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Head lice - The truth about lice

Submitted by Nitpicker

For those who are uninformed or misinformed, lice are not as terrible as they seem. Sure, they are a pain in the butt to get rid of, but if you or your child have them, it's because you have clean hair. I'll say it again, lice do not like dirty or oily hair.

The cycle from nit to adult lice is about 8-10 days. Adult female lice lay 8-10 eggs per day. So you can bet on 8-10 adults in 8-10 days. The male lice are thinner, while the female are rounder on the torso.

Nits are glued to the hair shaft and are very difficult to see. Live nits are BROWN, as they are not yet hatched and have a nasty creature just waiting to pop out. EMPTY nits are WHITE or CLEAR.

To get rid of lice naturally, use olive oil or mayonnaise in the hair overnight with plastic wrap and a shower cap. Then comb. Comb. Comb.

The very best product out there to use is called the Nit Free Terminator comb. You can purchase it on a number of websites, including Amazon.

You must comb every day for at least half an hour if you want to succeed. You must rinse the hair in vinegar if you wish the nits to loosen so they can be combed. You must wash your sheets, vacuum, spray bedding, couches, etc with alcohol or bedding spray. And if your child has very thin hair, purchase nit removal gel. It works like a charm when combined with the comb.

Lice do not fly. They can jump but don't often do so, as they are lazy. They are fast on the human head, though.

Extra tips:

Give adults and children a garlic tablet everyday to help repel the lice.

Add 15 drops of tea tree oil to shampoo to help in repelling new infestations.

Use tea tree oil on the hairline to repel new lice.

Dawn does not kill lice, but does help remove olive oil and helps loosen nits.

Any vinegar will help loosen nits.

All stuffed animals, hats or other items that cannot be washed need to be sealed in a bag or ziplock for 2 weeks.

Lastly, forget everything you've read and just buy the comb. Trust me.

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