Pros: Pesticide Free, Non-Toxic, Worked for my family (rinse with vinegar_and_water for additional effectiveness)
Cons: Be vigilant about any head lice treatment--if you're not careful, they will return.
This review examines a non-toxic head lice removal product, which I hope will help parents whose children have been afflicted with head lice. If your child has ever been plagued by this problem, you should find my experience and advice useful in attacking and solving the problem!
When Critters Attack...
Background: Remember the 10 Plagues? Well, I'm not old enough to remember them personally, but I know that Lice was one of them. Even back in the days of the pyramids, Egyptians and other Nile dwelling people were scratching their heads, wondering how to get rid of them!!
Lice are head-strong creatures, and they are no joke. If they colonize your child's scalp, declaring war on them involves your dear one's head in the process--so be careful of some of the remedies that are out there! Many of them, like RID, contain pesticides which you don't want on your child's scalp.
Immunity to Head Lice: If you're like me, or some of my friends, you might think your family is immune to head lice. Sadly, it's difficult to shield your children completely from acquiring head lice, mainly because the problem is nearly invisible until it reaches outbreak proportions. Head lice don't discriminate by class, color or religion. They will colonize your child's scalp if they have an opportunity--such as at school, at summer camp, at the beach, etc.
Jersey Shore Souvenir: During a lovely holiday at the Jersey shore this past summer, my niece seemed to have a minor problem with head lice, but she was treated with RID shampoo and all seemed to be well. What we didn't know was that a few critters had piggybacked onto my daughter's head and hitched a ride to Colorado with us. They laid low until about a week later, when the itching began to surface.
Diagnosing Head Lice: If you've never encountered head lice before, they are not easy to diagnose at first. I knew something was bothering my daughter's scalp, but my first examinations didn't reveal any bugs. What I learned to look for are the nits, which are tiny round white dots that are hatched eggs attached to the base of the hair shaft.
Once I made the diagnosis, I ran to the drugstore and bought RID shampoo and gel, which we used faithfully as the package directed. The nasty truth about head lice, however, is that they seem to disappear after treatment, only to recolonize about 10 days later. Our battle began again, and I searched for products without the chemical pesticide which RID contains.
LiceFreee! Product: Licefreee! is a clear gel with a pleasant, almost minty smell. It's easy to use the product. You apply a very generous amount to the child's dry hair and entire scalp, making sure to fully saturate the entire scalp. The active ingredient in Licefreee is Natrum muriaticum (Sodium Chloride, USP), a naturally occurring mineral. I'm no chemist, but I believe that's a form of salt!
After applying the gel to your child's scalp (approximately 4 ounces is needed), put the plastic cap from the box on her head and have her sit for at least an hour. Personally, I wanted to make doubly sure that the product was working, so I added an additional wrapping. I can only guess that the salt in the product and the lack of air is suffocating the critters.
Finally, after removing the wrapping, it's time to comb out the product from the scalp. This is tedious and painstaking, so have your child read a book or watch a video while you're combing out. Then, rinse her head completely when you're done. I took the extra precaution of rinsing with warm water and vinegar--the acid in the vinegar is supposed to help loosen nits and eggs from the scalp.
Repeat in 7-10 days: This step is essential. You'll need another 4-ounce bottle of product. Repeat the entire process--you need to get any additional critters who may have hatched after your initial treatment. Since the product is non-toxic, I felt no hesitation in repeating as many times as necessary.
LiceFreee! Metal Comb: The metal comb included in the LiceFreee! box is an essential tool to tackle the nits, eggs and bugs. I used this comb several times daily on my daughter's scalp to remove any critters or eggs from her hair. The comb has metal teeth spaced very closely together. I found the metal teeth were much more effective in grabbing the bottom of the hair shaft and removing nits than the plastic combs which came in the RID package. I'm sure metal combs are more expensive to manufacture than plastic ones, but for my money, they are worth the extra expense!
Additional Advice: For a problem which is rarely discussed in public, countless products, websites, chats and home remedies are offered freely or for sale on the internet. Stopping a head lice outbreak in a family is harder than you might think. Basically, sharing combs, brushes and clothes is forbidden. Also, while pesticide sprays for furniture are sold especially for head lice, I don't recommend them. Just keep vacuuming daily and don't rest your head on the furniture or pillows. Change all affected sheets and pillowcases daily, for at least a week during treatment.
No Pesticide Issues with Licefreee: The active ingredient in most lice treatment products are pesticides: permethrin, pyrethrin and lindane. There are some concerns that these pesticides may be toxic to humans, and there is also evidence that head lice have developed some immunity to them. I felt very uncomfortable using products containing pesticides on myself and my daughter, but the reality of critters on your head will make you eager to try almost anything to get rid of them.
Final Thoughts: If your child has been invaded by head lice, you may be feeling desperate to solve the problem. Although it can be difficult to remain calm, know that the problem can be solved but requires a lot of patience! Since Licefreee! worked for my family, with the addition of vinegar rinses, I recommend using the product at first sign of an outbreak.
Thanks for reading and I hope this review has been helpful.
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