anyone have a foolproof method for keeping headlice away?!

Heather - posted on 09/17/2009 ( 101 moms have responded )

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i live in australia where head lice seems to be an epedemic! my school age children are always coming home with lice. wanting something to use on them to keep lice away.

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Shontell - posted on 09/22/2009

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try cooking oil and vinigar mix it in a bottle and pour on your child head keep a towel close for drippage and place a shopping bag on the head to keep the bugs from jumping all over and keep on head for at least 45min will not hurt child or head and then wash out with dish detergent and tell me how it went a doctor told me to do it for my children and i havent had a problem since

Ame - posted on 06/18/2012

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Hi there Heather

I have the same problem... I've tried everything on the market.... only one thing worked...

I have straightend my daughter's hair with a styling iron.... it pops the nits... one two three

Jill - posted on 03/05/2013

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the best website is headliceinfo.com . I have 4 children and have been through lice at least a dozen times. the info in here is correct. if you do what the calendar says EXACTLY and clean the house as they inform you, you'll be able to get rid of it. DO NOT use tea tree oil, it can mess with a child's or womans hormones, very bad. vinegar rinse is good though. most often the chemicals in the over the counter stuff are not effective the lice have grown immune to them. They are also pesticides you are putting on your childs head, and you will still have to nitpick. this website has videos, calendars, step by step plans and it's free. do yourself a favor and check it out.

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My girls shower every morning and I blow dry their hair. I was told that lice can't hold on to the hair. Also I keep their hair up in a braid or pony (bun is better) and hairspray their hair really good. Our school always has lice going around, but my kids have NEVER had it.

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Tina - posted on 09/25/2013

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When using the tree oil, do you add it each time you wash your child's hair to the shampoo or is there a ratio of drops of oil to ounces of shampoo to where it can be added to the whole bottle?

Shelley - posted on 09/06/2013

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Tea tree oil, as a follow up to treatment. It can be added to child's shampoo and I have found t to be a great deterrent. After you treat your child's hair and remove all living bugs and eggs use this to help to fend off and re-infestation. The following paragraph is copied from and article I read and I can tell you that it has worked for me.

"There is only one actual way that parents can literally prevent head lice. That way is this: Go to a store that sells herbal shampoos and get some teas tree oil shampoo. It is all natural and quite gentle. It is made from the oil of the tea tree plant. This type of shampoo does not contain chemicals but can both kill and deter head lice. They can't stand it. Being an all natural product it can safely be used every day, even on children. A teacher actually told me about it, long ago. When you use this shampoo daily, or even every other day alternating with a regular shampoo, lice will not be able to stand to live on your child's head. Their hair will be repulsive to the lice because of the tea tree oil shampoo used. Conditioner is also available for added softness in the hair, and added repellent for the lice."

I hope this was helpful. Shelley :)

Christina - posted on 10/22/2012

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I use a shampoo called Lice Sheild. They also have a spray too. I just got it at our local grocery store. We had one really bad year with lice at my kids school. Most awful thing ever. My oldest had really long THICK hair. I finally had to get it cut. It was a strain on both of us trying to get the lice out.

Natalie - posted on 10/22/2012

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The smell of tee tree oil keeps lice away I heard. You may need to put couple of drops in a spay bottle of water and use it every morning before your kids go to school. Also, shampoo with tee tree oil is helpful. Hope it works.

Les - posted on 10/21/2012

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Tea Tree Oil mixed with baby shampoo. You can buy it at Walmart. Leave on for a half hour. Shampoo out. Comb hair with a nit comb. Repeat 48 hrs later. Keep Girls hair tied up in pony tails, use gel & hairspray to prevent unfestation.

Natalie - posted on 10/17/2012

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I've just been through this. If you don't want to use pesticides in your child's head, I was recommended and it works the cetaphile treatment you can find in eHow. Other than treatment, I have been combing my kid's head every morning and night with the lice comb. I can say that after 1 week, we are seeing the results. And Yes, you need to wash all the bedding, jackets, clothes that have been in the contact with her head, also the car seat! Huge amount of work. Now I use California Baby tea tree shampoo to wash her hair.

Heather - posted on 10/04/2012

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Scabies is a form of lice.... it's Body Lice, just like Crabs are Genital Lice. That's why the Permethrin works... It is found as one of the main ingredients in most "head" lice treatments.

