Does mayonnaise kill lice?
By Shari from Wichita, KS
My daughter has extremely thick, long hair. We really did not want to fight with mayo along with lice. After some research, we found using LISTERINE (store brand) works best. You can use it every night (we did it every 2-3 nights to make sure the life cycle was definitely interrupted).
Saturate the head with listerine (we used a spray bottle). Wrap the hair in plastic wrap, then put a towel or shower cap around it to hold in place. In an hour or two, wash it out in the shower. We also use Suave (cheap) coconut conditioner to comb that thick hair out.
For nits (if it's progressed that far), vinegar (like in mayo) loosens that super-glue like hold. Kill them with listerine, then rinse with vinegar (okay, use the coconut conditioner before the vinegar so you can get that tiny nit comb through thick hair). To wipe nits off the nit comb, spray with a spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol.
It makes you feel better to know you're wiping the eggs off on a tissue rather than back into the hair! I was able to do my own hair as a precaution (with no help from anyone to do the combing) by using this method.
I was so bug-a-phobic for a while that we saturated and wrapped our hair every Saturday night for a few months, just to make sure we really had them gone. This worked wonderfully.
We still use the coconut conditioner, just because they don't like that smell--why crawl on a smell you don't prefer? Also, if there is an outbreak at school, keep little girls' hair in ponytails! Also, saturate and wrap anytime you hear a rumor of those bugs! It's that easy, and no pesticides! Thanks for letting me share!
Yes, so does babyoil, vasaline, brille cream , vo5 in the tube. You still have to comb it to get the eggs out. Anything with a oil or grease in it.
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Instead of using pesticide based methods to rid my daughter of head lice, we applied mayonnaise to her hair. Apply before bedtime and cover hair with plastic cap, like those sold in dollar stores. Next morning, wash, rinse, and comb out nits. This method is more time consuming than using Nix, but is safer for the child.
Also, to help prevent re-infestation, we gathered my daughter's long hair into a ponytail.
By C. Nelson from Mountain Home, AR
kmcl59 from Pensacola, FL (06/22/2006)
We found a better solution. Denorex shampoo. It is made with coal tar. Wash daily with this shampoo, for at least one week, two if you can. When you put it on, lather it up and wait ten minutes, then rinse. You will be lice-free, and your child will be pesticide-free too. A bottle of Denorex will last two full weeks, and costs less than a bottle of lice shampoo. The Denorex works by killing off any lice that have hatched that day, before they can lay eggs. So by being consistent and washing every day for a week (or two) you get the whole cycle of hatching nits.
Also, you "must" clean bed clothes and pillows. Simply running them through the dryer on the hottest cycle for 30 minutes will kill any lice on the bedding (you can do this with pillows and most stuffed animals too). You will also need to do this daily as well, until the infestation stops.
Additional measures to try: lice like coarse hair. If your child has coarse hair, try applying a good creme rinse or conditioner after the shampoo. The lice are unable to attach their eggs to the hair because the hair is now "slick". Also, the use of styling products and hairsprays also prevents lice from laying eggs that attach.
Any nits you can see and that are further than 2 cm from the root are "empty" or "dead" nits. These are eggs that have already hatched. There is no need to remove them or otherwise bother with them, they will fall off after a few shampoos (looks likes dandruff). The nits that will hatch are the ones right at the root and no more than 2 cm away from the root. They tend "not" to be white and you can't really see them unless you have really good light and a magnifying glass. These are the nits you're trying to get rid of, these are the eggs that have been laid, but not hatched yet. Denorex does work on those nits. (06/22/2006)
Head lice are a human parasite therefore will not survive off of their human hosts more than 24 hours. As I said previously nits off the head are doomed. So you don't need to go berserk cleaning the house like a frenzied Molly Maid. A thorough vacuuming of the entire house will do the trick. Check out: headlice.org
I will add that just combing to get nits out doesn't get them all, it works better to pick them out with your fingernails. In answer to another question here, mayo does not kill eggs it suffocates the lice only. Eggs (nits) left on the hair strand will hatch. Also, as mentioned here putting the bedding in the dryer will do the trick. I would go back and be sure you have gotten all the nits out of their hair now and then go back again in a week, check again and do the mayo thing again. Good luck and good job on not using chemicals. Hope that helps.
Mayo, or oil and vinegar definitely works. It suffocates them, and the vinegar helps loosen nits. To be on the safe side they also comb through her hair with white vinegar after to get rid of any other nits. Then repeat the mayo treatment about a week to 10 days later to catch any that may have hatched, etc. (05/06/2008)
Also, using Tea Tree shampoo and conditioner (or just the conditioner if it is a young child) will help prevent them. They do not like it at all. Paul Mitchell did research with this. Many salons sell their own cheaper version. Also, using a silicone based gloss (for frizz control) will help to prevent them as well, by making the hair to slippery for the eggs to stick. You do not need much of this product, a little goes a long way.
Good luck, and the key to not getting them back, is getting all of the eggs out. (07/22/2008)
You blow dry and the critters get wrapped into a cocoon and suffocate. Like I said you must do this for 3 weeks, once a week. It's the easiest and best way yet. nuvotreatmentforheadlice.com, I think. Google it, it's the best thing ever invented. When I called my doctor because I couldn't take it anymore she recommended this. Hope this helps. (09/24/2008)
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