My sister had a similar problem. I read on this website where someone said to rinse hair in vinegar to take care of the eggs. She did that and it has worked. So what I would suggest is to treat with the Nix again to get rid of the adults and then rinse in vinegar to dissolve the eggs. That should take care of it. I had told my sister to rinse my niece's hair in vinegar every day for a week or so just to be sure. (11/23/2005)
Our health department had us use mineral oil, wrap a towel around your head for 1 hour. Then wash it out with Dawn dish soap. It did the trick. (11/23/2005)
I am a hair salon owner and I tell everyone to use the mayo thing, but then you have to pick the nits out and do the mayo thing again in one week. Vinegar will loosen the nits, but you still have to carefully pick them out. Please, don't use Nix or any chemical offered at the pharmacy it is pesticide and there has been a lot of evidence of it being cancer causing, not worth the chance in my opinion. (11/23/2005)
Try olive oil in hair for about 2hrs covered with a plastic bag or shower cap, then wash with any shampoo until olive oil is washed out of hair. Next use nit comb, clean nits out of hair, repeat if necessary. God forbid shave the head as last resort! Make sure all bed clothes are clean as well as combs and brushes. I wish you well. (11/23/2005)
Use the dandruff shampoo Denerex. It's about 9 dollars a bottle, but it works!
Leave it on awhile before rinsing out. (11/23/2005)
Another thing to remember, get all the stuffed animals that the child sleeps with and put them in a plastic bag, cinch it with a twist tie and put them outside for at least a week. Vacuum the floors as well, and throw away the bag outside. Wash everything you can and put in the dryer. That includes coats, hats, bedding, etc. Make sure you either clean combs and brushes with bleach or throw away outside and buy new ones. Sometimes you have to just throw the pillows away and buy new. Make sure no one else in the family has lice, you could be re-infecting one another.
My sister in law was told to use Crisco. Put it on their heads, put a shower cap on and leave it there for a couple of hours. It smothers them. (11/23/2005)
I found that picking the nits out of my daughter's hair was what finally got them all out. The metal comb works a little, but I had to go through her entire head of hair virtually strand by strand to make sure. Sounds gross, but I just used my thumbnail and forefinger to pull down each strand (or maybe 3-5 strands at a time in actuality). I had to do this twice over her whole head. (11/23/2005)
By Katie A.
Use a fine comb and hair conditioner, apply the conditioner to dry hair and comb out. Use a paper towel to clean your comb after each comb through. You will be able to see the lice. (gross) Do this every day until you get a clean comb through.
I did this every night for about 4 nights on all three of my children before they had a shower. It worked for me. And it doesn't hurt their head or my hip pocket. (11/23/2005)
We used every suggestion posted, but my granddaughter had a recurring problem all summer. Seems her friend was reinfecting her. The friend's family did not work hard at trying to get rid of them. We discovered a product online called Licerx, made by Selmedica. It is an all natural remedy. It took a few applications, but it was they only thing that worked. It's a little pricey, but we were at our wits end and many dollars poorer. I've misplaced the website, but type in head lice and it should come up. We were getting concerned about the use of chemicals and the other "natural" remedies did not work. I recommend it. (11/23/2005)
Head lice cannot jump or fly! They can crawl only. They will not jump from one head to another. If your sister and niece have been treated and have no live lice in their hair at the present time it is fine to be around them. If they have missed some nits in the hair you cannot catch them, even if a nit were to fall off of their heads it is simply an egg and cannot attach itself to you. It also cannot survive for more than two or three hours on any surface, it needs a live host. If you do a web search on head lice you can find all of this information. DO NOT use kerosene ever, very dangerous! Children have been blinded and also killed by this insane method. (11/24/2005)
Have they been swimming in a chlorinated pool? The chemicals in the pool stop the head lice treatments working. Teachers always know there will be a lot of head lice in their classes when the children are taking swimming lessons. (11/24/2005)
By Julia from UK
Saturate head and hair in tea tree oil and wrap a towel around head and let it sit. Wash out. Repeat this every 3 to 4 days and work at those nits with a small comb to remove. This is a safe alternative that works. Never use Rid or Nix or other type of "treatment" especially on young children as it can cause brain damage. (11/27/2005)
