Everyone can agree that head lice are an absolute nightmare, so ensuring you have the best head lice treatments and products is important.
Of all the pleasures involved in parenting, combing through your child's hair for signs of headlice or nits is not one on the list. Head lice are very common among toddlers and children and even though they are entirely harmless, they are quite frankly, pretty irritating.
Unfortunately, lice are very contagious and they spread really easily, so if your little one's infected, then it's best to keep them away from other people until they've been treated. "They spread by head-to-head human contact, climbing from the hair of an infected person to the hair of someone else" says Dr Lida Kourita, of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
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• Our favourite overall head lice treatments and products: Vamousse Treatment Mousse Head Lice
• Our favourite shampoo head lice treatments and products: Hedrin All In-One Shampoo
• Our favourite combs head lice treatments and products: Nitty Gritty Nit Comb
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Luckily, there are many ways you can eradicate them quickly and efficiently. We have put together a list of the best-rated head lice treatments, hair shampoos and combs so you can get rid of your little one's head lice pronto.
Best treatments and products
The best value head lice treatments and products
Containing both treatment and the nit comb, this five minutes Full Marks Solution comes with four
- Comb included
- Three simple steps to remove head lice
- Some mentioned hair needs a thorough rinse after use
The best head lice treatments and products exfoliator
This is not quite a nit comb, but the Tangle Teezer The Scalp Exfoliator and Massager works its
- Easy to grip
- Dual-purpose teeth
- More effective on wet hair
The best liquid gel head lice treatments and products
This Hedrin Once Liquid Gel should be spread thoroughly throughout the hair from root to tip in
- Fast acting
- Need to apply more of the product onto thicker hair
The best overall head lice treatments and products
Killing lice and eggs within 15 minutes, this non-toxic mousse is pesticide-free. The Vanmousse
- Proven to kill 100 per cent of lice and eggs in 15 minutes
- Has to be left on quite awhile compared to other treatments
The best shampoo head lice treatments and products
The Hedrin All-in-One shampoo kills head lice and eggs in just five minutes. You can apply during
- Quick treatment
- Suitable for adults and children
- Only four applications
The best spray head lice treatments and products
NitWits All-In-One Spray claims to effectively kill both lice and eggs in one easy to use spray.
- Comes with a comb
- Child friendly scent
- Has to be left on for 20 minutes
The best overall nit comb for children
This Nitty Gritty Nit Comb has micro-spiral grooves to remove any head lice and eggs on your
- Micro-spiral grooves
- Effectively removes head lice, nits and eggs
- Some found it less effective on dry hair
The best head lice treatments and products short pin comb
The Acu-Life Short Pin Comb works on all hair types, and glides through your childs wet hair to
- Effectively removes head lice, nits and unhatched eggs
- Easy to grip handle
- Some found the comb teeth a little short
The best head lice treatment: All you need to know
Can you prevent head lice?
Unfortunately, head lice are something that cannot be avoided. You can use preventative head lice shampoos to try to keep head lice away but that isn't always effective or keep your child's hair tied up or plaited as lice usually stick themselves to loose hair.
Be sure to wash all the pillows in the family regularly and clean the headrests and head towels frequently to avoid lice spreading - especially if you suspect a lice infestation.
You can be on guard for head lice by regularly combing every family member’s hair with a detection comb – this way you’ll be able to treat an infestation fast before it becomes quite the task.
How can you treat head lice?
Head lice shampoo: Normal shampoo will not remove head lice. In fact, when in water, head lice will stop moving and lock themselves onto the hair. A shampoo specifically made for treating head lice will help to treat the infestation.
Head lice comb: This is a very time consuming but effective method to get rid of lice. Start by separating your little one's hair into sections. Use a specially designed fine-toothed comb to remove all head lice and nits. You'll need to wash the hair first, comb through it when it is still wet, repeat the action through the same strand several times, and clean the comb after each stroke.
Head lice treatments: There are plenty of head lice treatments on the market that will eradicate your child's head lice. They come in sprays or mousse form and are highly effective.
Head lice home remedies: According to NHS advice on head lice and nits, herbal remedies and the use of tree and plant oils such as tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil and lavender oil aren't recommended to treat head lice and nits as they are not thought to be thoroughly effective. There are some natural remedies on the market that you can buy that have been reviewed and are effective.
Do I need to wash bedding if my child has lice?
As lice only live on human head, there is not benefit to washing bedding, as they can quickly dehydrate when they're not on the head. However, it is recommended to wash your little ones bedding set at least once every one to two weeks.
What is the difference between head lice and nits?
Head lice are tiny grey-brown insects that live in human hair. They are human parasites and need human blood to survive. On the other hand, Nits are the empty egg white eggshells from which the head lice hatch will hatch.
If you see nits in your child's hair, you will likely need to treat them for headlice. Nits are usually found behind the ears and at the back of the neck.
You may have heard that head louse like dirty hair; however, this is a total myth. 'In fact, a head lice infestation can affect all types of hair irrespective of its condition and length,' says Dr Lida Kourita.
About the expert
Dr Lida Kourita is a practitioner of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, who completed special training, contributing to paediatrics and child health.