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Full marks or Hedrin for head lice?

(58 Posts)
NitHater Sun 09-Sep-07 15:55:26

Which one is best? I have shortlisted it down to these 2 treatments as I know the others are crap.

DD is infested yet again. Ihave caught them too angry oh the joy.

WideWebWitch Sun 09-Sep-07 16:06:06

You don't need either, you can comb through every night with conditioner

ArcticRoll Sun 09-Sep-07 16:08:41

Have used Full Marks and wasn't impressed.

Lots of friends have recommended Hedrin but I'm with www; using leave-in conditioner and nitty gritty comb.

Neverenoughhandbags Sun 09-Sep-07 16:09:51

I have to say that I avoid them and just use the old nit comb, gallons of conditioner and daily combing til you don't get anymore out-you have to persevere for a week or so but it works.
To answer your question, which one works better depends on whether the headlice are resistant to one or other in your area-ask your pharmacist.

Mars Sun 09-Sep-07 16:10:07

conditioner and nit comb. Only thing that works!

tissy Sun 09-Sep-07 16:11:01


scienceteacher Sun 09-Sep-07 16:11:36

I prefer Full Marks - it is so much cheaper than Hedrin (from Costco). need a Nitty Gritty comb and a gallon of conditioner.......MUCH better than topical treatments. It actually gets the eggs out as well as the adults.

scienceteacher Sun 09-Sep-07 16:16:15

Conditioner is not a great thing to use lots of, or to leave on the hair for a while. It is designed to be something that is rinsed off within a couple of minutes of applying.

It contains quite a lot of relatively harsh chemicals - put a blob on your forearm and leave for 10 minutes or so, and you are likely to have quite a red patch on your skin. The silicone in Hedrin/Full Marks is altogether much kinder to the skin.

jalopy Sun 09-Sep-07 16:28:16

I used to be an ardent fan of conditioner/comb until my dd had the 'infestation from hell' this summer.
We religiously spent weeks trying to get rid of the eggs to no avail. Finally resorted to using Full marks and it did the trick.
Everyone has a different story to tell smile

Jalopy - did you try the Nitty Gritty? Cos I have found that it does get rid of the eggs so long as you are very thorough?

lou33 Sun 09-Sep-07 16:35:46

with 4 kids i dont have time to comb through every night with conditioner so i perfer hedrin

Blandmum Sun 09-Sep-07 16:36:28

for me, nit comb and conditioner.

Never tried the others so I can't help, sorry.

Blandmum Sun 09-Sep-07 16:37:12

I always wash the conditioner off at the end BTW, unless it is a special 'leave in' one.

lucyellensmum Sun 09-Sep-07 16:37:59

clean/condition/comb leave the nit without a home DD1 had a more or less constant infestation when at school, her hair is really thick and a nightmare to get rid of. You can use a tea tree based shampoo to deter the little blighters.

There is a certain flea preparation that i know people have used and it works really well, of course i wouldnt dream of advocating that.

I dont think you need leave the conditioner in for any length of time and you could go for a childs conditioner so it is mild, i would try this over pesticides first. Or maybe the approach could be, one dose of full marks, i have used this and found it ok and then religeous combing out at least twice a week.

jalopy Sun 09-Sep-07 16:38:34

SMS, I'm the proud owner of 4 different types of combs including nitty gritty. Even got a double edged nit comb....oh and a battery operated one that is supposed to electrocute the lice.grin

lucyellensmum Sun 09-Sep-07 16:40:19

lou33, i know what you mean about the constant combing though, and i only had one DD to deal with, in the end, i taught her to do it herself. She would do it every other night. I have it all to face again with DD2 woohooo

scienceteacher Sun 09-Sep-07 16:42:19

I don't think products get rid of eggs (nits) - you can only do that with combing (apparently, the cement the lice use to attach the eggs to the hair shaft is amazingly similar to keratin, according to a website I came across). The products are used to kill the live lice.

I've definitely found the silicone-based products far more effective and easier to use than conditioner. I've tried everything over the last 4 years - electic comb, traditional lice treatments, conditioner, mayonnaise, and silicone. Until recently, nothing we tried never cracked the problem 100%. Since discovering Full Marks, we've been lice free, and that must be over 6 months now.

NitHater Sun 09-Sep-07 18:46:58

Thanks. How much is Hedrin bTW? I know full marks cost me nearly £11 angry.

NitHater Sun 09-Sep-07 18:50:18

sciencetecher - agree about the products not getting rid of the nits - only thorough combing will do the trick and even then I am sure there are still some nits still in there. My DD has very fine hair which makes the buggers harder to get out angry.

Copper Sun 09-Sep-07 18:50:37

Hedrin - best ever. £18 for 2 bottles at Boots at the moment. It does get rid of them, but they do catch them again ....

Blandmum Sun 09-Sep-07 18:51:36

what you can do with the nits (egg sacs) is get the hair nice and slippery, and slide them along the whole lenth of the hair shaft. A pain, but you can shift them

southeastastra Sun 09-Sep-07 19:04:48

hedrin is incredibly oily to put on and wash off. it's really expensive too.

NitHater Sun 09-Sep-07 19:25:06

Does it kill the eggs though (Hedrin)?

Pinkchampagne Sun 09-Sep-07 19:32:19

Hedrin is better than Full Marks, and it doesn't make their hair smell awful for weeks after either!

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