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Anyone who is a parent of young kids is likely yo have experienced the dreaded signs of a nit infestation. I thought I might get away with not experiencing this joy that often being the mother of two boys, but for some reason, my youngest son is particularly attractive to the little blighters. Every time there is any about in his foundation unit, he has come home scratching. I try all I can to avoid it such as a special shampoo containing tea tree and neem oils, keeping his hair cut short at grade two/three, and a good part of my routine is combing through a couple of times a week to see if anything is there.
Something I was advised to buy even before I had my first child, was the nitty gritty comb. It seemed ideal to me. Recommended by someone who had lots of kids, designed by parents who had been dealing with this problem longer than me, I bought one from ebay while my first son was still in utero in a pre-emptive bid to avoid the problem. I paid around a fiver, and it is around £6-10 these days, so still similar priced.
I ordered my comb from ebay, and was quite smug waiting for the first time to use it knowing I would be fully prepared.
The comb is metalic, and looks slightly different to any other nit comb I have had the fortune to use. The teeth are a bit longer, the handle a bit bigger to make it more comfortable to use. There are rubber grips on the handle to stop it slipping with the oiliest of treatments, and the comb is very slightly curved to make it even easier to hold and use.
The prongs on mine seem to be divided up slightly into three sections. There are 11 prongs in each section, making 33 in total, and they are more than twice the length of other combs, at over an inch in length. If you look closely, each prong has a banded pattern down it which is a coil of fine wire wound round the prong.
One thing I can not dispute is that this comb is finely made. In 7 years of ownership, there has been no sign of corrosion, no bending of prongs, and no movement of the secondary coil around each prong. This looks just like when I bought it new.
In use, this comb is indeed comfortable to use. However, I have been mightily disappointed with this as a tool in dealing with a louse infestation. While it does indeed grab hold of larger lice rather easily catching them in the corkscrew coil, anything that is smaller just slips between the gaps in the comb. I find this even more exaggerated in boys short hair. It has slightly better results in my long hair, but it is not any better than the combs that have come with nit treatment that I have bought over the counter. In fact, in my childrens short cropped hair, I would say this comb has faired worse.
Its strength is that the long prongs go through my long hair easily, and they do remove the bigger lice, but I do not really rate this as a tool at all, and I could not recommend at all for boys hair. I think the length of hair must be an important factor as my friend who recommended it initially had girls with long hair, and I do find that this pulls less through my own hair, but it is not completely effective when it comes to dealing with getting rid of all the eggs and smaller lice that I find in a typical infestation.
After having had plenty of opportunity to test this one out, I don't rate it, or recommend it. At best, a pretty comb, comfortable to use, but nowhere near as good as people reckon it is.
Oh dear, it's that time of year again for us!! it's been a while!! The moment your child says 'I have itchy head' you think oh no please don't let it be that. You have a little check around the usual places; behind the ears, at the back of the head at the bottom and near the crown and hey presto you see eggs....
'eggs' I hear you say!! yes it's difficult to explain but the closest thing I can liken them to are tiny long thin seeds that you might plant in the garden! they are approximately 1mm long if you don't have good eye sight you'd need a magnifying glass. They often look like they have a little back dot in them (that's the actual baby lice growing!) if there is no back dot its the empty case. The little eggs are attached at the base of the hair right by the scalp then as the hair grows because it is stuck on it grows down with the hair so if you find them a cm away from the head you know they've been there a little while, I think they hatch around the 1.5cm to 2cm away but don't quote me on that.
They hatch - arghhh that's when these little nasties start their journey, it takes two weeks for them to build up enough substance to start laying their own eggs and once they do they're off so the secret is to catch it as early as possible. My first experience with eldest daughter was horrific, I could not believe that I had not spotted them, they were everywhere, her hair was infested at the time I had no idea what I was looking for though - we have thankfully never ever since got to that stage!
