Lice! The worst nightmare for any mother who has a school going child at home (and for any lady as well for that matter)! No matter what we do to try and eliminate these pesky parasites, they always end up coming back to infest our hair.
A single bug can lay up to 10 eggs at once. These eggs latch onto the hair strands and hatch to form more bugs which in turn lay more eggs and so on. Without proper care and maintenance, the lice would multiply to huge numbers and create a huge infestation that can be extremely hard (nearly impossible) to handle.
Getting rid of lice can be a very difficult task as the bugs usually hide under the hair follicles and are quick to escape the naked eye. The eggs can also be very had to remove and are usually located very close to the scalp. Therefore, cutting your hair short would not be of any help in getting rid of these eggs which would only hatch later onwards to create more bugs.
Effective Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Lice
Thankfully, cutting your hair short need not be the only alternative to getting rid of lice. There are certain home remedies that you can opt for in order to get relief from this pesky parasite infection. Be forewarned though that lice is a recurring problem and so you would need to continue these remedies on a regular basis to keep your hair free of the lice and their eggs.
Use Combs Designed To Remove Lice
Combing your hair with a normal comb would not have any effect on the lice. Opt for combs that are specially designed to remove lice. Or you can opt for a narrow toothed comb for the same purpose. Part your hair into different sections and comb each section thoroughly from the roots to tips. Don’t mix the sections as this may cause re-infestation.
Carefully comb through each section and drop the lice into a bowl of hot water to kill them instantly. Once you have finished combing through all the sections, comb through your hair one more time to remove the remaining lice. Repeat this procedure at least thrice every week to keep your hair lice free.
Use A Delousing Shampoo
There are several delousing shampoos present in the market which would aid you in getting rid of lice effectively. Choose one that does not contain too many chemicals though.
All you need to do is wet your hair slightly and apply the delousing shampoo all over your scalp. Leave it on for about 15 minutes and rinse it off with cold water. This would effectively eradicate the lice and make them fall out when you comb your hair afterwards.
Make a solution of water and white kitchen vinegar (in the ratio 1:1). After rinsing out the shampoo from your hair, apply this solution all over the scalp, making sure you cover the hair from the roots to the tips.
Leave it on for about 10 minutes and then rinse it off with cold water. The acid concentration in the vinegar would effectively dissolve the dead nits, making it easier for you to get rid of them.Alternatively, you can add some white vinegar to the delousing shampoo and apply the same over your scalp and hair before taking a bath. Rinse off the shampoo and vinegar with water (shampoo again to remove the smell) after about 10 minutes. Repeat the same twice a week for best results.
Use Homemade Conditioners
One of the best ways to get rid of lice is to immobilize them first. This way you can easily get rid of them by combing your hair with a lice comb. And the best way to do this is to opt for homemade conditioners that would effectively smother the bugs to the extent that they stop moving altogether. Using a lice comb, you can easily remove them afterwards.
Here are some of the best homemade conditioners you can opt for to remove lice.
Apply some olive oil on your scalp and hair (cover entirely from roots to tips) and leave it on for about 15 minutes. Using a lice comb, comb through your hair nicely.
Dip the comb in a bowl of hot water repeatedly to remove lice and residue that might have stuck to it. Once you have combed your hair thoroughly, wash off the olive oil with a delousing shampoo. Comb your hair once afterwards to remove the nits and eggs that might have escaped.
Apply a good amount of petroleum jelly on your scalp and leave it on overnight (cover your scalp with a shower cap when you sleep). Apply some olive oil on the scalp the next morning and comb your hair nicely.
This remedy would effectively remove the lice, nits and eggs from your hair. Wash your hair with a conditioning shampoo afterwards. Note that you may need to rinse your hair a couple of times at least to remove the petroleum jelly.
Mayonnaise is another excellent home remedy for lice and nits. Apply some mayonnaise on your scalp and cover it with a showerhead. Leave it overnight and rinse it off with a conditioning shampoo the next morning.
Comb your hair afterwards to remove the remaining lice and nits. Even though this remedy would not help remove the eggs, it would effectively help get rid of the pesky lice and nits that infest your scalp and hair.
A combination of essential oils can help you get rid of those pesky parasites infesting your hair. Mix tea tree oil (15 drops), lavender oil (10 drops), rosemary oil (5 drops), vegetable oil (2 tablespoons) and lemon (10 drops) and store in a bottle.
Apply this mixture on your scalp and rinse it off after an hour (cover your head with a shower cap or towel meanwhile) with a conditioning shampoo. Comb your hair afterwards to remove the remaining nits and lice.
Eat A Diet Appropriate For Lice Treatment
Drinking plenty of water can keep your scalp hydrated and healthy. And although there are no specific foods that you can eat in order to get rid of lice, you can opt to increase the intake of foods containing Vitamin C in order to cure lesion, bumps and other wounds caused by lice bites or scratching.