The best to treat head lice in long curly hair

Chantelle - posted on 12/04/2009 ( 60 moms have responded )

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My 6 year old Daughter has long very curly hair (Like Michael Jackson's Fro) and I am treating her all the time for head lice and I seem to not get on top of it, I have tried so many different treatments on her and it is still the same, PLEASE HELP ME OUT WITH ANY HINTS

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Aquafinafloe - posted on 12/22/2012

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THIS WORKS I PROMISE
MY DAUGHTER IS BLACK AND WHITE AND SHE HAS WHITE PEOPLES HAIR IT IS STRAIGHT WIT A SMALL KINK CURL AT THE END BUT HER HAIR IS WHITE WHAT I DID WAS I WENT TO THE DOC AND GOT A PERCRIPTION LIKE RID EX I WASHED HER HAIR WITH DANDRUFF SHAMPOO ONES THEN I PUT THEMEDICATION LOTION IN THAT THE DOCTOR GAVE ME FOR HER HAIR I COMBED OUT ALL OF THE EGS AND LICE IN HER HAIR IN ONE SITTING I DID NOT RINSE IF HER HAIR GOT DRY I JUST PUT MORE MEDICATION IN IT TOOK ME 5 HOURS BUT I GOT ALL OF IT OUT! THEN I RINSED HER HAIR THEN WASHED IT AGAIN WITH THE MEDICATION SHAMPOO THE SAME KIND THEN I TOOK A FLAT IORN AND AFTER I TOWLE DRIED HER HAIR I FLAT IRONED HER HAIR ON REALLY HOT BEING CAREFUL NOT TO BURN HER HAIR OFF IT WAS OK IF IT SIZZLED AFTER I DID THAT SHE HAD NO LICE AND NO EGS I DRNECHED HER HAIR IN HAIR GREASE PUT A PLASTIC BAG OVER HER HEAD AND SENT HER TO BED..I DID THE SAME THING EVERY NIGHT FOR 3 DAYS AND WASHED EVERYTHING...SHE NEVER HAD LICE AGAIN

Leah - posted on 11/03/2012

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suave kids cowabunga coconut shampoo, no pesticides or bad chemicals like RID, and it will keep it at bay for as long as you use it, and its tear free it may take a little while, but it works and we swear by it, RID never works for us, never has, not even on me as a child and I have curly hair, and I use my kids shampoo when i get it from them- or just color it, lol.... for adults regular coconut shampoo/conditioner or color your hair and it will be gone.... good luck!

Sheal - posted on 12/15/2009

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It seems that a lot of people actually have some misconceptions of head lice: Here's an email I sent to a public school trustee a while back:

It is basic entomology data that must be distributed with the proper techniques and treatments of head lice to the parenting community and schooling community not a no nit policy that destroys the fabric of a child's education and sets them back for life.

Three factors have contributed to the success of this new strain of head lice in their infestations of humans:
Their new-found resistance to modern insecticide shampoos and treatments
Their reproduction life-cycle - designed by nature to protect them from elimination
Our busy habits and daily contact of children in largely populated schools

The egg
The eggs are super-glued to your hair shafts. Combing your hair will not remove them! Many people infested with lice comb their hair and remove what they believe to be lice eggs, when in fact, what they are removing are discarded skins of moulted lice and lice excreta.

The young louse develops inside the egg and is ready to be born between 5 to 10 days of the egg being laid. It normally hatches around day 7 but the exact day of hatching can vary from egg to egg, and can take longer or shorter time to hatch depending on how warm or cold it is during its development period.

The new-born louse (the larva)
The louse is born as a larva. A larva is a tiny maggot. Its skin, called chitin, is already hardened before leaving the egg and it is therefore able to feed (by taking blood from your scalp) immediately. After 4 days, it sheds its skin - moulting to emerge as a nymph. After another 3 days, it moults again to become a 2nd nymph. After another 2 days, it moults again for the last time and emerges as an adult, although it will be another full day before it can mate and lay eggs.


The adult female louse (the egg layer)
The adult will live for about 30 days and will lay between 3 to 9 eggs each day, that's 275 - 300 eggs normally during her life-time of 30 days as an adult. The female will live and move around most of the time on your hair shafts.

