Drama-free Treatment for Headlice and Nits
This is the best starting point if you have to deal with headlice or nits now! Regardless of whether you have the product called Goodbye Nits or not, you can get started.
If you don’t have Goodbye Nits, just replace the Goodbye Nits with a tablespoon of olive oil (or any kitchen oil). That will stabilize the situation until you can get Goodbye Nits. You see ONE of the secrets of Goodbye Nits is that it is an oil. The oil does a very key action on headlice. Oil blocks up the breathing holes so that the headlice can’t breathe, and… they die. Pretty basic huh?
WHY doesn’t every product on the market use this simple fact to their advantage? Well, oil is more expensive than water or alcohol. That’s just a guess, because most headlice products are based on water and alcohol. Or maybe the manufacturers just assume that chemicals are better, as you’d expect from a chemical manufacturer.
Once you’ve watched the video below (9 minutes), go download Lettuce Boy’s Smart Chart for breaking the Headlice Cycle– no opt-in. This Chart goes on your fridge to help you do the most effective treatments so that you aren’t dealing with this for months! There’s more resources available there too, poems, worksheets… you know, good stuff.
Here’s our drama-free, all natural Steps to get rid of Headlice and Nits (for good)
Take a deep breath, and smile at your child, it’s all ok.
Put Goodbye Nits or oil as close to scalp as possible. With Goodbye Nits, you place the tip of the dropper directly (but gently) in contact with the scalp. For Goodbye Nits, because of its efficient delivery to the scalp with the dropper, use between 10ml and 15ml of product. For a stop gap measure of using a plain oil, you’ll probably need about twice as much dipping your fingers into a small bowl and dabbing over the scalp.
Massage the oil all over the scalp. You do not need to oil all of the hair, just the scalp, that where headlice and nits hang out.
Comb through. For short hair, a regular comb or nit comb works great. The oil makes it easier to see through the hair right down to the scalp. For long hair, we prefer a regular comb and using forefinger and thumb to capture headlice and nits right at scalp level.
A note on nit combs. Nit combs can give long hair (and hence your little girl) a very hard time. Often, the lice escapes the comb somewhere along the way, and now you’ve got headlice running somewhere through the hair away from the scalp…. Bad news)
Go methodically through hair sections (about one inch or 2.5cm strips of hair held away from the head) so that you can see the scalp. Headlice are easy to see, sometimes disturbingly mobile, and range in size plus or minus that of a sesame seed, and the same colour through to a dark brown. The nits are light coloured and glued to one piece of hair right at the scalp level. If you see a nit glued down and further out that one inch, it is a past encounter, and no longer viable.
You can either wash the headlice and nits down the sink, put them on a damp bit of toilet paper, or drop them into a bowl of water.
This is the easy step. Leave in overnight.
We’re not fans of plastic wrapped around a child’s head, for both safety and comfort reasons (can YOU imagine sleeping well with plastic wrapped around your head?) If you have not doused your child’s hair so that it is literally dripping with oil, a double towel layer over a pillow case will be sufficient to protect the pillow from oil damage.
If you’re laughing right now, because you kind of went overboard, and your child’s hair IS dripping, just towel off the excess.
Next morning. You can choose what to do here.
1) Leave the oil in.
If your child is happy, just leave the oil in. Some kids actually like the feel of the oil, and use it as an opportunity to create a special hair-do. One favourite in our house is the smooth ballerina look, which is now requested even when there is no headlice around.
2) Wash the oil out
This is best done by putting shampoo into your child’s hair first, then warm water rinsing over the sink.
The reason we do not suggest putting your child in a shower or bath is that oil is SLIPPERY. Using a sink keeps your child safe from slipping. It also saves you having to clean out the bath or shower afterwards as well (bonus!)
If you want completely oil-free hair, you’ll probably have to do this twice.
Use Goodbye Nits as a preventative. Just a little dab at hairline will do the trick!
If you’ve gotten to this point using olive oil, you’ll need to get some Goodbye Nits in the next few days. The essential oils in Goodbye Nits contribute key actions to making the base oil work better. They add to the effectiveness.
Keep treatment times short and repeat every day or two until you haven’t seen headlice for 2 checks. Then check again in a week’s time. This one is important… Mark on your calendar, the refrigerator, put a message in your phone… Do steps 1 to 6 over again in exactly 7 days.
You can do plus or minus a day to suit your schedule. BUT you need to do it.
Goodbye Nits helps to break down the coating of the nits to make them no longer able to turn into headlice. But it needs you to back it up. If you’ve missed any headlice, or the oil did not reach them, or you did not get a full coating on every single nit, you’re going to be starting from ground zero in two weeks time if you do not follow up with a second treatment.
Go on, you’re a pro by now. And this extra step will be what saves you more headlice chasing down the track. It’s worth it.
Here’s Lettuce Boy’s Smart Chart to help you do Steps 8 and 9 more effectively.
On-going conversation and checks. Keep an eye out for any nits or headlice once a week for the next 6 weeks, and then depending on how focused you are on this process, you can keep checking every week, or just check every now and again.
Talk with your child about the signs to look for. Let them know that they need to let you know if they notice they are scratching their heads. This will be much easier for them to do if you don’t start cursing or grumbling about other kids, the school, again?!, etc.
Getting onto a headlice case early is so much easier on you and your child. If you make it safe for them to ask for help, they will. They are relieved to know you’re there to take care of them.
Every program needs 10 steps doesn’t it?
We are a community that has randomly sprung up around a very common but under-talked about, and possibly under-treated complaint. Dramas happen. Conversation (and therefore support) is hard to come by. Maybe it feels embarrassing to say that your child has headlice.
You are now part of this community, and invited to contribute your input and stories to help other parents through this process.
Just as Becky did not want to be the person that talks about headlice, perhaps you feel the same.
So find a level of conversation that is comfortable to you. Talk to a friend, talk through options with your school (we provide an Awesome Hair Awareness (AHA) Kit for Schools), write us a story, celebrate your successes.
Together, we make life better for a whole lot of people, naturally.