Pros: Works effectively and efficiently the first time every time
Cons: Pricey, difficult to find in stores!
What do all of the following things have in common?
Being a Sunday school teacher.
Living in a condominium complex filled with children.
Baby-sitting in military housing.
Sleepovers with children sharing beds, blankets, pillows, brushes, combs, and germs.
Camping in tents and trails.
If you guessed that they all leave you susceptible to head lice, then you guessed correctly. Over the years, I cannot count the number of times that I have had head lice. And we are not talking a few little bugs, a few little eggs, or a simple one wash and they are gone problem, we are talking actual head lice, the kind that make your scalp itch, leave your scalp covered in bites, and leave your combs and brushes covered in crawling, live lice. I would first like for you to erase every stereotype about head lice that you have in your head. Head lice, like most awful things in this world, does not discriminate based on age, gender, social status, race, or class. A poor child who hasnt shampooed their hair in months and a rich child who shampoos their hair every day with expensive shampoo are both equally susceptible to head lice. When your child gets head lice, you have a serious mess on your hands. There is no easy way out to rid your home of lice. There is no quick fix, to completely remove lice from your home, it is a process, and like all processes, it helps to have the right tools.
When it comes to finding the perfect lice shampoo, there was only one qualification that a head lice shampoo had to meet in our home. Number 1, it had to work. When I say that it had to work, I mean that it had to do what a lice shampoo was meant to do, which is to kill all living lice that are on the scalp and in the hair. So, what did we try? We tried Nix, we tried Clear, we tried Rid, we tried generic brands, we tried name brands, we tried sprays, we tried foams, we tried gels, we tried prescription strength products, we even tried cat and dog flea remover shampoos when all else failed. We tried the shower cap over night with the heavy duty lice shampoos on, we tried dousing the hair with cooking oil, we tried combing, we tried ridding the house of lice and then treating the hair, we tried putting everything in plastic, we tried washing all of the fabric items in the house, we tried washing the carpets and upholstery and furniture, we tried everything you could imagine from home remedies, to health store recommended remedies, to doctor recommended remedies. What we quickly found out is that the head lice kids are coming home with these days are completely immune to over the counter and prescription strength products, because they have built up immunity to them. What we found is that we had living lice, in the hair; no matter how closely we followed instructions. What we found was that the kids were getting the toxic effect of the harsh shampoos, and the head lice were having a party in it. None of the shampoos that we tried affected the head lice in any way, shape, or form.
I would like to start the review for Hair Clean 1-2-3 by saying that I hope you NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER have to treat anyone in your home for head lice. I would also like to mention that with children going back to school, its a good idea to get a box of Hair Clean 1-2-3 and keep it in your medicine cabinet just in case. It is not only a good idea, because when the outbreaks hit the local schools, every store sells out of every imaginable head lice shampoo, but its also a good idea, because you will want to have the comb that comes with Hair Clean 1-2-3 to check your childs hair on a semi routine basis, especially if your child attends a lot of sleepovers. In fact, if you have a child with long hair, I would highly recommend combing your childs hair with a lice comb every time he/she comes home from a sleepover. You can make this easier (when your child doesnt have lice, and you just want to comb their hair with the comb) using a detangling spray. The popular No More Tears formula by Johnson and Johnson works great, even in adults hair. Now, back to the product at hand, I am a firm believer that HairClean 1-2-3 is the ONLY lice treatment product on the market that works. Why? Because we have tried EVERYTHING else on the market that we could get our hands on, and nothing else was able to rid our home and our family of head lice before we discovered HairClean 1-2-3.
After the last big head lice outbreak, we searched and searched the internet for products that claimed to get rid of head lice. At the time, we were searching for a product that was free of pyrethrin and permethrin, because we knew that the head lice in our area had become resistant to those particular ingredients, which are found in the majority of over the counter and prescription lice treatments. We even tried harsh lindane treatments (prescription) to no avail. I found HairClean 1-2-3 online, read a little bit about it, we decided the cost was minimal enough to give it a whirl. At the time, I had long hair, and I have always had very thick, tangle prone hair. We set out to buy HairClean 1-2-3 at our local drug store, and came up empty. No grocery store, drug store, or pharmacy in town carried the product. We ordered a kit online which contained a family sized bottle of HairClean 1-2-3 and the HairClean lice comb. The kit included a 2 ounce bottle of HairClean 1-2-3 in a spray bottle, along with a lice comb. I feel that I must stop and say what a great lice comb the comb that is included with HairClean is, after breaking countless plastic lice combs that come with over the counter, name brand, harsh lice shampoos, we found that the HairClean comb glides thru the hair quickly and easily, and that it effectively removes lice and their nits. Unlike the harsh over the counter lice shampoos that are chemical based, HairClean 1-2-3 is all natural. The ingredient list is made up of well known, natural products, which include: Coconut oil, Anise oil, Ylang Ylang oil, and Isopropyl Alcohol. We tried shampoos that were from the health food store that were coconut oil based, and they were not effective against head lice anymore than over the counter chemical based treatments, but HairClean 1-2-3 did the trick.