I haven't seen it listed in any of the responses, but one of the treatments my mother famously used and I have also used myself on my children is Mayonnaise. Lather the child's head thoroughly and place a plastic shower cap or bag snugly around the hair. My mother left ours on overnight, I did my daughters during the day and left it for 3-4 hours. Rinse slightly and comb through hair with a nit/lice comb.... Then Continue the rinse and Shampoo & Condition as usual. Recheck with comb for any buggers or eggs that may have been over looked. Good luck and thanks to all others for some of your wonderful suggestions that I had never heard of before.

Yourmothersir - posted on 10/02/2012

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I was one of five children, we got it all the time. The only way to keep kids from getting head lice is isolating them. Since this is not an option and kids need to play together look for a mint based shampoo or some mint oil and rub a little bit into her scalp. I don't think they like mint.

Michelle - posted on 10/01/2012

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use "fairytales hair care products " products rosemary repel line you can only buy online really great for your situation. good luck!!

Jeanette - posted on 09/10/2012

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Isn't it amazing how lice has gotten out of control? My daughter has had it twice, and I NEVER want to go through that again. I use a tea tree oil-based spray on her hair daily. Bumble and Bumble makes it, but I know you can add tea tree oil to any hair product. It keeps the critters away. Apparently, they hate hair products in general, so I would keep something in your kids' hair, instead of leaving it all clean and vulnerable.

Erin - posted on 09/09/2012

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I just got done battling lice a few months ago, and i'll tell you what works. Listerine!!!!!!! We first bought an over the counter product with chemicals, but it did not work 100% The lice came back in full force. So, because I had spent all my money on the non-working chemicals, I came across a website that stated Listerine worked for them, and you could use it as much as everyday if you wanted, unlike the store bought chemical treatments. And really, who wants to soak a kid's head in pesticides! I saturated my daughters hair with listerine, slapped on a disposable shower cap and let it sit for 2 hours. Then I washed and super conditioned her hair. Afterwards I sprayed her hair down with detangling spray and combed out the nits. There was never a live lice left, I would find them dead in the cap. Plus, the scent lingers in the hair for up to five days, and repels any other lice wanting to jump on. Thankfully now we are lice free! Try it!!!! You won't be sorry! (Also, use the regular Listerine, not the flavored- which has sugar and gets sticky.) When I wash her hair now, i had a few drops of tea tree oil to the shampoo as a repellent also.

Rita - posted on 09/08/2012

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Headlice is just not fun. All of my children have grown but "yes" they came home with it to. I live in Ontario, Canada. My daughter uses' Titri Shampoo on my grand children consistently, whatever is in this shampoo it seems that the headlice doesn't like it. Now I'm not saying its foolproof but I would definetly try it. She is still using it and her oldest is 13 and the youngest is 3 along with another who is 2wks. old. As well use a vinegar rinse. Dilute the vinegar to 1prt. vinegar to 3prts.water. You can put this in a 2 cup container. Rinse first, then rinse again with the vinegar rinse. With both of these combined I would rate it at approx. 90%. Good Luck!!

They may smell like vinegar for just a while but it will go away :-)

Michelle Isabelle - posted on 09/08/2012

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i have it finally i put shampoo,conditioner, and olive oil together and sprayed hair spay on my daughters head.

Beth - posted on 09/06/2012

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i recently found headlice in my 11week old daughters head, shes mixed raced and has loads of hair and is also curly. we found out she got them through my friends daughter whos in school, i have been going through her hair with a nit comh with conditioner but i keep finding more and more and im at the end of my mind! i dont have a clue what i can use on her as shes only 11 weeks, can someone please help?

Heather - posted on 08/11/2012

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Wow, thanks everyone for all the great suggestions on how to keep lice away and how to remove them we have had them before and they are buggers. With school season coming up here I feel well prepared for hopefully avoiding any infestation. I found that washing the hair, blowdrying, then taking a curling iron to the hair works great. Had to repeat 1 or two times, but it works.

Tricia - posted on 08/06/2012

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Shampoo with coconut oil. Lice do not like the smell. In The US, its been recomended to use Suave shampoo also. The just don't like it. Its bad in the US too. Keep the kids hair short or up in pigtails, buns etc. got to your local drug store and see if the pharmacist has any repellantSpray that contains tea tree oils, spray on shoulders & nape of neck before going to school and wash those hooded sweaters and sweatshirts regularly.

