Sometimes life just is unfair and brings various unpleasant things to our doorsteps. One of the most annoying is when you randomly meet a person infected with head lice. These tiny parasites love to live on human scalps and feed on us, so it is possible that some of them will hitch a ride on your head to start a new colony.
These insects are remarkably resilient and breed very quickly, therefore immediate and correct treatment is required to solve the problem. Unfortunately, it is likely that your friends or members of your family will also have to undergo this treatment, so remember to share the recipes presented below. These methods are tried and tested to bring the maximum possible effect.
1. Strict hygiene
To ensure that the lice won’t spread further and that you can combat them effectively, remember to wash all combs and brushes in hot water every day, as well as to change bedding, towels, pajamas and pillow cases just as often. This way you will ensure that the lice not yet dead thanks to your other efforts will not escape their fate and return to plague you again.
This method is as simple as it gets: use mayonnaise to suffocate head lice. Thanks to the oil contained in it, these little vermin will not escape when you cover your head with full-fat mayonnaise and leave it like that for eight hours by hiding your hair under a shower cap. Wash your head normally after that and comb the hair thoroughly. Repeat this treatment daily for a week for desired results.
3. Coconut oil and Apple Cider Vinegar
Coconut oil can serve as a lubricant that will ensure that lice cannot move around and breed.
After rinsing with apple cider vinegar apply a generous amount of Coconut oil to completely cover your hair. Then, cover it with a shower cap and leave it like that for at least eight hours before washing it out. A week of daily treatments should resolve the lice problem favorably.
Salt can effectively kill lice through desiccation. You have to watch out not to damage your skin too much, especially if lice already caused a painful rash on your scalp. Mix an identical amounts of salt and vinegar and lightly spray your hair with this mixture. Hide it under a shower cap for two hours before washing it out thoroughly. Repeat once every three days for best results.
5. Neem oil
This natural insecticide will safely and swiftly eliminate lice. Adding a few tablespoons to your shampoo or buying one that already has this oil as an ingredient should be equally effective. After that, simply use it every day as with normal shampoo to reap benefits of this natural remedy. Therefore, this method is especially easy to combine with others in this article, because they often explain at what part of the process washing the head is expected, so simply use shampoo enhanced with neem oil for an added effect.
6. White vinegar
This inexpensive and safe substance can also help you with the lice problem. Simply mix in equal parts with water and coat your scalp with the resulting mixture. Wrap a towel around your head for an hour while you thoroughly wash a comb and then dip it in the remaining mixture. After removing the towel carefully comb your hair. White vinegar can also be used as a rinse before or after shampooing.
7. Olive oil
Olive oil can be used to drown the parasites. Simply cover your head and scalp with a liberal amount of it before going to bed. Remember to use a swimming cap or a towel so that the oil stays on your hair overnight. In the morning comb out the lice with a nit comb and then wash your hair using an herbal shampoo.
8. Petroleum jelly
This common and universal product will be useful in your fight with head lice. You can immobilize them by covering your head with petroleum jelly and leaving it under a shower cap overnight. Clean out the jelly in the morning using baby oil and comb your head carefully to remove the lice. After several consecutive nights of using this approach you should see visible and beneficial effects.
9. Sesame seed oil and friends
This powerful antibacterial and anti-fungal is additionally an effective insecticide, although it requires a bit of preparation. You have to mix a quarter of a cup of this oil with following ingredients: one eight of a cup of neem oil, one teaspoon of tea tree oil, one half of a tablespoon of eucalyptus and some rosemary and lavender essential oils. Start but using apple cider vinegar as a rinse and allow your hair to air dry. Now, apply the oily mixture to your head and cover it with a shower cap. Leave it overnight and in the morning comb your hair thoroughly before washing normally. Repeat this treatment daily for two weeks to make sure that you killed all the vermin.
10. Smelly garlic
Probably everyone knows the smell of garlic is not easy to ignore, but it is possible few people knows (and now you do too) that head lice cannot tolerate it. So if you can live with it for some time, use garlic to suffocate the head lice. Grind around nine garlic gloves into a paste and mix with two teaspoons of lime juice. Leave it for half an hour after applying to your scalp and hair before rinsing with hot water. Remember, if you decide to use this treatment you will be a living proof that you are harder and more determined than these annoying and harmful insects.
These methods will ensure that head lice will fear returning to your home and your head especially. While some of these treatments will require some time until the last of the little parasites are dead, if you stick to using them you are guaranteed to succeed.
One last warning: be vigilant shortly after defeating the head lice and keep to the guidelines form point 1 to ensure that the remains of the horde will not launch a surprise attack when you lower your guard.