4 effective ways to get rid of hair lice naturally

Here are some tips on how to get rid of lice from your hair with natural ways at home, and how to protect your hair.
A woman combing hair after using clove oil for head lice removal
Treat hair lice from the roots! Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Dr Blossom Kochhar Updated: 25 Sep 2022, 14:44 pm IST
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It is common to get lice in your or your kid’s hair during a season change. Lice can happen due to some fungal infection or are highly likely to be transferred from another person. You don’t have to panic, just follow simple home remedies to get rid of hair lice, which can lead to an itchy and irritated scalp.

4 natural ways to get rid of hair lice

1. Comb wet hair

It is usually advised not to comb your hair when wet but here the situation is different. Lice are not able to move quickly while your hair is wet, so take a fine-toothed comb, part your hair into very small sections, and move the comb at least thrice over each section. This traditional way might be time-consuming but is one of the best hair lice treatments and effective in removing hair lice naturally.

2. Oily hair combing

If you’re searching how to get rid of hair lice, trust the power of oil. For this, you will have to apply a thick layer of coconut or almond oil to your hair. Separate your hair into small sections and then run a fine-toothed comb over them. This process is called suffocating, as the lice find it extremely difficult to move when your hair is oily and can get easily caught in the comb.

comb hair to remove lice
Comb your hair well to remove lice! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

In case you are not comfortable with applying a good quantity of oil to your hair, apply oil on your comb and then run it over your hair. You can re-apply the oil as needed. Wash your hair thoroughly after this and dry it. Make sure to wash your towel and comb after the treatment as you don’t want to leave any lice behind.

3. Essential oil treatment

There are various essential oils for hair lice treatment. These have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. The oils that you can try for hair lice removal are tea tree, lavender, neem, peppermint, and nutmeg. Just remember to not apply the essential oil directly to your hair. Always mix it with a carrier oil or vegetable oil and then use it. Mix 2 tablespoons of oil with 15-20 drops of any of the above-mentioned essential oil and apply it to your scalp using a cotton ball. It might sting a little, but don’t worry as that is the essential oil doing its job.

4. Vinegar and water

Apple cider vinegar has various benefits for your hair and if you are suffering from lice, this might be one of the best solutions. Mix 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in half a cup of water and apply the mixture to your scalp with a cotton ball. Let it rest for at least half an hour and then comb your hair with a fine-toothed comb. This will surely sting your hair but is super effective.

apple cider vinegar for lice treatment
Know how to use apple cider vinegar to get rid of lice from your hair. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

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Essential tips for hair lice treatment

Practicing ways to get rid of hair lice fast is not the only thing you can do. You must also follow some ways to avoid hair damage or preventing others around you from being infested with hair lice. Here are the tips:

* Doing the lice treatment once might not give you desired results. You will have to repeat it at least thrice a week or even more depending upon your condition.

* Remember to not share your comb, hair accessories, or towels with anyone else, when you’re trying to get rid of lice from your hair.

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* Avoid using conditioner after you have done your lice treatment.

* You can use over-the-counter shampoos that are available for lice treatment

* Don’t use too many treatments at once as it might damage your hair.

Now try these home remedies for hair lice treatment and see the difference!


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About the Author

Dr Blossom Kochhar is the Chairperson of Blossom Kochhar group of companies. She has devoted her entire life to skilling and educating people across the country in beauty, hair and aromatherapy. For the last 42 years, under her tutelage, over a lakh of students and thousands of under privileged youth and women, differently abled children, army widows, cancer survivors and orphans have been skilled and empowered to earn a livelihood for themselves. She has been the co-chairperson of the Beauty and Wellness Sector Skill council, India Skills since 2017. In 1984 she brought Pivot Point, an international education system to India. Being an army wife, she has worked closely in skilling armed forces widows and their children in beauty to earn a livelihood. In early 1998, she started a vocational training institute unit under Army Wives Welfare Association for this purpose and subsidised training have been on since 1998. She is a name to reckon with when it comes to beauty education and she heads the country’s premier hair, beauty, make-up and spa school chain called Blossom Kochhar College of Creative Arts & Design (BKCCAD). At BKCCAD every year under-privileged students, women, specially-abled are trained in beauty, hair & make-up for free. She has been the technical director for Vocation education with Delhi Govt. She has groomed many celebrities like Sushmita Sen, Aishwarya Rai, Priyanka Chopra, Gul Panag and Lara Dutta. ...Read More

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