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Have you or your LOs got lice? Sign up to try out Lyclear Treatment Shampoo: £250 to be won for feedback. NOW CLOSED

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KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 28-Aug-13 10:51:49

Lyclear and Mumsnet are looking for 100 Mumsnetters who have someone in their family who currently has head lice to try out Lyclear Treatment Shampoo. All selected testers who add their feedback after both the first and second application will be entered into a prize draw to win £250 worth of Love2Shop vouchers.

Here's what Lyclear have to say about their product, "Lyclear Treatment Shampoo is clinically proven to kill 100% of head lice and is as easy to use as washing hair.(1) The unique double action formula suffocates and dehydrates head lice and their eggs and is free from insecticides. The shampoo acts in a purely physical manner, ensuring the head lice do not become resistant to the treatment." Lyclear Treatment Shampoo is suitable for adults and children over 2 years of age.

Note: You should only use Lyclear Treatment Shampoo if you have live head lice. Do not use if allergic to any of the ingredients.*

We are looking for Mumsnetters who have head lice themselves, or whose LO has head lice.
If you're selected you will be sent a 200ml bottle which provides up to 8 applications (RRP £14.99).

Lyclear says after checking the hair for lice with the fine toothed comb enclosed you should evenly apply the shampoo to dry hair, massaging from root to tip, paying particular attention to the neck and behind the ears. Leave on for 10 minutes then wash and rinse the hair thoroughly. Remove dead head lice and eggs with the fine toothed comb, thoroughly cleaning after use. Repeat the treatment after 7 days.

We intend to recruit daily to ship out the products to you as soon as possible so you can test it while you still have a use for it! In order to be eligible for the £250 Love2Shop voucher testers must provide initial feedback immediately after using Lyclear Treatment Shampoo and additional feedback after the second application.

If you would like to take part and try Lyclear Treatment Shampoo yourself, sign up here

Other products within the Lyclear range include Lyclear Treatment Sensitive and Lyclear Treatment Spray which are both clinically proven to kill 100% of head lice.(2,3)

Thanks, MNHQ

1. Izri,D. 2010 Evaluation of the pediculicide and lenticide efficacy of Paranix shampoo treatment. Paris
2. Lyclear Treatment Spray: Ex vivo study 2010 and In vivo clinical study 2008
3. Combescot, D. 2006. Report on ex vivo pediculicide and nit killing activity. Ecoparasite Laboratory. France.
* Ingredients include mineral oil, MIPA-LAURETH SULFATE, Laureth-4, Cocamide DEA and perfume

HeySoulSister Wed 28-Aug-13 12:07:06

done....i'm itching now! grin

fatsatsuma Wed 28-Aug-13 12:14:32

Done. Was about to post my headlice sob story but this has been a good distraction grin

Fillybuster Wed 28-Aug-13 12:31:10

Done - just come back from a camping weekend with some unexpected extras....

Oh MN how I love thee grin

4 of us have the little critters. 'Tis not pleasant!

5madthings Wed 28-Aug-13 15:04:15

Ooh ds4 has a few! Have been combing but tempted to try this!

snorris Wed 28-Aug-13 15:12:20

This has come at the right time! I have been struggling all holidays to get rid of the pesky blighters on my girls. Fingers crossed smile.

if you or your children have lice i should hope you're bloody well in the thick of getting rid of them already not sitting around for a free sample with school starting next week!

Fillybuster Wed 28-Aug-13 15:25:20

Been selected blush

Most embarrassing but useful and well-timed product trial yet.... thanks No nits for 7 years and then they appear the day before Lyclear look for volunteers.

<ponders co-incidence>

<decides not to point Finger Of Blame at MN Towers>

poppy1973 Wed 28-Aug-13 15:29:52

My child has come back from camp this week and has been mixing with lots of children. He has now got headlice, so it would be nice to try it out on him before I get the headlice comb on it.

