No doubt, if you or your child has got head lice, the first thing you want is to learn how to get rid of lice, and fast. Let’s take a look at several available options.
One of the main pros is that head lice shampoos are capable of killing lice fast. They are pretty easy to apply, ready made and effective for most of them.
But the big drawback of conventional lice shampoos is that most of these products contain pesticides in order to kill adult lice and nymphs.
In fact, you should know that conventional lice shampoos are never 100% effective, and sometimes they will only be 30% effective. This means that you shouldn’t expect immediate success with these products. This is why many people report success and yet many others report failure.
Moreover, there are always some cons to find in any treatment. The first one of them is that those chemical pesticides can be toxic to people, too. They should be used with special care on kids or adults with skin conditions or asthma.
Besides, in the U.S. head lice have become resistant to many of the commonly used treatments. The ones which survived the treatment have passed on to their descendants the genes which made them resistant to those pesticides.
So, if you try any shampoo twice and it does not work, you should resort to some other methods to get rid of head lice.
A safe, non-toxic, pesticide-free shampoo may be more effective than conventional ones because it uses natural ingredients that lice aren’t resisting.
Next on our how to get rid of lice list are head lice home remedies. If you cannot get rid of lice by other means, these are options that provide pretty safe and effective lice and nits killing solutions.
Most home remedies work as physical pesticides. This means, they kill lice by suffocating or dehydrating them, instead of poisoning them.
If you also want to know how to get rid of nits, home remedies can be a great option for you.
Here is one example of an effective head lice home remedy to kill adult lice. You may put mayonnaise on your hair and scalp. It does feel awkward and greasy, but it actually works well for most people. Mayonnaise is made of oil and it also has some vinegar in it.
Oil gets stuck in the breathing tubes of the head lice and suffocates them. And vinegar contains acetic acid that can unglue the nits from the hair shaft.
You may use oils such as corn oil or olive oil, instead of mayonnaise, to get rid of adult head lice. You may also want to add a few drops of essential oils into your carrier oil.
You may use such essential oils as lavender oil for lice or tea tree oil. They also repel lice and help you get them off your hair.
You should apply mayonnaise or oil right to your hair and skin and leave it there for several hours, typically about 3 hours. Remember that it is better not to leave your child with these products and a shower cap overnight.
When you are ready to wash the oil off your hair, you should take the lice comb and brush your hair with it in order to get rid of dead lice and nits. Work from top to your hair tips.
Try to comb as near the scalp as possible, because most nits and lice are found on your scalp or within one centimeter of it. Wipe or wash the comb after every stroke you make to remove live or dead lice and nits from it.
When learning how to get rid of lice, you may also resort to vinegar combing. You should apply vinegar to your hair and scalp and comb the hair with the lice comb.
This and any other lice treatment has to be repeated at least once more 7 days later. This way you can get rid of all the newly hatched lice.
Remember there are 2 crucial steps to get rid of lice: one is to kill adult lice, and the other one is to kill and/or remove nits. Combing is an essential step and it can take up to several hours depending on the infestation.
It should never be overlooked and should be repeated until there are no more live lice eggs in the hair.