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Head Lice Facts
Head lice are a common problem throughout the World. They are highly contagious and are easily picked up on contact with others that are infested or their personal belongings.
- Are small, flat insects about 2-3mm long (the size of a sesame seed)
- Live on the human scalp
- Breed all year round
- Are normally grey/brown in colour
- Cannot jump, fly or swim
- Do not carry disease
- Remain on the head after swimming or showering
What To Look For
For school age children check for head lice once a week. You will not need to do this if you are using Nit-Enz Organic Shampoo twice a week, as recommended.
Check the whole scalp for insects and their eggs, especially:
- Around the hair line and at the back of the neck
- Behind the ears
- On the crown of the head
Scratch marks or a rash can be a sign that head lice are present. Head lice may cause itching, but do not usually cause disease. Not all children complain of an itchy head. Occasionally scalp infections requiring treatment may develop.
Female lice lay about 7 – 10 eggs each night, close to the scalp. Eggs are glued firmly onto the hair shaft, no more than 1cm from the scalp. They are normally a grey/brown colour and are difficult to see (prior to shampooing with Nit-Enz). Eggs hatch every 7 – 10 days and a louse can live for 40 days.
Nit-Enz Organic Shampoo is created from a combination of pine extracts, water and citronella. Nit-Enz shampoo is completely non-toxic, the turpinols in the pine extracts effect head lice and their eggs on contact. If the shampoo is not touching them it will not effect them, so thorough coverage of the scalp is imperative.
Nit-Enz Head Lice Repellent Hair Gel is created from a combination of pine extracts, citronella, honey, water and aloe vera. These are the same ingredients as our repellent hair spray, but with more cellulous added to create thicker texture. Nit-Enz Repellent Hair Gel is applied wet and dries stiff, boys can spike their hair up with it or girls can apply it to their hair as they put their hair up into a pony tail, keeping their hair away from their face for the day.
Nit-Enz Head Lice Repellent Hair Spray is created from a combination of pine extracts, citronella, honey, water and aloe vera. Nit-Enz Repellent Hair Spray is completely organic and dries stiff for added protection during the day. The citronella and pine extracts are the active ingredients which combine to produce a pleasant lemonade scent.