For some of us, we have no idea these little critters have been living with us until we get sent the dreaded note from school letting us know that someone in the class has head lice a.k.a nits. After reading the note, and reaching for the wine bottle simultaneously, finally, we get ourselves ready take on the battle to rid our families heads of the little blighters. But, can you really nuke them without using a toxic cauldron of nasty chemicals on our little one’s heads?
Yes, you can. We share some of the best natural alternatives like Manuka & Kanuka essential oil so your kid’s hair can be nit free in no time.
What do head lice look like?
An adult louse can be light brown or grey is two-three millimetres long and has a lifespan of about 30 days. Adult female louse can lay an average six eggs per day (up to ten) and does so as close to the scalp as possible. In order, to promote survival, securing the eggs to the hair shaft with a glue-like substance. Head Lice are the size of a pinhead, and appear whitish or yellow. It takes approximately eight to nine days for an egg to hatch, which is why getting rid of head lice is rarely a quick fix. A nit hatches into a nymph, an immature louse, and as long as there is a blood supply, it develops into an adult in nine to 12 days.
If you look closely (you may need a magnifying glass to do this) you will also be able to see the head lice crawling around. However, it can be more difficult to spot the nits. You will find the nits on the hair shaft within a quarter inch from the scalp. The egg sac is usually white or yellowish. Sacs found further from the scalp, this means that the lice have hatched already.
One of the most common symptoms of any kind of lice is itching. You may also see red bumps on the scalp and around the neck and shoulders. Lice also prefer the dark, so a little one with lice could be more restless during night time.
5 steps to blitz head lice | Discover the power of Manuka Oil
If you discover your little one has head lice there are two key things you have to do to get rid of them
- Kill the lice that are living
- Remove the lice eggs or kill them
Below we outline the 5 steps you need to take to be completely nit free in no time.