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How to Get Rid of Head Lice

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9. Petroleum Jelly

petroleum jelly

Petroleum jelly can also have a stifling effect on lice, hence it can be used to get rid of lice quickly. Petroleum jelly will suffocate the bugs by clogging their breathing holes, making it impossible for them to survive for very long.

  1. Apply a thick layer of petroleum jelly on the scalp and hair.
  2. Then cover your head with a close-fitting shower cap.
  3. Leave it on overnight.
  4. In the morning, use baby oil to remove the petroleum jelly.
  5. Then wash your hair thoroughly with your regular shampoo.
  6. When your hair dries, use a nit comb to remove any nits and lice.
  7. Repeat once a week for one to two months.

10. Almonds

almonds

According to Ayurveda, almonds are one of the most effective home treatments to remove lice.

  1. Soak 10 almonds in water overnight.
  2. The next morning, peel and grind the almonds into a thick paste.
  3. Mix three tablespoons of lemon juice into the paste.
  4. Apply the paste on the scalp thoroughly.
  5. Leave it on for about two hours.
  6. Wash it off thoroughly with cold water.
  7. Use this treatment once a week for two months.

With patience and diligence, you can easily get rid of head lice. These additional tips will help stop the spread of lice:

  • Do not share anything belonging to the affected person.
  • Keep combs and brushes used by an affected person separate from others.
  • After treating lice, wash all clothing and bedding used by the affected person in hot water.
  • Seal all the non-washable items used by the affected person in plastic bags for a week.
  • Vacuum all upholstery, mattresses and carpets.
  • Once in a while, comb your hair with a nit comb.

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    1. Yes! The one with 70% rubbing alcohol then conditioner over it ten minutes worked! TY God. You can comb it on too with a metal nit comb then wash and condition. Blow drying helps too

    2. Also my boyfriend always use Listerine original mouthwash mix with vinegar in spray bottle…sprayed all over then cover with shower cap leave on for 10 mins then wash out then nit comb through …..

  1. I learned to start a month b4 the school yr/ and later to just use hair mousse in my kids hair after washing. The lice doesn’t want to attach. I went thru a lice episode b4 learning this. Never got it again.

    1. Which moose is this I’m in Scotland don’t know if wee have it available here I feel like everytime I check my daughters hair they are back I’m fighting a loosing battle

      1. Any mousse will do. Or if your daughter has a bit longer hair, once you have applied a treatment and combed through and are sure you have removed all nits and lice, you can always pull her hair back tightly into a bun and spray hair spray on it. The lice can’t get a hold on the hair that way. I did it to my daughter years ago when she was young because it would take me 24 hours to completely go through her hair due its extreme thickness. Once we started pulling her hair back tightly and spraying it, she did not get them again.

  2. Straight vinegar did the job for us. We dipped the lice comb in vinegar and combed thru the hair and it got rid of them. It kills the nits that are left behind. One grandaughter was so infested that we thought we would never get rid of them and we were trying everything we could OTC and home that we could think of/buy. Nothing worked but the vinegar. Glitz

    1. My daughter is 13 long think hair we thought we had her lice gone but she still has them attached to her I see you say straight vinager do you wash after you comb it through

      1. I did straight vinegar over night and as we were washing you can see the adults coming off in the water. I then put conditioner through her whole head and brushed through with the nit comb and they came off with ease. Once it was dry I checked and removed anything left behind. So happy this worked. Then she just added a little gel, mousse or hair spray to her daily hair style. It’s been 2 years and still lice free. 🙂

  3. The herb larkspur works to get rid of head lice. When I was a kid in the 60s our local drug store sold larkspur in a big bottle. when I had kids in school I couldn’t find it any more. You can get the dried herb though and make your own. If you don’t mind the smell another thing that kills head lice is kerosene.

    1. DO NOT EVER USE KEROSENE. there are articles about how fatalities have occurred using kerosene to treat lice. Wherever possible use a natural product so close to the brain.