Chrissie - posted on 08/01/2012

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not sure if u can get in oz as i live in the uk but i found a cream by accident as my daughter suffers with exma so we bought a cream called aquious cream to put in to her hair and it smoothered them and killed them or another one that works vinigar just normal regular vinigar as the acid in it kills them , and another one is hair conditioner as they can not stick to the hair as the conditioner sends the hair silky . and tee tree oil in shampoo
hope these help x

Amanda - posted on 07/30/2012

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You can find tee tree oil at any health food store, Walmart, any drug store. Just call around and find out the prices.

Chantelle - posted on 07/11/2012

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fairytales haircare products, my kids did not get any lice this year even though the school had a huge outbreak.

Atasha - posted on 06/24/2012

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I live in Alberta Canada and we fought head lice for two years with my oldest daughter. You can use any number of treatments to help. Tea tree oil is the number one lice repellent, but they can still infect hair. Put tea tree oil in shampoo, hair spray, and any other hair products your children use regularly. One way to ensure your child stops bringing them home is to talk with the school about storing children's jackets away from the others. Also talk to your kids about physical contact with their friends. I know younger kids want to touch and hug their friends, but this is the worst thing they can do during a breakout. Lice like clean hair but you don't want to allow your children to go without washing. You have to clean all bedding, clothing and hair brushes/elastics/barrets, as well as furniture (couches, rugs). It is a very daunting task, but it makes them hard to spread. If you have a flat iron for hair it works wonders! Lice die in extreme heat and cold. I hope this helps.

Tara - posted on 06/24/2012

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Couple drops of tea tee oil in shampoo. Keep the hair up and cover in gel..or hairspray for yourself.

Jolene - posted on 06/19/2012

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Yes, those little annoying pest, making a nice home in our children hair. I've done everything, under the sun, and I have 2 girls with long hair. My youngest lives with me, but my oldest dont. So, when i sit for hours, nit picking, section, by section doing both girls hair before school start on Monday, i asked, Please treat her hair again, and please take the time to nit pick. When, it doesn't happen, its all over again. Bugs, can get ammunned, to the product, so you have to routate. But, you have to also take the time to pick the nits out, because nothing is 100%. Also, keep the bedding, furiture clean.

Kim - posted on 06/19/2012

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I live in Illinois and we found the creepy crawlies in my almost 4 year old's hair 2 days ago. She has beautiful long brown hair and I can't imagine going months dealing with this. She isn't in daycare...so we have no clue where they came from. After seeing them crawling in and out of her hair, we checked our 2 1/2 year old daughter, and sure enough...nits! But no live buggers. Anyways, we ran straight to the drugstore and got Rid....enough for the 2 of them and myself. They make a kit that includes a spray you can use on non-washables (couches, mattresses, etc). Put the chemicals in the older girls' hair, let it set while we did the little one. Rinsed each of them in turn, then I took the older, hubby the younger and we got nit picking. During all this, I washed all bed linens in hot water and dried them for 60 minutes on high heat. I spent 6 hours going through the entire head. Also, we threw out all the pillows in the house and bought new ones. When we woke up the next morning and I checked her hair, I couldn't believe how many nits we missed!!!!!! I almost died and shaved her head right then and there. But I decided to do some research and found out that once you eliminate the nits, you CAN prevent them from returning. So, I went out and bought tea tree oil, Suave 2 in 1 Smoothers for Kids in coconut flavor (it uses REAL coconut oil...that is very important) and Paul Mitchell tea tree leave in conditioner. I put 12 drops tea tree oil in their coconut shampoo and mixed well. Then I got to nit picking. After the disappointing results with the nit combs, I decided to cut the strands of hair out. It's tedious and time consuming (10 hours yesterday and only half her head done....that's how many nits were left after the first go through). Today will be probably another 10 hours, and then they will get their first coconut/tea tree treatment tonight. I will be doing the shampooing and conditioning every other day for 2 weeks, then will go back to washing their hair 2 times week. Tomorrow, I will be doing another head check for the nits, and will be doing it for probably 2 weeks. But, you have to remember...if you don't get all the nits out, the lice will come back. Hence my decision to cut the individual hairs out. The kids might not be getting a full removal of the nits. Once an egg is liad, it takes about 10 days for it to reach reproductive maturity and start laying more eggs. That's why most people get a "reinfestation" within 3 weeks of treatment. With any lice killing treatment (natural or chemical), you should repeat the process one week after you killed the first bugs. That way, any nits you missed and that hatched will get killed before they can mature enough to lay new eggs. You will still have to keep checking the hair, but I think with a thourough head cleaning and nit removal, plus following some kind of preventative plan, you should be ok. After reading alls these posts, I will be spraying their hair with hairspray before we leave the house...daily! Good luck and know you're not alone!!!!!

