 minutes.

                Petroleum Jelly

                It is simple and works like olive oil. It is supposed to suffocate the lice and nits by clogging their breathing holes.

                • You should cover your hair and scalp.
                • Leave it overnight and put a shower cap.
                • Rinse your hair the next morning.
                • You should repeat the process every week.


                  It will help in closing the breathing holes in lice.

                  • It helps in killing the lice by suffocating lice.
                  • You should follow the basic protocol of washing your hair.
                  • Keep mayo onto your hair overnight to do its thing.
                  • Shampoo your hair the next morning for nits.
                  • Repeat the process a week later if you still find the same problem.


                    Nit eggs are covered in a sticky substance that holds them to the hair follicles. It is believed that vinegar will dissolve the sticky glue which is used to attach eggs to hair.

                    • The acetic acid is useful in nitpicking after using a bug-killing treatment.
                    • It is a home remedy so does not have any more clinical evidence.
                    • It is to be mixed with water in 1:1 part of water and vinegar.

                      Lemon Juice

                      As a natural remedy, lemon juice works best for killing nits and lice.

                      • You should go with lemon juice to kill all the nits and lice.
                      • You need to squeeze a lemon and wet your hair with it.
                      • Lemon juice weakens the bonding between the lice egg to the hair shaft.


                        Listerine is some kind of mouthwash which contains high % of alcohol. It will break down the bonding to the hair follicle.

                        • You should use Listerine and keep your hair wet and completely cover your hair for about 30 minutes.
                        • Can also use your towel and put it around your head.
                        • You should use mild hot water to wash your hair.
                        • Listerine spray will kill all the adults and will prevent them from re-intestate.


                          • It is some kind of vacuum cleaner with a brush-like nozzle. It ejects heated air towards the hair roots and scalp to dry them out and kill all the lice and their eggs.
                          • Estimated that it can kill about 98% of nits and 80% of live lice.
                          • Safe and quick.
                          • This treatment might require only 30 minutes.
                          • In a vacuum, you might be able to drop live lice or nits with a HEPA filter.

                            Benzyl Alcohol Lotion 5%

                            It is a very useful method to overcome the lice and nit problem.

                            • Benzyl alcohol lotions kill lice because of asphyxiation.
                            • You need to saturate your dry hair and scalp with the lotion.
                            • Leave it for 10 minutes and wash it off.
                            • It is necessary for you to shampoo afterward.

                              Plastic Bags

                              It is possible that nits can be re-installed by any means of clothing and towels.

                              • You should keep your item in plastic bags for up to 2 weeks.
                              • Items to be pocketed are like stuffed animals, pillows helmets, hair ribbons, ponytail holders, and barrettes.


                                It contains antimicrobial properties. Its strong fragrance actually suffocates lice and the following procedure is the same as we can do in case of oil.

                                • You need to peel off 10 cloves of garlic and make a fine paste.
                                • Then you should add the fine paste with a little lime juice or olive oil.
                                • Apply the mixture for like 30 minutes before you rinse off your hair.

                                  Oil Infused with Garlic

                                  As it is already known the benefits of garlic when it comes to treating the nits, some people don’t want to apply the garlic straight away in order to avoid the smell. For them, garlic infused oil is another good option.

                                  • Take a jar and fill it with sunflower oil, peel off and put at least 10 garlic cloves in the oil and leave it overnight.
                                  • Next day, apply the oil with a brush in your hair for around 6-7 hours and wash it off with your shampoo and warm water.
                                  • This will help to get rid of the nits without leaving a foul smell of the garlic in your hair.

                                    Baking Soda with Egg Yolk

                                    Another method to get rid of nits from your hair is the baking soda and egg yolk mixture. The property of both the ingredients works on killing the nits making it easier to remove from your hair.

                                    • Take 1 spoonful of baking soda for every one egg yolk.
                                    • Take it in a bowl and microwave it for 30 seconds, whisk it well and then apply it on the scalp of your head.
                                    • If after applying to scalp the mixture is left, apply it outwards in the hair.
                                    • Sit it for half an hour and then rinse it off with just warm water and do not use shampoo for the next 5-6 hours.

