Head lice remedies

Cheryl - posted on 03/31/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Does anyone have any ideas on how to keep lice away other than the rid or Nix? Someone told me rosemary mint shampoo. My daughter has had it on and off for the last month!!!!! I don't think my house can get any cleaner!

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Roxanne - posted on 03/31/2009

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Ok, so this sounds very weird but it works!  Suave daily clarifying shampoo and conditioner, it's cheap and I swear it works! Same thing, school outbreak and was at my wits end with it... it happened to be a total fluke how I found this! I was washing the kids hair and watched the bugs fall out when I rinsed their hair! Also, blowdrying their hair, lice hates the heat. The tea tree oil works too.

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Regina - posted on 08/20/2013

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You will need: A jar of coconut oil & a bottle of apple cider vinegar.

First, rinse your hair with the vinegar, don’t wash it out, leave it in until it dries. The vinegar dissolves the ‘glue’ which sticks the eggs to your hair follicles. When the vinegar has dried, pour coconut oil into your hair, making sure you get complete coverage. Cover your hair with a shower cap or hair wrap & leave it in for the whole day, as it will take a few hours for the coconut oil to smother & kill the lice. Comb your hair to get as many of the eggs & lice out as possible and then shampoo as normal. You only have to do this once, it really works & no chemicals! Oh, & the coconut oil makes your hair beautiful & shiny, so your getting a lush hair treatment at the same time! :)

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hi my names alan and it took me ten years to grow my dreadlocks and theyre chunky as hell, meaning headlice are a massive danger, for example, when i first got them and i caught nits they actually caused a scalp infection. i have found the best thing to do is the moment you find one or start getting an itchy head, soak your head in lamp oil, without dreads i would say for half an hour to an hour, because i have chunky dreads i soak mine for two to three hours, its irritating as hell and will give you the worst dandruff of your life, but it will leave nothing alive AT ALL. and your hair will be nice and shiny for weeks.

Sharon - posted on 04/01/2009

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We just had lice back in September and all I did was cover my sons' hair with tea tree oil, combed it with a nit comb and then and shampooed it out. Then to be doubly safe I did it a second time.  For my hair I just simply washed it with the lice killing soap and then added tea tree oil to my regular shampoo to prevent them from coming back and to kill any that I hadn't gotten with the lice shampoo.



I took all the sheets, pillows, blankets, and comforters off our beds and washed them at the laundry mat.  I also sprayed our beds with the lice killing spray and it dried while I was gone at the laundry mat.



I haven't seen a single bug since!!

Lacey - posted on 04/01/2009

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As a stylist I would just recommend cutting the dreads off, they really aren't sanitary because you really can't wash them properly, irregardless of how long it took to grow them. The lice shampoo we've used doesn't smell that bad, and is relatively mild on the scalp, but I live in Canada so I'm sure we have different stuff. My kids have been infected twice by other peoples kids at school and it drives me nuts because I clean like mad and wash everything every nite, take all the stuffed toys away for 2 weeks, and Lysol Disinfect Spray my furniture every nite for a week straight when they come home with it.

Kat - posted on 03/31/2009

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My partner Mr Moe has Dreadlocks and since Alexis has been interacting in playgroups and morning school we've had a horror show, they've hid in Mr Moe's dreadlocks wjere we couldn't comb them out, he's had to soak his head in Derbac M and FullMarks and not wash it out and then do it again the second week and then on occasions a third week to be sure he's rid of them any time a new outbreak has occured. I had enough and once we were all clear the last time I put drops of Tea Tree Essential oil near his scalp. Makes em smell better in general and seems to be working asa repellant. I use a spray on repellent for myself and Alexis but if theres an outbreak we've been using Lyclear which you only have to leave on for 10 mins.

I'm basically wondering if anyone can tell me a safer more natural remedy for head lice in dreadlocks....short of cutting the things off (it took 3 years to get the dreads going properly!) As the length of time we have to leave these nasty smelling chemicals in is quite worrying (specially when they suggest washing off after 8 hours) the smell burns our noses and gets into everything...any help would be gratfully accepted :)

Tricia - posted on 03/31/2009

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This may sound bad but it worked like a charm for me!  Lamp Oil! Just be VERY careful not to get it in her eyes!!  Put it in her hair while leanig over sink or tub put a shopping bag over her hair line& tie it or put a rubber band around it & let it sit for 5-10 min then rinse & use lots of conditioner! They wont want ANYTHING to do w/ her head!! I know it sounds bad but if your desperet enough you'll try anything right!?

Teanna - posted on 03/31/2009

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Rubbing Alcohol works nicely, just wash with the rubbing alcohol and put a bag or shower cap over the head with a band for about 20 mins. For the laundry take it to the laundry mat and wash it all in hot water. Then make sure that the school is doing something about the problem..If not get doctors note that says child is free of lice, if the child comes home with it again then you need to call the health department on the school. use the Nix spray on the mattress every day and vacuum the mattress everyday. If you have any animals you can shave them or bathe them daily cause the lice will live there and transfer to you and your child. I hope this works I had to call my friend cause she just had this problem.

Lacey - posted on 03/31/2009

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I've heard of people swearing by tea tree shampoos, and some people say that lice don't like coloured hair ... I haven't tried either one for my kids so not sure if they really work well or not, but I'm thinking of glossing their hair to see if it helps. The school has another outbreak and I really don't want to deal with it again

Stasha - posted on 03/31/2009

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Hmm...on and off, sounds like the little buggers are hiding somewhere! Are you washing and drying everything cloth she comes in contact with? Has the rest of the household been treated? There is a natural product on the market, can't recall the name, check your local healthfood store, they should have something safe to use on little ones! Also, is she in childcare? Or is there somewhere else she is going on a regular basis? It may be that she is picking it up elsewhere and bringing it home! Good luck!

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