As anyone who has had any experience with these little nasties will know there is much debate as to what works and what doesnt, I'm afraid for me the dury is out on most products I just don't know, it seems very hit and miss. Some sting the childs hair and I often wonder what it's doing to them, I was in the process years ago of just going through myself day after day getting out eggs, which by the way when done by hand is done by getting the egg between your nails and sliding it to the end of the hair and collecting on a tissue to be put in the bin. I'm afraid it's the only way - no way you could pick one off! so I was moaning to my hair dresser about the little nasties and she recommended this Nitty Gritty comb.
== The Nitty Gritty Comb ==
It's a metal comb with prongs that have a little grove that twists around and down each prong. The idea is that the eggs get caught in the grove and because of the way it's designed they get dragged all the way down to the end of the comb.
The reason this is so good is that often nit combs would get the lice but not the eggs, particularly in thin hair which just slipped through the prongs.
The one thing to watch out for with this comb and any comb for that matter is not to let too much hair pass through in one go! it's kind of what you do when your in a rush because you just want to get the rotten job done! but it's not worth it, when too much hair goes through the groves aren't able to reach all the hairs and catch the eggs.
== cost & where to purchase ==
I purchased mine from boots the chemist for about £10 a few years ago, it looks like its still around about the same price (Feb 2013) available from quite a few online stores as well as boots. But beware the one I saw on Amazon didn't look quite the same it says 'nit free' not 'nitty gritty'. Nitty Gritty have a website so check it out there first.
*****I have just noticed that the picture on this site is also 'nit free' not 'nitty gritty' I guess that needs checking - are they exactly the same I don't know. Nitty Gritty is the original version the one I have*****
== How to de lice my version! ==
I gave up with lotions years ago although from time to time especially if I find one in my own hair I do resort to lotion just to double up, I do find that hubby is not so good at finding the eggs and unfortunately no matter how hard I twist I cannot see them in my own head!! it's not the sort of thing I can easily ask my friends to do!
So, firstly I tie the hair into two pony tails, then undo one and let down a think layer of hair tying the rest up ontop of the head, then I run the Nitty Gritty through the let down section of hair, take any eggs off and put on a tissue, then look with your eyes just to check you didn't miss any (it won't be the comb it will be the fact that you may just have missed one hair getting through the comb!), then undo the hair ontop and let down another tiny section of hair and repeat. Repeat this whole process over the whole of that side, when you have done that side tie up the pony tail and let down the other pony tail and start again on that side! child is usually very fed up by now! we usually resort to allowing ds/ipod/tv however in my opinion ds/ipod are great for doing the back because the child needs to look down and then the telly is good for doing the top as the child needs to look up to see the top!
If you don't have lice problems - great keep it that way! if you do good luck!!
It's fair to say that as best starts to the festive season go discovering an infestation in your scarily curly haired child's locks is pretty poor. When it turns out that said much-cuddled child has shared the gift of nits with her mother *shudder* it's all systems go and time to fight back. Normally my tool of choice is an electronic zappy thingy but the youngest's hair proved way too thick and said item not up to the job. This comb was the hastily purchased answer to my head lice woes.
Sadly with the demise of Nitty Nora in schools and, perhaps the rise of time-pressed parents head lice are a fact of life amongst children of school age I've found. Google and you will soon discover that modern day lice are pretty resistant to most lotions and potions and wet combing to get the little beasties out is generally considered the best and most effective way forward. The nitty gritty comb is, as I have discovered, a much better tool for the job than traditional combs, even though it's a little pricey at £10 (in store on panic trip to pharmacy) or £6.70 including postage currently, online from the manufacturer for more organised mums. It's well worth getting hold of if, like me, you are faced with the unenviable task of delousing your child, and/or.. er yourself.
The actual comb is pretty well as per the picture. It's nothing fancy, just 33 round tipped prongs on a metal handle with grips on. The prongs are longer than traditional combs and also have spiral grooves in them. You need to comb the hair when wet, and preferably with conditioner in; hence the need for grips on the comb. Using it on the entire head will remove the lice and also the live eggs and "nits" - the empty shells of the eggs. This is never going to be a pleasant task but it's one that the comb handles well. You need to wipe the comb between strokes and it is, I've found, very good at getting to grips with the problem and removing everything from the hair shaft. It's not particularly kind on hair but, frankly, when you are faced with a head lice issue you want something that works, and this does.