                                      Hair Gel

                                      Having talked about petroleum jelly earlier, hair gel is another way one can get rid of nits and lice easily from the hair. Any sort of hair gel can work without harming the kids or adults with their hair.

                                      • Take a considerable amount of hair gel and put it in the hair and let it try for at least 2-3 hours.
                                      • The hair gel when hardens suffocates the lice by clogging its pores, making it easier for them to die.
                                      • Wash off hair gel with water and comb the hair you can see the nits falling off.

                                        Nit Fingering

                                        Nit fingering is a very neat and basic method when it comes to ticking off all the nits from your hair. But other than focusing on elimination, the environment for the same matters too.

                                        • Make sure you’re seated in an area where it’s chilly, like in front of your cooler or air conditioner.
                                        • The chill atmosphere restricts the movement of the nits.
                                        • Next, sit right underneath a bright artificial light so it’s easy for the nitpicker to see them thoroughly and get rid of them efficiently.
                                        • Just running your fingers down the air will make those nits fall off from your hair, keep shaking your hair in between a few times.


                                        • It is advised not to use a hairdryer after applying a chemical lice treatment as some chemicals are flammable.
                                        • In extreme cases of head lice, physician-endorsed medicine might be required to treat the condition. Avoid delayed head-to-head contact with people.
                                        • Nits look like dandruff but they cannot be shaken off or brushed out.
                                        • Don’t use frequent chemicals to kill live lice and nits as in few decades; certain chemicals will have no effect on live lice or nit.
                                        • You should avoid contact with infested clothing materials like hats, hair ties, barrettes, scarves, coats, and uniform and personal cleaning products and bedding.


                                        14 Effective Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Nasty Head Lice

                                        14 Effective Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Nasty Head Lice

                                        Head lice infestation can be one of the most annoying things to deal with, not only for the person affected, but also for the people around. It is sneakily contagious and can cause a lot of distress, not to mention severe itching and burning.

                                        The word ‘lice’ takes me down the memory lane. A good two decades ago, my mom would caution me to stay away from kids who had lice; they were ‘dirty’ according to her. Well, a lice infestation does not mean someone is dirty! If you have kids, they are bound to come back from school with a few lice in their head, something that needs immediate attention. Let us look at exactly what lice are.

                                        What Are Lice?

                                        Head lice are scientifically called Pediculus humanus capitis and are usually two to three millimeters in length. These are parasitic insects that travel by crawling. They lay eggs at hair shaft base, where these get attached. These are called as nits (1).

                                        Wondering on how to get rid of lice naturally, have a look at these remedies.

                                        14 Effective Home Remedies For Lice In Hair

                                        Given below are the top effective and safe home remedies to get rid of lice and nits in hair .

                                        1. Tea Tree Oil For Head Lice

                                        • You Will Need
                                        • Tea tree oil
                                        • Towel
                                        • Comb
                                        What You Have To Do
                                        1. Apply a few drops of the tea tree oil to the affected scalp and hair before going to bed.
                                        2. Place a towel on the pillow and go to sleep as usual.
                                        3. In the morning, comb the hair thoroughly to remove all the dead lice and nits.
                                        How Often You Need To Do This

                                        Repeat this every night for three to seven days.

                                        Why This Works

                                        Being a natural louse repellent, tea tree oil is a good way to prevent hair lice infections. Whenever there is a head lice outbreak at your child’s school, use this remedy. Tea tree oil has insecticidal and ovicidal effects, which means it kills the lice and also the eggs. A 100% mortality rate of lice was observed in an experiment that was conducted in 2012 using this essential oil (2).

                                        2. Mayonnaise For Lice

                                        • You Will Need
                                        • Mayonnaise
                                        • Shower cap
                                        What You Have To Do
                                        1. Rub mayonnaise generously on the affected scalp. Cover it with a shower cap and leave it on overnight.
                                        1. Remember to remove the nits that may remain by hand.
                                        How Often You Need To Do This

                                        Repeat this after a few days, if required.

                                        Why This Works

                                        This will smother the lice. You can shampoo the next morning to get rid of the bodies (3).

