What do these products have in common?
Pinesol, Listerine, Mayonnaise, Baby Oil, Baby Lotion,Selsun Blue, Vegetable Oil, Flea and Tick Dog Shampoo, Vinegar, Cetaphil, Salt and Vinegar, WD-40, Dawn Dish Soap, Permanent Hair Dye, Alcohol, Coconut Oil, Kerosene, Hair Gel, Petroleum Jelly, Crushed Aspirin, Laundry Detergent, Lysol, Apple Cider Vinegar, Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, Tea Tree Oil, Gasoline, Thyme, Hand Sanitizer, Black Walnut Extract, Off! Bug Lotion, Mineral Oil, Diesel, Lavender Oil, Lime Juice, Hairspray, Garlic..
All of the above products have been put in human hair to unsuccessfully treat head lice.
Some have been passed down through generations, and others are just old wives’ tales. None of them work. So, why do some people have “success” and swear by their homemade concoctions?
It’s because they are actually combing out the infestation! Using the proper comb and thoroughly combing through the hair is the only proven way to remove head lice. Head lice are not killed by mayonnaise or kerosene. They are killed by being removed from their food source (a.k.a. your head!).
So how should you approach a head lice infestation in your house? You should invest in a proper comb. A proper lice comb is one that is completely metal (no plastic handle or teeth). The lice comb should have the teeth/prongs close enough together that you can barely see through them. It’s also important to make sure it has micro-grooving on the teeth.
Second, you should use healing repellant sprays and products. You will need to wet down the head completely to comb out the head lice infestation. Comb out the entire head until you are not finding any nits or live bugs.
After the initial combing, you should comb every other day for about a week, and then once a week for the next month. Check the head once per week to make sure your family is not getting reinfested. Use the repellant products daily to prevent future head lice infestations.