I can confidently say, without a single doubt in my mind, that the natural treatment for lice is WAY more effective than that chemical crap they sell you over the counter.
BTW, the chemical stuff (I won’t name names…) doesn’t work on lice anymore because the lice have MUTATED and are now IMMUNE to it. Plus, they give you that crappy little comb that does nothing to get the nits out. And, you’re about to find out, it’s the combing that does all the magic for the permanent removal of lice.
If you have school-aged children, I recommend doing this treatment on them once per week as a preventative.
If you find anything in there, you will have been quick enough to get it out and prevent too much of an infestation, plus you will – over a few days time – get out all the eggs she laid on your head (I know, I know, it’s really, really horrific).
For your treatment, you need only 2 instruments.
- Industrial-grade nit comb. (Walmart, $10)
- Olive oil.
Plus, I would also have some old towels to use around your shoulders (olive oil stains) and on the floor under where you’ll be standing. One more thing: paper towels. Have the whole roll nearby, and wet one at a time to use for wiping off your nit comb.
Put some towels on the floor first. Be next to a sink or in the bathtub. Really drench the hair with olive oil. The bugs can’t hold on to your hair so good with the oil and will slide off easily with the combing.
Use a wide-tooth comb to get out any tangles, going from the front of the head toward the back. Then, using the nit comb, and – this is super-important – comb all the way through the hair, touching the scalp as you go. You want the nit comb to touch every single portion of your scalp. The comb has to touch the scalp with each comb-through or you won’t get all the bugs and eggs. Mostly, they are are super-close to your scalp. Comb through this direction (front to back), starting with the line next to your right ear and, like you’re mowing the lawn, ending next to your left ear.
After every swipe from front to back of the nit comb, wipe the comb off on some wetted paper towels that you have nearby. You will see the lice and eggs coming out.
Now, you want to use the wide-tooth comb again, this time combing the hair to one side. After the tangles are out, use the nit comb and go through each section again.
Then, comb your hair to the other side. Again, detangle and then use the nit comb.
Lastly, comb your hair from back to front. You’ll want to have your head down at this point, obviously. Use the nit comb one more time, getting every portion of your scalp.
You’re pretty much done now! Congratulations, because that’s a lot of freaking combing! Now go wash your hair.
But now I have some slightly bad news. Although it’s not as bad as having lice…
You need to do a shit-ton of laundry. For laundry, definitely wash all bedding, towels, and clothing that have been used by anyone in the infected household. Pop anything else that’s fabric that can’t be washed into the dryer for 30 minutes at a high setting. You can also freeze items for 12 hours to kill lice on things that can’t be put into the dryer. Also, you can bag things for 3 days. After 3 days of not feeding on blood, they will die.
AND you will have to do this comb-through every day for the next 10 days. Now, for the after-care, you don’t need to use the olive oil, but if you have very long thick hair (like me), it will help to pull the comb through easily. If it works for you, though, you can just use a lot of conditioner in the hair to do the comb-through during the after-care. So, you wash the hair, put a lot of conditioner in, do the combing and rinse it out.
Some things to remember about lice:
- They can hold their breath, so just water alone will not kill them. To suffocate lice, they have to be submerged (or frozen) for at least 12 hours.
- Heat kills them. So you can put most things in the dryer, like stuffed animals and backpacks, on a high setting and that will kill them.
- They have to feed at least every 2 to 3 days; ideally every 12 hours. So if you have stuff you can’t wash or dry, just stick it in a bag for 3 days. They will starve to death.
- You can freeze your hairbrushes overnight to kill any lice or eggs on them.
- Lice don’t like testosterone, so men usually get a pass on this whole thing.
- Lice need at least 1/4″ of hair to live on, so if you’re a dude with a shaved head, you’re all good.
- Mama lice lay around 8 eggs per day. So if you have a mama bug, by the end of the week, when the first eggs hatch, you’ve got an infestation on your hands as the babies grow up pretty quick and start laying eggs of their own. If you’re doing weekly comb-throughs, you will get the mama bugs out and any eggs before they hatch.
- Lice do not jump or fly, but mama lice walk. And they’re nocturnal. So if you’re sleeping next to someone, and mama louse is ready to start her family, she likes to find a new head and fresh blood supply for that, so she is likely to walk over and start her family on whoever’s head is next to yours on the bed.
Oh, and I got all this information from a lady who owns a company that actually comes to your house and de-louses you. That was money well spent… So, if you’re struggling with lice and can’t seem to figure out how to get rid of them, give her a call: Gillian at Precise Lice Removal.