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Just a Metal Nit Comb

Share Your Story: What Did You Do to Treat Head Lice?

By mvmomof3

Updated September 30, 2010

What I use to beat head lice

Metal nit comb (the plastic ones that come with the nit shampoos aren't fine enough to remove the immature lice).

How I use it

1. Wash hair as usual. Towel dry.

2. Apply a cream LEAVE-IN hair conditioner (I think any brand will do).

3. If hair is long, use a wide-toothed comb to remove knots.

4. Then comb through hair with fine-toothed METAL metal nit comb. Make sure to comb right from the scalp to the ends, and don't miss any sections of hair.

5. Wipe the comb with a tissue to remove accumulated conditioner with lice as you go, and discard these.

6. You must do this at least every other day for at least 2 weeks.

This treatment removes juvenile and adult lice, but may not remove all the eggs (nits). As long as you do it at lest evey other day, eventually all the eggs will hatch and the juvenile and adult lice will be removed, so there will be no adults left to lay any more eggs.

7. Also follow recommendations for quarantining hair brushes and hair accessories (seal them in a plastic bag for 2 weeks), and wash sheets and towels in very hot water.

Lessons learned

  • This treatment is non-toxic, cheap, effective and is great for the hair.
  • You don't need to use chemical lice shampoos or other chemical lice treatments. The schools will tell you to use chemicals, and most doctors will also. Even the CDC website says that you must use chemicals to kill head lice.
  • You must faithfully do it at least every other day for at least 2 weeks, and you must do it thoroughly and not miss any hair. If you miss treatments or don't comb all the hair, eggs may hatch and lice may mature and lay more eggs. The life cycle of head lice is very short (7 days from egg to adult).

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