What are the symptoms of head lice?
One of the first ways they make their presence felt is with intense itching. The chances are that any small child scratching their head has nits. Head lice make us itch as they feed by sucking blood from the scalp, causing an inflammatory reaction from the saliva they inject during the process (nice!). The head louse thrives in warmth, which is why you’ll most often find them just behind the ears where the skin on the scalp is thinnest and body temperature slightly higher.
How to get rid of head lice
As well as the comb, you will need one muslin cloth and a lightweight hair conditioner.
- Comb conditioner through the hair after each hair washing session at bathtime and leave in the hair.
- Follow this with a thorough combing with the Nitty Gritty comb, wiping the conditioner (along with the nits) onto the muslin cloth after each comb through. You will be both amazed and delighted at how easily and effectively both nits and lice come unstuck.
- Repeat the process two or three times a week and you’ll remove all lice and break their nit-laying lifecycle. Blow-drying hair has also been shown to kill head lice eggs, so following with a blast of hot hair to thoroughly dry the hair will help to pick up any eggs that may have been missed.
Contrary to popular belief, head lice don’t hop or fly – they are transferred by direct head-to-head contact. They love clean hair, so the chances are your children will catch them at some stage. Tying hair back helps, but it’s hard to stop small children sharing their ‘friends’, especially at school when heads huddle over a work project or during play. Once you’ve invested in your Nitty Gritty comb and bottle of favourite hair conditioner, at least you have a simple, quick, inexpensive and foolproof method to say no to nits.
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- Head lice don’t hop or fly – they are transferred by direct head-to-head contact and tying hair back can help prevent children from sharing their ‘friends’
- Nit-killing shampoos are increasingly ineffective as head lice build up resistance to chemicals, invest in the Nitty Gritty comb instead