She likes to roam. It is because she doesn't stay in position feeding that she is likely to crawl onto someone's else hair if the host person's head (your child) is in contact with someone else head. Children like to hug each other and their heads come into contact quite often. Children are therefore the inadvertent friend of the female louse!

If a female louse accidentally falls off your head, or more likely, crawls off onto a pillow, hat, or some other fabric, she will have made a fatal error. Away from the hair and your head, it is unlikely she will survive longer than a day or so. She needs your warmth, the oils in your hair to stop her drying out, and the blood of humans for food. There is little point in going mad cleaning your house, children's clothes, carpets, or bed-linen thinking they are infested or full of lice eggs. They will not be infested!

Possibly, if children swap or wear the same hats, a few lice could pass from one child to another but this is unlikely. The way of the louse is through her eggs.

The complete life cycle of the head louse is:-
Egg stage 7 days (can vary 5 - 10 days)
Larva 4 days
1st Nymph 3 days
2nd Nymph 2 days
Pre-egg-laying adult stage 1 day
Egg Laying adult 30 days

The important fact is there are 17 days in the egg-laying cycle. This means from first egg being laid to the next generation egg being laid is approx. 17 days. It can be as short as 15 days and as long as 20 days

SOURCE: http://www.microscopy-uk.org.uk/thelicep...

Jenny - posted on 10/29/2012

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Hi Theresa Banks is correct about the "Fairy Tales" spray, shampoo, and conditioner! We had a problem with lice last winter. so many sleep overs etc., I found the spray at a local beauty salon and it worked wonders! Once I started applying it every day to her hair before school, we did not get them again. Of course this was after the OTC treatment, then listerine, then mayo. I did them all, combed out her hair with a metal nit comb and she was fine. The mayo made her hair shiny and smooth, which she liked very much! I was taking no chances! I also sprayed couch, washed bedding etc. The Spray is about $13,00 a bottle and will last all winter per child. It is WELL WORTH the money! And no, I do not work at a salon or have any affiliation with the company that makes the product! lol. Good luck

Jen - posted on 05/22/2012

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If lice keep coming back, you probably never got them all to begin with. In my house we found that the best way to get rid of lice was to go through each child's hair with a lice (or flea) comb at least once every day, twice if possible. Put conditioner or something in your daughter's hair so it is easier to comb through, and comb with a bigger comb before the lice comb if you need to to get knots out.

Lice eggs take 7-10 days to hatch, so if you comb every day and get them as they are born, then keep combing until you haven't seen any for 1 1/2 to 2 weeks, there should be none left. That worked well for us. The lice shampoos didn't work that well, and they don't kill eggs. For my child with the most stubborn problem, we had to have him sleep with olive oil on his head one night (to kill the bugs) and put vinegar on it another time (to kill eggs). You will find some decent home remedies if you google it. Good luck!

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Mary - posted on 08/17/2014

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use a flat iron! this fry's the lice...no egg will not survive if a flat iron/chi/hair straighter is applied to every inch. you can hear them pop as you go. then just comb out carcass's with a lice comb...my daughter has long curly hair and this is the only thing that seems to work, every time!

Miki - posted on 07/02/2014

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lice are not prejudice against type, texture, or density of the hair as they feed of the blood that is pulled from them biting on the scalp. I personally treat my children with terra shield (by dōTERRA), distilled water, and vodka. After saturating the hair I let it rest for an hour, then comb with a nit comb and shampoo out.

www.mydoterra.com/mgossett

Taina - posted on 10/10/2012

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My 13 yr old and my 4 yr old both got lice from their cousin. I've tried the medicines and have read these articles and am gonna try the tea tree oil and the lavender oil. Would lavender baby oil work okay?

Jen - posted on 05/22/2012

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Oh, and believe it or not, in some areas there are professional "nit pickers"! They are very expensive and your daughter can expect to sit for several hours while they pick through her hair, but I've heard they do a good job.

