There is an overwhelming amount of information on the internet about what works and what does not work. So this post is written by a professional who has treated hundreds of individuals for head lice. All of whom have tried at home self treatments such as tea trea oil, vinegar, mayonaisse, cetaphil, vaseline and more. Despite what the person used, they still needed help and found themselves sitting in the chair of a professional head lice specialist. So what works and how do you get rid of head lice naturally?
1. Coconut Oil/Olive Oil
Apply coconut oil or olive oil to the hair and leave on 8-10 hours. The hair must be completely saturated and there cannot be any dry spots.
It works by smothering live lice and conditions the hair to enable effective lice combing. Do not put a plastic shower cap or bag on a child's head, remember it is a suffocation hazard. Instead wrap an old towel or thin cloth around the hair. Wash the oil out of the hair with regular shampoo and conditioner after 8-10 hours.
2. Use A Metal Lice Comb
Puchase a metal lice comb to remove the nits. Comb through sectioned hair with the lice comb to remove lice and nits from the hair. The oil should have killed most of the lice, however some resilent bugs may have survived. An oil treatment can be repeated as needed. Continue to comb through the hair until all of the nits are removed. Expect nit removal to take 4-10 hours per person.
3. Screen Daily
Check the hair for lice and nits everyday for the next week. It is a good idea to comb through the hair with the lice comb looking for missed nit and live bugs. It is normal to find nits and bugs during the screening time frame. Keep combing.
4. Hire A Professional
For moderate to heavy lice infestations or long, thick hair it is best to consider hiring a professional lice removal service. Most companies use non-toxic, pestiticide free products and can remove lice and nits in an estimate of 1-2 hours. Typically a professional can save a family time and money.