Because the tips are rounded they don't hurt the scalp and the long prongs did cope with thick and curly hair which I was otherwise at a loss to treat. We repeated the process a few times over several days to make sure that everything had been removed and will continue to check the hair for some time to come as if by chance there are any eggs left attached to the hair they may take a while to hatch. You do have to be thorough whilst using this comb and it's time consuming, however it's worth it to solve an itchy problem. We will be using the comb for occasional checking to avoid future outbreaks.
It's good to know that the comb, which was designed by mums, has a no-quibble lifetime guarantee in case you break it and can be sent back for replacement. The comb is available on prescription - not an option we were able to explore but good to know, and what I also like about it is the fact that it the comb came in a cover, but bar this I can't criticise it at all. The rrp is a little high but compared to the price of treatments that don't necessarily work, and given that it's a once only purchase, I would say it's worth buying. Let's face it this isn't the kind of thing you actually want to buy but if, like me, you find yourself with a sudden need it's definitely worth getting hold of one of these combs. Your hair will thank you, but your!unwanted visitors may well be less than happy! A good product which works well.
Having two kids and one of those being a daughter with waist length hair, having them come home with nits was an absolute nightmare. Drove me mad having to spend so much money on these ridiculously expensive potions, only for them to not work, you can buy plastic nit combs ten for £1 but they do not get rid of the eggs, so you may remove all the living ones but the eggs live on to hatch and take you straight back to square one.
I was told about the Nitty Gritty comb and told it was gods send, I had been told that about some of the potions as well so I took it with a pinch of salt. I bought my comb from Boots, £9.99 very expensive I thought for a comb but it does come with a lifetime guarantee and some of the bottle of treatment cost more than that, I was at the end of my tether so bought one and hoped for the best. I washed the kids hair as normal, conditioned it and started working through it with this comb.
The difference between this comb and the normal plastic one it this is made of metal, and each prong, has a winded strip of metal wound round each one. This does mean that when combing the hair it pulls slightly more than with a normal nit comb but it does get the eggs out which other combs do not. The comb itself if a light grey colour so you can see the nits themselves and the eggs when you have collected them. Do not try to use this comb on dry hair, or hair that has no conditioner on it as its tendency to pull can hurt, this is just the spirally metal lines actually working.
You can never totally eradicate catching nits, and I still have to go through their hair every week, but I haven't bought any potions in years and would recommend this comb to anyone with kids.
Frustrated by ineffective head lice lotions? Check.Bought Nitty Gritty Comb? Check.Applied conditioner to kids' hair? Check.Combed through thoroughly, cleaning comb along the way? Check.Lice keep coming back regardless? Check.A serious disappointment. Used several times on all three kids over numerous weeks, but the nits keep coming back.
When my little boy became infested with the dreaded nits whilst at school, I knew I had to do something about it - just thinking about them on him made me itch, head lice are such vile little things! I have tried lots of different lotions but he kept seeming to get reinfected time after time, which was very tiresome.
The Nitty Gritty Comb cost me £9.99 ordered online, and is basically a steel toothed comb, which I find to be much sturdier than the plastic versions as the teeth of the comb don't bend! The teeth are very fine and there is a spiral rim running down each tooth which gets even closer to the hair to pull off nits and lice eggs. The comb is dearer than it's plastic equivalents, but it's promised to last lots longer, if not indefinitely, so in the long run it would work out better value than a cheap plastic nit comb.
To use, it's best on wet hair that's smothered in conditioner to aid the gliding of the comb down the hair. After use, you have to scrub the comb to make sure you get any climging lice eggs off.
Although I found this to be very effective at stripping the hair of nits and eggs, I found that it also stripped his hair of any nice feeling - it used to be soft, but after a week of using this my son's hair felt more brittle and quite a lot of it got pulled out during prolonged use, which isn't good!
For a short period of use, I think this product is very good. It does it's job well and it is easy to use, getting rid of all the creepy crawlies on your kids hair. As a long term way of avoiding lice though, I think this is too harsh a treatment and your kid's hair won't thank you in the long run. It's better if they can try to avoid getting nits in the first place!
