Lice eggs in your hair look like dandruff but are difficult to remove. They are usually a problem for school-aged children and quickly spread from head to head – something that’s known as a “lice infestation”.
They can also be itchy and irritating, causing children to scratch their scalp and complain! Thankfully, there’s a whole heap of ways to get rid of lice eggs fast for both children and adults. Here are ten that you need to know about.
1.) Choose A Head Lice Treatment
One of the best ways to get rid of lice eggs is to choose a head lice treatment, or “pediculicide.” You can find these in your local pharmacy, health food store, online, or if you visit your doctor. Although some of these products kill active lice in the hair, you need to search for a pediculicide that specifically kills lice eggs. Unfortunately, using a product like this isn’t a quick fix or overnight solution. In fact, in some cases, it could still take up to two weeks to get rid of lice eggs in the hair. However, the product should do a good job of killing eggs and preventing new eggs from developing.
Several applications of the product might be needed, but always check the label first for full instructions. You should be carefully when you apply the product as some pediculicides can damage and stain surfaces and clothes.
2.) Peppermint Oil
Peppermint oil can be an effective and cheap way to get rid of lice eggs. You can purchase this essential oil online or at your nearest health food store. Once you have some peppermint oil, apply a few drops into a small glass and add a tiny bit of water. Next, apply the mixture to your hair. The water-peppermint oil combo should loosen any lice eggs and they should slowly fall out when you have a shower. You will need to repeat this process on a regular basis to see results.
3.) Keep Your Hair Clean
This one sounds pretty simple, but you’ll be surprised at how many people fail to wash their hair properly when they have lice eggs. Use a shampoo and conditioner to keep lice from returning to your scalp and always wash the product thoroughly from your hair. You won’t necessarily need to adjust your shampoo and conditioning routine if you already wash your hair on a regular basis, but if you don’t, this method is something you should be doing!
4.) Use A Lice Egg Spray
A lice egg spray can make it easier to detect lice eggs in the hair so you can decide on the best course of action. There are lots of these products available so make sure you do some research and find the best one for you. Again, getting rid of lice eggs can sometimes be a long process so you might need to repeat this method on a regular basis to see results.
5.) Petroleum Jelly
If lice eggs are on the eyelashes or eyebrows, petroleum jelly can help solve the problem. Apply a small amount to the desired areas and then take a shower. Hopefully the combination of petroleum jelly and water will kill lice eggs and fix the issue.
6.) Keep Bedding Clean
If there are lice in your home, you need to keep your bedding clean in order to remove lice eggs. Wash sheets, duvets, pillows and pillowcases at a high temperature a couple of times a week until the problem clears up
7.) Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can help to alleviate various ailments, including problem skin. However, you might want to use it to get rid of lice eggs in the hair. You can find apple cider vinegar online and in supermarkets for a cheap price. Organic is always better but it doesn’t really matter what brand you purchase. Once you have some apple cider vinegar, you will need to fill up half a cup with the liquid and then pour fresh water until the cup is full. This will dilute the vinegar so make sure you give the mixture a good stir.
Next, slowly apply the vinegar-water mix to your scalp using your hands. You might want to stand over a sink or place a towel around you so you don’t damage your floor or clothes. Once the apple cider vinegar is in your hair, it can loosen your lice eggs. Make sure you wash your hands and have a shower after!
8.) Keep Your Clothes Clean
Lice eggs like to lay eggs in dark, damp, dirty conditions. However, keeping your clothes nice and clean can help get rid of the problem. Make sure you wash any clothes in warm water so that these tiny pests disappear. It’s also a good idea to clean any hair products you use so lice eggs don’t spread to other people in your home. This can include brushes, rollers, combs, hair straighteners, and even shampoo bottles.
9.) Treat The Problem Before It Happens
Prevention is just as important as getting rid of lice eggs. To ensure you treat a lice egg problem early, make sure you inspect your children’s hair, especially if there is an infestation problem at their school. Use a comb to part the hair and search for eggs.
10.) Use A Nit Comb
Using a nit comb might sound like a simple solution but it really works. It’s pretty cost-effective too – you can purchase a nit comb for only a dollar or two. Using this tool is really easy: Firstly, stand in front of a mirror and gently (don’t tug your hair), comb through your scalp to remove any dead lice, active lice, and, of course, lice eggs. You probably won’t be able to solve the problem in one go and it might take several days for you to notice a difference, but using a nit comb can be extremely beneficial if lice eggs are near the top of your scalp.
Other useful tips:
- You can use scissors to remove a strand of hair that has lice eggs. Be careful if you do this!
- When checking for lice eggs, stand in a well-lit area, preferably in natural light. This will help you assess the extent of the problem.
- Coconut oil can also be an effective way to remove eggs. Like you would with peppermint oil, dilute coconut oil with water and apply it to your hair.