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389 Home Remedies for Head Lice

Anonymous

Thanks everyone!

It's DAY TWO. I came home from my cottage where I had been sleeping in a tent with my little cousins, and got a phonecall the next day....LICE INFESTATION!!!! YIKES!!!! As an adult with no kids, I can honestly say that I haven't given lice a second thought for 20 some years... My mother found a nit on my head, so I flew into a panic and bought the super toxic R&C shampoo and did a dose. After the treatment, I found about 25 nits with the nit comb. Then, I went to the internet, and read all this stuff! Well, last night I covered my head in mayo, saran wrap, and slept through the night... Nit combed again in the morning and found about 4 more nits. Doused my head in organic wine vinegar, nit-combed again, and found 2 more nits. I'm starting to feel like some kind of lice warrior now.... They don't stand a chance! I am now covered in cetaphyl. I will rinse tomorrow morning, and have my mother do one really thorough nit-combing... (it's hard to do a good job by yourself!!!) I washed and bagged all linins, luggage, clothes, and boiled the evil culprit straw hat that ALL the little kids had on their head at sometime or another, and vacumed my mattress. Last night...(with the mayonnaise saranwrap extravaganze) I slept with a towel over my pillow case, which I washed this morning, and I'll throw the linins in the dryer again just in case before bedtime.... I checked my mom and sister, and they look clear, but I washed all their linins and clothes too, and I'll keep checking their heads as I check my own. Thank God I've had the last couple days off! (Not that its a very fun way to spend your holidays...)

I still haven't laid eyes on an actual louse... Hopefully there were only a stowaway or two, and they've been eradicated.

Here's the question... Do you think I should still do the second treatment in 5 days, even if I see no nits? I wish I could detatch my own head and check, because it's so hard to do myself, and I am reluctant to trust my mom, who seems rather laisser-faire about the whole thing....

Thoughts?

Frustrated

Ok, noticed we had a lice problem. Went to the Dr. and they said rid or nix over the counter. Treat hair and wash everthing in hot water and use the dryer cycle twice, cover furniture with sheets, vaccume and then do again in seven days. So the first treatment with Nix seemed to stun the things and I picked the bugs and eggs out(box states 'with a single application, kills lice and their eggs'). We washed our hair everyday with shampoo and then as the Dr. said retreated our hair again. This time they wern't stunned, they were alive and on the run as I picked them out. Two days after the second treatment my kid was itching like crazy so I checked and it seems like there were even more than before, mind you we have been staying home to avoiding spreading these things. So I went back to the Dr. who proceded to tell me to treat our hair with the same stuff every day for a week. My jaw hit the floor, I was so stunned that they wanted me to continue to treat this now daily with a treatment that cost over $50 to treat our hair twice and it DID NOT work. So, I started to research all the different things we could try and went to the store with a list. Came home with Kids Sauve Smoothers Orange Mango shampoo, Vineger, Cocconut conditioner, Listren, Denorex Extra Strength, and a Metal lice double sided comb. Tried the kids suave and was still picking out live bugs, so put the kid back in the tub and figured I would try the Denorex before trying the several hour Listren/Vinegar/Cocconut treatment. It was late when I got her out of the tub, she was crank and to tell you the truth I didn't want to upset her any more by trying to keep her awake and make her sit still while I once again slowly went through her hair. So, we went to bed. Next morning started looking through her hair and to my supprise didn't find one live bug, so I picked out every egg I could see and we have our fingers crossed that the Denorex is going to take care of this. I plan on washing our hair every day for the next two weeks with this stuff. If it doesn't we will try the Listren next. I just have to say that the $7 comb did not comb out any of the small bugs that we had the most of. I found that seperating small amounts of hair with a little pointed chopstick worked pretty good to search through the hair.

