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Please help me figure out what this is on DD's hair (pics attached)

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AutumnNymph Wed 16-Sep-20 20:55:08

Calling on the collective wisdom of Mumsnet for help, please. Can you help me figure out what this in on my DDs hair? She is 9 and for the past two weeks has had this fIaky thing on her hair. She has thick curly and lovely hair.
I initially thought dandruff but even with dandruff shampoo and tea tree oil etc It hasn't had any effect - in some places it's so many of them its tough to comb through.

I wondered if it was just dry skin but again its stuck to the hair and wont budge - it also seems to be increasing by the day.

The fact that I am visually disabled and close to blind doesn't help and DH is being useless.

Please please help!

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bearlyactive Wed 16-Sep-20 20:56:42

Now I'm no expert, but my first thought was head lice (their eggs, at least).

Spaghettio Wed 16-Sep-20 20:57:03

That was my first thought too. Eggs.

Bluntness100 Wed 16-Sep-20 20:57:50

I also thought this was egg lice eggs.

Bluntness100 Wed 16-Sep-20 20:58:01

Head lice!

threesenoughthanks Wed 16-Sep-20 20:58:20

I think so too I'm afraid

MaryMashedThem Wed 16-Sep-20 20:58:48

Absolutely head lice eggs

Smallsteps88 Wed 16-Sep-20 20:58:56

I thought eggs too.

Spindlicious Wed 16-Sep-20 20:59:10

Yeah looks like nit eggs from the pics.
But could be product build up as pics not super clear.

ChelseaCat Wed 16-Sep-20 20:59:19

Yup - defo nit eggs

Gkeshs3under3 Wed 16-Sep-20 20:59:20

Pretty sure they look like nits?

tryingharder92 Wed 16-Sep-20 20:59:49

They are very evenly shaped. Dandruff or dry skin wouldn't be. I'm guessing eggs too. Has she been scratching. Has nobody said anything at school. That looks like she's totally infested.

GreyishDays Wed 16-Sep-20 21:00:21

You need Hedrin ‘once’ and a nitty gritty comb.

AnnieMaul Wed 16-Sep-20 21:00:24

As with the above, initial thoughts were lice eggs.

Cribbins Wed 16-Sep-20 21:00:39

Looks like a very pronounced case of nits. I’m surprised the school haven’t been in touch though so maybe not?

Austereorange Wed 16-Sep-20 21:00:46

I don’t think it’s headlice it’s too dense. However a still think a nitty gritty comb would remove some and it shifts even stuck tight stuff from the hair shaft.

Is she rinsing conditioner out of her hair properly? Residue could do that especially with thick hair.

I’d try the comb and a week or two washing with something like vosene and conditioner only on the ends.

Notsurewhatsgoingon Wed 16-Sep-20 21:01:00

Do you use hairspray or other products on her hair? It looks a bit like a build up of hairspray/products. Maybe the shampoo you are using is not enough to remove the build up over time so putting more on each day adds to it if that makes sense.
If not then like pp said it may be eggs but it's hard to tell in the pictures.

AnyFucker Wed 16-Sep-20 21:01:09

If those are lice eggs, she is absolutely crawling shock

tryingharder92 Wed 16-Sep-20 21:01:27

It may be too precise a job for you to manage so your husband is going to have to treat her and comb them out. YouTube will show him if he's claiming ignorance.

crimsonlake Wed 16-Sep-20 21:01:47

Sorry did it not occur to you that it might be nits? However surely someone in school would have noticed and alerted you if it actually was?

moanyhole Wed 16-Sep-20 21:02:18

Wither lice or not rinsing shampoo properly

Thehogfatherstolemycurry Wed 16-Sep-20 21:02:30

Really bad case of nits, I've seen it this bad once before.

Brown76 Wed 16-Sep-20 21:03:11

I thought it looked like hair gel, from your description of hair being hard to comb. Does she use any products, maybe to smooth down the front?

BlueThistles Wed 16-Sep-20 21:03:24

it's an extreme case it is head lice right ?

she does have has fabulously thick hair OP. 🌺

Itshissister Wed 16-Sep-20 21:03:31


Sorry did it not occur to you that it might be nits? However surely someone in school would have noticed and alerted you if it actually was?

The op is visually disabled!!!

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