|Getting Rid of Lice Index|
- Info about Combs, Lotions, Liquids, Shampoos, Insecticides and Medication
- Facts and Information about different types of louse
- Prevention, Control, Treatment, Remedies and Medication for Dogs, Cats, Poultry and Humans
- Infestation in your home? Get rid of them fast!
- Pictures, Treatments, Facts and Info about their Life Cycle and how they infect us!
Shampoo for Head Lice
There are many different types of shampoo for getting rid of lice and some of them may be more appropriate than others. Before a lice shampoo is used, you should be 100% confident that you (or your children) definitely have lice. If there are no live eggs or lice spotted on the head then you should monitor the situation closely - but this should mean that you do not have a lice infestation. For more information visit our how to tell if you have lice page. With most types of shampoo for lice, it is still recommended that you use a nit comb as the lice will still need extracting from the hair, as will any dead eggs. Below we detail some of the shampoo options and the ingredients used.
Best Shampoo for Lice
You will be able to buy shampoo for lice with natural ingredients in and also those that contain insecticides. As lice can become resistant to certain insecticides, it is recommended that a non-insecticide shampoo is used first. If you visit your local doctor or GP for advice they may recommend a certain type of shampoo that is proven to work on lice outbreaks in your area. Shampoo for lice with insecticides is not commonly appropriate for use on young children or with women who are breast feeding or pregnant. If you are buying a treatment shampoo over the counter ensure that you are familiar with the ingredients and any harm they could cause. Some types of shampoo may cause more skin irritation, affect those who suffer from eczema or asthma and be flammable.
Natural Shampoo for Lice
Some of the popular non-insecticide shampoo products include Dimethicone (a non irritating silicon oil said to eliminate eggs, adult lice and nits) which makes the hair slippery (e.g. Full Mark's, LiceMD). Other shampoo for lice may include natural ingredients such as citronella, ginger, rosemary, lavender, chamomile, tea tree, lemongrass, peppermint oil, thyme, pennyroyal, sage and eucalyptus. How effective and successful these types of shampoo may be will differ per situation however a lot of people would rather opt to go down the 'natural' route before covering their head in insecticides. Using a natural shampoo will also not limit the amount of times you use it. No matter which shampoo you choose, you will still need to use a nit comb to get the lice out of the hair.