Kill Head Lice at Home

Is it possible to remove Head Lice at home by yourself? YES! It’s more time consuming and it requires to be organized and meticulous but it is possible.

How to kill head lice at Home

The products to kill head lice

The most important thing is finding the right products. In our opinion, we should stay away from chemicals and pesticides. They are not only bad for our health and our environment but lately it has been proven that they are not always the most effective. The same applies for completely natural products such as mayonnaise or olive oil. Although those products may have worked in the past, head lice have become stronger and resilient to over the counter. There are specifically formulated natural products for head lice removal.

Combing out the nits to kill head lice

Once we have the product we need to know that it’s objective is to kill alive head lice, not their nits (lice eggs). The only solution for the nits is combing, over and over again. The best strategy to follow is to section the hair is six parts and comb each section separating in different layers from bottom to top. This can take 1-2hrs with medium to long hair.

Lice Cycle

Once we have applied product and combed out, we need to familiarize ourselves with the lice cycle. Eggs that are newly laid will hatch in 7-10days and become nymphs -baby lice-. After 7-10 days those nymphs will become adults who will mate and lay more eggs. Knowing this, it’ important we keep combing to eliminate eggs that are left behind on our first comb through. In addition, we repeat the application of the product after ten days to ensure any nymphs die in the process.

Head Lice Life Cycle

Head Lice Life Cycle – Kill Head Lice

Being careful, mindful and thorough is the key to success. At LCA San Diego we have the products that will help you kill head lice: products to kill them, aid you in the comb out process, lice combs and preventative products. All in one stop at one of our shops conveniently located in Clairemont or Encinitas. Stop by and we’ll help you find what works best for you.

You can always count on our professional lice removal services if the process becomes too overwhelming or time consuming. We offer a one hour treatment using our medical device – FDA cleared – that kills lice and nits through dehydration. Kill head lice in a easy and safe way! Find out more.

Prevention for Head Lice: braiding your child’s hair

A week ago we discovered our child had head lice! After trying over the counter without much success we went to a professional lice removal service. Now that is gone, we are trying our best on prevention for head lice. Our kids don’t always want to wear their hair up so we’ve had to improve on our hair style techniques!

Prevention for Head Lice: Tips for braiding and other hair styles.


Youtube has an immense number of videos that tutor you on how to braid. For my youngest children, I learned how to do the Elsa braid. For my oldest which is always playing spots a regular french braid. But I also learned how to do a fishtail braid for more elegant days :-). Braids are great to tuck the hair in and increases your changes of head lice staying away.

Elsa Braid to Prevent Head Lice

Elsa Braid to Prevent Head Lice

If you are good at it, you can also start doing side braids that end in a pony tale. Start the braid on both sides of the hair, meet at the middle back and tie it up! If you feel even more fancy, you can always start the braids on both sides and finish at the end on a bun.


Side Bride Pony Tail to Prevent Head Lice


Other Hair Styles

Have you thought about buns? If you make a tall pony tale and make a bun, head lice would probably find it hard to move from another head to your child’s one. I always have a cute hair tie or ribbon to make it more fun. You can also make the pony tale, braid it and then make a bun – the ultimate barrier to head lice 🙂

You can also try to do a bun-braid and make it super fun for your kids, you will only need bobby pins and hair ties.

bun ideas

Bun with Bow – Prevent Head Lice



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