HairClean 1-2-3 was easy to apply; it took a lot of spraying to get the job done, but once HairClean 1-2-3 was sprayed on my hair it combed fairly easily (which is a rare occurrence for my hair). To use HairClean 1-2-3 you spray it on the head, holding the bottle about 6 inches from your head, and squirt towards the scalp. The hair should be dry when you apply HairClean 1-2-3 as it makes the whole process easier. Once you have sprayed HairClean 1-2-3 on your head, you need to work it in. When you do this, it takes a few minutes and even longer if you have long or thick hair. Continue working it in until your hair is sparkling like it has glitter in it, and is slick to the touch. Leave HairClean 1-2-3 in your hair for 15 minutes; wash it out, using your favorite shampoo. Detangle your hair with your normal brush, and then comb thru every inch of your hair with the lice comb included in the HairClean 1-2-3 kit to remove dead lice and nits. Repeat the process five to seven days after the first treatment. As you comb your childs hair, have a bowl of HOT water with vinegar in it. Each time you comb thru a section of hair, dip the comb in the bowl to remove any loose nits, dead bugs, etc.
HairClean 1-2-3 does not have a chemical smell to it, because there are no chemicals in it. The smell they advertise as being a licorice smell. I guess I have never paid attention to the smell of licorice before. To me, the smell is very pleasing, compared to lindane, pyrethrin, and all of the other toxic chemicals that we had to use to try and get rid of head lice. The smell has a bit of a fresh, airy, clean, penny candy shop aroma to it. Its not something you would want to inhale, but it isnt harsh either. I had really long, thick hair at the time we treated my hair for head lice. One bottle of HairClean 1-2-3 was enough to do my hair the first time, the follow up application, and do my moms hair (which was short at the time). If you have hair longer than shoulder length, or extremely thick hair, you could easily use a full 2 ounce bottle yourself, between the first application and the follow up application. If you have very short hair, one bottle of HairClean 1-2-3 could probably treat your entire family. Treating your entire family brings up a very important point; when one member of your family has head lice, make sure every family member is checked and treated for head lice! It is extremely easy for family members, especially siblings sharing a room to pass these critters from person to person. HairClean 1-2-3 may seem like it is more expensive then other over the counter lice treatment products, and it might be harder to find (order online if all else fails), but it is absolutely the ONLY lice treatment product that I have found on the market that works efficiently, and consistently the first time every time. Your hair is easy to comb thru after using HairClean 1-2-3 and you dont have to worry about your child suffering brain damage or other long term effects from harsh chemical based shampoos that dont get the job done effectively anyway. We keep a HairClean 1-2-3 kit in the medicine cabinet at all times, always ready to treat the next unsuspecting case of head lice.
HairClean 1-2-3 works! It kills lice, it kills their nits, and all you have to do is carefully comb them out, without spreading them throughout your house, AND you must treat your house. When I say treat your house, I mean just that, treat your house. Buy a flea collar, cut it up into ? inch pieces, and put them inside of your vacuum cleaner canister or bag. Then, vacuum every inch of your carpet. The flea collar chunks will kill any lice that enter your vacuum cleaner alive. Rent or buy a carpet shampooer. Purchase some flea removal carpet shampoo (sold at pet stores and some grocery stores) and go over every inch of your carpet, all of your fabric furniture, your upholstery, and your draperies. Wash all bed linens, stuffed animals, clothing, pony tail holders, Scrunchies, brushes, combs, etc. For machine washable items, use the washer on hot water, and then allow them to run two drying cycles on high heat. For non machine washable items, such as large stuffed animals and pillows, put them in plastic bags, and leave them sealed for a period of 7 days. Then, open the bags (outdoors) shake the items off, and toss them into the dryer, to remove any loose, dead lice or nits. To wash stuffed animals in the washer, use the gentle cycle, and tumble dry them on low heat, you can wash them in a pillow case if you are worried about how they will turn out. Washing all of the clothes is an important step. We found out that lice were living on strands of hair, stuck to clothes in the closet, and that we would wash only the clothes we had currently come in contact with, and end up re-infected, you literally have to wash everything if you want to get rid of head lice. Dont forget about hats, scarves, jackets, and anything else that comes in contact with your head. For brushes and combs, soak them in boiling hot water with vinegar in it. Teach your child not to share brushes, combs, or other items with other children (especially hats). Always send your child to sleepovers with his or her own pillow, blanket, and sleeping bag, and encourage him/her not to share these items with other children. Teaching your child to be safe when sharing and educating yourself about what to look for, both when it comes to nits, and to live lice, will help safeguard you and your family from the miserable, time consuming problem of head lice.
As a person who works with children on a regular basis, HairClean is the ONLY lice treatment that I recommend to parents to get rid of the nasty problem of head lice.