Nits are just a fact of every school kid’s life. You might have seen several commercial products that strongly claim to get rid of lice as well as their eggs but anyone with real experience with this issue would know how difficult it is.
Nits are the eggs laid by adult female lice. Generally, once your head is infected with lice or nits, it becomes really hard to get rid of. This is because nits have the tendency to stick to hair shaft quite tightly and are very difficult to comb out in one go.
This is why it is very important to know how to get rid of nits, especially if you have school-going kids at home. Knowing how to remove nits is the only way you can totally eliminate the head lice problem once and for all. Once the head is free from nits, lice can no longer hatch eggs.
So how to get rid of nits?
Well, there are many ways to eliminate lice from your head but when it comes to nits, the only best method is to go natural.
To help you understand better, let us discuss the safest method to remove nits in four simple steps.
Step #1 – Get Hold of Right Tools and Information
First of all, get access to the right and complete information along with the right tools. In order to remove nits, you must know how they look and where you can find them commonly. Majorly, head lice prefer to lay nits at your hair root. It is considered as the moistest and warmest place for the nits to grow and mature.
Nits appear as yellowish or little white oval eggs and glued to hair shaft with a fluid called chitin. This particular lice glue is really hard to dissolve, which is why it is also difficult to remove nits from hair. When you know how nits appear and where they are mostly located, it’s time to select the best nit removal tool.
To remove nits you need to have a special lice comb. Your best bet is to go with a steel comb, instead of a plastic comb. A steel comb does a great job of combing out lice and nits. Next, you would need some vinegar. For this, you may go with white or apple vinegar. Also get some light, white towel and warm water.
Step #2 – Unglue Nits by Applying Vinegar on Hair
In this step, cover the shoulders using a white towel. Then wet your complete hair with almost 6 parts of water and 3 parts of vinegar. As stated earlier, vinegar works well for dissolving the nits’ glue. Because of the vinegar, all the nits can easily come off your hair as you comb them out.
However, before you start this step, make sure you keep your entire scalp wet, including hair, from the roots down up to the tips. This will help you remove dead nits also.
Step #3 – Comb out Nits
Since now you have successfully applied the vinegar, what’s next? Well, first of all, sit in some well-lit area. In case you are removing nits from your kids’ head, make them sit in some brightly lit area. Now, you are all set to comb out the nits.
While removing nits from long hair, make sure to divide them into thin locks. Remember each lock must be combed, starting from the top. Also, when you comb one stroke of hair, dip the comb into warm water and vinegar. This will help to remove or washing off all nits and lice from it.
Comb the lock several times and keep it separated from the infested hair. You can also use a clip to fasten it or braid it in a tight but thin braid. This makes it difficult for lice to get or crawl back to your clean hair.
Thoroughly go through the entire head and continue to comb out nits and lice. This might require a lot of time and would need you to be patient. Remember, a thorough combing process is the only guaranteed way to get rid of nits.
Step #4 – Monitor the Treatment
As you get done with combing, simply wash and shampoo your hair by using a regular shampoo. Also, don’t forget to wash off the lice comb along with the white towel. You can do this by using some hot water. Also, make sure to change your clothes and put them in the laundry. The best is to vacuum the area or space where combing was done so that you can be sure of cleaning.
Once you have successfully completed the steps, make sure to check hair for any live nits. Also, make sure that you continue to repeat the treatment within seven days and after doing the first treatment.
This will help to eliminate the live nits that you might have missed during the combing process.
To get the best results, repeat the same process at least twice a week and after completing the first treatment.
Even though this method of getting rid of nits or lice is time-consuming and needs to be repeated multiple times, this is the safest and effective method. Natural remedies are best to get rid of nits.
You can also go with some over-the-counter or prescription treatments but one of the biggest problems is that now lice have become super resistant to other over-the-counter treatments. Also, some of the products have side effects and might not suit your hair or skin.
If the other options don’t work, then the only option is to hand-pick them by using the right tools. This means that getting rid of nits and lice is simply the matter of removing them physically. Lice are highly irritating and if you don’t treat them in a timely manner, it can also lead to a scalp infection.
Usually, the life cycle of lice is 7 – 8 days, so continue to repeat the combing out process until you are sure that you’ve got them all.