Getting Lice Nits Out of Hair

How do you remove the nits from a child's hair? Please let me know.

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December 6, 20110 found this helpful

My daughter got them in kindergarten years ago, and it is a tedious task.
I sat her in a wooden chair, with an old sheet up under it all. I had to divide the hair into thin sections, with help of hair clips and combs.

Then I had to go through, and pulled off each one with my nails. This was after applying the shampoo to kill the lice. It helps to soften the 'glue' that attaches the nits. It can be painful if your child is tender-headed. I had to grasp each one, and slowly pull down the hair shaft.

I tried the removal combs, but they didn't get them all. Then I threw away the sheet, combs, clips, etc. You don't want to keep anything that you used for nit removal. God bless you, and just use more patience than anything.


The first time I heard of a 'lice removal service', I wondered why I never thought of it! It sounds like a waste of money, but if you have ever dealt with it even once, you would be glad to let someone else take care of it!

Best of luck to you, and take care. My daughter got head lice twice in the same year. We found out later that the children all piled their coats on top of each other inside the classroom door, as there were no hangers or any other way to keep them apart.

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December 6, 20110 found this helpful

I tried everything on the market and ran up expenses I could not afford. The best thing I found was hair dye. I chose the dye the color of their hair and dyed their and we had no problems from then on. Good luck as this is such a delicate subject and such a costly thing to control.


Be sure you wash and dry all your pillows, bedding, sofa covers and everything the child's hair has come in contact with. Even vacuum the car you drive.

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December 6, 20110 found this helpful

Whatever you do please do not use the pesticides on the market such as Kwell and Rid. These can be harmful to children as they are absorbed through the skin. There is a product called "Lice MD" which is supposed to work very well. It is harmless but is thick and smothers the lice. Then you have to comb with a nit comb but since this product is like hair conditioner it is fairly easy to comb through. If you find it difficult add hair conditioner. The bottle says leave on ten minutes but I am told 20 munites is best. It is non toxic so the extra time is not harmful. These little critters are rampent I hear.

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December 6, 20110 found this helpful

If you google Mayonaise for Lice Removal, you will find people who will never use anything else.


Here is a link.
Hope it helps.

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December 15, 20110 found this helpful

I would not try home remedies. If these things worked, people would not have had head lice when my mother was a child, when the remedy was kerosene. Use products from the drug store. Of course, these things are toxic, as the head lice are living things that you are poisoning. But there is no other way to do it. I see there is now a teetree oil product on the shelves at my local drugstore, so that may not be as harsh.

The comb that is used for nit removal is essential to the whole process, You must use that on your child's hair.

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September 18, 20160 found this helpful

Dawn dish liquid does work for the bugs themselves but you still have to comb the nits out, but you have to with the prescription stuff too.

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July 15, 20130 found this helpful

From everything I've read and experienced, no lice remedy gets rid of nits. They absolutely have to be combed out. We bought the Lice Terminator comb on Amazon and it works 100% better than any other lice comb we've tried. It has metal teeth with little grooves and it works great for removing nits and even smaller live lice.


We've used listerine, olive oil and mayo to kill lice and they all work well. The real issue is getting the other adults in your life to be as vigilant about checking their kid's heads as you are. Our daughter will go weeks or even a month without any sign of lice and then suddenly she'll spend a night away from home and come back with them.

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March 7, 20170 found this helpful

A lice comb. You have to comb every single hair from scalp to tip. It scrapes off lice and eggs.

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