Lice are a nuisance . They tend to spread easily amongst pre-school and elementary school children. Contrary to what most people believe, lice are not a sign of bad hygiene or economic status. They can pop up anywhere where children tend to be in close contact.
The most common solution for parents is to buy lice killing shampoo which contains powerful chemicals. Increasingly lice are becoming immune to these chemicals. So here is a great alternative that does the job but doesn’t leave harsh chemicals on your child’s scalp. Coconut oil is a natural alternative to lice shampoo. The fatty content makes it difficult for lice to maintain their grip on hair follicles and suffocates them.
Coconut Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar and a Nit Comb
Step 1: Remove the Lice
Coat the hair and scalp with coconut oil. Use just enough to coat but not too much. The hair shouldn’t be overly oily. Comb through the hair with a nit comb to remove lice. Make sure to rinse the comb between uses to remove the lice.
Step 2: Shampoo Hair Normally
Use a regular shampoo to clean hair, ensuring that you clean behind the ears and the back of the neck. Dry hair with a blow dryer.
Step 3: Apply Coconut Oil
Coat the hair with coconut oil liberally. Cover the head and leave on for 4 hours.
Step 4: Apply Apple Cider Vinegar
Shampoo hair and rinse with Apple Cider Vinegar. Allow to dry. The vinegar will loosen the nits (lice eggs) that attach to the hair. In order to eradicate lice, the eggs must be removed or the cycle will continue.
Step 5: Remove Nits
Use nit comb to remove nits. You can also use your fingers as the nit comb won’t get them all. Use a magnifying glass and a strong light to make sure you can find them all.
Repeat the entire process as many times as necessary!
The great thing about coconut oil is that its natural and will give your hair shine while it helps kill lice and makes your hair and scalp less hospitable for new lice.