Updated: Mar 14, 2018
This is the first question you ask yourself and others that have experienced the dreaded head lice curse. It is such an open question as each infestation is different. Combing is the one method that all top experts and institutions recommend , as it is the only way to ensure that all the eggs are removed.
Removing viable eggs is key to clearing hair from lice and nits.
Live lice can be smothered in chemicals, mayonnaise, different natural oils like olive oil, coconut oil etc. But they need to be leaved on for hours but they will not kill the eggs. Which means a week to ten days later they hatch and the cycle continues.
Hair drying can help, but those little critters just keep running away from the heat so are hard to catch all of them. The second problem is burning the skin while keeping it on the eggs long enough and at a temperature high enough to dehydrate the eggs. Hair dryers are very difficult to maintain a constant temperature and over a course of time may lead to burns when dealing with the scalp.
What is the best comb for getting rid of head lice? We use a high precision comb and a proven combing method - though depending on the clients tolerance to combing, stage of infestation, type of hair and length we have an armory of different combs for every occasion. Clearly very fine short hair will need a different comb to thick, very curly hair.
To increase your effectiveness by a staggering 30% angle the comb at sixteen point five degrees to the scalp down the hair shaft. The comb is important but so is the method you use to comb the hair.
After a precision combing, when no more lice and eggs are visible, then comes the nit picking which can be a difficult procedure as the eggs range from white to dark brown and can be camouflaged in the hair.
It is also important to look at the hair from the scalp to the end of the hair as viable eggs can be moved further down the hair shaft when combing. The eggs are tiny so you need to look from more than one angle. People have been misinformed that you only need to worry about lice returning to behind the ears, nape of the neck and crown.
If you decide to take on the challenge of removing your kids hair lice problem, there are a few things to remember. Use a lubricant like conditioner to help glide the comb through the hair, angle the comb to 16 degrees. Keep going until the comb is clear of eggs and lice, this then needs to be followed through every three days for at least two weeks. Remember that each case of head lice is different and if you have more than one family member with head lice they can be at different stages of the infestation.
The key to them not returning is to comb at least once a week with a nit comb and inspect the hair. The majority of prevention sprays and shampoos, in my opinion, do not have a massive effect as they can be applied and by mid morning the essential oils, perfumes used will have evaporated as the scalp is where much body heat is released. With girls it may be useful to spray on elastic Alice bands - but do remember to do a patch test as many products containing essential oils can bring up severe skin allergies.
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