2-Step Routine to Get Rid of Head Lice and Nits Permanently in a WEEK?
Head lice are really some nasty creatures that leeches on our heads, which even takes years to completely get rid of head lice and nits if no proper routine is followed. Although this is a common problem faced by many school going kids, it is even seen a common problem in women who are close to these school going children. It can sometimes be an easy task to get rid of head lice from kids rather than from adults. That might be because of the size of their heads or even the length of their hair. No matter the reason, but these creatures are really stubborn and hard to get rid of them completely until if no proper routine is sticky followed.
Today, I will share with you one such routine that I sticky followed to get rid of head lice that I have been suffering since months now. Before following this routine, I have tried a dozen of conventional head lice removing oils and shampoos but they were of no use.
Finally I have come across (upon trails) 2 of the most effective natural treatments for getting rid of head lice in just a week’s time. Want to know more about this routine? then read on..
Understanding Life cycle of head Lice:
Before I tell you the routine that I followed to get rid of head lice permanently, It is really important for you to know how the life cycle of head lice is, so that you will know exactly when and how to kill them before they hatch for next round.
Head lice live about 28 days. They develop in 3 phases: egg (also called a nit), nymph, and adult louse.
- Egg or nit. Eggs or nits hatch in 6 to 9 days. Eggs are usually found within 4 to 6 mm of the scalp and do not survive if they are farther away.
- Nymph. The nymph looks like an adult head louse but is much smaller (about the size of a pinhead [1.5 mm]). Nymphs become adults about 7 days after hatching.
- Adult louse. An adult louse can multiply fast and lay up to 10 eggs a day. It takes only about 12 to 14 days for newly hatched eggs to reach adulthood.
so, as you can see, this cycle can repeat itself every 3 weeks if head lice are left untreated.
What are some of the Best and safe methods to get rid of Head Lice and Nits?
Many of the pediculicides in the market are either not fully effective or are ineffective when they are used according to the instructions mentioned. Many of the conventional head lice treatments have harmful Insecticides like lindane, malathion, carbaryl, pyrethrum, piperonyl butoxide, permethrin, phenothrin, bioallethrin, and spinosad.
Over time, Pediculicides may rapidly lose their efficacy because of the development of resistance by lice to these common Insecticides used in head lice treatments (like how mosquitoes developed resistance to ‘All outs’).
Unlike conventional chemical treatments, natural methods are far most effective and also give great results. Also, they are safe and cheap.
Today, I will show you one of such natural hair care routine to get rid of head lice in a week which I tried and was successful in removing 90% of lice and nits from my head in just a week’s time.
Did you know?
75% of people that use over-the-counter lice treatments for lice still have lice even after several rounds of treatments.
2 Step Hair Care Routine to Get rid of Head Lice in a week?
Out of the many ways that I have tried, these two methods were most potent and the head lice were easily combed off from the first use itself.
It is not necessary that this routine will work for you in the same way that it did to me in just a week. But its worth trying. Interestingly, lice worldwide are becoming more resistant to all kinds of chemical cocktails, so its time for them to taste some natural stuff. 🙂
Neem Oil Treatment:
Unlike chemical based lice and nit treatments, neem oil is totally natural, so you can feel secure that you are not bringing any unnecessary toxins into your home.
One of the most outstanding qualities of neem oil is the distinctive natural earthy smell, which takes a little getting used to. It is said that many bugs and parasites do not like the smell and this contributes to its effectiveness in the treatment of head lice. Nature is certainly fascinating and we view the smell of natural neem oil as part of its medicinal herbal charm.
Neem oil has azadirachtin content that disrupt the life cycle of the louse, making it a natural insect repellent. Researchers in one 2011 study found that neem seed extract successfully killed head lice larvae after 5 minutes of treatment and adult head lice after 10 minutes of treatment.
How to use Neem oil to get rid of Head lice and nits:
For an effective neem oil treatment for removing head lice, apply 2 tablespoons of Cold pressed neem oil on you scalp and massage for 5 minutes.
Wait for 30 minutes and using a special fine-toothed comb, comb off the head lice for a good 15 minutes or until you see no lice on the comb coming out from your head.
This should be repeated 3 times in a week continuously for 14 days.
Neem and Mint Hair rinse:
If you can get some fresh Neem and Mint leaves, there is nothing like it. Doing a hair rinse with Neem and Mint decotion can make lice leave your scalp.
As both are an excellent natural insect repellents, it will be easy to comb them off from our hair after this rinse.
To make hair rinse, Take 2 strands of Neem leaves and 2 strands of fresh mint leaves in a saucepan. Add 2 glasses of water into it and simmer it for 10 minutes.
Drain the solution and Let it cool down a bit but not completely. The solution should still be warm (but not hot). After you wash your hair with mild shampoo, use this solution as a final rinse and wait for 10 minutes. Squeeze out the excess water from your hair and now using a thin lice removing comb, comb off the lice from your hair.
You can do this each time you wash your hair, because it is far more easier to get rid of them when your hair is wet.
A recommendation is to follow this routine for at least 25-30 days although you see no lice coming out of your hair when you comb. This is no make sure that there are no hatched lice or no new lice left behind. Remember, even there are just two small lice left behind, it is enough for them to make a colony in just a span of 3 weeks.
A standard home blow dryer will kill 96.7% of eggs with proper technique. To be effective, the blow dryer must be used repeatedly (every 1 to 7 days since eggs hatch in 7 to 10 days) until the natural life cycle of the lice is over (about 4 weeks).