Ditto good timing for us too. Just discovered that my teenage DSs have lice and knew about it but didn't tell me. They've been (fairly unsuccessfully) self wet combing in the shower for the past god-knows-how-long, which explains why DD can't seem to go a week without getting re-liced even though we wet comb every time she washes her hair. I was not amused. Plans have already been made to scalp and treat this week (boys needed haircuts anyway)

lisad123everybodydancenow Wed 28-Aug-13 16:21:41

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

topknob Wed 28-Aug-13 16:41:03

Dd defo ! We have tried Hedrin, full marks and normal conditioner with nitty gritty and the buggers are still about, all over the six week holidays! Need to do mine as well I think hmm by itchy again !

sewingandcakes Wed 28-Aug-13 16:46:17

Good timing for us, I'm itching to get started! First visit from headlice so we're a bit unprepared...

Tortoise Wed 28-Aug-13 17:10:04

DD1 and DD2 have loads at the moment. Can't clear the buggers. Was going to buy some treatment tomorrow but will hold off if I can get some to trial for MN. It's so expensive.

Tortoise Wed 28-Aug-13 17:16:30

Oh and I'm sure I have some, head is so itchy but can't find any when combing my own head!

insanityscratching Wed 28-Aug-13 17:46:55

Dd came home from her friend's with them. We have used the Lyclear, the lice were still happily running round after treatment so will be going back to Full Marks and Hedrin which at least kills them even if it is a pain to wash out. A big thumbs down for Lyclear from me I'm afraid I felt positively ripped off considering it cost £15 and the comb included is a joke unless you have lice the size of mice it won't catch anything because the teeth are too thick and the gaps too wide.

it's probably psychological tortoise.

i fear my scathing comment earlier will now result in the karma fairies bringing nits into the house.

we have been massively lucky here. ds had nits once, nursery age, and nothing since despite being about to go into his third year at school and the warning, 'kids have nits at school please check' letters coming home half termly. he caught them from his very wealthy, uber middle class 2nd cousins whose parents seemed oblivious to the fact their child's head was heaving with the things.

FannyFifer Wed 28-Aug-13 18:16:07

The comb that comes with these products is no use at all.

Nitty gritty comb & conditioner is all you need.

Is anyone seriously waiting even a day for this product to arrive instead of getting the lice combed out?

FannyFifer Wed 28-Aug-13 18:17:27

You should be able get lyclear etc for free from pharmacy under minor ailments scheme.

i really hope not fanny. it's only a week till school starts and i'd rather they were getting out the cheap conditioner and nitty gritty comb and annihilating the feckers rather than hanging around waiting for a free pack of chemical shite that doesn't work anyway.

HeySoulSister Wed 28-Aug-13 18:31:51

no you cant get it free.....never have been able to here either

HeySoulSister Wed 28-Aug-13 18:32:52

and I've heard that they are now becoming immune to hedrin! sometimes these chemicals give a false sense of security.....and you have to wait for the eggs to hatch

they just don't work. you comb every 2 or 3 days and you are always taking out the nits before they are mature enough to reproduce - hence within a week you've nailed it. the chemicals do bugger all.

5madthings Wed 28-Aug-13 18:55:50

I have been combing ds4 with nitty gritty everyday, only found a few, I normally comb once/twice a week anyway just to check hence catching them before he and an infestation bit I will still try the lyclear as an extra to make sure they are gone!

5madthings Wed 28-Aug-13 18:56:55

Hence catching before he had an infestation...that should say.

wheredoistartmrs Wed 28-Aug-13 18:59:01

This will a a godsend if it works, pick me! Pick me!

Tortoise Wed 28-Aug-13 19:42:12

I comb every couple of days and still can't clear them. DD1 has long thick hair too. I don't normally use chemicals but willing to try it just to see if I can get rid of them.

Bonkerz Wed 28-Aug-13 20:22:22

I clicked submit before finishing my 'pick me' statement!!!!!
DD is a nits best friend and they love her thick long hair. Very annoying and when I think I'm on top of it I find another little blighter. I found one on me yesterday too! Occupational hazard I think so I'm going to have to rethink the tea tree an wet comb treatment we have been using!

This is weird and kinda irresponsible. Why on earth would you not just go down the chemists and get rid of the nasty little feckers ASAP?

