I came across this tip about removing lice. In a nutshell, it says that by putting conditioner in damp hair and then dipping a metal (not plastic) comb in the baking soda and combing through hair, it gets them out a lot faster. Conditioner also has the added effect of helping you see the live lice and slow them down so you can find them in the first place.
By Robyn Fed from Hampton, TN
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By Lelia Jo Cordell09/23/2010
Robin, I wish I'd had this tip several years ago! Both my daughters spent a summer looking like Sinead O'Connor. This, after I tried everything else I knew or had ever heard of to conquer the problem.
Boy, I wish I'd thought of this 30 years ago when my kids were little. All three had curly hair! Thanks, great tip!
Another great one is to goop mayonnaise on the hair, cover in shower curtain for 30 minutes, then rinse. You can Google it if you don't think it's true. I did!
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To get rid of head lice, just buy a cheap bottle of mouth wash (the kind that contains alcohol). Saturate the hair with mouth wash and a good conditioner, put shower cap on and leave on for one hour. Rinse out and comb with lice comb, all the bugs should be dead. Kills the eggs too. Don't forget to wash all bedding, hats, coats, brushes, etc. and vacuum the house good. This should take care of the lice without costly and dangerous products. My daughter and niece got them. After using all of the other stuff (that didn't work), tried this and they were gone. We have not been bothered with them since. Good luck!
By Suzanne from Norfolk, VA
As Suzanne said, don't forget to also wash any linens, hats, coats, pillows, anything that may have come in contact with the infested person in HOT water and vacuum furniture. I did my daughter's bed linens daily. Oh and don't forget your car seat as well.(01/08/2009)
I would like a home remedy for head lice on children.
Yvonne from Brisbane, Australia
Next morning rinse hair with warm water and watch the little critters slide away. Leaves my daughter's hair soft and silky, and also kills the eggs. Then run through with a nit comb and you are good to go. An added bonus, is it is also great for your hands and nails. Long live good old mayo. (02/24/2009)
Make sure what you use is safe for all ages of children, adults, etc. Some things can be absorbed into the skin, creating severe reactions. Besides using a product you must pick out each nit in the hair. Get a fine comb and magnifying glass to help. Section off with clips as you go through the hair. Lice do not create disease, but it is uncomfortable to say the least and most schools won't allow the student's return until all has been cleared and retreated several times. Some work places have rules as well for the wellness of the person and rest of employees. (02/24/2009)
I did use a special lice-killing shampoo after that initial four hours, but it was only because the live lice freaked me out (found 13 of them, shudder) and I didn't want to find any more live ones. The shampoo only kills live ones, it doesn't "kill" eggs. You still have to pick every single egg/nit out. I checked her hair every day for about a week, finding a few more each time. Strange when you think you've got them all, but it's really hard to get them all the first or second time.
I went to checking once or twice a week until I didn't find any at all after awhile. A month perhaps? I never did find any more live or dead bugs, only the eggs and I'm not sure if that's because I used the shampoo or not. Probably not as it doesn't kill eggs. Or perhaps I missed a live one in the initial picking and the shampoo killed it and I washed it away with the shampoo.
Ugh. Hope I never have to deal with this again, but with three small daughters I can assume it's in my future. (02/25/2009)
By Katie A.
It also helps prevent re-infestation for a short while. Mix the oil with water and dish soap and spray the beds and carpets. You can find the exact measurements online. One word of "warning": It smells like old onions and garlic. But it works great and price is good if you look online. I bought an 8oz bottle 2 years ago and still have some. (04/22/2009)
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