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How do I get rid of fleas in my hair?

By Hailey :) from Moore, OK

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January 25, 20120 found this helpful
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Wash your hair regularly-any shampoo will do.

The big thing, though, is to find out where the fleas are coming from and do what it takes to get rid of them at the source. Treat pets and bedding (including yours), carpet, upholstery, and other favourite flea hang-outs like under the sinks and in baseboard. You could be bringing them indoors from the soil around your house if you have sand fleas in your area.

Vacuum and do other regular cleaning to keep fleas under control.

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January 25, 20120 found this helpful
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If you can, have someone separate your hair and look for little white things that look like dandruff. Especially look in the back of the neck and behind the ears. If there are little white things there, they could be either lice or dandruff. Dandruff will flick away easily. Lice will not. Lice and their eggs can be killed by using a product called Nix. Use it exactly as the directions say. Make sure you use the comb, and what the comb cannot get, use your fingernails to pull them down and off the hair shaft.

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Then wash your towels and bedding in hot water. It's a good idea, if your couch cushions have zippered or removable covers to wash them in hot water too. Vacuum everything that can be vacuumed

Fleas are tiny black little critters, they usually don't live on human hair. If you think you do have fleas in your hair though, I believe the same thing above (Nix) will work the same way.

I hope this helped you. God Bless You!

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January 25, 20120 found this helpful

Fleas do not usually live on humans. Are you sure they are fleas and not lice? You should look at your carpet and bed for fleas. You can sprinkle Borax on the carpet and let it sit a couple of hours then vacuum thoroughly. Do this every few days for a while. Wash your bedding in HOT water. Treat your pets with flea drops that go on the back of their necks (check Petsmart or your vet).

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November 25, 20170 found this helpful

Head lice dont keep coming off your head.ive used lice shampo and mayp

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January 25, 20120 found this helpful

Sounds like lice to me. Do you have children?" Check their heads. There are organic remedies which do not envolve toxic chemicals.

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Head lice are rampant these days for some reason. It's nothing to be ashamed of, just part of life.

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August 31, 20130 found this helpful

Yes! Fleas are horrible but the best way too get rid of them is to mix a little bit of vingar (white) into your shampoo. It works perfectly! It may burn a little but it kills them at the source! :)

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September 8, 20132 found this helpful

You do note need toxic chemicals to get rid of fleas (or lice), you simply need to be vigilant and willing and able to spend the time to use a nit comb daily. I have found the toxic sprays do not work, anyway, as they cannot get the larvae. It's not easy to get them out, and I have not yet accomplished it with mine, but have just been told by a friend which remedies work best.

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Tip: Whatever you do, do not go to an ER or bother with a doctor. They will likely believe you are having "delusional parasitosis".

Facts

All fleas can live in human hair with the absence of other, more preferred hosts, but there is one flea that loves human hair called a "Human Flea" or "City Flea" and it's scientific name is Pulex Irritans. I have that one, I believe.

It is notoriously difficult to get rid of, even hospitals get infested with them and have difficulty getting rid of them. I believe this is not just because the larvae are so incredibly virulent but also because it is almost impossible to see the fleas with the naked eye when they are at their first stages of development.

Treatments

Flea larva are nearly impervious to all chemicals and they burrow deep into carpets and other areas and can live up to two years in dormancy. So be sure to treat your home, first:

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Diatomaceous earth can be sprinkled everywhere as this dries out the larva. Just don't inhale it a lot as it will dry you out, too. Some pet stores sell it with names like "Fleabusters" and "Fleago" or you can get it at some garden centers.

Boric acid powder is supposed to be the very best because it gets down deep and keeps killing them for a couple years.

I am trying first a half/half mixture of salt and baking soda, another remedy I found that can dry them out.

For Hair and Body
It's possible all you need is a good citrus conditioner in your hair and a daily bath and shower and nit-combing until you find no more eggs. Citrus, peppermint, cedarwood, rosemary, tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, and some other ingredients that you can search for online all help repel fleas.

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I found a very inexpensive "Rosemary Mint" shampoo and conditioner. Dandruff shampoos that have some of these natural ingredients added are also great as long as you wash them out soon enough and don't use them more often than recommended on the bottle, otherwise they could irritate your skin.

Other products that can be found in natural food stores and that kill bugs in the hair:

Neem oil spray: (I found Neem Oil Soap - couldn't find the spray but I like it - and Neem toothpaste as they got in my mouth as well.) You can find instructions for using it by doing an internet search.

Lemons: Take one lemon and cut it in slices. Soak the slices in very hot water. Leave them for 12 hours and then strain the water into a spray bottle and spray it all over you, letting it air dry.

Apple cider vinegar (or white vinegar can also be used) rinsed through after washing hair. Another rinse I've been told to use after washing is plain old mouthwash.

You can also bathe daily with bath salts that contain eucalyptus and/or make your own bath with neem or neem leaves if you can find them - both are said to kill fleas. Just make sure you put a shampoo and/or conditioner into your hair with flea-repellent ingredients while you bathe, then wash it out after.

I must add that there are a few hair products in the African-American hair section that contain ingredients great for repelling fleas with the added benefit of making it easier to get a nit comb through your hair - such as leave - in super moisturizing treatments with olive and tea tree oils. These are great for making it easier to comb out the flea eggs, etc. (And for people who have lice it's even more perfect as lice do not like clean, smooth, moisturized hair that is hard to latch onto, nor do they like thicker, curlier hair, so most people who get head lice have straighter, finer hair.)

Fleas have been around for 33 million years so they are well-adapted to survive. So continue whatever treatment seems to be working until you are 100% sure they are gone.

Hope that helps- Good luck!

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