                                        3. Listerine For Lice

                                        You Will Need
                                        • Listerine
                                        • Shower cap
                                        • Nit removal comb
                                        What You Have To Do
                                        1. Douse your hair and scalp in Listerine and cover with the shower cap. Be careful to not get any Listerine in your ears or on your face.
                                        1. Leave the shower cap on for two hours. Rinse regularly with shampoo.
                                        1. Follow this with a thorough combing session to remove any remaining lice and nits.
                                        How Often You Need To Do This

                                        Repeat after a week or as and when necessary.

                                        Why This Works

                                        Listerine contains eucalyptus and thymol, which are effective in killing the lice (4).

                                        4. Olive Oil Lice Treatment

                                        You Will Need
                                        • Olive oil
                                        • Shower cap
                                        What You Have To Do
                                        1. Apply the oil thoroughly all over the scalp and hair.
                                        1. Cover with a shower cap and leave it on overnight.
                                        1. Wash with lukewarm water and comb to remove all remaining lice and eggs.
                                        How Often You Need To Do This

                                        Repeat this for another night or two, if required.

                                        Why This Works

                                        Olive oil suffocates the adult lice and also helps in easily sliding off the nits from the hair when it is combed with a nit removal comb (5).

                                        5. Coconut Oil For Head Lice

                                        You Will Need
                                        • Coconut oil
                                        • Disposable shower caps
                                        • Shampoo
                                        • Conditioner
                                        • Nit comb
                                        What You Have To Do
                                        1. Warm up the oil and apply it generously on the scalp. Massage for a few minutes and cover with a shower cap.
                                        1. Leave it on for two hours. Then, comb thoroughly with the nit comb to remove dead lice and eggs.
                                        1. Shampoo and condition as usual.
                                        1. Once the hair is dry, apply warm coconut oil again, cover with a fresh shower cap, and leave it on overnight.
                                        1. Comb your hair in the morning to remove all the dead lice and eggs. Rinse your hair.
                                        How Often You Need To Do This

                                        Repeat this once or twice a week.

                                        Why This Works

                                        Like olive oil, coconut oil also suffocates the lice and does not let them or the eggs get attached to the hair easily (6). Using a nit comb properly is essential for this home remedy to work well.

                                        6. Vinegar For Head Lice

                                        You Will Need
                                        • 1 part white vinegar
                                        • 1 part water
                                        • Towel
                                        • Nit comb
                                        What You Have To Do
                                        1. Mix the vinegar with water and apply this on the louse-infested scalp.
                                        1. Wrap the head with the towel and leave it on for 30 minutes.
                                        1. Then, comb hair to remove the lice and eggs.
                                        1. Follow this by rinsing the hair thoroughly to get rid of lice once and for all.

                                        You can also use apple cider vinegar instead of white vinegar.

                                        How Often You Need To Do This

                                        Repeat this head lice treatment if required.

                                        Why This Works

                                        The acetic acid content of vinegar loosens up the strong bond between the nits and the hair, making it easy to remove adult lice as well as nits (7).

                                        7. Neem Oil

                                        • You Will Need
                                        • Neem oil
                                        • Shampoo
                                        • Nit comb
                                        What You Have To Do
                                        1. Add a couple of drops of neem oil to your regular shampoo and use this to rinse your scalp and hair.
                                        1. The rinsing should be followed by properly combing sections of hair using a nit comb.
                                        How Often You Need To Do This

                                        Use this neem oil infused shampoo regularly to keep lice at bay.

                                        Why This Works

                                        Neem oil is also known to kill head lice. It blocks the air passages of both the nits and the adult lice, thus ensuring a high mortality rate (8).

                                        8. Alcohol For Lice

                                        • You Will Need
                                        • Benzyl alcohol solution
                                        • Nit comb
                                        What You Have To Do
                                        1. Apply the solution on the scalp and also on the hair. Do not forget to apply behind the ears and on the neck.
                                        1. Leave it on for 10 minutes.
                                        1. Rinse hair in a basin and comb to remove dead lice and nits.
                                        1. Repeat this process after a week to kill the lice that have hatched from the remaining eggs.
                                        How Often You Need To Do This

                                        Following the above steps for one cycle should get rid of all the lice and eggs.

                                        Why This Works

                                        Benzyl alcohol is a type of pediculicide, which means that it kills lice. It does this by asphyxiating them. This chemical is approved by the FDA and can be used for children above six months of age (9).