Rose - posted on 05/22/2012

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My daughter has very bi-racial hair and I'm dealing with the same issues. I've heard some great ideas and am starting tonight on trying them all! LOL

Chris - posted on 11/20/2011

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Hello Moms... A friend from the east coast told me about this great line of kid's hair care stuff that is actually for lice prevention. I looked up their site, www.zippitydoos.com, and saw tha it was available at Dahl's of all places. I never knew you could prevent lice, but this company says their line is pediatrician approved, laboratory tested, and paraben and sulfate-free. I picked up some yesterday and will use the shampoo and conditioner tonight at bath time. Smells pretty good and my daughter loved the bottle and the pretty colors. They have a whole line and my friend, a mom of 3, swears by it. Good luck!

TANISHA - posted on 01/11/2010

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WELL I KNOW THEY SAY THAT BLACK PEOPLE DONT REALLY GET LICE BECAUSE OUR HAIR IS OILY. SO I SUGGEST U KEEP THE HAIR OILY WITH A LITTLE BABY OIL OR OIL SHEEN, OR GREASE.

Tina - posted on 01/11/2010

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after trating her hair every time she tkes a bath run a lice comb through it that will help you stay on top of it and use medmd lice trement once a month belave me i have a child with curly hair and one with realy thick hair and i have to do it all the time.

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I haven't read everyone's response because there were so many, but we tried everything for our daughter! her hair isn't even that curly, but we tried the shampoos, the oils, freezing her teddy bears, washing her room, and finally just combed through it with a lice comb every couple of days for months!!!! it was a nightmare! finally i heard that you could go to the doctor and get a prescription, so i went and we got a really strong shampoo (the regular lice shampoos didn't work at all!!)... it just seemed to be a stubborn strain of lice she had, but after using that shampoo only once it worked! good luck!! i hope we never have to deal with it again (and you too!!)

Melanie - posted on 01/08/2010

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you could wash your daughter's hair and condition it... leave the conditioner in for a while and comb the lice out... wash out the conditioner and when her hair is dry, tie it up and spray it with a tea tree oil spray....( tea tree oil in water can be used to sprayed on her hair), the lice don't loike the tea tree oil.... it should keep them away. best of luck..

Lauri - posted on 01/07/2010

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Maybe you can ask your Pharmacy what they would recommend for her hair type. When we had a severe case in our school a few years back, we used RidX [I believe] to get rid of them, and the following to help keep them away.
All we use at home is teatree oil in the girls shampoo approx. 3 - 5 drops to one ounce of shampoo. Also add 3 - 5 drops of Essential Lavender oil to one cup of water, and put in a spary bottle. Spray hair every morning before going to school.
I can honestly say that my girls have not gotten any since.
Hope this helps.
Have a great one.

Rebecca Lynn - posted on 01/07/2010

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I caught lice when I was 14 at a slumber party. My AUnt bought this special shampoo at the drug store I think it was called kwlada or something that sounded like that. then she combed through my hair with a tiny knit comb and got rid of all the eggs. Of course a weeks later she force me to cut my bum length hair up to my ears and slapped me for evey nit she foyund but thats another story.

Barbara - posted on 01/06/2010

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Quoting Chantelle:

The best to treat head lice in long curly hair

My 6 year old Daughter has long very curly hair (Like Michael Jackson's Fro) and I am treating her all the time for head lice and I seem to not get on top of it, I have tried so many different treatments on her and it is still the same, PLEASE HELP ME OUT WITH ANY HINTS



Oh my, I'm feeling sorry for you! Welcome to the curly hair club, I have 2 daughters with long hair and a son with a 'Jesus Perm' like that.  We've been doing the head lice battle for a while now.



First thing to do, is to rub in peanut butter and comb it out.



Then you add some Tea tree oil to your conditioner, (that you have to keep on doing), but it have to be the small bottle that you buy at a pharmacy/chemist. I've tried the lice products with added tea tree, but it did'nt seem to work.



After every wash, you rinse the hair with dilluted Detol / Savlon (don't know if you have that products, but it's a ani-septic liquid)



Please do not use any 'bugg spray' on their heads, it's very dangerous!



