|Getting Rid of Lice Index|
- Shampooing Lice - Detection with the best Methods and Treatment
- Info about Combs, Lotions, Liquids, Insecticides and Medication
- Facts and Information about different types of Louse Shampoo
- Prevention, Control, Treatment, Remedies and Medication for Dogs, Cats, Poultry and Humans
- Infestation in your home? Get your products here
- Pictures, Treatments, Facts and Info about their Life Cycle and how they infect us!
Head Lice Shampoos
There are lots of different lice shampoos available and some may be more suitable than others. Prior to using lice shampoos, it is recommended that you are 100% certain that you or your children definitely are infected. If you are unable to find live eggs (that still hold an embryo) or live adult lice moving around then you should continue to perform regular checks but know that this is confirmation that you do not have an infestation. There may have been lice there but it is possible they have died or have been removed naturally. If you need more information on the head louse, please refer to our Head Lice page. Lice shampoos differ in strength and may not be appropriate for use on young children or those who have open wounds/severe skin irritation.
Shampoos for Lice
Some lice shampoos are made with natural ingredients (such as plant extracts or oils) and others with insecticides and chemicals. The severity of the infestation will determine which of the lice shampoos are most suitable, however it is suggested that a non-insecticide version is tried before opting for the assistance of strong chemicals. As lice can become resistant (build up immunity) to certain chemicals try to target them first with one of the milder and more natural shampoos. Young children and women who are pregnant or breast-feeding are not advised to use insecticides, unless specifically directed to by a doctor. Always exercise caution when it comes to using harsh chemicals in your hair, as some may potentially experience allergic reactions (those with asthma, eczema or dermatitis).
Natural Lice Shampoos
Extra strength dandruff shampoos are said to be effective on certain people (confirmed on various lice forums), however there are also the options of buying over the counter products or making lice shampoos at home using essential oils. Shampoos which include Dimethicone are popular choices to help get rid of lice. Dimethicone is silicon oil that has the ability to target and kill eggs/nits and adult lice, whilst not irritating the skin. Examples include LiceMD and Full Mark's. Alternatively, there are many other ingredients that are said to be helpful, such as coconut oil, tea tree, eucalyptus, citronella, rosemary, lavender, chamomile, lemongrass, peppermint oil and pennyroyal. A benefit of using natural shampoos is that you're not limited to a certain number of applications (as you are with insecticides), however the effectiveness of each one may differ per person. Should these shampoos cause irritation - stop using them.