Any tips on getting rid of head lice?

I got it from a friend who got it from her sister who probably got it from the hospital where she had her baby. Every night I have been coating my hair with coconut oil with essential oils and tea tree oil, wrapping my head up in a rag and sleeping on it, then in the morning, going through my hair with a fine comb, and then (trying to) washing the oil out. this is my third time doing it, and it is really annoying (but I guess having lice would be even more annoying). The first morning that we combed it out, we found three lice and an egg, the second morning we found nothing. I have yet to comb it out this morning. So, if you have anything that works, feel free to tell!
ETA We found out early, thankfully! And, I have hair down to my knees, so…yeah.

They sell stuff for lice at the pharmacy over the counter. One application usually does it. Also you can go to the health department and they can check your head for lice. It was free the last time I checked

Are you covering your hair with plastic? http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/head-lice/basics/lifestyle-home-remedies/con-20030792
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A number of household products are used to treat head lice infestations. The reasoning is that these products deprive the lice and incubating eggs of air. The product is applied to the hair, covered with a shower cap and left on overnight. [/I]

I don’t think you’d want to try it with hair as long as yours and I have read that it no longer works but my daughter and I colored our hair to get rid of them when a friend of hers gifted us with the little buggers. My nephew’s kids got lice and the olive oil treatment was what finally got rid of them. It seems they’re getting resistant to the ingredients in the stuff you can buy.

All fabric items need to be treated somehow. All bedding must be washed and dried. Upholstered surfaces have to be sprayed or heat treated or something. I bagged up a lot of stuff in garbage bags and left it for something like two weeks when we had to deal with the problem.

Now my head is itching. :gah:

Have you gotten rid of all the lice? I hope so. If not, buy one of these combs, they work, and you don’t have to use all those pesticides on your child or yourself:
http://www.headlice.org/licemeister/

Have you heard of headlice.org? They’ve been around for years, and their comb works.
http://www.amazon.com/LiceMeister-Comb-cleaner-card-LiceMeister®/dp/B001FVR0KG

Once rid use tea tree oil in ehr hair. Either use a shampoo or some on a spray bottle diluted with water or Tisseraund do a nit repellant - an oil that you put in leave for 20 min then shampoo out.

Also, make sure they don’t share ANY brushes or combs, toys, or even do sleep overs at kid’s houses that might have lice. My grandkids caught head lice, during a sleep over.

You never know!!

A friend of mine had them, bad; I used to live with her, but I dyed my hair so much I think that was why I never got them. I think I read once that white vinegar can be used to get rid of them? Soaking brushes and combs in a hot water/vinegar bath I think is what it was about. A lot better then my mom’s solution of using hot water and bleach.

Either use a shampoo or some on a spray bottle diluted with water or Tisseraund do a nit repellant - an oil that you put in leave for 20 min then shampoo out.

Hair that is ery clean appears to be most attractive to them. The oil treatments apparently work better than most of the pesticides, although that might be a good place to start–Rid (or similar) shampoo followed by oil treatments for as long as it takes.

You can buy fipronil spray for your house, too. Follow the directions exacty. (It’s the same ingredient as Frontline that is used on dogs and cats, and is considered very safe around mammals. It’s not safe for fish, so make sure you cover the tank if you treat an area near them.)

For anyone who hasn’t come across this annoying problem, I’ve copied some useful info from the N.H.S. website - know your enemy!

Head lice are tiny insects that live in human hair. They’re particularly common in children.
Head lice are whitish to grey-brown in colour, and smaller than the size of a pinhead when first hatched. When fully grown they’re about the size of a sesame seed.
They can’t fly, jump or swim and are spread by head-to-head contact, climbing from the hair of an infected person to the hair of someone else.
A head lice infestation isn’t the result of dirty hair or poor hygiene. All types of hair can be affected, regardless of its length and condition.
Head lice only affect humans and can’t be passed on to animals or be caught from them.

[B]Itching[/B]
Head lice often cause a person’s scalp to itch. Itching isn’t caused by lice biting the scalp, but by an allergy to the lice.
However, not everyone is allergic to head lice, so you or your child may not notice a head lice infestation.
Even if someone with head lice is allergic to them, itching can take up to three months to develop.
In some cases, a rash may appear on the back of the neck. This is caused by a reaction to lice droppings.

[B]Life cycle of head lice[/B]
A female head louse lays eggs by cementing them to hairs (often close to the root), where they’re kept warm by the scalp. The eggs are pinhead-size and difficult to see.
After seven to 10 days, the baby lice hatch and the empty eggshells remain glued in place. These remains are known as nits. Nits are white and become more noticeable as the hair grows and carries them away from the scalp.
Head lice feed by biting the scalp and feeding on blood. They take nine to 10 days to become fully grown. Head lice normally only crawl from head to head when they’re adults or nearly mature juveniles.
A female head louse may start to lay eggs from nine days after she’s hatched. Therefore, to break the cycle and stop them spreading, they need to be removed within nine days of hatching.

[B]How to spot head lice[/B]
Head lice can be difficult to see, even when the head is closely inspected.
Unhatched eggs or nits (empty eggshells) alone aren’t enough to diagnose an active head lice infestation. This is because it can be difficult to distinguish between eggs and nits that are dead or alive. Nits also usually remain glued to hairs long after successful treatment.
To confirm an active head lice infestation, a louse must be found through a reliable, accurate method, such as detection combing.
Detection combing is the best way of finding head lice. It involves using a special fine-toothed head lice comb with a tooth spacing of 0.2-0.3mm to comb through the hair.
The comb can trap even the smallest lice. It works better on wet hair but can also be used on dry hair.

[B]Treating head lice[/B]
Head lice can usually be effectively treated with lotions or sprays designed to kill head lice, or by wet combing, using a specially designed head lice comb.
Wet combing can be used without lotions or sprays, but it needs to be done regularly and can take a long time to do thoroughly.
Lotions or sprays can be used as an alternative. However, to be totally effective they need to be applied correctly and thoroughly. Your pharmacist will be able to recommend an over-the-counter lotion or spray and give you advice about how to use it correctly.

[B]Preventing head lice[/B]
It’s difficult to prevent a head lice infestation because head lice are spread by head-to-head contact.
Regular detection combing – for example, on a weekly basis – is the best way to find new lice quickly.
Lotions and sprays don’t prevent head lice infestations and should only be used if a live louse has been found on your, or your child’s, head.
Head lice can be effectively treated with medicated lotions or by wet combing using a specially designed head lice comb

[B]How common are head lice?[/B]
Head lice are a common problem, particularly in school children aged 4-11 years.
It’s difficult to know exactly how common head lice are because the problem is often treated at home, with people only visiting their GP if treatment is unsuccessful.
However, it’s thought that up to one in three children in the UK may get head lice at some point during the year.

Oh, the joys of the school nurse visits - she was always know as Nitty Nora!

  1. Seek Professional Help. Some parents turn to home remedies for head lice, such as tea tree oil, mayonnaise, neem oil, vinegar, saline spray, and many others. …
  2. Don’t Obsess Over Nits.
  3. Keep an Eye on Head Scratching.