Millions of children and adults fight head lice on a daily basis, as lice can be extremely stubborn and annoying. One thing is for sure:
when it comes to lice, it is certainly a lot better to prevent the infection than to treat it, as insecticides can be extremely dangerous for your health.
However, if you are looking for some cost-effective, safe and efficient remedies against head lice, here you will find 10 tips that will surely not disappoint you:
10. Olive Oil
Olive oil has been used since ancient times, not just in the international cuisine but also in medicine, as it is known to treat a wide array of conditions. As a matter of fact, olive oil can be very useful against lice and for keeping your scalp hydrated. If you apply a thick coating of olive oil on your scalp, lice will no longer thrive and their eggs will not survive either – the only way to prevent lice infection is by combing and removing nits, and olive oil surely comes in handy. However, the olive oil treatment is a relatively lengthy one as the results will not be visible over the night.
9. Hair Masks With Coconut Oil Extract
There are many extracts and oils that you can use to kill lice and to prevent them from further multiplying, and coconut oil is undoubtedly one of the most efficient ones. The reason why this oil is so efficient against lice is that it targets the eggs and kills them – besides this, applying the hair mask is very easy and it can be done within minutes, as all you need to do is to apply coconut oil throughout the entire length of the hair, especially at the scalp and then let it act over the night. Cover your hair with a shower cap and then wash it thoroughly in the morning.
8. Rinse Your Hair With Vinegar
Vinegar also comes in handy against lice – no matter if you use it like that or you dilute it in some water, vinegar is highly efficient against lice nits. It is known that eggs tend to attach to the hair strains, and this is where vinegar steps in and simply detaches them, thus making it a lot easier for you to remove the lice eggs. The reason why vinegar is so efficient is that it is highly acidic, and this is why it is used all around
7. Kill The Lice With Heat
No insect likes heat, and lice are surely no exception to the rule – this is the safest, fastest, cheapest and most effective way to kill both lice and their eggs, without endangering your health with toxic substances. Simply blow dry your hair before you start to comb out the nits, and make sure to emphasize on the scalp. Be careful not to burn yourself or to damage your hair – it is important to apply the right amount of heat if you
truly want to kill the lice!
6. Invest In A High-Quality Comb
As mentioned above, one of the most important parts of getting rid of all the lice is finding and destroying their
nits, and the only way to do that is investing in a high-quality metal comb that will really do its job. A common mistake people make is that they skimp on money and they choose a cheap plastic comb that bends easily – these combs are not good, and you can even find some combs that are specially designed to find and remove lice and nits. These items are surely worth every cent, but do not forget to thoroughly clean and sterilize them on a constant basis.
5. Use A Special Anti-Lice Shampoo
Fortunately, there are numerous medicated shampoos on the market that are designed to kill lice within minutes. If you or your child suffer from lice, then these shampoos can really come in handy. Easy to use and
cost-effective, they are a sure method against these bothersome insects.
4. Stop Sharing Personal Items
Sharing personal items with other people, no matter how close they are to you, is neither hygienic nor healthy – in the end, this is exactly how lice get transmitted from one person to another. It is important to prevent further infection with lice once you manage to get rid of them, and the only way to do that is to stop
sharing brushes, clothing items, hats or combs with other people.
3. Use Hair Gel
Hair gel is no longer fashionable for some people as the foam has entered the market and it turns out to do a better job for most of them – however, petroleum jelly is certainly a great choice if you want to kill lice and their nits quickly and effortlessly. Simply put a very thick layer of gel on the scalp and let it act for several hours just like you would allow a hair mask to work its magic on your hair. Make sure to shampoo your hair two times
to fully remove all the gel from your hair, and all the lice as well.
2. Emphasize On Hygiene
Personal hygiene is extremely important, and this does not refer only to not sharing personal items. It is extremely important to make sure that all the pillows, blankets, clothing, hats and any other piece of clothing that comes in direct contact with your hair is cleaned and sterilized. You can either use aggressive detergent or you can wash them at very high temperatures – this is the guaranteed methods to kill lice that hide in fabrics, as they often tend to do
that. This technique combined with careful, in-depth combing of the hair should deliver satisfactory results quickly and effortlessly.
1. Use Other Essential Oils
The last method to get rid of lice is to use different essential oils that act just like coconut oil or olive oil. If you cannot use those ones (be it because they are expensive or because you are allergic to them), then you can use alternative essential oils: rosemary or tea tree are highly efficient as well. Simply use them alone or put them in your regular hair mask, apply it thoroughly then put your shower cap on and let the mixture