Lice, the plural form of Louse preferably known as Head Lice are one of those wingless insects preferably found on human scalp feeding on human blood four to five times daily. Head louse cannot fly and tend to be found walking fast on flat surfaces. They prefer to attach eggs also known by nits on scalp hair and are harmless. The easiest way to get infected with lice is head-to-head contact.
Around 6-10 million people, mainly children are treated against head lice in United States. They can be found off the head on places like on pillow covers, hairbrushes, shared towels, hats, clothing, beds and tend to remain up to 48 hours. Effective home remedies to get rid of head lice permanently are needed and is recommended to continue for few weeks or else it may lead to lice life-cycle re-infestation.
Head Louse Home Remedies
Using a fine-toothed nit comb daily is the coolest step to start removing lice from the hair. Also you may apply tea tree oil to the comb and start brushing through the dry hair at least three times a day for at least a week.
This will help to slowly remove the newly laid eggs and lice. Before applying lice removal shampoos, combing practice will reduce the growth and will pull out large numbers at one stretch. The comb should be cleaned daily by soaking it in vinegar for at least 30 minutes or boiling in water for 5-10 minutes.
Neem Oil Shampoo
This shampoo is considered to be a natural insecticide and is safe for the treatment of lice. Mix neem oil based shampoo to your normal shampoo and apply it twice a week. Gently massage on hair restricting the scalp will prevent lice in spreading and re harvesting.
After and before shampooing, apply vinegar or soak hair in vinegar before combing. Before you sleep, make a mixture of 2 teaspoons vinegar with water, soak cotton to apply it on your dry hair for easy removal of all the dead lice.
Cheapest remedy and available in every homes. Extract juice to apply it on scalp to the tip of the hair. The sulphur present in the juice will kill the lice once for all and is recommended to use the juice for four consecutive days because the eggs will be removed faster after the third day of use.
Product sounds unusual for lice treatment and helps to remove lice or slip off the hair while combing. Gently spread mayonnaise all over your hair and cover with a plastic cover bag.
Leave it for some time till it gathers at the bottom and then hold it by a clip or a rubber band tight for an hour before washing your hair. Finally comb your hair to remove the dead lice.
Custard Apple Seeds
Make thick custard apple seeds powder after mixing with water and apply it on scalp overnight. Apply this paste twice a week and wash your hair with a mild shampoo. This will be effective for dandruff removal also.
There are several other homely remedies for lice removal and people sometimes also use it in the form of hair treatment, such as lime juice mixed with 8-10 cloves of garlic paste, heating coconut oil with apple cider vinegar and make sure to retain the mixture more than six hours or overnight. One must always check the combs after every alternate days to make sure all lice have been removed from the hair.