I never used to understand why some people washed their clothes with hot water, here’s to the bug! They’re creepy, crawly and downright ugly, head lice are every mom’s worst nightmare. It’s amazing how this critter can create so much fear, yet it’s just the size of a sesame seed. If you’ve never had an encounter with this bug, you probably already have incorrect ideas about how pesky it is and whom it affects. Unlike the popular view that classifies them under the lower income group, head lice are no respecter of persons or financial status. They crawl on the heads of majestic kings as well as lowly peasants.
How can one avoid getting head lice? Simple, avoid sharing combs, brushes and clothing items with others. Children tend to share things among each other at school and during sleep overs. What if you don’t take precautions? Be prepared to shave your hair or face the tug of war especially when dealing with the eggs (nits) since they’re much smaller than the adult and baby louse. Makes one think, how about hair salons, how do I know I won't get lice? Ask your hair stylist or just Do It Yourself :)
Let’s get our facts straight, not every itchy head is infested with lice and certainly does not mean one is dirty. If you’re already engaged in the battle, here are some of the measures you can take to eliminate and remove the nits or the louse:
1. Be patient, you’re in for a long ride!
2. Purchase a nit comb and always wash your combs or brushes after use.
3. Wash affected clothes, bedding etc. with hot water, thereafter wash regularly and allow clothes to dry in the sun.
4. Apply some olive oil on the hair, wear a shower cap and leave it on for 6 hours then wash your hair.
5. Apply Apple cider vinegar on your hair and massage it through, leave it on for 2 hours and wash your hair.
6. Lice are apparently repelled by the smell of rosemary one can use rosemary as a rinse for the hair and also the sprigs can be placed inside the pillow. Tea tree oil also helps
7. And if preferable use over the counter lice treatment