Of the 3 kinds of lice, head lice are the most common type. These are tiny little critters that don’t have wings but can move very quickly. They live on the scalp of their host and feed on its blood. Although, they only live for a little over a month, they reproduce and spread really fast. Once you notice signs and symptoms of lice infestation, get rid of head lice right away before it becomes severe.

How do we get head lice?

Head lice are usually found on the hair shafts, on the nape of the neck, and on the back of the ears. In contrary to popular myths, lice don’t have wings and they can’t fly from host to host. They spread through either direct or indirect contact to other person. Direct contact involves head-to-head contact, like when have your picture taken with a group or when you’re in a really crowded place. On the other hand, indirect contact means getting lice from an infected person’s things like when you borrow personal items like hats, headbands, bandanas, etc.

 Signs and symptoms of head lice

Having the following symptoms is almost always a sure sign that you have head lice.

  • Itching
  • Red spots on the nape of the neck due to constant itching.
  • White spots on the hair shafts (these are nits or lice eggs)

Other symptoms can manifest, especially when you have severe infestation or you’re allergic to lice bites like scalp rash, or infected scalp wounds.

Head lice treatment

There are a lot of head lice shampoos and creams available on the market. However, most of the shampoos are now considered obsolete.. Lice have developed a tolerance for the chemicals in these chemicals and can now survive its effects. The lice that survived can easily re-infest and spread to other people. Another disadvantage to using lice shampoos and creams is they also may contain ingredients that can be harmful to your skin.

How to get rid of head lice for good? When it comes to treating lice, nothing beats good old fashioned home remedies. There are a lot of treatments you can find in your kitchen that are very safe and effective. The only disadvantage with lice home treatments is that they won’t work right away and you have to keep using them for as long as you suspect you have lice and nits in your hair.

The most popular home remedy for lice is olive oil.  Olive oil has a distinct smell that head lice hate. And when you coat your hair with olive oil, it suffocates the nits and kills them.

Another popular lice home remedy is vinegar. Vinegar contains acetic acid which dissolves the protective coating that lets nits and lice cling to hair so well. Put vinegar on your hair and leave it on for at least 30 minutes to easily wash away stubborn lice and nits clinging to your hair shafts.

Finally, the oldest lice remedy of them all is still one of the most effective. The traditional nit comb is an important part of any lice treatment. Combing your hair with nit combs can brush away head lice and nits that are left after the treatment. This is very important because head lice can reproduce very quickly. Brushing your hair for about 10 – 15 minutes daily can reduce the risk of head lice infestation.

Treating head lice is not only lengthy but also tedious. You need patience and diligence if you want to get rid of head lice for good.