Since Phoebe was 3 we’ve had a war with nits. Head lice, cooties, bugs, nits – I hate the critters. We seem to get rid of them and then they come straight back. At any given time, one of my kids has at least a few nits. I’ve tried everything, and they always make a reappearance, probably because of school. Enough! I’m getting tough on nits and I mean business. I’m creating an arsenal of weapons that will hopefully eradicate them for good.
Weapon #1 – Dehydration
You need to cull them at the source with some form of treatment. There are various potions available on the market, I’ve tried most of them. Some head lice are now becoming resistant to the pesticides in them, the so called ‘supernits,’ so it’s best to use treatments which are pesticide free. The latest one I’ve tried is this Boots own one, which is cheaper than some of the branded ones, and uses the same principle – suffocate the head lice and comb out the eggs using a lubricant.
It contains a coconut oil based shampoo, which works by quickly dehydrating the adult lice. It also weakens the eggs grip on the hair, so they can be removed easily by combing. Inside the box you get an information leaflet, 200ml of the shampoo treatment and a comb.
I like the fact that it has no pesticides, it uses natural methods, and you don’t have to leave it overnight. You just massage it into dry hair, wait 15 minutes, then lather it and rinse away. It smells nice too and is easy to apply, leaving the hair soft, clean and conditioned. You then comb through the hair at the end. The comb that comes with it is satisfactory, but throughout my war on nits, I cannot live without:
Weapon #2 – The King Of Nit Combs
When Phoebe first got nits, well we both did and I was horrified. Some friends of mine recommended the Nitty Gritty comb. I wasn’t convinced combing alone would get rid of them totally, but if you are rigid with your use, comb the hair every day, it does work. Combine it with conditioner, and it works really well. I find you can use it on dry or wet hair. The fun part is, you get to squish the nits with your fingernails on a white piece of paper – or you can wash them down the sink. The combs are pricey at about £10 each, but they last a lifetime, won’t rust or break and have a lifetime guarantee, so you only need to buy them once. Just don’t lose it. I guard mine with my life.
Weapon #3 – Prevention
It’s all very well if you get rid of the nits, but then when they mix with other children, they can come straight back. There are ways of repelling the nits from popping over to see your child. Vosene Kids have designed a nit defence duo of a shampoo and conditioning defence spray, called their squeaky clean range. The shampoo contains natural lice repellants tea tree, lemon, chamomile and eucalyptus oils, and the defence spray has citronella oils in it. Used together, they can be a powerful nit repellant. They certainly create a strong smell, and every day I spray my daughter’s hair with the conditioning defence spray now, and it also helps keep it tangle free, which also helps the nit comb glide through. Time will tell if we manage to keep the nits at bay but it’s working so far.
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Disclosure: I was gifted the head lice treatment and the vosene kids squeaky clean kit. Contains affiliate links. All opinons are my own.