How To Get Rid Of Headlice 







Headlice. The bain of many a mother’s life and a complete pest to get rid of once they make a home out of your child’s head. They make you itch just thinking about them, and pretty much everyone gets them at least once in a lifetime. Sadly.


Being a hairdresser, I have come across many infestations on clients over the years. A lot of parents feel unsure of the best way to get rid of them, often winging it and buying expensive treatments. But, I have some tricks up my sleeve that have always been effective. And, as a result, I have shared some of my tips and tricks below for How To Get Rid of Headlice.



1) Invest in a good quality nit comb. The teeth need to be metal and close together. Plastic one bend and contort out of shape, making then ineffective at combing out the lice and eggs. Do not use wide tooth combs or brushes as they will only transfer the lice and eggs around the head.



2) Condition and Comb method. Wash and condition yours or your child’s hair every evening for 2 weeks and then switch to every other evening for 1 week. After every wash, use a nit comb to work through the hair in small sections. A louse lives for approximately a month but with this method you can get rid of them sooner. Give extra care and attention to the nape of the neck and behind the ears.



3) Wash all clothes and bedding every 2 days. Lice can’t survive longer than 24 hours off of a host. Washing bedding, clothes, hats, hoodies and even sofa cushion covers and throws will help you beat the infestation.


4) Don’t rely on lice treatments. They kill the lice but rarely have much of an effect on their eggs. These are distant cousins to cockroaches, they aren’t going to give up without a fight. If you do use treatments then be sure to use them every other day for at least the 3 week period. Once will rarely be enough unless you only have a select few that have recently ‘moved in’.



5) Keep hair tied back for school. Kids play closely together, especially in primary school. Heads touch and Headlice land on shoulders and use a sensor on their nose to detect gravity. This tells them which way is up. If they land on a shoulder and hair is free flowing, they have a stairway to the penthouse. If the hair is tied back, there is a big chance they shall fall off before reaching your little one’s head.



6) Lice hate peppermint and tea tree. Use shampoos with these scents in their formulation. Create a repellent by spraying wet hair with 1 part conditioner to 3 parts water with a few drops of peppermint or tea tree oil added. They will hate the smell and be less inclined to pitch up on your kid’s scalp.



7) Do not ignore the infestation. It will not go away by itself and it will only get worse. And very quickly too as lice lay thousands of eggs and they only take 7-10 days to hatch. They are horrible vermin and can really affect your child’s mood, temperament and concentration. It can prevent them from sleeping properly and cause them embarrassment in school too.



8) Remember to check all the family for any signs of lice. The eggs (nits) can be seen as either white or brown/orange. White nits are empty egg casings where the louse has already hatched. Brown/orange colour nits are live eggs and usually found nearer the scalp. Headlice are great at camouflage and have semi transparent bodies to help them hide. They stay close to the scalp usually (to eat and keep warm) so be sure to check all over the scalp as well as the hair strands themselves.



Follow all this advice and I assure you, Headlice shall not bother you and your family. It’s a method I use myself as a professional and it really does work. Just be consistent and methodical and all shall soon work out!



Has this post been helpful? How do you combat Headlice? 

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  1. November 12, 2017 / 8:52 am

    Bookmarking for when the inevitable time comes! Having said that I went all through school as a child and didn’t get them once…! Thanks for linking up to #TriumphantTales!

  2. November 12, 2017 / 9:30 am

    Popping back from #honeybeelinky 🙂

  3. November 12, 2017 / 12:49 pm

    OMG! I had to read this because we were affected a few years back. The girls absolutely loved it! They got to sit in front of the telly for hours on end while we used the metal nit combs through their hair! I wanted to lop it all off. Buzzzzzzz But my Mrs., she would not allow it! It was godawful and I prefer vermin greeting me at the door to these nearly invisible comfort killers! TY for this post. And may we be in the group that only gets this one time around! xoxo #Triumphanttales

  4. November 14, 2017 / 8:38 pm

    There are some great tips here for when the day finally arrives. I like how these do not involve any expensive specific lice shampoos that I remember my parents using when I was younger (I can still smell it today). Thanks so much for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

  5. November 22, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    #thesatesh ohh thanks for linking lovely – I love the tea tree fact. I also like how your expertise is against harsh chemicals, especially for little people. Totes useful! shall defiantly return should we ever need advice on this topic (hope we don’t – cringe)

    • mebeingmummy
      January 26, 2018 / 10:52 pm

      Exactly! And the harsh chemicals aren’t even effective in the long run. Much better to use natural methods and be consistent. I’m glad you found it useful! Here’s hoping that you don’t have to utilise my tips though! Haha! Xxx

  6. November 24, 2017 / 9:25 pm

    Condition and comb has worked for us in the past but I didn’t know that lice hate peppermint and tea tree so will keep that in mind next time. Thanks for sharing the tips. #thesatsesh xx

  7. November 26, 2017 / 1:04 am

    back from #thesatsesh, in hopes that if I keep reading up on lice, it will never, ever return! PLEASE!

    • mebeingmummy
      January 26, 2018 / 10:56 pm

      Haha! Ahh, it’s so horrible when they descend isn’t it?! Sending lots of anti Headlice vibes your way lovely! If they do hit then at least you can refer to this for help! Always on hand for helpful advice if you need it too! Xxx

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