                                        Be careful to not get any benzyl alcohol on your body when you rinse it out of your hair. Also, wash your hands thoroughly after application and rinsing.

                                        9. Baby Oil

                                        You Will Need
                                        • Baby oil
                                        • Shower cap
                                        • Nit comb
                                        • Laundry detergent (or dishwashing liquid)
                                        • Water
                                        What You Have To Do
                                        1. Apply baby oil in generous amounts on the scalp and hair. Massage for a few minutes and cover with a shower cap.
                                        1. Leave it on overnight. Use the nit comb to remove dead lice and eggs in the morning.
                                        1. Use a laundry detergent to rinse the hair. Be careful not to get any of it in your eyes, ears, or mouth.
                                        How Often You Need To Do This

                                        Repeat this every few days till all the lice have been removed.

                                        Why This Works

                                        Baby oil restricts the air passages of the lice and suffocates them to death (10). It also makes the hair slippery, thus making it difficult for the eggs to attach to the hair shafts.


                                        Do not use strong detergents to rinse hair for toddlers and young children. Opt for a neem or tea tree oil-based shampoo.

                                        10. Vegetable Oil

                                        • You Will Need
                                        • Vegetable oil
                                        • Shower cap
                                        • Nit comb
                                        • Shampoo
                                        What You Have To Do
                                        1. Apply vegetable oil to the hair and scalp, cover with a shower cap, and leave it on overnight.
                                        1. Rinse with shampoo the next morning.
                                        How Often You Need To Do This

                                        Repeat this for a few nights till all the lice and eggs are gone.

                                        Why This Works

                                        Even if you do not have any essential or carrier oil around the house, you are bound to have some vegetable oil in the kitchen. Vegetable oil works the same way as the other oils. It kills head lice by suffocating them.

                                        11. Eucalyptus Oil

                                        You Will Need
                                        • 15-20 drops eucalyptus oil
                                        • 2 ounces olive oil
                                        • Shower cap
                                        • Nit comb
                                        What You Have To Do
                                        1. Mix the essential oil with the carrier oil and apply on the scalp and hair.
                                        1. Cover with a shower cap and leave it on overnight.
                                        1. Comb hair in the morning to remove dead lice and then rinse hair as usual.
                                        How Often You Need To Do This

                                        Repeat this process if required.

                                        Why This Works

                                        Eucalyptus oil is a strong fumigant that kills head lice effectively. It has been proven to even work against lice that are resistant to chemical treatments (11).

                                        12. Baking Soda

                                        You Will Need
                                        • 1 part baking soda
                                        • 3 parts conditioner
                                        • Nit comb
                                        • Paper towel
                                        What You Have To Do
                                        1. Mix the baking soda and conditioner and apply this mixture all over the scalp and hair.
                                        1. Now, comb through the hair section by section and wipe the comb on a paper towel after each session of combing. You will notice that adult lice, baby lice, and also nits are being removed.
                                        1. After combing through all the hair, rinse with shampoo.
                                        How Often You Need To Do This

                                        Repeat this a few times on the following days for an effective lice removal.

                                        Why This Works

                                        Baking soda helps relieve itchiness on the scalp (12). When used in combination with the conditioner, it kills head lice by constricting their respiratory system.

                                        13. Petroleum Jelly

                                        You Will Need
                                        • Petroleum jelly
                                        • Shower cap
                                        • Nit comb
                                        • Baby oil
                                        What You Have To Do
                                        1. Rub generous amounts of petroleum jelly onto the affected scalp and keep it covered until the next morning.
                                        1. Apply some baby oil on the nit comb and run it through the hair to remove the jelly along with the lice.
                                        1. Wash the hair well with shampoo to remove the jelly completely.
                                        How Often You Need To Do This

                                        Continue this treatment for as many nights as required.

                                        Why This Works

                                        Similar to the mayonnaise mask, petroleum jelly also makes the environment uninhabitable for the lice and suffocates them to death (13). Compared to the other home remedies, this method was shown to cause maximum lice and egg mortality.

