If removing lice is at the top of your to-do list, trust me when I tell you that I can feel empathy. I’ve had more lice removal episodes than my share, but experience has given me a bit of an advantage when it comes to tackling this issue thoroughly. If you have seen your children complain of itchy heads, it is very likely that they have contracted lice at school, church, or other social settings with children. The main goal, after making sure they are lice, is to find the best method of removing lice.
While a number of “bugs” can end up in your hair, few things actually choose to stay there like lice do. If you notice that the head is populated with tiny critters that are almost the size of a sesame seed and appear to be a light tan color, then it is likely lice. Nits can be more difficult to detect or identify, as they do not move like lice. The eggshells of hatched lice are usually white in color and can be mistaken for other objects.
So, here are some tips to tell nits apart from anything else, which is the first important step in removing lice. From what you know, you could be looking at dandruff. It turns out that dandruff will separate from the hair quite easily. Therefore, if the brush is easily removed, it is likely dandruff. If the objects do not separate easily from the hair, it is probably a nit. This is especially true if you look closely and notice that the color is light tan.
Here are some general lice removal tips that can ensure better eradication of these creatures. One of the first things most people will do is use a medicated shampoo. After the shampoo, which is designed to kill the lice, the actual removal of the lice begins. You can work through small sections of wet hair with a fine-tooth lice comb to remove the now-dead lice from the hair. My personal advice is to clean the comb after each stroke. It will take longer and seem like the proverbial never-ending task, but otherwise it may re-deposit the lice you just removed on some sections of your hair. Another thing to keep in mind is that shampoo doesn’t always kill nits. So be prepared that these can hatch later if they are not removed.
For this reason, and others, some people choose to use tweezers as their preferred method of removing lice. To do this thoroughly, you really want to take the same approach as when using a lice comb. Take smaller sections of hair and gradually work through them. Consider how things will be different, depending on whether or not you’ve used a lice shampoo. If the lice are dead, that’s one thing. However, if you are going to remove lice that are still alive, you need to make sure you have an effective way to remove them once you remove them from your hair. Some people will just have a small alcohol dish that they can put them in. Others have used a piece of masking tape to stick them together. If you go this route, it’s best to be safe by putting the tape in an airtight bag when you’re done, just in case.