Lice are got back to blond hairs. But skipping on the first lice shampoo isn’t the best solution. Some traditional products can be harmful to health. There are other natural, easy, economical, and effective ways to get rid of them.
The radical solution, which leaves no chance for unwanted children, is the razor. But not all (and all) will agree.
White vinegar is a very effective remedy for nits. Just add half of the white vinegar to half of the water. Wash the hair with the mixture. Leave on for 15 to 30 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.
You can also heat white vinegar. Lay on the hair, wrap with a towel. Leave on for 30 minutes and then rinse. Hot vinegar suffocates and kills lice and nits.
They cannot tolerate temperature differences. It is recommended to rinse infested hair with as hot water as possible (being careful not to burn very sensitive scalps of young children). Then shampoo with regular shampoo to remove any vinegar smell.
#2-With a fine comb
After all, shampoo, comb the hair meticulously with a fine anti-lice comb (sold in pharmacies). After each pass, the comb should be wiped dry so as not to contaminate new strands of hair. If necessary, use a compress, placed between the teeth of the comb, to better take off the lice and nits, then throw it away after each combed strand. When all the hair has been combed, rinse thoroughly with as hot water as possible, before drying. It is recommended to repeat the operation on days 1,5,9 and 13 (4 times in all).
#3-The anti-lice mask
You can also prepare this mask by mixing a few drops of tea tree essential oil in 4 tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil. Leave on for 10 minutes, comb through, and rinse well.
Another possibility: sprinkle the hair with diatomaceous earth, leave to act at least overnight, comb, and wash. Repeat the operation if necessary.
Not everyone is a fan of homemade mixes. There are also healthier anti-lice products, to be used especially at the beginning of the infestation.
We can then turn to anti-lice shampoos Or the anti-lice products not labelled but with a healthy composition that remains to be deciphered.
Clothing, bedding, towels, hats, scarf, hairbrush… Any object or textile likely to carry lice must be treated. Tip: put them in the dryer for 30 minutes at maximum temperature or soak them for 10 minutes in water at 60 ° C. People in contact with infected children should also receive treatment, along with the children.
Some pharmacists have a “phytotherapy” section and make preparations based on essential oils that are effective in the fight against lice.
Lice pass easily from head to head. An affected child risks infecting his entire class. If these nits are circulating, here are some tips to avoid being contaminated:
- Avoid the exchange of hats, balaclavas, scarves, towels, brushes, combs, and other items for the hair, and wear a hat at the pool.
- Put a few drops of lavender essence in the hair daily to ward off lice during an infestation. The louse does not fly, does not jump, but swims. Transmission occurs primarily through direct contact or objects or clothing of an infected person.
How to spot lice and nits?
What do nits look like?
That tickles. It itches. It even itches. Now is the time to take a closer look at the scalp. If we observe sticky dandruff, greyish-white or brownish, shiny and translucent, which clings to the base of the hair, around the ears and the neck, these are nits, the eggs of lice. Lice are 1.5 to 3 mm long.
The dangers of anti-lice
It is better to avoid traditional anti-lice shampoos. These expensive products can be toxic and dangerous for health.
- The active ingredients that make up classic anti-lice products are insecticides, harmful to health. Some are or may be carcinogenic. Many can even cause malformations in the fetuses (teratogenic).
- Some products can cause side effects: skin irritations, allergies, fatigue, or even, in the most serious cases, comas or cardio-respiratory disorders.
- Since the 1950s, lice eliminating treatments have contained insecticidal substances. Lice have developed resistance to these products, which must be increasingly toxic to remain effective.
We should avoid them as much as possible.
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 Made up of amorphous silicon dioxide from fossilized remains of marine algae, diatomite attacks the skeleton of insects and absorbs their internal fluid, thus causing their death by dehydration.
 The active ingredients which enter into the composition of anti-lice products are organophosphates (malathion), pyrethrins (pyrethrum), and pyrethroids (bio-allethrin, phenothrin, permethrin).
 Piperonyl-butoxide is suspected of being carcinogenic and teratogenic..
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