Good luck, and please don't cut the hair.... :)



Kind regards



Babs



 

Karen - posted on 01/06/2010

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Lice do not like hair products, hair dryers, and color-treated hair. Supposedly they don't like thick or curly hair, but unfortunately for your daughter, this doesn't seem to be the case. I have added a couple of drops of tea tree oil to my daughter's shampoo (i got it at a vitamin world type of store for a few bucks and just add it to her cheapie shampoo). She hasn't had any lice in over 2 years. (after first doing an over-the-counter lice treatment kit) GOOD LUCK!

Jodie - posted on 01/06/2010

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The only thing I have found that works consistently with my daughter is to wash it every day, put a shed load of conditioner on it, rinse it and nit comb every time. My daughter has very straight hair but it's very very thick and she has lots of it....I have the same but mine is very curly and the same method works on me....because unfortunately as soon as I get a lovely cuddle, I get the nits too. Also dying my hair works first time but I'm not going to dye my 6 year olds hair.....she can do that herself when she's old enough :o)

Kate - posted on 01/06/2010

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I had the worst time with this! my 2 girl have long thick hair and no matter how many Pharmacy treatments it seemed that the lice would always come back! And i tried them ALL! Someone finally suggested MAYONAISE!!! i am not kidding! i put it in the girls's hair put a shower cap on them and left it on over night. IT WORKED! AMEN!!! took 2 or 3 times to wash the mayo out but they had soft shiny hair!

Gail - posted on 01/05/2010

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I have used a small amount of tea tree oil in my daughters hair. I actually found that Paul Mitchell makes a shampoo with tea tree oil. Lice does not like tea tree oil so your childs hair should stay clean. Also, I have been told to keep the child's hair up in a pony tail or braid and use lots of hairspray.

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You have to work with small amounts from root to end. If you have tried the chemical treatment you might want to try mayo next. Put a jar of mayo in the hair cover with a shower cap over night, comb with nit comb, rinse with 50/50 vinegar/water.

Sativa - posted on 01/04/2010

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Normal wash and tea tree after lice conditioner. If that dont work, then sleeping with a bread bag on her head full of maynaisse, (i had to do that for a week) and then find a shampoo for oily hair and use the tea tree after lice conditioner. The tea tree is expensive, but it turns tight kinky hair into pure silk and makes it easy to get that tiny comb thru. Manaisse and tea tree worked for us, hope it works for you. ( my daughter had hair lie ronald mcdonald)

Shannon - posted on 12/17/2009

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Our kids ended up with lice this summer and it was awful- 3 girls with very long (one with very curly) hair and 4 boys. The boys got their hair buzzed and we treated them with the store brand of the lice treatment. The girls were a little more difficult. I went online and read every article I could find about head lice. I treated the girls' hair with the same stuff as the boys and used a new dog flea comb with the metal tines (cheaper and worked better than the nit combs we bought). I clipped the girls' hair in sections when I combed it and I took extra care to pick off nits that didn't want to detach with my fingers. I did a vinegar rinse on each of the kids' heads every morning and at night until I could do the second treatment on the kids (the manufacturer of the lice treatment I bought recommends that you do 2 treatments about a week apart). Once the treatments were completed, I used olive oil on the girls' hair to alleviate the dryness caused by the treatments. Even though some people will tell you the lice cannot live off the body, they can actually survive for 2 or more days off the body, according to the extensive research I did. I learned that it would be a good idea to take stuffed animals and put them into a closed garbage bag for at least 2 weeks to avoid reinfestation. I used the lice bedding spray on all the beds, couches, and carpets in my house. We also did a vinegar rinse on everybody's hair about once a week for the rest of the summer. We originally found the lice problem when we were in my mom's pool and my daughter had lice dying in the water around her. Apparently, they don't care for chlorine. My recommendation is to look at some sites on the internet because what works for some people won't work for others.

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*note about vaseline* it is a pain to get out of hair- regular shampoo won't work. Use dawn dish soap. you'll probably have to wash hair at least twice.

Sarah - posted on 12/15/2009

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me too my daughters hair is thick slightly curly and i have been trying everything out to get rid. have u washed her hair then smoothered her hair in conditioner then use nit comb through the hair it pulls the eggs and lice out then rinse her hair but don,t wash it all oot, they can't cling to conditioner. good luck!!