Amanda - posted on 06/14/2012

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this is helping me out as well I have been battling this for a couple of months now and I have tried everything under the sun from prescriptions, to even some home remedies and I'm sick and tired of them being in my house. I'm at my wits end with those nasty buggers. Any other advice from one mom to another?

Samantha - posted on 11/08/2009

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Circle of Friends Lice-Free Zone Products! Infused with Tea Tree & Andiroba Oils. I got mine from a local salon. But there is lots of internet sites too. You can get the wgole line of products for $43.00 and it last forever. A lot cheaper than all of the actually lice removal products once you get them plus it really seems to keep them away so you don't have the hassle of them. Ckeck out this site!
http://www.cofbath.com/homepage/Lice-Def...
Best of Luck!

Stacey - posted on 11/08/2009

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you can use petrolleum jelly or baby oil. Make sure you keep their hair up when they are at school and dont wash their hair on a daily basis. Lice tend to attract to clean hair. Wash their hair about twice a week. I know that oil and petrolleum jelly will make their hair look oily but it works

RongoMarie - posted on 11/07/2009

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hi there. i live in aus as well but I was born in NZ. I am the oldest child of 9 and 8 of us are girls with hair ranging from shoulder length to mine behind the knees. my mum always cleaned out our hair after a bath/shower. she would put tee tree oil in the shampoo to help slow them down and to kill the eggs. and baby oil in the conditioner to again slow them down and the oil helps to get them out without pulling on the hair because thats not good for the hair folicle. while she was cleaning our heads she would put all the clean linen and clothes throught the dryer (they die in temperatures above 50 degrees). wash all the dirty linen and cloths and the4n dry them in the dryer for added confidence. and spray the furniture with vingar solution (2 parts water 3 parts vinegar). all brushes hair ties ect.. would be soaked in blech water. then (and this is going to sound horrible) she would soak all our heads in kerosine. I only remember getting them twice as a child and the second time was only because mum got sick and couldnt do my sisters heads in time. that was when I was 7 I am now 32. I have every year soakedmy own head in kerosene and have not had them since i was 7. good luck with this love I hope i have hepled.

Monica - posted on 10/27/2009

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Tea tree oil! Put a few drops in your kids shampoo or buy shampoo that already has tea tree oil in it. I never send my son to school without gel in his hair. If you have girls just make sure that you always pull their hair up in a ponytail or a braid anything that doesn't let it loose and blow dry their hair after showers. If possible don't wash their hair everyday. Believe it or not live go for clean hair. Thats why its good to use gel, hairspray, and shine serums in their hair. do whatever you can to make it harder for the lice to attach. Good Luck!

Myrna - posted on 10/24/2009

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I am really curious to know what you have found. I have been battling this for a few months now and can't seem to get rid of the buggers

Lisa - posted on 10/01/2009

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I found a great product that kills lice in one day,there is also a shampoo that you can use to keep lice away.Send me your e-mail and I will tell you how to get it.

Shana - posted on 09/26/2009

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OK GIRLS! I KNOW ABOUT THIS! I taught pre school for 5 years. It is a misconception that lice only goes in dirty hair! Actually, they LOVE clean hair. If you put gel, hair spray or mouse in your childs hair everyday, lice will stay away. They hate alcohol and those products all have that. Make sure to put it around the ears and neck line and underneath on scalp. This really works. Also, make it a point to tell the kids not to share hats, head bands, pony tail bands, scarfs, jackets, sweaters, etc.

Sue - posted on 09/26/2009

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Hi Heather! I live in Melbourne, have had problems with headlice on and off, most recently on. If there is a solution, I would like to know! But if your children's hair is long, keep it tied up if they're girls. My girls' hair is short. Often a shampoo and conditioner called Thursday Island (I think) with Ti Tree Oil in it helps. Also, I invested in a Robi Comb, which I can use every day if I choose, which I can't do with many preparations. Otherwise, get your kids' hair cut as often as possible, which is not always possible, because hairdressers will not cut hair with lice or eggs in them due to health reasons. Hope this helps!

Paula - posted on 09/26/2009

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IMPOSSIBLE... .... School kids get nits always have and always will.