As anyone with kids in Primary school will agree, there's been an absolute headlice plague for the last few years. Why is it so bad? I blame the absence of nit nurses shaming parents into action with their brown envelopes of bad news.
It's no wonder some parents get disheartened and give up trying, though, because when you've worked your way through all the shampoos, repellants, lotions & potions on the market the lice still come back just as strong two days later and it all feels hopeless.
All hail the Nitty Gritty comb then, the first nit remedy I've tried that actually works.
The design is brilliant: the teeth of the comb are tapered, but rounded at the very ends, so they don't scratch but dig deep into the hair.
As you comb each strand is then guided up the spiralled grooves in the teeth, which are set so close together that even the tiniest louse or egg is caught - it even removes the empty egg cases.
The combs cost between £7 and £10 (Amazon has them cheap) which seems a bit pricey but they last for years. I belive you can get them on prescription now, though I've never tried.
They don't rust, & are designed to withstand the various chemicals in different haircare products without corroding.
Once a week I use lots of cheap conditioner and the Nitty Gritty comb on my daughter's hair & comb it through thoroughly. Sometimes there's a louse or two; if there's a bad infestation I repeat the process a couple more times that week.
The comb goes through her hair comfortably, without snagging, and has a rubber handle that gives a decent grip even when there's water and conditioner involved.
These days headlice are unavoidable, but this comb gives reassurance that you're getting completely rid of them for a while at least, without the expense of a lot of smelly, chemical-ridden treatments.
My Son started school in September and on our first visit to the barbers, i was mortified to be told by the hairdresser that he 'had some little visitors' I did treat him with a shampoo bought from the chemist but after talking to other mums I realised that headlice were an on going problem so I did some research and found that lots of mums were raving about Nitty Gritty products. I bought the comb in my local chemist for around £8 which isn't cheap but in the long run it's cheaper than continually treating headlice with shampoos.
The comb itself is a large circular handle with grips to make it easier to hold. The metal comb prongs are really closs together with indentions along to help remove the lice and eggs.
The instructions say to use the comb after hairwashing and put conditioner on the hair first and run the comb from scalp to the ends of the hair and check the comb each time, you can wipe on a clean tissue to check.
I don't actually bother washing my sons hair each time as his hair is fairly short and it does the job by quickly running the comb through as a normal comb but paying particular interest to the nape and the hair behind the ears. If I was using this on long hair I would definately follow the instructions and use conditioner as it may pull and damage the hair.
Used regularly the comb gets rid of lice and eggs therefore removing them before the eggs hatch and cause a new outbreak.
We have had no more headlice since September!
I have mixed feelings about the Nitty Gritty comb, which was recommended to me on a parenting website some time ago after I'd asked for help for my son. He seemed almost constantly infested with the horrible little things.
Up until then I'd used all the lotions on the market, together with wet-combing day after day until my arm ached, and my son got fed up with my tugging at his head. Completely unable to keep his head to himself, he was soon passing them onto his little sister, who has hair down to her bottom. And so one day I declared war on the headlice, went to the local chemists and bought a Nit Free comb.
Totally unlike other nit-combs, (most of which are usually made of plastic, and the finer teeth after only a short time are soon all over the place, rendering the comb next to useless) the Nitty Gritty is a very sturdy steel comb, with a rounded top and rubber grips, which I found particularly helpful to stop it slipping out of my hand when my fingers got covered in conditioner. The teeth themselves are much longer than standard combs, with a spiral 'blade' running down each shaft. This blade gets much closer to the hair shaft and is much better at stripping anything that's on it, off. This also includes, I discovered in a separate incident much later, peanut butter and chewing gum, but that's another story.
It's best used on wet, heavily conditioned hair, using kitchen roll to wipe after each stroke. It is quite difficult to see the lice and eggs on the comb, and it would have been much better produced in white. It's also necessary to scrub the comb with an old toothbrush between treating children to avoid cross-infestation.