Stephanie - posted on 12/09/2009

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My 7 yr old had the same problem, my friends told us about a mixture which consists of 2 ounce of tea tree oil, 2 ounces of eucalyptus oil, and 2 ounces of olive oil, it stinks, it smells like vicks, but it works like a dream! Mix all that with a half bottle of any shampoo, it will be runny but it smothers the bugs and the nits are so easy to get out, it is also good for dry scalp, hope this helps!

Amanda - posted on 12/09/2009

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Most important after treating is so wash everything!! Brushes, barrettes, elastics/ headbands, hats pillows couches. Any thing that comes in contact with your child and has a porous surfaces should be washes or gone over with Nit spray. Its been said many times on here and as I stylist and mother of a daughter I very much agree with the idea of applying a little hair spray each day as lice does not like this. I can't tell you how many people I have seen using brushes so matted with old hair you can bearly see the bristles, clean it out after every use, one nit is all it takes to start the infestation.

Staci - posted on 12/09/2009

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Apple Cider Vinegar the acidy nature of it dissolves the glue that holds to her hair. Wash her hair after treating it and then spray or poor in her hair leave in for few moments and then rense out and wash her hair with normal shampoo. also when she gets rid of the lice completely every so often put vinegar in her hair. have her keep her hair up at school and hair spray it that is what i do with my girls and they have really long hair too.

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tee tree oil and vodka!!! sure thing, about 40 drops in 3 oz of vodka I think and soak hair with spray bottle, maybe more if lots of hair. cover and leave over night. pickthru every single hair in small rows and thin portions. repeat the next day/night. good luck. this was the ONLY thing that worked when 1 out of 6 kids got it. it was one of the worst things to deal with.soooooooo frustrating. rmeber to freeze or hot water wash EVERTHING !! keep thouroly checking for a couple weeks every day or two!!

Christie - posted on 12/08/2009

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I used mineraloil mixed even with vinagar put it on to the head real good then put a bag over it leave it on at least 30 mins or longer then wash it out, it works so good, I have been lucky my kid has had head lice 3 times and i do this and its gone that night, then the next week I check her hair daily, now im back to adding teatro oil to the hair too when she has a shower to be safe not to have it back again

Christine - posted on 12/08/2009

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my youngest got it for the first time this summer and i washed everything and she still kept getting it i used mayonaise and a shower cap (overnight) and then washed her hair and combed it out..buti bought a special comb at walgreens that has metal teeth and it has a nit comb and a bug comb i used both and then used it every day after washed and conditioning her hair and it finally got rid of it..i was also told by my doc to use tree tea oil shampoo or coal tar shampoo as somthing in it kills them and we have been lice free finally....good luck...

Daisy - posted on 12/08/2009

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OH yeah....and i was using the lice shampoo stuff when the kids would come back with lice again. I was reading over what I had posted and it kinda seemed like I jumped around so I just wanted to clear that up. LOL.

Daisy - posted on 12/08/2009

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I had a problem with this in my kids last year. I learned a trick that saved me money and aggrevation. Every time I would get rid of it..and send my kids back to school.....they would come back with it again. Use Vinegar. It works WONDERS. All the lice shampoo stuff is way to expensive when you are having to do it over and over and over. Just comb her hair threw with Vinegar and let it sit a while. Then wash it out...and heres the key point...after you wash it...spray some hair spray in it or put some gel or mouse or something in it. I know you don't want to ruin your daughters hair...I didn't want to with mine....but Lice clings onto clean hair. When I found that out...I was shocked. I had no clue. But other then that...you also have to treat everywhere she has been. This basically includes the whole house. The bed sheets, pillow cases, couch, any chairs, all the stuffed animals, the floors, the car because I'm sure she's in there from time to time too. It's aggrevating but it can be treated. But yeah, Vinegar works the BEST. I recommend that to anybody. Just be careful of her eyes. The smell will probably bother her but it works better than the lice shampoos...just be sure to comb it in real good.