  4. My daughter has long, curly, extremely thick hair. We have used OTC treatments 4-5x and they keep coming back. The most adults we have ever seen were 4. Thought they were gone and then yesterday afternoon, two more show up. I saw the mayonnaise treatment, so last night I coated her hair in mayonnaise and she slept with 5 hair caps on topped off with a swim cap to make sure the adults suffocated. This morning, she washed her hair in tea tree shampoo and Dishwashing Liquid and then tea tree conditioner. I just spent the last 2-1/2 hours combing through her hair with a not comb. *** So, now I just need confirmation on how to use the vinegar. Should I go ahead and wash her hair in vinegar and put the hair caps on for several hours and then comb through again and do I need to do the vinegar treatment every day for several days OR can we do the vinegar treatment several times in the same day? Then can she wash with shampoo and conditioner?? ** How long do the nits live after vinegar treatment should I miss any?? She’s a teen and ready to spend time with friends. Thank you ALL for any advice!!! Much appreciated!

    1. Yeah I’m trying the alcohol treatment right now, and I’m hoping this works because this is like my fifth or fourth time getting head lice, and they seem to like come and go to yeah. ? ????

    2. i know its not common in teens i am a teen as well with head lice its so annoying but the litering or tooth paste works it kills them and makes it go away fast

  5. Listerine. Sounds weird but it works miracles an helps prevent reinfestation. Just put your child in the tub and pour it on their head. It will feel really cold but just make them sit there for about 3 minutes. If your interested, remove one nit before application and another afterwards. You will see that the listerine eats away their clear bodies and kills them immediately. For maintenance, fill a spray bottle with half water and half listerine. Spritz their hair and this will act like a repellant because they don’t like the mentholated smell. This is a great way to get rid of these pests without dangerous pesticides. I discovered this after my daughter had a serious infestation after a sleepover.

  6. I got lice a few months ago. I used shampoo with tea tree oil in it. Then I would rinse my hair in white vinegar and let that dry overnight. The next morning I would rinse my hair out and coat the wet hair with coconut oil. Using a good lice comb (one with long prongs) I would comb out my hair section by section then turn my hair upside down & comb that way. I did this every day for 2 weeks and the lice were gone. Wash all bedding in hot water. Then each day after that I would throw my bedding in a hot dryer for 30 minutes.

  7. I have washed my hair with lice rinse 2 times and I can still feel like something is still walking around my hair, should I put vinegar in my hair over night an that will do it, thanks Pat

  8. yes I use vinger whenever I get lice which has only been 2 times but both times I tried store bought treatment and it didn’t work than used vinger nightly for a week and it worked like a charm

  9. As with any of the treatments listed, it can’t be just one and done to get rid of the lice. You have to make it a process for the total amount of time that you see it and the whole cycles of them from nits to becoming adults or some in the middle to them laying eggs…2 weeks gives all the phases/cycles a chance to not continue and to make sure you have gotten all of them. I have used some of the sprays that they sell and also vinegar and they both seem to work really well but I also every night go through with a nit comb to see what else I can get. I also dry everything for about 20 minutes for the heat to kill them – pillows or the cases, bedding, coats or hats they will wear again the next day….if it goes on or near your head and you have lice, just try to treat it, so you can get rid of them instead of getting more. Just my experience. It’s a bit of a pain but if you’re diligent they will go away.

  10. I have a 10 year old that had it and what worked for me since his hair is so short is to just using a lice cimb,i combed his hair every other day for 2 weeks,it worked.He is lice free. If u can get rid of the nits (eggs),you will get rid of the lice.