When I used it on my own hair, I felt like it was stripping the life out of it, and a lot came out while I was combing, so I wasn't at all pleased with that, but then my hair, having several times been bleached and dyed, is far more porous and brittle than that of my children.
But the comb does do what it says on the tin; it does get rid of more nits, live eggs and headlice than any other nit-comb, and will get rid of them completely provided you comb well and often enough. However, it is fairly brutal to the hair shaft itself, can yank hair out along with the nits, and unless they are enormous you cant see anything in the comb.
But the best way to prevent nits is to stop your child getting his or her head next to any other children, which is easier said than done. However, grossing them out can sometimes work. For instance, my son has always known they are insects that crawl about on your head, lay eggs and suck blood. What he didn't know, until I casually mentioned it during a routine combing, is that they also poo and wee on your head!
After number of horrified 'eeeew's, I've noticed now that when he is wrestling with his nitty mate, their heads are like two south poles of a magnet. It's hilarious!
We all hope our kids won't get nits but, as all parents know, there comes a time when mixing with others in crowded classrooms makes it almost inevitable!
A lot of the stigma around head lice seems to have gone, I'm pleased to say, but it's still not particularly pleasant to find one crawling around on your child's hair, and getting rid of them before the infestation can spread certainly becomes a priority.
I had absolutely no experience of these things when my daughter first ended up with head lice, so I did a bit of research. I really didn't fancy the idea of using chemicals on such a young child (generally, as far as I'm concerned, if something kills insects it's probably not TOO healthy for other living things either!), plus I'd heard that lice can become immune to them which would make the whole thing pointless anyway.
The other option, I soon discovered, is 'wet combing'. This is where you wet the child's hair, coat it in loads of conditioner and then work through it with a fine-toothed nit comb, for hours at a time if some of the accounts I read were to be believed! Well, I'm sure I'm not alone in not actually having many spare hours in a week, surely there must be something better?
Luckily, after reading about a few more mums' experiences online, I found the same solution popping up time and time again - the Nitty Gritty Comb.
This comb has 33 metal teeth, approximately 35 mm long, which are extremely close together. They have rounded ends, so as not to scratch the scalp, and each tooth has a narrow spiral groove running along it. Now, I'm not sure exactly what these grooves actually do but, believe you me, this comb WORKS!
I've not ever used any other nit combs, but just looking at them it's obvious that they will not work as well as this one. Some, especially the plastic ones, have such widely spaced teeth that I can't see how they would remove anything at all, and it's no wonder people have to sit for hours at a time combing through their child's hair to get any results.
We find that combing through every bath time for a couple of weeks (this sounds a lot, but that's more to do with the life cycle of the lice - you must make sure you get all the newly hatched baby lice and eggs, and not just the original adult ones), for only around 10 minutes at a time, was enough to remove the infestation. Now we use the comb once a week, just to check that our daughter's hair is still clear - if there were any lice we'd see them immediately using this comb.
Strangely, our little one doesn't seem to mind us doing this either, which is a huge bonus. Not sure if that's down to the comb or her temperament though!
The Nitty Gritty is also suitable for running through your own hair once in a while (use loads of conditioner first) to make sure you haven't picked up any hitch-hikers, so to speak....
Some would say the price of this comb (around £9.99) is a major disadvantage, but I would have to disagree for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, you will probably need a nit comb numerous times during your child(ren)'s time at school (it's a good idea to check them regularly anyway, so you'll need one for that), and this stainless steel design miracle is extremely hard wearing. It also has a lifetime guarantee, so you will never need to buy another, unless you lose it of course!
Secondly, I believe the Nitty Gritty IS available on prescription, although in my case I was desperate to get it home and use it THERE AND THEN, rather than wait to see the doctor or nurse....
I thought this comb would be hard to find, or only available online, but no, apparently they sell it in Boots, and I got mine from my local Co-op Pharmacy.
Most parents will be familiar with head lice - horrible little grey/brown bugs that live in hair . Adults can get them too, but children tend to get them more, because of the manner in which they spread . Lice don't jump or fly, but they can crawl from one head to another, and children, with their love of putting their heads together to share secrets, spread them between themselves easily .
