*sobs frantically*

I don't know what to do anymore to protect my head from lice!!! Every now and again somebody comes to the house to visit my sister, specially her boyfriend's family, because she had a baby recently. It turns out - coincidentally? - that I end up with an itchy head and then while raking my head with a fine-tooth comb I find lice and "filled" eggs or whatever you call them. I've mentioned this to my sister already, and I asked her to please warn these people about this issue - my sister is a like a lice magnet as well! - but she refuses to do anything about it! She can even use the comb with dry hair on herself since she's got straight hair, and as every curly girl knows, we can't brush/comb through our hair while dry so it's a whooooole different routine when I need to "de-lice". Besides, she knows damn well how hard it is for me to get rid of these parasites and how much it damages my scalp and hair At the moment I have a million "baby hairs" due to breakage from combing it over and over again. I honestly don't know what else to do to protect my curls from this. I know the only effective "treatment" is the comb because you remove the bug and the egg with the same method - I do it either in the shower with loads of condicioner on or ask my mother to do it and she adds a bit of lukewarm vinager cause it helps loosening the eggs. Is there aaaanything I can do to prevent the breakage? It's ruining my curl pattern and my second-hair day doesn't even make it to the second-hair night!
I'm sorry this is such a disgusting topic!I just needed to vent because I feel so frustrated about this whole thing! In the end it's all
about respecting others and caring for them as well, and I feel my sister is doing neither.
Well...venting done...maybe someone can give me some advice on how to " reconstruct" my hair? Please, I need help!
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It's a fact of nature that parasites prefer to invade "weak" hosts. Some people seem to be an easier target and maybe it's something in your body's chemistry that's making you particularly appealing to those bugs.

In beauty school they told us people with oilier scalps usually seem to be more attractive to lice but I don't know statistically if that is true or not. Maybe you should do some searches and read up on lice infestation to see if there's any common denominators, perhaps there are some changes in your diet and/or lifestyle habits that could help eliminate or minimize whatever it is making you and your sister "lice magnets".

There are essential oils that repel pests but, unfortunately, I don't have time right now to look this up for you but maybe tonight when I return online I could find you the info. Off the top of my head I believe eucalyptus, lavender peppermint, cedarwood and citronella are among those. Perhaps if you wash and condition with products that contain e.o. and routinely used a water spray that contains a couple of them you may repel the pests and they may want to leave you alone.
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I'm not clear on all aspects of this problem. Do people keep re-infecting your sister or her baby with lice, and they spread to you? Or does she and/or the baby have an ongoing problem that she's not doing anything about?

Lice can't jump or fly, so they are spreading through head-to-head contact, or are being transferred on blankets, brushes, bed linens, etc. If you can avoid contacting things that have contacted the infected head, you shouldn't keep getting the lice.

This website may be helpful.

http://www.kidshealth.org/parent/inf...mmon/lice.html
Ok, I checked my beautybile (Beauty by Rona Berg).
Wash your hair with tea tree oil-lice hate the smell
(maybe mix a drop or to into a stylingproduct)

To prevent :spritz hair with a mixture of lavender & water
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Fairy Tales makes products for this that may not be so harsh. I think there was an article on this site a few months ago about head lice and Curl Mart carries the Fairy Tales product line.

I like the Fairy Tales moisturizing gel! But I haven't tried any of the other products.
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I'm gonna second that tea tree thing. Add some tea tree to your CO or shampoo. Lice are also more attracted to clean hair. It makes it easier to grip the hair shaft. Whenever my daughter has had lice, we use real mayonnaise. Coat your hair with it and wrap up in plastic wrap for a few hours. The mayo smothers the live lice and loosens the bond that the nits have on your hair. It also makes it easier to get that little comb through the hair. BONUS: It's a great deep conditioning treatment.
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Thanks for your replies.
HalfWavyHalfCurly, I'll look it up online and see if I can find aaaanything. Thanks for the tips!
SuZen, the problem is that my sister's sister-in-law is a 10-year old girl and I believe she's got lice on her head because every time she's been here, I've ended up having lice. Lice pass from one head to another, which means that when you kiss hello, you are in contact. Unfortunatelly not kissing hello would be rude over here in Argentina, so I can't really do that. My sister's always had problems with lice, something in her blood seems to attract them whereas me, this is new because growing up I never had lice ever. I've repeatedly asked my sister to use the comb to get rid of the lice, but she doesn't seem to care that she's passing them onto me, which is infuriating because it's not my fault that she doesn't care about her health and/or hair.

