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How do I get rid of head lice?
We had a head lice scare at bh HQ recently. Luckily for all the ladies involved, it was just that – a scare. Thank goodness, huh?
However, this outrageous itch-infested threat did get me thinking about those creepy little head lice creatures. Or nits, if that’s what you’d rather call them. I mean what exactly are they? How do you get them? And how do you know if you have them? Oh, and how do you treat them? So many questions resulted from said scare, we’ve actually decided to answer them for ourselves…
WHAT ARE HEAD LICE AND NITS?
Nits are actually the name given to the eggs of head lice, which can be found stuck to the hair strand close to the scalp. Generally speaking, the lifespan of head lice is 33-35 days, from when the egg is laid until the insect dies.
WHO CAN GET HEAD LICE?
Put simply, anyone. Head lice generally affects children of primary school age, however, it can affect teenagers and adults if they come in to contact with the insects. Hair cleanliness also has nothing to do with catching it – lice are not picky!
HOW DO YOU GET HEAD LICE?
Head lice cannot jump or fly, which means they can only be transmitted from one person to another by crawling from head to head, or through the sharing of items such as pillowcases, hats, hair brushes and hair ties.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU HAVE HEAD LICE?
An itchy scalp is the first symptom of head lice. Then, a closer look at the scalp will reveal tiny eggs (nits) attached to the hair strands, or lice crawling close to the scalp, if you are in fact infected.
HOW DO YOU TREAT HEAD LICE?
Unfortunately, head lice and nits cannot be killed in one single session. This is because many treatments on the market – shampoos, conditioners, combs – are only able to kill the live head lice and not the eggs. And since the life cycle of the eggs means they will hatch at different times, at least two treatment sessions one week apart are required. Apply a treatment shampoo to dry hair (don’t apply to wet hair as lice can hold their breath for around 30 minutes in water), this will essentially suffocate the lice. Next, apply a treatment conditioner and comb through using a fine-toothed lice comb. Comb through each section of hair from root to tip four or five times to ensure all lice are removed, before dousing the head in hot water to ensure that they’re all killed. (While lice can hold their breath in tepid water, they do die in 60 degree water after 30 seconds.)
WHAT ARE THE BEST PRODUCTS FOR TREATING HEAD LICE?
These ones from HL 7, actually.
#1: HL 7 Head Lice Comb
#2: HL 7 Shampoo
#3: HL 7 Head Lice Natural Conditioner
Have you ever had head lice or nits? Or maybe you’ve known someone who has? What are your tips for getting rid of these itch-causing insects?