Tiny eggs that are delivered by lice and can be found infesting the hair are called nits. They take several weeks to hatch and the lice will resurface, if you remove just the lice and leave the nits as it is. Nits can be much more difficult to remove from hair, as compared to than lice, since they are minuscule in size and stick to the hair very tightly. However, it is important to get rid of them, to stop the continued appearance of lice on the head. This article brings you some effective tips on how to get rid of those obnoxious nits resting in your head. Read on to know the best ways to remove them easily.
Home Remedies For Nit Removal
- Douse olive oil on your hair. This helps dissolve the exoskeletons of lice and their nits. A solution of half mineral oil and half vinegar will also prove to be equally helpful.
- You can also try applying mayonnaise all over your hair. Leave them on for sometime and then wash off your hair. This proves to be quite effective in getting rid of nits.
- Separate the hair into four sections and start combing it with a nit comb. Stop after every few strokes to wipe the lice and eggs on a towel soaked with vinegar. Keep a newspaper under the head, to catch the nits and lice. Keep the comb clean by wiping it with a tissue or paper towel. Continue combing until all the sections are completed. After you are done, discard the tissue/paper towel and the newspaper in a disposable bag.
- White vinegar is known to be very effective against nits. Soak you hair in vinegar and cover it with a vinegar soaked towel. After 30-60 minutes, remove the towel and wash your hair.
- Fine-toothed comb is partially helpful in removing nits. Regular combing with a fine toothed comb will give you better results. However, you need to combine this tip with any of the above mentioned tips, for best results.
- Use a nit comb on your hair on a regular basis. This will help remove nits and the results will begin to show within a few days.
- Some people believe that washing hair with coconut shampoo also proves to be helpful against nits.
- Wash your hair with a shampoo specially formulated to kill lice and nits. Use the shampoo twice or thrice a week, for desired results.
- Your clothing, hat, linens and bed covers may carry nits from your head. Wash them thoroughly with hot water and detergent and soak them in a solution made of white vinegar and water. To dry them, use the hottest setting on the dryer, but make sure you don’t damage the fabric. This process will help to kill any leftover nits on your clothes and prevent the infection from recurring.
- You also need to sanitize your mattresses and vacuum your bedroom thoroughly. Either you can just discard your combs, brushes and hair-curlers, or simply boil them in hot water to sanitize them. Cleaning everything thoroughly becomes very important to remove the last traces of nits from your paraphernalia.