Do you know that salt can eliminate the lice in your hair? Do you know that most people that keep large volume of hair can harbor hair lice without knowing it? do you know that lack of hair care can promote the growth of Hair lice? Do you know that hair lice can be transferred to someone else? do you know that excessive hair lice on your head could become a source of distraction and discomfort? I think this post can provide answer to all these questions.
If you don’t know what head/hair lice is that is not a problem because you are not alone and possibly someone like you out there don’t know it as well. In a simple term, Head lice or Hair lice are tiny wingless insects that lives and bleeds in the hair of humans and animals. These tiny insects are parasitic because they feed on the blood they suck directly from your hair.
Ordinarily you may not be able to see them with your naked eye because of their size but if you look closely on a white piece of paper while combing your hair you may luckily be able to see the big ones among them. The easiest way of knowing if you have it is to comb your hair towards the surface of a white paper and then look closely on the paper with a magnifying glass. If you have strong eyes you may see few of them without a magnifying glass.
If you must conduct this check use comb that has narrow space and ensure you comb the hair very well while facing downward toward the piece of white paper and stay outdoor where you have good illumination.
HOW CAN SOMEONE CONTRACT HEAD LICE?
This question is very important as some experts would say ‘prevention is better than cure’. According to Healthline website, it stated that up to 12 million headlice infections take place in the U.S. alone. If you multiply this figure to the rest of the world it means Headlice infection is a common and easily occurring infection.
Ordinarily, no one is born with head lice on their head it occurs by infection from someone who has it. Head lice can infect anyone whether baby, adult or old parents. But knowing whether you have it is more important than seeking for the number of people it has infected.
From hair Dressing salon with poor hair care handling
Sharing of hair comb, hair brushes, etc.
Sharing of head cap or head ties
Sleeping the same pillow or using the same pillow with someone with hair lice
Direct head-to-head contacts
At the early stage of your hair lice infection it may not be noticeable because it may just be few that find their way into your hair. The female adult lice usually lay eggs known as nit multiple times every 24hours and the eggs sticks on your hair lice glue making it difficult to leave your hair even if you comb your hair thoroughly. The strong glue of the nits to your hair is made possible due to the secretion fluid from the female lice that laid the eggs. This implies that an early hair lice infection may not be noticed easily.
If the whole thing is left untouched within a month the victim will definitely know that something is wrong. Little signs such as :
Scratching of hair
Itching on the root of your hairs
Movement sensation in your hair
And lot more.
HOW TO FIGHT AGAINST HAIR LICE
Health line noted that swimming in salty water could suffocate lice in the hair and kill them.
Applying Epsom salt on the hair will dehydrate the lice in the hair and cause them to die.
Though not proven yet, Healthline also started that common salt highly concentrated with water can frustrate the lice and cause some to die.
The hazard associated with using the salts to kill the hair lice is possible contact with the eyes which is usually painful. It is very important you close your eyes while doing it.
The use of nit comb to repeatedly comb out the hair lice until you cannot see any sign of it is another strategy.
Applying oil on your hair could make the nit and the hair lice to lose grip on your hair any little touch on your hair could make them fall off.
HEAD/HAIR CARE TIPS
If you are a man barbing low-cuts and brushing your hair regularly can eliminate the presence of hair lice
Women should use hair blower regularly and comb the hair while doing
Using good hair dressing saloon can help to eliminate existing hair lice and prevent further infection