  11. you know what works for head lice use mayonnaise it help how it helps put mayonnaise over hair real good next cover it with a plastic bag or shower cap after leave the mayonnaise on their for about five or six hours then wash your hair real well with the shampoo you have then dry your hair with hair dryer or hair blow dryer finally use a nit comb to remove lice and nits using alcohol isn’t really safe around kids how it can effect them something dangerous.your welcome

  12. I will try this and I hope it works I been having the worst 2 weeks washing and washing that now I am finally confident that this will work

  13. After reading all of the different treatments for Lice, we decided to try the rubbing alcohol. I applied it to my grandaughters hair starting at the scalp. Had to divide hair into very small sections and dab at the roots with a cotton pad and then applying it the full length of the hair. I saturated her scalp and rubbed it into the hair behind her ears and the nape of her neck which is where the most nits were. Alcohol evaporates quickly so we just left it in her hair overnight. Go day saw a huge decline in the amount of nits. Repeated the process the second day, left it in her hair overnight. The third day, we switched to vinegar. I had her dampen her hair and then applied the vinegar with a spray bottle starting at the roots and working into the ends of her hair. Her hair is down past her shoulder blades, so took a little time to apply. Put a shower cap on her head for 4 hours and then rinsed the vinegar out. Checked her hair and did not see even one nit. Did not even have to use the Lice Comb as was advised. Plan on checking her hair everyday, but repeat the vinegar treatment in 1 week to make sure we have killed all of the eggs/nits. I did have her hold a washcloth over her face as I applied the treatments. She never complained of a feeling of burning or stinging while doing the treatment. To me this sounds like the easiest way to get rid of the nits. The combing out can take a lot of patience and a lot of time. So am hoping that just applying the alcohol and then the vinegar did the trick.

  14. That’s interesting that Tea Tree oil is a natural insecticide. It’s great it’s natural and not a harsh chemical. The difference between them is that the oil takes a month or two, which isn’t too big of an issue. I may have lice so I may get an inspection soon.

  15. My great grandMother, my grandmother and my mother, now myself only used rubbing alcohol on our heads when one of our kids had lice….just pour some alcohol over child’s hair just enough to soak the hair and scalp…I usually would wrap Thier head w a white gym Towle just because that what I had in hand…I would leave it for a good hour or so after that I would brush Thier out hair over tub and the lice would fall right out, I would let the hair aortic dry and I would go in and pick out all the nits that was left behind… that’s just the major problem is the nits u miss one and than seems like u gotta start all over again. I have 3 girls and lots of rubbing alcohol…it’s also alot cheaper than the store bought remides I feel really don’t work as well.

  16. Sounds wired but it works pee in a cup then spit in it get some dog poop an mixes it all up an rub thoroughly through hair let seet for 10 mins then wash with shampoo an then nit comb an ur done

  17. OK cool beans! Thanks for the information about how to remove it off a person…. But can I make a spray that I can use to spray on my carpets, beds, couches, curtains etc?!!!! I have a little knowledge of essential oils, I am an aromatherapy student currently.
    I have No cash to work with, but I do have essential oils i can use….
    Again I need to be able to kill lice on my furniture, bedding, carpet not people.

  18. My kids recently contracted lice while at daycare. It seems like lice shampoo would contain a lot of chemicals so I like the tea tree oil alternative you suggested. I will definitely try this on my kids and I might use it as well.

  19. My grandfather had fourteen kids and only used vinegar in all of our hairs rub vinegar through your hair leave on about one hour and then comb hair then pour vinegar into small dish and have a spare dish with water to help clean comb use tissue to wipe comb you will see the nits on tissue dip the comb into vinegar before you put it back in hair you will need to change water several times your hair will be done when there is no more nits on tissue, vinegar is also good to add in rinsing water as it gives a lovely shine you just need a little it also stops head lice coming back .

  20. Trying the petroleum jelly now. I hope this works. I’m a mom of two and have tried OTC remedies, prescriptions, mayo, and several other things. Nothing seems to work. They seem to keep coming back. Not sure what to do. My kids and I are so tired of having to do this every month or so.