Michelle

Listerine! Simple as that. The brown stuff. Put on dry hair saturate and let sit for 10 min. Rinse and comb through with a lice comb.
I was 16 and baby sat after school. Found out the hard way that the kids had lice. I have VERY thick and long hair. We tried everything. My parents most have spent at least $200 on the RID and NEX stuff. They even brought me down to the health department. We tried pure alcohol, flee shampoo,… You name it we tried it. I cant tell you how many night I lost sleep b/c I itched so bad. And to be in school trying not to scratch was SO hard. I battled these things for well over 6 months. Even had my head bleached 2 times in one day (unrelated to tiring to remove the lice) and they still lived. Then one day my dad comes home from work with 4 large bottles of Original Listerine. Some guy he worked with told him to try it. So me and my mom when in to the bathroom. I hung my head over the tub and she proceeded to poor two of the bottles onto my head. The rest is history. I never again after that night had any more issues. I hope this helps. It was a life saver for me!

Charmaine

This is a remedy used in Sri Lanka trusted by many. This will remove your lice and dandruff and also give you silky,soft hair.
Take 4 limes and slice them into two. You can remove the seeds if you want but I usually leave them. Take dill seeds and grind them to make a fine paste. In a saucepan put water enough to boil the lime, add lime and boil it. When its boiling put in the dill paste and mix well. When it is dissolved let the mixture cool. When it is lukewarm apply it in the scalp and lice affected hair. Rub the lime on your scalp softly. You may use 2 limes at once. Then leave for at least 10 minuts and with a wide toothed comb untangle your hair and remove the lime seeds off your hair. Then taking a very fine toothed comb, comb through each strand of hair. You will see dead lice between the teeth of the comb. Then wash off with warm water. You can use a shampoo specially for lice and wash it. Afterwards again use the wide toothed comb to untangle and follow closely with combing each hair strand with the very fine toothed comb slowly. You will see more dead lice. Wash your hair well again and apply conditioner only on the ends of hair. Wash it all off.Just before you step out of the shower wash it with cold water. Take a soft towel and wipe your scalp thoroughly. Any remaining lice will be on your towel. Again untangle with wide toothed comb and let your hair air dry. Follow this procedure at least twice a week and you will be completely lice free in a months time and also have gorgeous hair!




Never use dishwashing liquid or any such liquid on your hair/scalp..lice may die but you will have severe hair loss and dry hair as a result.

monica

I have been battling these critters for months! Finally here's what worked. First wash hair with head and shoulders. Scrub head and rince. Comb with a fine tooth comb. Next comb on listerine blue. Let hair dry. Next I used fish oil and combed that onto dry hair until it was saturated and let it sit on the hair for one hour. Then I combed out the hair again. Then I shampooed with t gel. Rinsed. And put suave coconut conditioner on and let it sit for ten minutes. Do not rinse out. Comb with a fine tooth comb until no lice or nits are seen. Rinse. You're done! Don't forget to clean your bedding. Put everything in a hot dryer for at least twenty minutes and vaccuum the mattress on both sides. I am going to repeat in one week to be sure I didn't miss anything but I think I finally got rid of the problem. Good luck!

Anonymous

My 4-year-old daughter has hair to her waist and she came up with an infestation that we can't figure out where she got them from. She doesn't go to day care or school, and no one else in the house has them. Anyhow, we've been battling the pesky little buggers for about five months now. We had tried EVERY over the counter and prescription remedy there is plus some others I had ordered online. None of them worked. Finally, I came across a study down by an M.D., and he claimed that it had a 96% success rate so I decided to try it. The product is Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. (CVS has their own brand that runs $7.99 for a 16 oz bottle). The process: Cover your head COMPLETELY; every strand in small sections, making sure to wet all hair and the scalp thoroughly. If you miss a spot, you could miss a bug, which could live on to reproduce. After the hair is completely saturated in the cleanser, comb out the excess with a fine-tooth comb and blow dry, thoroughly, until dry. It will create a hard, hair helmet (for lack of a better way to describe it.) Leave it in for at least eight hours. It essentially 'shrink wraps' the head and scalp, thus smothering the lice. (Much as olive oil and other greasy substances, only much easier to wash out as it is simply soap.) The cleanser is very thick so it is not messy, and it has little or no smell, as opposed to many other home remedies. Simply repeat the process every seven days for three weeks. There is supposedly no need to pick the nits because the process works with the life cycle to break it and kill all the bugs, if done correctly. On the first application, when I went to blow dry my daughters hair, I noticed that even when it was wet it was already working. I found three DEAD!! bugs that has already suffocated in the substance. We just completed the third application four days ago and I have thoroughly checked her hair for lice and nits every day since and can find nothing! I think this is the safe, non-chemical solution we have been searching for for months!

