How to get rid of head lice permanently is a dilemma I encountered when my daughter and I got head lice.
When my kid first came home from school with a letter stating she had lice, I was shocked and horrified. And then, I caught lice from my kid. No one in my family had ever had lice and we’re Black. My first thought was how did this happen – Black people don’t get lice. It’s both true and untrue. We’ll come back to this point later.
What is Lice
Head lice (pediculus humanus capitis) is a wingless parasite that lives on the human scalp, feeding off of human blood. They can not live more than a day without being attached to the host. They crawl and spread from one person to another through the sharing of hats, towels, combs and through head to head contact. The female louse lays 3-5 eggs a day called nits.
The most common treatment used in the riddance of head lice are over the counter concoctions. They contain harsh ingredients and head lice have become immune to what is on the market. There is a strong prescription available, but it also contains harsh ingredients. None of these can be used on very young children nor get rid of life permanently
What did not work
After two rounds of using over the counter box concoction and long bouts of nitpicking. we still had lice. It didn’t work. We then tried all the natural “cures” that folks were telling us about – olive oil, coconut oil, tea tree oil — none worked.
What did work
After thinking hard about the ½ myth that Black people didn’t get lice, I realized why. Black people use to always used heavy hair grease. With the rise of the “natural hair movement the use of hair grease had gone out of style. I had stopped using hair grease also opting for more “natural.”
I rushed to the nearest Walmart and bought a large jar of Grease. The tried and true of Black Haircare of a bygone era (now making a comeback). I believed that I discovered how to get rid of head lice permanently.
How I did it
Blue Magic Hair Grease had always been a staple of black hair care in the past. I parted the hair in four quarters and then took each quarter starting in the back and greased both the scalp and length of hair with a generous amount of grease. I put each quarter in braids.
At the 1 week mark, I rebraided with more grease. At the 2 week mark, I would wash the hair thoroughly and repeat the process. For another two weeks. All seemed great after that, but I did it again the next month and all was clear.
It has been 9 years and we haven’t had an issue with lice since then even with lice breakouts in school as I knew to keep a bit a grease in my daughter’s hair as she went to school.
Disclaimer: No medical or guaranteed to work claims are being made. This is a narrative of how I got rid of lice.
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