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As we were travelling, one of my daughters spotted a bug in her sisters hair. I think this was just a gift from God because we caught her lice before we had a huge problem. Because we did not know where it came from or who all had the lice, we hit the next Walmart we could find (we turned around immediately to head home so we didn't infest a hotel.
I purchased Olive Oil, White Vinegar, and Tea Tree Oil (and a salad dressing shaker since we were on the road and I had plans to put this into action ASAP.) I also purchased towels, washcloths, gloves, and shower caps. Behind a McDonalds we doused all the girls hair with a mixture of Olive Oil a touch of vinegar, and a few drops of tea tree oil.
I figured this would prevent the lice from travelling and also prevent infestation in anyone's hair who didn't have it.
When we arrived home I began with my daughter that we knew had lice. I took the lice comb that I purchased at Walmart and began sectioning her hair starting at the nape. The oil slowed down the lice (We found 4 total) and it also helped the nits (eggs) slide down the hair shaft. The eggs did not come off, but it helped pull them away from the scalp. (This was HUGE as we proceeded with our plan of action -- you will see why soon.)
After combing through each section (this took about 70 minutes, I am very meticulous and my daughter has crazy thick hair. Also I cleaned off the nit comb after every section in soapy dawn dish soap water. After this, we washed her hair in the hottest water she could stand. We used Dawn dish soap to help remove the olive oil. I then blow dried her hair on the hottest setting, blow drying section by section combing with the nit comb. As I would find nits, I either just pulled out the strand of hair, or slid the nit off her hair shaft but 9 times out of 10, we just pulled out the strand and put it in a ziplock baggie. After blow drying, we flat ironed on the highest setting.
Then once the hair was straightened (I was using heat to help kill anything 140 degrees is how hot it must be to kill eggs). After her hair was straightened, I rinsed it with water and then doused it with white vinegar. This supposedly repels and kills lice? We simply rinsed it (no shampoo) so the smell was still very present, towel dried and then put a shower cap on for her to sleep in.
In the morning we washed her hair again with tea tree shampoo. I then sectioned and blow dried, then I flat ironed as I sectioned. This is where the nits being far from her scalp really came in handy. There were some nits that I had missed the night before but they were brown and you could tell the flat iron had killed them. All in all we did not find more than 30 nits. I really think dousing it with olive oil like we did, saved us from the situation becoming even worse. With the nits being at least a 1/2 inch from the scalp, I was able to get the flat iron close enough to the scalp to kill them. I am a hairdresser and so I took small sections, put a comb against the scalp to protect it, and placed the flat iron right against the comb to get as close as possible. I flat ironed my hair and my two daughters hair 3 times a day for the first two days, then once a day for the next 7 days. I did not ever find anything in my hair or my oldest daughter and we shaved our boys hair. My husband took all our bedding and pillows to a laundromat and washed everything on HOT and DRIED in the professional dryers. He took every stuffed animal as well and threw them in dryers as well as all our pillows. It took him 4 hours total to wash and dry or just dry everything.

So far it has been 1 month and we have not found anything lingering or had any reoccurences. We also vacuumed everything like crazy for a week and then some.

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