It is embarrassing when people spot lice on your head or when you have to scratch your head in public because of it. Many people think poor hygiene and an unclean environment are the causes of head lice, but that is not always the case.
Head lice are tiny wingless insects, that are light brown or grey in colour and present on the hair, and sometimes they can infect eyelashes, eyebrows and pubic hair. Head lice can affect anyone, both adults and children. Head lice don’t carry/spread bacterial or viral infections, and pets don’t spread head lice either. Head lice usually crawl and are transferred from one person’s hair to another. It can be transferred through sharing of brushes, combs, headphones, hair accessories, hats, pillows, scarves, clothing and towels.
As vegans, we really do not want to cause harm and should only use these methods if all fails.
You can use lubricants such as olive oil, coconut oil or Vaseline to get rid of lice on the head. Any of these lubricants can be applied on the scalp and hair, covered with a shower cap, and left overnight. Comb off lice in the morning and wash off.
This can be repeated every three to four days for a few weeks till there are no more lice found.
Blend onions without water and apply it on your scalp, leave It in for 4 hours, wearing a shower cap. Remember to comb out lice with a comb, removing the nits.
Wash hair thoroughly with water and repeat the process twice after a week for better results.
Coconut Oil and Apple Cider Vinegar
Combine apple cider vinegar with one table spoon of coconut oil and apply it on your hair. Leave it in for one hour while wearing a shower cap. Wash your hair with water and comb out lice while your hair is still wet.
Lime Juice and Garlic
Make a paste by blending lime juice with 9-10 cloves of garlic and apply lavishly onto your scalp and leave it in for 25-30 minutes, while wearing a shower cap. Comb out lice and wash hair with warm water.
- Always keep your household clean. Wash clothes, toys, beddings, floors, hair accessories and other household equipment thoroughly in soapy water before use. Do not share personal items with anyone.