One idea though, my sons school every few months have a "Nit busters" day, This is a day when ALL children at the school are treated AT school, They come home with the solution still in there hair & coloured hairspray to make it more exciting for the children, Anyhow every child is treated its compolsury, & head lice are completely eliminated.



The P & C hold a fund raiser raffles mufti days to raise the money for the costs involved.

I think its a FANTASTIC idea! Perhaps you can have a chat with someone at your childs school about doing something similar.



Good luck

Michelle - posted on 09/23/2009

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when you shampoo their hair as you do the final rinse pour some teetree oil in to their hair and rub all over. this should help. Also use a repellent spray in their hair every day. there is a good one called Nitty Gritty Aromatherapy spray. I use it and find it very good. they very rarely come home from school with them.

Stephanie - posted on 09/23/2009

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I don't know if it's fullproof,but I'm a hairdresser and I swear by Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo. It won't get rid of lice once you have them, but it does protect against them supposedly. I wash my daughter's (5 yrs) hair with it every night. I have a friend who has done this ever since her daughter got lice at 3 yrs old. She hasn't ever gotten it again and she's in 6th grade now. Hope this helps

Ann - posted on 09/23/2009

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We have started spraying my daughters hair every morning with Listerine, must be the brown original listerine. We haven't had headlice now for about 1 year.

Vicki - posted on 09/22/2009

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I live in Illinois and we have the same problem here. I make sure when the kids wash their hair, they put conditioner, mouse or gel and then when it's dry, hairspray! The products are supposed to make the hair slick so the bugs have a hard time staying in the hair. Also, if you have Lysol spray there, that helps kill them. During the school year, I spray carpets, furniture, stuffed animals, etc.. down every 2-3 days. I have been lice free for 3 years! (Thank Heaven!!!) Hope this helps.

Louise - posted on 09/22/2009

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Hi.. Rinse hair with vinegar after washing and mix lice shampoo with normal shampoo and use twice a week...

Riwana - posted on 09/22/2009

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as weird as it sounds, but my grandma always rinced my hair with vinegar water. I never had headlice, and I am really not sure if it had something to do with it, but, hey, it might be worth a try! good luck!!

Jennifer - posted on 09/21/2009

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Hello.. Tea treeoil is good and buy sauve coconut conditioner and shampoo it will keep them away pour the tea tree oil in the shampoo...it really works..also to keep them away while at school use hair spray scented the more hair products u use on there hair the lice can not live..I knw it sounds weird but hair grease works too.....

Chasity - posted on 09/21/2009

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Ok I know this will sound weird but when I was younger my grandmother would put baby oil in my hair and tie it into a pony tail when I would go to school. Although I would have a really greasy head I never came back with lice. (they say the baby oil makes it hard for the lice to grip on the hair and stay there). Did you know lice likes clean hair! Good Luck!

Emma - posted on 09/21/2009

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Have you tryed the tea tree shampoo or repellent?

also coconut shampoo is suppose to keep them away my friend told me!!!!

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My step kids had lice for months and they bloody mother was just to "busy" to deal with it. I tried EVERYTHING and took advice from everybody. What worked in the end was colouring her hair as close to the natural colour as possible. Her mother wasn't impressed , but hey , the lice was and still are gone. To maintain , we use 10 drops of tea tree oil & 10 drops of lavender to 200ml of shampoo. I use this for every wash (when they are with us)
Strongs , Hun !

Rose - posted on 09/20/2009

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These are all wonderful ideas.... Myself have the hardest time getting rid of them.. I have been dealing with them on and off for 13 years and I am still having trouble with them. I have used over the counter stuff which of course don't work at all. I have used prescriptions which some worked and most did not work. I have even used the Mayo and the Vinegar which did not help on my end at all. What I did learn and it works to a point is a Hair straightener it fries the bugs as well as help loosing up the eggs. Another idea was mixing Mayo, Olive Oil and Tea Tree oil together. Put it in the hair then serene Wrap the head and leave in for about 4-6 hours then wash out and comb through. It does help the children love the tee tree oil the best. When my 15 year old was her hair with the shampoo that I added the Tea tree oil in the bugs just feld out as she was washing it out.

Carole - posted on 09/20/2009

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Wash their hair & smother it in conditioner, the conditioner stops the lice from moving & use a fine comb, continue every second day for 28 days. This will clear up any lying in the hair. Unfortunately you can't prevent them catching it.

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