@crankyoldcow you could straighten their hair for them
We had a huge outbreak here! It drive me insane!! Best I found was to coat their hair and put a shower cap on, (if they let you, if not you might have to clean up a few spots where they put their head!!) leave for at least 15minutes then comb out with a big comb then section hair apart and use a nit comb. Was out some - not all of the conditioner. Repeat every 2 days for first week. 3 days for the 2nd week and 4 days the 3rd week. The conditioner suffocates the live lice and then you comb to remove them and the eggs. By doing it more regularly the little buggers don't have much chance to lay more eggs!
For prevention make up a squirty bottle with 1/2 conditioner 1/2 water and add a good splash of tea tree oil (a few drops of clove oil as well if you can get it) and spray on every day! Even after you've finished treating regularly this is a great preventative. I've been spraying all out bedding with the tea tree spray can, but washed pillow cases everyday in hot water during the peak of the outbreak!
Don't forget to treat/wash hats!
Good luck!! I was so paranoid every time that my head itched, so I did the same treatment on my hair and it's so healthy now, so that's a bonus!!
My daughter now 10 kept getting lice to it drive me insane and cost a fortune buying different treatments every other week. Now we just usethe same comb as you with conditioner every weekend as a preventative & early alert and if she gets an infestation there is a hair dresser here that does nit treatments. It's $65 for her length hair and they treat hair then go through and remove every egg by hand. They are fantastic. My dd has super fine hair too. Goodluck
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DS has had them a few times. I coat in cheap conditioner and leave for an hour then comb out., i do this daily for a week. I also run a Robicomb thtough his hair daily just in case he picked up a bug. I kill it before it lays eggs.
I have just been using the conditioner and tea tree mix in a spray bottle as a deterrent.
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Thank you everyone for your replies, I think I might keep combing with conditioner every second day, I only found a couple of tiny ones tonight so hopefully they're almost gone fx. I'm going to order some of the Nyda just in case, it seems like the easiest option for little people with fine hair, keep the remedy a coming though I'm sure I'll need more soon.
The other tip I have is to dip the wet comb in some bicarb soda as it acts an exfoliant and makes the tiny eggs easier to move. Coconut oil is also supposed to be good at breaking down the glue that holds the eggs to the hair.
I have a question.. - at school (dd is in prep) there has been a case of headlice reported, now.. I have checked her hair/head every day and nothing... do I get a shampoo/spray in case? never been thru this experience.. lol. yuck.
You must comb every day. I feel for you as it is hard with small kids. But unless you are vigilant they will keep going. My girl had them for 2 months once
This advice is spot on and exactly what I did
eta that I found the cheaply plastic combs worked best for us. I'd suggest trying one of each.
@Minchi, diluted tea tree in her hair everyday, hair up and hair spray. Might not smell the best but should keep them away
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