Lice are insects or bugs that infest the hair. They spread easily through head to head contact though do not cause any illnesses. Lice is parasitic in nature. It consumes small amount of blood from the scalp. This causes quite a lot of itching and can cause inflammation and scratches on the scalp.
This in turn can become wounds and attract infection. They are very tiny but you can see them by closely observing the hair and scalp. There are many shampoos and creams in the market that are available to treat this problem, however, you can try the following very effective home remedies as well.
Useful Home Remedies For Lice
Vinegar is acidic in nature and can kill the lice. Add a spoonful of vinegar (any) in the regular quantity of shampoo required to wash you hair. Lather it on the scalp and let it remain for half an hour. Rinse and repeat this process every alternate day.
Vinegar also loosens the grip of nits on the hair, so that you can comb them out. However, keep in mind that you must oil your hair at least an hour before this procedure as it tends to dry the hair. Also, resting the shampoo for half an hour will cause frizz.
Sounds unbelievable and ridiculous…..but this works. Take half a bowl of mouthwash and apply on the scalp and then cover all your hair with another bowl of mouthwash until all strands are covered with it. Cover your hair to seal them. Mouthwash will kill the live lice instantaneously.
After this procedure shampoo your hair thoroughly so that the dead lice as well as any traces of mouthwash is washed out from the hair. You can repeat this process once in a week as the nits (Lice eggs) take a week to hatch.
Lemon Juice And Baking Soda
This method kills both nits and lice. Add a spoon of baking soda in a bowl of lemon juice. Stir profusely so that it foams. Apply directly on the scalp and let it rest for two hours.
Again, this treatment can turn your hair very dry so apply oil at least an hour before you begin it. For best results apply oil and cover the hair with a damp warm towel so that oil seeps in to the scalp.
Dip a comb in alcohol and comb through the hair. Before each stroke dip the comb in alcohol and comb the entire mane and the scalp so that alcohol reaches every nook and corner. Let it remain for around two hours in the hair and wash off. Be careful with this treatment as alcohol is highly inflammable. Keep the children absolutely away from kitchen and candles while they have alcohol in their hair.
Sanitizer, like mouthwash kills and dries off the lice and nits. Saturate your hair with sanitizer and let it dry off for two hours. Cover your head with a shower cap to seal it off with the hair. Wash off and rinse with regular shampoo and comb the lice out of your hair. Repeat ones in a week.
Mayonnaise is believed to kill the lice and weaken the gip of lice and nits on the hair strands. Smear it on the scalp and along the strands of the hair. Cover the hair with a shower cap and preferably let it rest overnight. It will suffocate the lice to death.
Shampoo thoroughly so that mayonnaise is washed out of the hair. Comb the lice and nits out of the hair. Just note that this treatment will make the hair oily and also require a lot of shampoo to rinse out the mayonnaise.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is considered beneficial if used with other lice treatments. It discourages the lice growth and soothes the itchy and inflamed scalp. After the lice treatment apply the oil on the scalp. You can also apply it before the treatment so that various off the shelf and home remedies do not dry out your hair.
You can also mix this oil with the other hair packs and lice treatment that you are using. mixing two parts tea tree oil with one past lavender oil is also a great option when it comes to killing lice. Use of a 3-4 teaspoons of tea tree oil for your hair is enough.
Take a bunch of neem leaves and grind them with some water so that it has a paste like consistency. Apply it on the scalp and hair so that the entire head is covered. Let it remain this way for two hours and wash off with the shampoo. This pack will kill the lice in two ways- one, it is a poison for lice and second, by suffocating the lice under the sealed pack. Repeat in week. You can also boil the leaves water so that the water reduces to half of the original quantity.
Use this water to wash off your hair after shampooing as a last rinse. If you can get hold of neem oil then this uphill task of getting rid of lice will become much easier. The application not only kills lice but also repels them from further infestation. You can use 2-3 drops regularly after shampooing your hair even after you have gotten rid of the lice.
Mehendi or henna is very effective for killing lice and is great for your hair by suffocating the lice. Of course it will leave colour on your hair as it is a natural hair dye. So refrain from henna if you do not want any colour on your hair. Grind the leaves of henna, you can also add some tea infused water in it.
Mix and let it rest for an hour before applying. Apply mustard oil through your hair and scalp. Then apply henna with a brush so it covers all your hair and let it dry for around two hours. Wash off with your regular shampoo. To make henna more potent in killing lice, add a spoon of fenugreek powder or paste to the henna.
If anyone in your family has lice, it is wise to quarantine their combs and hair products. Their bedding should also be regularly changed and washed as the lice and nits can fall on them. Do not use common hats and cushions as lice spread pretty fast.