Step 1: Saturate the hair and scalp with Listerine (the original amber colored one.You don't want sugar in your hair.)Cover with a disposable shower cap, and let sit for hours. Step 2: Douse the hair/scalp with vinegar. This will help loosen the nits. Step 4: Run conditioner through the hair to facilitate combing.(I was told to use coconut conditioner.We bought the Suave coconut.The girls loved it, and it's cheap.Double bonus.) Step 5: The comb out!You'll need a lice comb, and you'll want a metal one with very small tines.I couldn't find metal at CVS, only at Walgreens.They sell this comb two pack, but the larger one is useless. I also recommend white paper towels and hair clips to section the hair. Comb out, step A: Section the hair. Comb out, step B: Comb through that section of hair in very small sections, wiping the comb on the paper towel after each stroke.Those spots you see, those are the nits.Make sure to always keep the same side of the comb up and to go at a 45 degree angles.I threw each paper in a plastic grocery bag.I used the ones with the small sheets, and that worked well. Comb out, step C: Using a wooden skewer or similar, carefully examine each strand of hair and manually remove any nit you can see. Comb out, step D: Repeat step B. Comb out, step E: Continue repeatedly combing around the head until you can get a completely clean paper towel. Throw out the bag of paper towels outside. However much time you think this will take, triple it. My daughter's hair is thick.It took 2.5 hours. Step 6: Saturate the hair/scalp in olive oil.Cover in a shower cap and leave on overnight.This will suffocate the lice you missed. (Yes, you missed some.) Step 7: In the morning, repeat the whole comb out.Expect it to take as long as it did the night before.Be prepared to wonder where in the *bleep* all the *bleeping* nits came from after you worked so hard the night before. Step 8: Wash hair and put up. Repeat the comb out with conditioner at least daily.Repeat the whole procedure every 2-3 days.Change the sheets and pillow cases daily and tumble dry the pillows on high between each changing. We did everything outside.It's easier to see in sunlight, and it's less gross.We are fortunate to own an iPad, so I had my daughter watch Netflix to keep her happier.(Yes, for those keeping track, that is 5 hours of Netflix!)We did the entire procedure on the whole family, despite the rest of us seeming to be lice free.In fact, we never found any nits on the rest of us, but we'll do the repeats on us as well.It's just so easy to spread within a family. Better to get out ahead of it. We purchased a steam cleaning to clean the beds, rugs, couch, chairs, carpets, etc. Before the above, we tried NIX and the Cetaphil treatment (http://www.nuvoforheadlice.com/Nuvo%20method.htm).I think the Cetaphil treatment was unsuccessful because I didn't realize how to completely comb out.They may say you don't need to, but I disagree.I'm hoping that we don't need to repeat the Cetaphil as well because this is already really involved.
And, of course, you can also hire a professional "Nit Picker"
but it can be quite expensive and you still have to clean
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