The topic no one likes to talk about or admit that they’ve had a personal experience with, lice. I’ve got a confession to make. I have been a hairstylist for 14 years and have never come in contact with it at work and when my daughter was plagued with it, I dismissed it! I didn’t even know it was lice and thought it was a random bug in her hair from playing outside. Being mindful of the products we use in our house, I found a way to treat lice without the toxic harmful products sold in stores.
Confession number two. Because I was so inexperienced with dealing with lice, my first instinct was get the nasty chemical filled products at the drug store. It wasn’t until they had very precise instructions on the exact amount you are suppose to use on ones head that had me appalled so I stopped using it.
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Some Mistakes I Made And What I Did to Resolve Them
After researching about lice and the nits, I determined that it was the nits( lice eggs ) left in the hair that was the most important to remove. If you don’t remove those, its a never ending cycle. It was a few week battle for me only because I made a few more mistakes along the way but figured out what they were.
Once I got rid of the chemical filled shampoo, I started adding essential oils into her regular shampoo. I never saw a live one after that but the mistake I made was not shampooing EVERY day. The second mistake was using the cheap plastic sorry excuse of a comb that came with the toxic filled shampoo at the store. It was worthless and I ended up having better success using my fingernails to pull them out. But even that wasn’t enough because after throwing gobs of coconut oil on her hair, parting off into very small sections, and using my fingernails she still ended up with more nits. So I caved and ordered THIS. Best decision ever because after the first use, I never saw another nit again.
Protocol Breakdown For Treating Lice
- Saturate the hair with some kind of oil ( I used coconut oil ) and part the hair into several vertical sections, then use small horizontal partings using the the Nit Free Terminator to remove the nits. You will want to wipe or rinse the comb after each swipe so you aren’t redistributing the eggs back into the hair. Yes, this is a long process but a must. Shampoo afterwards with the step listed below.
- Shampoo everyday using essential oils ( this also helps with warding off those boogers too ) with a concoction of Tea Tree, Rosemary, Lavender, and Peppermint Essential Oils. Some recipes trade out rosemary and peppermint but if you have both, then I’d say go for it! I added several drops each into a small container and left in shower to add to shampoo in hands. I also let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing.
- You can use this concoction and turn into a spray for bed linens as well. I did wash sheets and pillow cases along with a few stuffed animals but I didn’t go crazy and do it everyday. They don’t stay alive long after being off the host so I didn’t bust my butt and overly clean.
- Check the hair everyday for the nits ( I would do it for a week or two ) Again my mistakes took way longer to eradicate the lice and I would see nits around the hairline and ears almost every other day. But once I figured out the right routine and products, it can be eliminated MUCH sooner!
So, using harsh toxic shampoos to eliminate lice is a thing of the past. All you need are essential oils, this amazing well worth it comb, coconut oil, and a lot of patience! Good luck!!