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Hi i have long curly hair and i used to cry my eyes out when my mum pulled it out of the cupboard, its horrible and it hurts. I also have six kids with wavy to curly hair, this is what i always do and it has never failed me. i buy a nit treatment shampoo, i use KP24 the pink one, then i mix it with eucalyptus, tea tree and lavender oils, i put it in my kids hair while there in the bath, then i comb or brush it through. I leave them for about 5 mins and thats it. you really don't need to use much of the oils and be especially careful of the eucalyptus, it can tingle their skin just like vicks. Another treatment is to buy a really cheap conditioner and really lather it on to the hair and leave as long as you can. The nits suffocate. But you need to keep doing it because it isn't very effective on the eggs. A good precaution is to spray your childs hair with hairspray when they go to school as the nits can't get to the scalp. I hope this is helpful to you. Good luck

Sheal - posted on 12/07/2009

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Try isopropal myiastrate (brand name Resultz), follow directions to the "T" and I've always had success with this treatment. If you don't like using chemicals - TTO (tea tree oil), neem oil (Eastern essential oil found in India, whom is our biggest distributor of neem oil). The neem oil will also help with the frizzies (I have an old perm that it perks up). Just don't use TTO too much and keep it away from your pet dog or cat (it's a neuro toxin to dogs and cats that can seriously harm them but is safe with moderate use on humans).

Couple of drops in regular shampoo (TTO) to use as a repellent in between treatments will help keep them away (same with the neem oil).

As for Resultz product - the isopropyl myiastrate destroys bacteria the lice need to breath and eat - essentially starving and suffocating them to death. The adult louse will turn a bright red - you'll know it's working when they do and they fall off dead. Licemeister with a rich conditioner (leave it in) after treatments once a day for 7 days then repeat chemical treatment at the 7 day mark like it says to.

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Look up the 21 day lice treatment plan (it's free) - it uses only a metal lice comb and works by disrupting the louse life cycle and entomological cycles.

Theresa - posted on 12/07/2009

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My daughter had it a couple of years ago. Definately wash everything in very hot water or put in plastic bags for a couple of weeks or spray with lice repellant that comes with over the counter stuff. My pediatrician recommended the over the counter stuff which I used according to the directions and removed visable eggs (which there were ALOT). In between the 2 treatments I put white vinegar on her hair and put a shower cap, left on for 15 minutes and then washed out with "Dawn" dish soap (kills and smothers eggs). Thankfully this worked and ever since my daughter washes her hair with "Fairy Tales" shampoo which has tea tree and rosemary in it. Also if you have a store in your area that sells and makes essential oils - there is a blend thay can make to be applied around the hair line to ward them off.

Wendy - posted on 12/07/2009

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My boys got lice and we could not get rid of them. The teacher in my son's 1st grade class had pillows for storytime and the reading center. The lice shampoo did not work. The best thing I found was taking listerine or the generic brand and puting it on the hair soak all the way to the roots then put a shower cap on for 2 hrs. The rinse it out. Then using white vinegar and soak the hair. Put shower cap on for 2 hrs. again. Then wash out hair with coconut shampoo and conditioner. Suaves works great. Then use the metal lice comes from pharmacy( 2pk for $10) plastic ones don't work as well. Section out the hair and comb out really well. the vinegar dissolves the solution that holds the nits to their hair. It is so much easier to comb out the hair after this. Tea Tree oil works but is very expensive. Mayo works really well also. The dr will probably tell you to try this method. You have to clean the bedding everyday for several days. The lice can live up to 5 days off of the head. The best way I found was to buy lysol the generic works as well and spray everything that can't be washed such as car and couches and floors. The lice will be everywhere. My boys was so bad that I bug bombed their room. I was tired of them getting them again. But please tell the school so they can find out who is passing them around. Good Luck

Melissa - posted on 12/07/2009

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We put tea tree oil in the hair, rub it in and then wash it out after 5 minutes. Then, it's simple to comb out. Since doing this process once/week, we have avoided head lice. Great way to prevent them!

Amy - posted on 12/06/2009

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they have a comb that shocks the lice and kills them. It takes a long time and you have to do it every night. Also you cuold get a prescription from the DR.