                                        14. Salt

                                        You Will Need
                                        • ¼ cup salt
                                        • ¼ cup vinegar
                                        • Spray bottle
                                        • Shower cap
                                        What You Have To Do
                                        1. Mix the salt in the vinegar thoroughly and pour it into the spray bottle.
                                        1. Spray this liquid all over the scalp and hair thoroughly. Be careful when spraying near the eyes and ears.
                                        1. Cover with shower cap and leave it on for an hour or two.
                                        1. Now, wash with shampoo and apply conditioner.
                                        How Often You Need To Do This

                                        Do this twice or thrice a week.

                                        Why This Works

                                        Salt is a natural antiseptic and kills adult and baby lice. The vinegar in the mixture will loosen the nits’ attachment to the hair (14). A proper rinse will remove a majority of the lice and nits.

                                        These are some very effective home remedies for lice removal that render your hair and scalp lice-free. So, the next time you spot these bugs on your child’s head, try any of these top 14 tricks for treating hair lice and knock them out completely.

                                        Other Effective Treatments To Cure Head Lice

                                        It is important to treat a lice infestation as soon as it is detected to prevent it from spreading from one person to another. If you or someone you know is suffering from a head full of lice, you can also try these OTC chemical treatments.

                                        1. Treatment Using Dimeticone Lotion

                                        Dimeticone lotion is a silicone-based insecticide. It is often used in toiletries and makeup products. The lotion should be applied twice, once in seven days. After applying, leave it on the scalp for about eight hours overnight, and wash off with shampoo and water. This lotion is formulated to block the tubes through which the lice breathe and block the way the lice pass out water, which results in killing them (15).

                                        2. Treatment Using Isopropyl Myristate And Cyclomethicone Solution

                                        This lotion is a physical insecticide used in the treatment of lice. It works just like Dimeticone. The application of this lotion must be left on the scalp for about 10 minutes. Then, the hair must be combed with a fine-toothed comb to remove lice. Then, shampoo to remove the solution. This treatment should be repeated after a week’s time. This procedure is advisable even for asthma patients and for children above the age of two (16).

                                        3. Treatment Using CAY Spray

                                        CAY spray contains coconut, anise, and ylang-ylang oils. It is a physical insecticide like Dimeticone. Apply the spray to the hair and scalp and leave it on for about 15 minutes. Then, comb your hair with a fine-toothed comb to remove lice (17). Shampoo your hair to remove the spray. This treatment should be repeated in seven days. This treatment is not advisable for asthma patients, children younger than two years of age, and people suffering from any skin irritations.

                                        4. Treatment Using Malathion Lotion

                                        Malathion is a chemical insecticide that has been used since a long time to treat head lice problems. This lotion should be applied twice, once in every seven days. After each application, this lotion should be left on the hair for about 12 hours and then washed off with shampoo and water. This lotion can be used on children above the age of six years. This treatment works by paralyzing and killing the lice and eggs. This lotion is flammable, so stay away from flammable substances (18).

                                        1. Symptoms Of Head Lice

                                        Lice can cause the following symptoms:

                                        • Strong and irresistible itching
                                        • Rashes – due to scratching
                                        • Opaque nits are visible near the hair shafts (19)

                                        2. Will Hair Dye Kill Lice?

                                        Yes, hair dye can kill lice. The chemicals present in some of the hair dyes, for example, ammonia, are toxic for both adult and juvenile lice. However, hair dyes will not affect the eggs (or nits) as these chemicals cannot penetrate into the egg shell.

                                        3. Can Shampooing Your Hair Kill Lice?

                                        If you use a regular shampoo to wash your hair, it will not kill the lice present. To kill these annoying pests, you need to use specific shampoos that are made for lice treatment, such as those containing tea tree oil, neem oil, and/or eucalyptus oil.

                                        4. Should I Shave My Head To Get Rid Of Lice?

                                        Completely removing the environment that the lice survive in will definitely get rid of the lice and their eggs. But this is an extreme step and is not necessary. They are many home solutions and also OTC medications that can help you kill the lice and get rid of them.

                                        The only way to ensure that any of these treatments for lice work effectively is to stick to them. Don’t stop using them even after the head is free from infestation. A repeat treatment is recommended after two weeks. Also, ensure that all combs, shower caps, pillow cases, bed sheets, blankets, towels, etc. are thoroughly sterilized in boiling water before you use them again. This will prevent the recurrence of infestation from any bugs or nits that might have stayed behind on them. Happy lice hunting!


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