If you’re struggling with head lice, then you may be willing to try just about anything to get rid of them. In today’s post, we’ll take an in-depth look at and evaluate some of the most popular lice treatments that can be performed at home.

If you’re looking for a guaranteed way to successfully treat lice, then you should enlist the help of a professional. Our lice treatment center offers fast and affordable lice removal services that can help you return to lice-free living as soon as possible. We guarantee that you’ll leave our center free of lice, and we also provide free follow-up appointments for up to 30 days afterword.

Suffocating Lice

One of the most popular lice treatment suggestions we hear about is suffocation. Suffocation methods typically recommend slathering the hair in a thick substance such as coconut oil, essential oils, or even mayonnaise. Aside from any aversion you may have to coating your hair in various pantry items, do these lice treatment methods actually work? 

The answer depends on how long you’re willing to have your hair coated. Lice can go without air for roughly eight hours, meaning that your DIY suffocation treatment will likely be an all-day affair. You’ll need to stay at home in a relatively still position, as you don’t want coconut oil or mayonnaise to drip on your carpet or furniture. After you wash your substance of choice out of your hair, you’ll need to actually remove the lice from your scalp. This step in the process requires a special comb and an extra set of eyes to ensure that you’ve actually removed the dead lice from your hair.

It’s important to note that even if you do kill the majority of the lice on your scalp with this method, baby lice (also known as nits) will survive suffocation. This means that you will have to go through this process several times before your hair is free of lice.

At Lice Treatment Solutions, we recommend saving yourself the hassle of coating your hair and coming to our lice treatment center in Houston instead. We’ll have you lice-free by the end of your appointment, and you won’t have to deal with the possibility of getting oil on your furniture, clothing, or floor.

Combing

If you’re not up for coating your hair in coconut oil or mayonnaise, then you may be considering purchasing a specialty brush to remove all of the lice from your hair in one sitting. While this method is certainly affordable, it’s incredibly difficult to ensure that you’ve removed all of the lice from your scalp without the assistance of a lice removal expert. Adult lice are tiny, and their eggs and offspring are even smaller. It’s easy to miss an egg or two if you have thick hair, and if you do, then you’ll have to deal with an outbreak all over again. You can waste a great deal of time unsuccessfully trying to comb each and every louse out of your hair, so just come to our lice removal center instead.

Chemicals

If you’re like most people, then you may be considering buying an over-the-counter lice shampoo or treatment kit that utilizes chemicals to kill the lice in your hair. We won’t go too in-depth with the details, but it’s an understatement to say that almost every chemical used to treat lice is harmful to the body and scalp. Several treatment options, such as Lindane, have been banned around the world. In fact, Lindane has been banned in more than 52 countries due to its neurotoxic effects. Though this chemical is still available in the United States for treating lice, we emphatically encourage you to refrain from using it.

At Lice Treatment Solutions, we firmly believe that toxic chemicals are just as much of a problem as lice. You can rest assured that when you come to us for lice treatment, you’ll be given non-toxic formulas that won’t harm your hair or scalp. We also offer safe and natural lice shampoos and conditioners for young children who will be attending public schools or summer camps in the near future.

Blow Dryers

Many people utilize blow dryers to eradicate lice from their scalps, but does it actually work? We’ll start by saying that this method makes sense in theory — the force of the blow dryer could remove lice from the scalp, and the heat from the blow dryer could kill any remaining lice. In practice, the results aren’t very effective. Lice have evolved to cling tight to hair follicles, and blow dryers just aren’t powerful enough to displace them. While a powerful hair dryer can remove nits quite easily, the vast majority of adult lice will survive this method.

Keep an eye on our blog for our next post in which we’ll continue to evaluate lice treatment methods.

Get in touch with our Houston lice treatment center today to schedule an appointment for yourself or your child!