If you are like me who sports a long and flowing hair, we dread to have our hair infested with lice. I mean, imagine the horrors of scratching your hair and those critters comes out flinging. If you have these and left it untreated for so long, chances are you need to cut your hair or set it on fire with a flamethrower. Just kidding, douse it in kerosene, it will be enough. All jokes aside, a lice infestation is one of the most common hair issues that although may sound severe, is still curable. You don’t want to carry a nest of infectious bugs on your head wherever you go. So we have here a couple of natural remedies for lice that you can use to get rid of them.
Lice and It’s Kind
To effectively eradicate them, it is first essential to know your enemy better first. There are a few kinds of lice that thrive on humans:
- Head lice – This is the most common lice found in humans. Usual they thrive on the scalp and around the neck. They reproduce quickly and attaches their eggs on the base of hair shafts. And they infest not just the scalp, but also the hair as well. These lice are usually the most visible kind of insects due to their size. Thus, they can be often seen around the neck or over the ears.
- Body lice – Body lice, as its name suggests, lives by feeding on our dead skin, or the skin itself. They usually can be seen on our clothing or bedding. If you bathe regularly, then there is a very little chance that you will get this. The only way that you can get these lice is that if you don’t take a bath, or wash your clothes and bedding.
- Pubic lice – They are sometimes called crabs. And usually, infest the skin around the parts of our body where the sun doesn’t shine. Occasionally it can also infest coarse body hairs like those on the chest area and around the eyebrows.
Natural Remedies For Lice
There are ways that you can get rid of these nasty critters. For starters, heating the scalp with the use of a hair dryer can effectively kill most of the lice. Afterward, use a nit comb to get rid of them, mites, eggs and all.
Another way of killing them all is through suffocation. You can use coconut oil and coat your hair with it. Usually, it can suffocate around 97% of these lice, killing them in the process. And coconut oil also moisturizes your hair and scalp at the same time too.
Other home remedies include using apple cider vinegar being sprayed on the scalp. Also, by using enzyme-based soaps, and coconut or olive oil with essential oils. And these essential oils may either be lavender, neem, tea tree, or eucalyptus oils. All of which are proven effective.
Lastly, to prevent these lice from coming back for sweet revenge, you need to do some preventive measures. After making yourself free from lice, you need to wash your bedding, pillows, and clothes to eliminate any survivors. Also, make sure to check the bed frames to since they sometimes hide like bedbugs. Also, get rid of your old combs and hair brushes to avoid re-contamination.
Lice infestation is genuinely problematic. And it also becomes a sign of unclean behavior. It is possible that you may contract them from other people, despite observing proper hygiene. If you think that you might have this, do the said measures above so that they won’t propagate on your entire head or the whole body.