Head lice infestation can be one of the most annoying things to deal with, not only for the person whose head has been infested, but also for the people around. It is sneakily contagious and can cause a lot of distress, not to mention severe itching and burning.
The word lice takes me down memory lane. A good two decades ago, my mum would caution me to stay away from kids who had lice; they were ‘dirty’ according to her. Well a lice infestation does not mean someone is dirty! If you have kids, they are bound to come back from school with a few lice in their head that needs immediate attention!
Best Home Remedies for Lice:
Given below are the top effective and safe home remedies for lice in hair. They help you get rid of the lice and nits completely.
1. Mayonnaise Mask:
That’s right – mayonnaise! Rub it generously on the affected scalp, cover it with a shower cap and leave it overnight. This will smother the lice and you can shampoo the next morning to get rid of the bodies. Remember to remove the nits that may remain, by hand.
2. Petroleum Jelly Mask:
Similar to the mayo mask, rub generous amounts of petroleum jelly into the affected scalp and keep covered until the next morning. Use baby oil to remove the jelly along with the lice. Wash the hair well with shampoo to remove the jelly completely. Continue this treatment for as many nights as required.
3. Neem Oil:
Adding neem oil to your regular shampoo is also known to kill head lice. So either mix the oil with your regular shampoo or use a shampoo that has neem oil as its primary ingredient to get rid of these irritating pests.
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Apple cider vinegar, when rubbed vigorously into the infested scalp, before and after showering, is said to be an effective home remedy for lice. Keep it on for a few minutes after rubbing and towel dry the hair to remove the lice from it.
5. Hair Straightener:
Try using a hair straightener. This is also one of the best head lice home remedies. The heat from the plates will paralyse or kill the lice and they’ll just fall off the hair. This is also effective in removing nits along with the lice.
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