Marine Mama

I have had to battle with headlice for the last 4 years with my step children. We tried the Rid-x for the first 12 weeks with my step-daughter, and by then the whole house had it so we were desperately looking for a remedy...
So what we found that works everytime is Listerine (the blue minty one) soaked into the hair for 2 hours (with a shower cap on) then wash out with Daen dish soap, comb through hair. Spray in white vinegar leave in for 1 hour (cover with new shower cap) wash out with dawn again, comb... Everytime that I have used it, no one has had lice afterwards... We do it everytime and everytime it has worked. It does take some time, but it is worth not having to wash the whole house over and over again!! I also do it to mine and have never had a problem after the first round with just the rid-x... I is also cheap!!

Marine Mama

I have had to battle with headlice for the last 4 years with my step children. We tried the Rid-x for the first 12 weeks with my step-daughter, and by then the whole house had it so we were desperately looking for a remedy...
So what we found that works everytime is Listerine (the blue minty one) soaked into the hair for 2 hours (with a shower cap on) then wash out with Daen dish soap, comb through hair. Spray in white vinegar leave in for 1 hour (cover with new shower cap) wash out with dawn again, comb... Everytime that I have used it, no one has had lice afterwards... We do it everytime and everytime it has worked. It does take some time, but it is worth not having to wash the whole house over and over again!! I also do it to mine and have never had a problem after the first round with just the rid-x... And it makes her hair smell good!!

jennifer moody

i discovered a surefire way to eleiminate even the worst lice infestation.after dealing wit them so many times a year,i thought shaving mine & my daughter's head would eliminate them but i was wrong.First u must treat everyhead with hair longer than your thumb,even if they have no signs of lice.you can use any product of your choice for shampooing just make sure to get a nit comb + any moisturizing conditoner of your choice(i used suave)+ THIS IS MOST IMPORTANT,Blue Magic coconut oil hair conditioner(cost:about$3-4.00),original 12oz clear container is the key to killing lice & their eggs,along with persistance.bag every thing that's furry,fluffy,soft,etc,that u can't wash or don't want covered in bedding spray.the easiest,cheapest & most effective bed/home spray is actually a combo i created.Lowe's carries hot shot bedbug+fleas ready-2-use gallon than should treat your home inside & out,depending on size of home/yard,for $9.97.Also,hot shot 2.3oz no-pest strips for continuous killing power,also at lowe's for $6.47.these work great & r also safe to use around kids/pets.you mustshampoo.condition,comb,& grease hair thoroughly+ u must leave the grease in for about 7-8 days,reapplying every 3-4 days+u should treat all upholstry/fabric/carpet/curtains at least once a week 4 a month,maikin sure 2 tightly cover furniture 4 about 1-2hours if u can with plastic.scarves/showercaps 2 wrap hair will prevent messiness.

Anonymous

use warm vinegar on the scalp and then start to brush you head with lice comb all lice will remove from hair.it is my personal use which is my daughter got lice from school and then spread to my hair and my 3 years old other daughter.and this therapy helped dandruff too,why wasting money on lice shampoo,by the way some may be concern it is acid which is it is but will not burn scalp.

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