I mean the nits before mother anyone calls SS.

Could you not just wait for feedback until the start of term then people will be able to use it as and when their kids get lice?

mumnosbest Wed 28-Aug-13 20:48:39

teacher and 3 LOs, we are constantly infected sad

FannyFifer Wed 28-Aug-13 20:50:07

HeySoulSister, children get free presctiptions, when u register them for the minor ailments scheme @ local pharmacy you can get head lice treatment, threadworm treatment and lots of other things free.

FannyFifer Wed 28-Aug-13 20:52:14
Bonkerz Wed 28-Aug-13 21:32:51

In response to creepylittlebat........ The treatments you but over the counter don't always work! Current guidelines issued by school recommend wet combing and conditioner. Even this is not fool proof. I would hope this bit solution they are trailing has been changed and tested as bits develop immunity to lots of treatments so I don't feel I'm being irresponsible and its bit just a case if getting rid like that. It takes weeks to get nits and eggs

done. hate the dirty buggers they are industrial now days. only had to be treated once as a kid, and I ddon't remember my mum combing my hair daily like I have to with the dc esp the oldest she always has them. urrgh

MichaelBubleBath Thu 29-Aug-13 00:18:28

Katie can you send a bottle to mainland europe? I miss out on every product test, book, comp sad envy Can i have some? please?
Am currently using a swiss herbal shampoo Rausch which makes the same claims as Lyclear hmm and the conditioning-combing but we are not out the woods yet sad if there is a freakin nuclear war all that will remain are cockroaches and sodding headlice!
We still have a few weeks here before we go back and double safe than sorry. Gah on gah gah on...send me some wink

Tiredtrout Thu 29-Aug-13 08:58:27

Been wet combing myself for the past week and a half after picking them up of my nephew, hate the things

QueenofClean Thu 29-Aug-13 09:00:10

Done - so hope we get selected as I can't seem to get rid of the bloody things sad

Mindmaps Thu 29-Aug-13 10:31:47

Sorry have tried this and it was rubbish - had to redo with Headrin and a nitty gritty 2 days later

beeelaine Thu 29-Aug-13 10:38:16

thank god we havent got nits at the moment, he starts his new school soon. I cant apply as we dont have nits but what i will give as feedback having used a lot of lice treatments in the past, is that its good one bottle does up to 8 applications - because its no good buying solution for one head when you have a family!

SoupDragon Thu 29-Aug-13 10:45:14

I wonder if this will have the same level of keen response as the "try out this expensive fridge and get to keep it" one?

insanityscratching Thu 29-Aug-13 11:09:24

Mindmaps that was exactly my experience. Not sure even Lyclear expect it to work as they advise you to wet comb before and after with a comb that is practically useless. You may as well save your money, smother in conditioner and comb with a Nitty Gritty. Wonder if Lyclear will be refunding all the people for whom it hasn't worked?

Mindmaps Thu 29-Aug-13 11:44:08

insanityscratching - I was very disappointed and it only does 8 if the are all very small people with short fine hair - it took 2 bottles to do 4 of us ;( and then did not work ! The combs are a joke as well

Mine has just arrived in post. 2 things so far, I can't see a bottle that size doing 8 people with normal length hair, maybe 8 boys with short hair wink and the comb seems to have very big gaps. I'm not sure how effective that will be in nit removal but I shall see how it goes.

Thank you for the shampoo though!

QueenofClean Thu 29-Aug-13 13:37:23

I've been selected so we will see.its the eggs which are the worst thing and I have an Aspie child who has a really ishoo sitting still for long periods of time so getting them out in one sitting can't be done.

supergreenuk Thu 29-Aug-13 13:41:05

My goodness. If we had them I wouldn't be waiting to find out if I have been selected and then have to wait for it to arrive until I treat it. shock

Could I just point out that I am not "just sitting around waiting" before doing anything.

We have been using conditioner and nitty gritty comb for the last four days. This product test just so happened to pop up so I thought it was worth a try to sort it out sooner as they're back at school next week.