  21. Thank you so much! Easy and truly effective! I tried the petroleum jelly one on myself before I did my children’s hair. It really worked! Being skeptical because of trying so many prescription and OTC remedies without results, I was amazed at the results of this one. From the moment I took the shower cap off I immediately saw and felt a difference. Best remedy I’ve found!

    1. So far the best remedy is coconut oil (leave on scalp for at least an hour) and tea tree oil shampoo …I added a tiny bit of peppermint oil too.The nit comb is a must too. Repeat a few days later as the eggs can hatch if not all got by comb.
      It worked perfect. Now we use tea tree oil shampoo once a week for protection from those little buggers. Kids in school are so seceptable to them now a days and the RID crap doesnt work anymore and is frankly poison.
      I think smothering them with any kind of oil is the key…with a follow up with the tea tree oil shampoo.

  22. Head lice are epidemic in the schools. We now have super lice that have built an immunity to the otc treatments.I have used alcohol before and it worked except it dried out my scalp. I used it again a week ago. The alcohol hit the bottom of the tub and the fumes flew in my face. My eye were already closed but the skin all around my eyes burned like fire and I couldn’t breathe. I completed the treatment and killed all the lice but I got alcohol poisoning. I did great damage to my mucous membranes and I am still sick. This can result in coma, liver or kidney damage or a heart arrhythmia. I had no idea. My niece is a nurse practitioner and she said, ” You inhaled it, you absorbed it and you left it on your head for 15 minutes! ” It is dangerous stuff. I used skin so soft on my granddaughter, rinsed it out and then a vinegar rinse. It worked but vinegar till has fumes. Be careful.

  23. My daughter has longish hair n very thick n im struggling for the past 2 months now with her hair n it spreads btwn her n my son n now i think i have them? iv tried OTC kit’s n iv tried olive oil aswell which helped a lil then boom theres another one.. im goin to try the vinger ones thanks to everyone for their input n info.. its such a mission just to get rid of these buggers..

  24. I tried the vinegar one today it is very helpful it almost removed all my nits
    First I took a cup of Apple cider vinegar applied it to my hair and scalp for a Long time and then I took a cup of coconut oil and did the same
    Go I covered my hair with a shower cup over night and next morning I removed the shower cup and combed my hair with the nit comb.Almost all my nits and lice were gone after combing
    Then I shampood my hair as usual.!!
    B4 I tried many products containing chemicals nothing helped me I tried the vinegar one nd I’m so Glad with it.Hope my review helps u?

  25. Vinegar and Coconut oil did it all!!
    I tried the vinegar one today it is really helpful.Those who have a lot of hair nits and lice should definetly try the vinegar one
    First I took a cup of Apple cider vinegar and applied it on my hair and scalp for a Long time and after 2 to 3 minutes I applied coconut oil the same way
    Then I put on the shower cap and left it overnight. Go morning after removing the shower cup I combed my hair with a nit comb
    And then i shampood my hair
    After combining I felt that most of my nits and Lice were gone
    I tried many chemical products prescribed by Doctors or my own but all that did not work
    It increased my hair fall and I got more dandruff
    I m very Glad wit this home remedy those who r suffering from lice problem should definetly try it.
    Hope my review helps u all☺️

  26. This is going to sound strange.. my kids and I got lice I got rid of them by rubbing Vicks vaporub and mayo mix in all of our hair, just the off brand.. I rub it in and we sleep with it through the night, and I let them keep it in until the next night.. it’s hard to wash out leaving greasy hair, but it kills all the lice completely.. 7 days later u do the same thing to kill any lice that had hatched..

  27. A friend of my recommended this: get some cetaphil from the drugstore, apply it to the entire head, blow dry the hair, leave it on overnight.(wear a shower cap to sleep). The next morning rinse hair with warm water, and wash yourhair normally. The cetaphil after being blow dry, suffocates the lice and die. After washing your hair. Use the fine comb to remove any dead bugs. Repeat every other dayfor a week, once a week for a month. It really works!

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