Again, thanks a lot for the tips, I'll see what I can get...maybe I can get some of those oils you mention on health food stores. I don't know how much "availability" is there on the market here.
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I guess I would not mind being rude to prevent getting head lice...

So nobody is getting rid of the lice on the 10-year-old? And your sister doesn't care if she has them? Yikes.

Well, if I were in your situation I would follow all the instructions to keep from getting them from your sister, like washing the bedding in hot water and all. But it is hard if you have someone in the household with ongoing lice problems, they sure spread easily.

Move out???
that's just terrible, I dont even know what to say.

I also heard that Extra virgin Olive oil can smother the lice too, just one more thing that might help and you can get conditioned hair from it as well.
OK, this makes more sense now: your SIL is a child, and you're not in the US. I've never heard of this problem affecting adults, and here in the US, & Europe as well I believe, children are immediately sent home from school and not allowed back until the lice have been treated. Otherwise it speads like wildfire. Wow. I would be washing anything she touches: pillowcases, blankets, towels in hot water & disinfectant. And perhaps insisting she uses a lice product before she visits your home. That really is disgusting.
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Here's another site for you with info about using essential oils: http://www.haelan.co.uk/print-Head_lice.htm

In this one http://www.springerlink.com/content/w8m6500746w5x5kw/ a study describes how citronella and rosemary oils (aceite de romero) were found to have a longer lasting repellent effect than Deet, the standard ingredient to treat lice.

That child who is infested with lice could develop bacterial skin diseases from scratching. Unless she AND her entire household, clothes, bedlinens, etc. get treated she will continue to spread these parasites everywhere she goes, which I think is way more rude than you not touching her. I myself would talk to her parents and ask them to please not bring her around until she is completely free of it. But I frankly cannot understand your sister's attitude, didn't you say she just had a baby? If so, doesn't she care that her baby will get this plague???
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Don't despair- help is on the way!

My children had the worst case of head lice two years ago- the worst. None of the chemicals would work, shaving their heads didn't seem to work, I was practically ready to move to see if that would work! But then we realized that the headlice weren't coming from our home- but when the kids went to visit their dad's home every weekend. He claimed he was doing everything, but we always noticed a pattern of reinfestation.

So, after too many tears, I decided to go heavy duty. I found a product the miliatary uses- non-chemical called LIce-x. It works wonders- wonders-wonders!!! The beauty of this product is that you put in a tea tree oil/witch hazel and something else mixture in your hair for an hour- it basically smothers everything in sight. You wash that out and then spray over the next 48 hours the same type of treatment that will make your hair oily and will make you smell like licorice. (Annoying side effect.) And that is it- no combing, the nits (eggs) fall out naturally after they die because this mixture loosens the glue that holds them to the shaft. The already living suckers die too!

This works, works, works and I know I sound like an infomercial- but you have no idea how desperate I was. My life has been lice free since then. Thank God!!!!!

Anyway- it is expensive stuff and I stocked up. But I've been without the suckers for 2 years now, so I don't need it anyore. I am am willing to send it to you without cost- I have a completely unopened pack of step 1 the head oil for an hour and step 2 the spray bottle that you spray on your hair for the next 48 hours. You can also use the spray when you think you will be coming in close contact with someone who has lice- meaning they will stay on someone else not you.

If you want, send me your address by private email, and I'll be happy to ship this to you. You can also read more by searching lice-x or lice-rx on line.
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aishascurl, I just wanted to mention that you're a very kind person to make that offer; I hope she takes you up on it.
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Nothing really to add, other than that it is really sad that your sister doesn't care about ridding her child of lice. . .