There was also no sitting and waiting to be selected as I applied yesterday and received the treatment today.

QueenofClean Thu 29-Aug-13 15:00:59

Super - I haven't waited we have combed & conditioned with the nitty gritty and also used Full Marks In the last 14 days. This came up so applied this morning and got reply this afternoon.

I can't imagine anyone is sitting around waiting!

It's a full time production here with 3 girls all with long curly hair. Every hair wash includes a conditioner and comb check before washing, takes ages and the DC hate it - needs must though!

5madthings Thu 29-Aug-13 17:42:50

i have been chosen. also not waiting as have been combing with nitty gritty everyday, only found a few but will use the treatment as well. should arrive tomorrow.

sewingandcakes Thu 29-Aug-13 23:37:56

I've been chosen but also not just sitting around; I'm wet combing their hair with conditioner and a comb while waiting for the shampoo to arrive.

ShelleyGal Fri 30-Aug-13 09:53:02

It doesn't work, I brought it last week. We have an ongoing battle with head lice, I've tried vinegar, wet combing, hedrin, derbac and lyclear shampoo which was infact the least effective!! The ad is misleading!

Mindmaps Fri 30-Aug-13 10:06:32

Agree Shelly and having seen the100% claim I'm really not happy to be honest I expect they combed for a ridiculous amount of time to achieve this in test results , and then in the adverts are just showing the shampoo portion as if that is all you have to do.

Tortoise Fri 30-Aug-13 11:04:16

I got some in the post this morning. Didn't get an email to say been chosen so nice surprise.
Will try it out later today. Not sure about the comb. As others have said, the teeth are quite spaced apart compared to nitty gritty comb.

Tortoise Fri 30-Aug-13 12:48:02

Just spent the last hour + treating DD1 and DD2s hair. It was easy to use and smells ok. The comb actually seemed to do ok. Got quite a lot of little lice out blush. Will check their hair in a couple of days with the nitty gritty and see if I find any more. The ones found were very much dead! grin

I can't find any in my hair so not sure if I should treat it. My head is itchy but that could be shampoo/hairspray or something.

topknob Fri 30-Aug-13 21:31:35

Got ours this morning as well, doing the kids hair and mine tomorrow morning ! I discussed the 100% claim with dh and we were thinking that was a bold statement to make.

Michelle6557 Fri 30-Aug-13 23:57:17

Any mums with long hair struggling to get rid of the b*** things?! My 2 yo got rid of them a month ago but my hair is thick & long and I can't seem to get rid of them. Takes 1.5 hours to nitty gritty with conditioner (& takes half my hair out!). Hedrin didn't work. Any ideas welcome? PS anyone itch more after using Hedrin? I have less lice but more itching as the weeks pass. Thanks

ZingWantsCake Mon 02-Sep-13 02:30:28

just fund some of the little bastards on DS2 & DS3's hair on Friday.

I've been itching ever since and finally had a chance tonight to get my hair sorted with tea tree conditioner.
I'm lice free! yay!

DH cut boys hair in the afternoon with a hair clipper so that sorted them!grin

ZingWantsCake Mon 02-Sep-13 02:42:10

my method is simple.

1. with your hair dry pour a 1/3 bottle of Tesco cheap tea tree conditioner all over onto scalp and work it in.

2. then wrap hair in a towel (turban style) or just put a beanie hat on and wsit for half an hour

3. comb through hair with a nitcomb (I normally sit in the bath) thoroughly - this takes another half an hour at least - then rinse off conditioner properly and comb through one more time quickly.

ta-da! result every time!

I tend to repeat the process within 3-5 days. tea tree is safe for kids, but only useful if they are old enough to understand to not take the towel or hat (much easier!) off.

good luck!

(btw I have quite thick hair, at least 2 feet/ 60 cms long)

Tortoise Tue 03-Sep-13 13:11:09

MN - I'm not sure how we will do the follow up treatment in 7 days. Only have about 1/4 a bottle left. Not enough for the 3 of us!

Is there a thread we should be putting our 'first treatment' observations on?

Tortoise Wed 04-Sep-13 21:25:21

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