In Florida all schools have lice break outs. When I first moved here I was in shock because I never heard of such a thing. They get rid of it easily by dyeing their kids' hair the same color and no one is wiser. At first I thought no way would I put those dye chemicals in my daughter's hair. Well after trying the lice medications (flea dip in creme form), and combs I let my friend dye her hair. It didn't look any different and her lice problem was gone. Of course we washed all her bedding, etc. also. (12/02/2005)
My mom has spent over 200$ for my hair and we found the only way to get rid of it is comb all the bugs out, and pick all the eggs out. (01/21/2006)
I was having a problem with lice in my family. For some weird reason I am the only one that gets it. I heard this from a friend. This is what I did. I put a small amount of pure almond oil in my shampoo, you know just to make sure that it is clean, too. Then I covered my hair with that almond oil. After it dried I used the lice comb to pull out any nits or bugs. It's great I didn't have to use any harsh chemicals on my color treated hair and it works. Not only that I had a great hair day the next day, the almond oil is very relaxing and made my hair so soft. (02/22/2006)
You don't need to do anything special to get rid of head lice! Just use coconut shampoo (Suave is good). Coconut oil destroys their exoskeletons, not poison. After that, put shaving cream in the hair and comb through to loosen the nits. I did this and it worked like a charm, after spending I don't know how much money on the stuff in the drugstores made to kill lice the previous three months. None of it worked. Coconut shampoo works instantly and I use it all the time now as a preventative. My family will never be without it. (02/25/2006)
By Sharon (guest)
Check with you local health department or drug store. The product is called De-Bug. It is really safe and you can use it more than once in a day. Not like the over the counter products. And it really works. If you can't get it in your local area, reply back and I'll try and help you find the closest place to get this.
This product is so safe that the inventor of it, brushes his teeth with this everyday to ensure the safety of this.
My girls with lots of hair got lice from a friend and I used Dawn dish soap on both their heads and it got rid of them. I know it sounds funny, but it works. (05/27/2007)
Rinse your hair in vinegar, it will kill the lice, but you should buy the spray for your furniture and make sure to wash all bed clothes, because the lice will just keep coming back if not. (09/13/2007)
Use men's shaving cream as a shampoo. It works. (10/25/2007)
Any shampoos with semi harsh chemicals, dandruff shampoo, for example, worn long enough will kill the live ones. (12/17/2007)
I have been dealing with the same thing with my daughter,
I was told to use white vinegar and vegetable oil keep in on over night! After every treatment you must vacuum every thing including the car. Plus wash everything.
I promise if you do this at least 2 - 3 times a month it will kill the lice. (01/30/2008)
Lemon juice works too because it's acidic. (06/18/2008)
I found out my daughter had head lice just before school started in September. I tried Nix a couple of times, mayonnaise, and tea tree oil, and still was not able to eliminate all of the lice, or at least not all of the eggs. After a month of daily combings, extra laundry and vacuuming, and frustration, I tried a new over the counter product, LiceMD.
This product does not contain pesticides or other harmful chemicals, and also does not have any odor. It is very slippery, and allowed me to comb out 100% of the lice and eggs on the first application! It was almost like a miracle. I would definitely recommend it. (11/13/2008)
Denorex Extra Strength works wonders. My boyfriend got lice from his little sister. They have a huge lice problem in the elementary school. We applied the Denorex to our hair while it was dry and fully saturated it. I bought plastic shower caps in order to make it easier. We left the Denorex in for 30 minutes. It's some strong stuff. My scalp was tingling. When the time was up, we rinsed and then put in regular conditioner and used a comb for all the nits.
I heard it's best to use coconut conditioner because coconut oil destroys the exoskeletons of the lice. For a preventative method, it's good to shampoo hair with Denorex a few times a week just in case any nits hatch since the Denorex only kills the hatched lice. At $6.50 for a 10 ounce bottle, it definitely beats spending so much money on pesticides that lice have built up a resistance to, plus you can't you them every day. (12/19/2008)
For adults, Henna hair dye works wonders! Read up about it. I have hair to my waist and this stuff works. And it's great for your hair. Watch out though, because it's "very" messy. (01/24/2009)
Besides the Henna on my hair, I got "Lice Ice" for the kids and I think it's going to be a lifesaver. I'm even going to follow up on my hair with it. It is non-toxic and takes care of the live ones and the eggs. (It keeps live ones from laying new eggs and keeps eggs from hatching).
I think I may start up a business helping people get it out of their kids hair. (01/26/2009)
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