Had this at the beginning of the year with my DD had months of trying every shampoo and lotion you can buy, spent an absolute fortune and just as I thought I’d got rid of them there they were again!! In the end I spent about a month every night sitting down with a lot of conditioner in DDs hair and had a good hour of systematically combing through her hair(very long hair!) and cleaning the comb after every stroke until eventually it got to the point(weeks later!) that I had combed every one out but even then i still kept going for a little while after just to be sure! It was a nightmare! Comb and conditioner and little patience is the way to go in my experience! Good luck!
Ex hairdresser here. Lice can live off the human head for 3 days. Wash towels as often as you can at a high temperature and also pillow cases etc. And imho, the best way of getting rid of head lice and nits is a good old fashioned nit comb and conditioner. The nit comb breaks the legs of the Lice so they are unable to move and mate and feed off the scalp of the host. I also recommend whenever you wash your hair, always use a nit comb and conditioner, even if you haven't got them. Prevention is better than cure.
Have never heard the breaking legs story tbh. Is it not to remove then rather than break their legs?
I was thinking that and I now vaguely remember a rhyme from my primary school days in the late 80s, “break their legs and they won’t lay eggs”! Obviously rubbish as any lice I’ve ever combed out are always very wriggly & active.
I know it sounds bizarre that people offer this service, but all of mine (and me) had suffered with head lice and I was totally fed up with dealing with them - then found out that in the US there's a service that sorts it out for you! Lo and behold, looked it up here and I've even got a local clinic NitNot.com that does it. Went for it, paid my money (cheaper than the others I saw) and it was amazing! Took a little while in the clinic (luckily very discreet), but they use something that 'hoovers' the hair, then special comb (even more special than the Nitty Gritty which we were using), free follow up appt and we are all clear! If you're n Hertfordshire try Nitnot.com, but there might be others further afield.
Can I ask a stupid question please? When you say conditioner and nit comb what do you mean exactly? As in do you wash their hair every day then condition it and then use comb and then wash out conditioner?
I am being driven demented by headlice and want to use half term to dedicate to getting rid of these darned things!
I totally agree with the other poster, Nitnot.com saved me from insanity! I was going round and round in circles trying to find a solution! (No pun intended!) I went to the Hemel branch, thought I might have to disguise myself going in LOL but it was actually quite discreet! Honestly if you are hit with lice in your home, don't bother with anything else. Let me save you the trouble!! Just go to Nitnot.com!
Another advocate of conditioner. I used to use essential oils and leave overnight and rinse with vinegar but conditioner mist effective. Wash hair with normal shampoo and then apply conditioner. Whilst conditioner is on comb thoroughly with fine toothed comb for at least ten to twenty minutes! Repeat twice more, three days apart as this doesn't kill eggs.
My dd had head lice for around 18 months on and off, I tried everything and regularly combing with a nitty gritty comb but nothing would shift them. Finally I used Hedrin once which by some sort of miracle it got rid of them.