Angelia - posted on 12/06/2009

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well oily hair is not a home for lice, mayo works good too and it will make her hair look shiny and healthy afterwards and you have to come all those nets out.. the best way to do that is with any oily substance on her hair, with the net come, it will help the come slide through easier. baby oil works great too. just to remember to wash everything and spray non washable things down with the rid spray.. its no fun but my daughter has that same type of hair.. you can wrap the hair with the mayo, or oil in it and put a shower cap on let her sleep in it and then come it out before washing it... those things are small but very big problems...good luck..

Darlene - posted on 12/06/2009

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Have you tried LICE MD. IT is available at walgreens. It looks motor oil but it really works. My daughter has curls. You put it on their hair and comb with the comb before you rinse it. You will be amased.

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On Friday, put Vasaline on her hair. then get one of the lice combs and run it through her hair. If you do this Saturday morning, Saturday evening, Sunday morning and Sunday evening, you will be able to break the cycle. The nits loosen up with the Vasaline.

Michelle - posted on 12/06/2009

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Remember to clean everything in the house because they can live on the couch, bedding, floors, stuffed aniamals, etc. Even if you get them out of the head but not out of the other things they will return with a vengence.



I used flea spray to bomb my house a few years ago when my two daughers got them and I couldn't get rid of them. It worked like a charm.

Amy - posted on 12/06/2009

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Here's what I did a couple of years ago- Use the lice medication then go to the pharmacy and ask for a lice comb. It's teeth are closer together to get rid of the nits. Before bed coat her hair with olive oil and then put a shower cap on. The oil works as a suffocant when the nits hatch they can't make it to the scalp to feed so they die. THen in the morning before a bath or shower comb through sections of hair with the comb. Do this for three nights. THen get tea tree oil and add a couple of drops to a spray bottle and fill with water. THe oil acts a repellent and the lice shouldn't come back. Oh and don't forget to wash bedding every day and you may want to have furniture and floors steam cleaned. Lice can live up to two weeks before they finally die.

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My kids got lice right before school started this year from some kids I babysit. It was hell to get rid of. Nothing worked- I ended up having to cut the girls hair to about 1/4in long. The boys, well, they're boys so no hair is fine on them. My girls are now 9 and 5 and remember- hair does grow back. One of the girls I babysit though got a cream from her pediatrician. It killed everything. Just remember that it just takes one nit to start the lice nightmare all over again.

Jessica - posted on 12/05/2009

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Lice shampoos never worked for my kids..I looked online and found the strangest but cheapest ways to nip it. Head and shoulders medicated shampoo lather and let sit 5 mins, rinse, comb, blowdry and repeat daily until sure they are gone...they hate the medication...work for my kids in about 3 days oldest has very thick hair. Then after visting a friend they got them again and since we didnt have any head and shoulders I found a post about Suave coconut shampoo and conditioner, wash the hair put in conditioner, put a plastic cap on for 4 hours, rinse, blowdry, comb, worked instantly they were all dead...as for the eggs many slid right but it took a few nights to get all of the eggs out. Since then Coconut is our permanent shampoo and they havent had an episode since while their friends have.

WYETTA - posted on 12/05/2009

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My daughter had lice last year and I treated it with the Nix and my daughter has long thick hair that is wavy. I then waited about 5 days and checked her hair again and she had them again and her teacher told me to use the mayonaise and put a shower cap on and let her sleep in it and that worked better than anything . It took care of the lice for good. Do spray and clean the stuff animals and pillows because that can cause them to come back. it is such a pain but it happens and be sure to let the school know because she could got it from someone at school like my daughter did. Its one of the things that we moms have to go through. I hope I have helped good luck.

Tracey - posted on 12/05/2009

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go and get some tee tree shampoo and use it 2 or 3 times a week, nits dont like it so they wont stay on her hair, but still use it when you have got rid of them, cause it will protect her from getting them again,

Chantelle - posted on 12/04/2009

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WOW, Thanks for all the reponses that I have recieved in regards to this common but hatefull request, I have been given so many ways to try on my Daughters head I will give it all ago and I will let you know. Thanks again so much Chantelle and Emily

Trish - posted on 12/04/2009

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I had a friend that worked for the health dept. and she said the other than the treatments VO5 regular conditioner worked. Put it on the hair and it suffocates them as well and then comb it out. I would do this a few times a week to make sure its gone!

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