Discover how to get rid of head lice naturally.
It’s the return of lice on blond heads. But jumping on the first anti-lice shampoo is not the best solution. Some traditional products can be harmful to health. There are other natural, easy, economical, and effective ways to get rid of head lice.
The radical solution, which leaves no chance for unwanted children, is the razor. But not everyone (and everyone) will agree.
White vinegar is a very effective remedy against lice and nits. Just add half white vinegar to half water. Wash the hair with the mixture. Leave on for 15 to 30 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.
You can also heat white vinegar. Put on the hair, wrap with a towel. Leave on for 30 minutes and then rinse. Hot vinegar suffocates and kills lice and nits.
Lice cannot tolerate temperature differences. It is recommended to rinse the infested hair with as hot water as possible (being careful not to burn the very sensitive scalp of young children). Then make an ordinary shampoo to remove any smell of vinegar.
After shampooing, meticulously comb the hair with a fine anti-lice comb (sold in pharmacies). After each pass, the comb must be wiped well so as not to contaminate new strands of hair.
If necessary, use a compress, placed between the teeth of the comb, to better take off the lice and nits, then throw it away after each combed strand.
When all the hair has been combed, rinse thoroughly with water as hot as possible, before drying. It is recommended to repeat the operation on days 1,5,9 and 13 (4 times in all).
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You can also prepare an anti-lice mask by mixing a few drops of tea tree essential oil in 4 tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil. Leave on for 10 minutes, comb, and rinse well.
Another possibility: sprinkle the hair with diatomaceous earth, leave to act for at least one night, comb, and wash. Repeat the operation if necessary.
Not everyone is a fan of homemade mixtures. There are also healthier anti-lice products, to be used especially at the beginning of an infestation. We can then turn to anti-lice shampoos bearing the Nature & Progrès, Cosmebio, Ecocert, Ecogarantie, BDIH, or European Ecolabel labels. Or the non-labeled anti-lice products but with a healthy composition that remains to be deciphered.
Clothing, bedding, towels, hats, scarf, hairbrush… Any object or textile likely to carry lice must be treated. Tip: put them in the dryer for 30 minutes at maximum temperature or soak them for 10 minutes in water at 60°C. People in contact with infected children must also receive treatment, at the same time as the children.
Some pharmacists have a “phytotherapy” section and make preparations based on essential oils that are effective in the fight against lice.
Lice pass easily from head to head. An affected child risks infecting his entire class. If lice are circulating in your surroundings, here are some tips to avoid being contaminated:
Avoid sharing caps, balaclavas, scarves, towels, brushes, combs, and other hair objects, and wear a cap at the pool.
Put a few drops of lavender essence in the hair daily to ward off lice during infestations. The louse does not fly, does not jump but swims. Transmission is mainly by direct contact or through objects or clothing of an infected person.
That tickles. It itches. It itches, even. It’s time to take a closer look at the scalp. If there are sticky, greyish-white or brownish, shiny, and translucent films clinging to the base of the hair, around the ears, and the nape of the neck, these are nits, the eggs of lice. Lice are 1.5 to 3 mm long.
Lice can cause itching, sometimes incessant. By dint of scratching, you can suffer from skin lesions or impetigo. It is therefore necessary to quickly treat the infested hair.
It is better to avoid traditional anti-lice shampoos. These expensive products can be toxic and dangerous to health.
The active ingredients that make up conventional anti-lice products are insecticides, which are harmful to health. Some are carcinogenic or likely to be. Some can even cause malformations in the fetus (teratogenic).
Some products can cause side effects: skin irritations, allergies, fatigue, and even, in the most serious cases, comas or cardio-respiratory disorders.
Since the 1950s, anti-lice treatments have contained insecticidal substances. Lice have developed a resistance to these products, which must be increasingly toxic to remain effective.
Their use should be avoided as much as possible.
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1. Made up of amorphous silicon dioxide from the fossilized remains of seaweed, diatomite attacks the skeleton of insects and absorbs their internal fluid, thus causing their death by dehydration.
 The active ingredients that go into the composition of anti-lice products are organophosphates (malathion), pyrethrins (pyrethrum), and pyrethroids (bio-allethrin, phenothrin, permethrin).
 Piperonyl-butoxide is a suspected carcinogen and teratogen.