You must know one person who hasn’t had or known someone with those horrendous little lice or head bugs at some stage in their life?
Haven’t we all suffered the embarrassment and shame that come hand-in-hand with head lice infestation?
We usually think it’s school children who bring back those little beasties to our homes and infest sibling or even parents with these itchy enemies of the head but think again.
Anyone can catch them.
They aren’t fussy who they live on and don’t care how old the scalp is.
So, to forewarned is forearmed! Feeling itchy already?
What are lice and how can we get rid of them?
Head lice are common enough words but how much do you know about them?
They aren’t a new phenomenon and there are loads of old wives’ tales and half-truths that surround them.
There are hundreds of quick fixes but how do you know how to separate the facts from the fiction?
It’s a Fact
- They’re not life-threatening, just irritating and yuck!
- Lice are small brown bugs we can see crawling over our heads.
- Nits – which people tend to muddle with lice are the egg cases, which stick to the hair shaft.
- They tend to leave white bits in our hair.
- Lice infect both clean and dirty hair.
- They infect all kinds of hair but tend to be harder to spot in long hair so can hide away for longer.
- Nits can’t fly thus can’t jump from one person to the next.
- They can only walk.
- Lice can spread through bedding, or heads close together for a long time.
- Their favourite things are heat and food.
- Your scalp will only be itchy if the bites or faeces of lice cause an allergic reaction.
- Not everyone is allergic so not everyone scratches even if they have head lice!
- It’s also a fact that people spend millions each year on medication and not all work…
So, how can we rid ourselves of the creepy crawlies without breaking the bank?
Do we need to fork out on medicated lotions, nit combs or herbal treatments?
How do we know they’ll even work?
Having head lice isn’t going to kill anyone but with the number of products and advice on the market, how do we even know where to start how to blitz the problem?
Having a solid understanding on what, why and where these pint-size parasites come from and how to treat and then prevent them coming to visit again is vital!
The chemicals behind the cures
As you can imagine, the huge mega-bucks pharmaceutical industries don’t need any excuse to cash in on our itchy distress.
So what real evidence is there that any of these treatments actually work?
Do we want to subject our children and ourselves to possibly harmful chemicals in shampoos and creams as many contain pediculicides, or insecticides which don’t necessarily remove the lice 100%.
They have also attributed to create, in some people, severe side effects.
Shampoos, which should be called insecticides, can and do work but do you want your little darlings subjected to these chemicals which can cause irritations or allergic reactions?
As well, because there are so many anti-lice products on the market, the clever little bugs are becoming resistant to many of them!
So, you can cough up lots of money for over-the-counter medications that don’t even work!
It’s not all doom and gloom!
There are head lice combs that are quite effective.
But do you want to spend hours each and every day committed to brushing hair?
There is a metallic electric comb on the market but again, like plastic combs, it takes a lot of effort and time.
Just imagine the fuss children will make having to sit for ages having their hair combed.
Enough already – get your hair dryer out!
Short of shaving your hair off completely and going rogue, you can’t ignore the problem.
We might just have the cheapest, most simple solution for you!
Head lice can be defeated with one of the very things they love – HEAT!
Heat can blasted directly onto the lice and their eggs have a devastating effect.
It can ‘dry’ out these pests, killing up to 98% of the eggs and 86% of the lice themselves – now that is what we call success!
You start with a daily drying with your hair dryer.
You do this for at least a month.
That is followed up with a weekly blast until all the egg laying has stopped.
This simple procedure has had amazing success.
Scientific studies have proved that the hot-air treatment is highly effective in blasting away these blighters.
So, just wash your hair as usual every day and use your hair dryer directly on to the wet hair.
Don’t bother to use those fancy chemicals.
In the privacy of your own bedroom, with an appliance you’d probably use everyday anyway, treat those lice to a heat treat once and for all…
Solution solved – use your own hair dryer to blast the beasts!