I've never heard of this problem affecting adults
I got lice one time when I was 18. Was interning at a daycare and a girl came in with lice, though no one knew about it. They had some toy "cleaning" brushes that the kids used as hair brushes instead, and well. . . I took it as a compliment that I kept my scalp clean, but ridded myself of the little bugs as soon as I could I think I just used an over the counter treatement though.
Nothing really to add, other than that it is really sad that your sister doesn't care about ridding her child of lice. . .

I've never heard of this problem affecting adults
I got lice one time when I was 18. Was interning at a daycare and a girl came in with lice, though no one knew about it. They had some toy "cleaning" brushes that the kids used as hair brushes instead, and well. . . I took it as a compliment that I kept my scalp clean, but ridded myself of the little bugs as soon as I could I think I just used an over the counter treatement though.
Originally Posted by Gilraen Took
Yep, I can agree that pre-K, daycare, and childcare providers are prime targets for lice. We keep a very close eye out at work, but with the kids that hug you and the time you spend on the floor with them (them climbing into your lap, leaning on you, etc.), it would be fairly easy for an adult to get the little buggers in their hair (if they haven't been spotted on the child yet - in that case, they're sent home immediately). Hasn't happened to me ... the only time I've had lice was when I was six, and got them from someone in my class at school.
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OK, this makes more sense now: your SIL is a child, and you're not in the US. I've never heard of this problem affecting adults, and here in the US, & Europe as well I believe, children are immediately sent home from school and not allowed back until the lice have been treated. Otherwise it speads like wildfire. Wow. I would be washing anything she touches: pillowcases, blankets, towels in hot water & disinfectant. And perhaps insisting she uses a lice product before she visits your home. That really isdisgusting.
Originally Posted by CelticCurls
Yeah, they do the same thing over here, they send kids back home. At the moment kids are on summer holidays here, so they are off schools, they go to playgrounds, they play in sandboxes and go to swimming pools so they have a higher chance of getting the bugs.
There's also the fact that sometimes parents don't seem to realise their kids have lice - I remember my sister when she was little...she'd hardly ever scratch her head, so it was really hard for my mom to find out she had lice! - there's also those parents who don't really care, so they have their kids covered with lice, and maybe you are super careful about your own kids, but then they bump into the bugged ones at birthday parties, in the park or wherever, and then your kids get infected too!


Anyway- it is expensive stuff and I stocked up. But I've been without the suckers for 2 years now, so I don't need it anyore. I am am willing to send it to you without cost- I have a completely unopened pack of step 1 the head oil for an hour and step 2 the spray bottle that you spray on your hair for the next 48 hours. You can also use the spray when you think you will be coming in close contact with someone who has lice- meaning they will stay on someone else not you.

If you want, send me your address by private email, and I'll be happy to ship this to you. You can also read more by searching lice-x or lice-rx on line.
Originally Posted by aishascurl
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR OFFER, AISHACURL!!! You are so kind!!! But I wouldn't really be able to take it. I live too far from you and it would cost you a fortune! I do appreciate you offering, it was a really generous gesture.

I'm sticking to my conditioner+warm vinegar+fine-tooth comb method for now. I don't trust products over here, I think they are a scam, to be honest. The vinegar loosens the eggs so it makes it easier to remove them. It's the method I've used the couple of times I got lice.

As for my sister...she's just inexperienced and she's really not "that" aware of others. She's the youngest of four, so she thinks she's the centre of the universe or something and that she can get away with aaaaanything! I've asked her to please use the comb on herself because if I got the lice off that kid, then she probably has them too, you know, with her always being so prone to getting lice. But she says she combs her hair while in the shower and that nothing comes out. What can I say? I can't bring the Spanish Inquisition on her, can I? She's old enough to be responsible for herself, I can't keep telling her what to do. I've asked her already, and next time her sister-in-law comes by, I'll just wrap a scarf around my head, and if it's too obvious, tough!

Thank you all for your replies and advice! I will look into those oils to keep the lice off my hair, the comb is really damaging it, and it would be ideal just to keep them off in the first place! Thanks loads, girls!
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