6 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Head Lice & Lice Eggs
Here is a summary of getting rid of head lice and lice eggs.
- Use a tea tree oil shampoo and conditioner
- Rinse your hair with diluted vinegar solution
- Massage your scalp with coconut oil to smother and kill the lice
- Apply fresh lemon juice to get rid of nits from your hair
- Dilute neem oil with olive oil. Apply the mix on your hair
- Use a lice comb until the comb comes out clean (no nits)
How to Get Rid of Head Lice & Nits
It’s very important to consider the life cycle of a head lice before you try out these methods. For example, some methods are effective at getting rid of nits (lice eggs), while others are effective at getting rid of adult lice. Keep this mind as you read through the methods of getting rid of head lice.
1. Tea Tree Oil Shampoo
Tea tree oil is associated with a number of health benefits, particularly for your hair and scalp. For example, tea tree oil has the ability to soothe dry flaking skin on your scalp and could also help remove dandruff. Most importantly, tea tree oil contains properties that could help kill lice nits. Try out a tea tree oil shampoo if you haven’t already done so. Calily Life Organic Tea Tree Shampoo is a top pick among consumers.
2. Diluted Vinegar Solution
Vinegar does not contain enough punch to kill adult head lice but it may do the job for lice nymphs and nits. The antiseptic properties of vinegar may help loosen the glue that stick to the lice egg to your hair. Apply a diluted vinegar solution to your hair then comb it until you see no traces of nits.
3. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil could serve as a temporary solution for getting rid of head lice. Apply some coconut oil on your hair. Lice do not like oily environments and the greasiness makes it difficult for the lice to cling to your hair. Viva Naturals Coconut Oil is a favorite for customers.
4. Lemon Juice
The citric acid in lemon juice could help dissolve the substance that glues the lice eggs to the hair shaft. Apply some lemon juice to your hair then leave it on for around ten minutes. Comb your hair after to remove the nits from the hair. Please note lemon juice could lead to side effects, especially for people with very dry skin, so it should be used with care.
5. Neem Oil
Like tea tree oil, neem oil contains properties that could help get rid of lice from your hair. Neem contains an insecticidal ingredient that could disrupt the reproduction of lice. You should dilute the neem oil with olive oil before massaging it on your scalp and hair.
6. Lice Comb
Finally, lice combs are designed to help get rid of nits and live lice from your hair. Applying any of the above would make combing more effective. Check out the Nit Free lice comb. The comb’s microscopic tooth ends make sure you are picking out as many nits as possible as you comb through your hair.
What is a Head Lice?
The life cycle of a head louse has three stages: egg, nymph, and adult. Lice eggs are commonly referred to as nits. These eggs are very difficult to see (less than 1 mm) so it is important to have a special lice comb to pick them out from your hair. Nits typically take around a week to hatch.
Nymphs are released when the lice egg hatches. It takes about seven days for a nymph to become an adult. At this stage, an adult louse is about the size of a sesame seed. Female lice can lay multiple nits a day and have a life span of up to 30 days so it is very important to kill or pick them out from your head as soon as possible.
Head Lice Prevention Tips
The best way to get rid of head lice is to prevent them in the first place. Here are some simple and easy tips on preventing them.
Do Your Research: know what a head lice looks like. Google pictures of head lice and nits. In addition, learn what helps them thrive.
Be Vigilant: check your hair at least once a week for signs of head lice, especially if a lice outbreak is reported in your area.
Avoid Sharing: stay away from sharing items that come into direct contact with the head like hats and sweaters. You should also wash these items on a regular basis.
Published on March 6, 2017 by Sam Choan.