How to get rid of Head Lice
Getting rid of head lice can be a tedious and frustrating task but the issue needs to be treated to ensure the head lice life cycle is stopped. A rushed treatment could result in lice and eggs being left behind to create another generation of head lice.
See below for a step-by-step detailed guide to completely eradicate head lice.
How to get rid of head lice: TREAT
A head lice treatment is designed to paralyse or suffocate, effectively killing the louse and nymphs (adolecent lice). The treatment should cover the entire scalp and all of the hair and be left for approximately 30 minutes. Massage the treatment into the scalp and hair for five minutes to ensure the treatment cream or foam penetrates the head lice and then you'll need to comb.
How to get rid of head lice: COMB
Combing is probably the most important step in the fight against nits as there is no other way to remove the head lice and eggs from the scalp. Some products may suggest removing these with your fingers, however, it is best to use a specialised comb to ensure complete removal. Eggs that are left in the hair will hatch in 7 – 10 days and breed a new generation of head lice.
Combing can take some time depending on the hair. Girls with long thick hair will need some patience as combing will take a while– short, thin hair will usually be a much quicker process.
The hair should be divided into 4cm sections and, using the metal teeth of the comb, run the comb from the root of the hair to the tip. After every comb wipe off the head lice and eggs on to a tissue and repeat until every strand of hair has been combed. Successful head lice removal will stop the head lice life cycle.
It is recommended that you repeat the treatment and combing process again in 7-10 days to ensure you have removed all head lice and their eggs.
Hot tip: Use a conditioner or detangler to help unlock knots and make the combing process easier.
How to get rid of head lice: DEFEND
Don't wait for an infestation or even an outbreak in your school, look to protect your children from head lice. Be vigilant and check for head lice in your children's hair regularly. NitWits studies have shown that over 85% of people would consider head lice prevention.
Using a defense spray daily can ward off head lice, avoiding a potential infestation and saving you the hassle of a complete head lice treatment.
* Always read the label. Use only as directed.