Now, must nit combs are metal or plastic, with short straight teeth a couple of millimetres apart. This particular nit comb is a bit different however- for starters, the teeth are longer, 3cms long, and have spiral grooves etched along them . The comb claims to remove more lice and eggs during wet combing than other brands because of these spiral grooves .
To use, this is simple - wash your childs hair and then apply loads of conditioner . Then, with the hair still wet, comb through the hair section by section, paying particular attention to the nape of the neck and the hair behind the ears , for at least 30 minutes .
I really like this comb - my daughter has had a fair few lice attacks during her time at school, and I'd previously tried chemical treatments as well as standard combs . This comb is far better than the rest in that is actually seems to remove the eggs , whilst other combs seemed to leave the eggs behind . It does tug at the hair a little, so I tend to use a water spray to make sure the hair stays nice and moist while I comb it through, and it was also, initially, difficult to clean the eggs that were removed from between the grooves - until I started using an old toothbrush .
I use this comb on a regular basis now, every 3 or 4 day just to check through and make sure her hair remains clear, and I really am impressed with how clean this keeps her hair . It picks up anything else in her hair too (paint, fluff, bits of glitter) and she has remained, touch wood, free from nits since getting this comb.
The comb is more expensive than ordinary lice detection combs - it costs around a tenner from most supermarkets and chemists. If, like me , you're on benefits, that can seem quite a lot, but the Nitty Gritty comb is available on prescription , and its worth asking your doctor (or nurse practitioner) to prescribe one for you if you are exempt from prescription charges.
The comb comes with a lifetime gaurantee, so if for any reasons yours is damaged or broken, you can return it the the company and they'll send you a new one . Despite regular use, mine is showing no signs of wear and tear yet.
I love this comb - its gets out lice, nits, and live eggs, and leaves me confident my daughters hair is free from bugs! The only downside is that its tricky to clean and needs a toothbrush or something to really get between the grooves!
There are several things you dread when you become a parent. Nappy rash, threadworm, and head lice are probably the three I feared the most, and whilst my daughter managed to escape threadworm and only got nappy rash when she was teething, sadly she has fallen victim to head lice.
I must have been a very fortunate child as I never encountered these parasites in childhood, possibly due to the fact my mother insisted I kept my hair short, something I bitterly resented after being mistaken several times for a boy. This resentment led to me being quite happy to let my daughter wear her hair long and whilst over the years we would get letters home from school informing us someone in her class was infested with head lice, she managed to avoid them.
Sadly this came to an end a couple of years ago when she started scratching her head regularly just after Christmas. I checked her head and couldn't see anything so assumed all was well. The Christmas holidays came to an end and still her head was itching like crazy so this time I looked more carefully and was appalled to see tiny insects crawling around.
She has very thick hair, which is probably why I missed them the first time I looked, coupled with the fact I had no experience of what I was actually looking for.
I tried a head lice shampoo with a small white plastic nit comb but given how thick my daughter's hair is, and how badly she was infested, it took nearly 2 hours of combing to make any inroads, and she screamed and complained the entire time.
I also had reservations about using chemicals to get rid of lice after reading how some have built up resistance to chemicals that have been used over the years. It seemed more sensible to me to try to a more natural solution to eradicate the problem.
I felt there had to be a better comb to use and upon googling, I came across a website for the Nitty Gritty comb. What caught my eye almost immediately was the fact this comb was completely different to standard nit combs - for starters it has far longer teeth - and given how long and thick my daughter's hair is, this made the comb very appealing.
At first I thought I was going to have order it online but I read a couple of reviews stating it could be bought in Boots or Sainsbury's, so I decided to look in my local Sainsbury's the next day. Sure enough, the comb was available for the price of £9.99, which I initally thought seemed a little steep - but given the glowing reports I had read of this comb and the fact it was quite clearly completely different to any other nit comb on the market, I decided to take the plunge and buy it.
As mentioned, the Nitty Gritty comb has far longer teeth than standard nit combs, and unusually for most nit combs you get these days, it is made of stainless steel. It has a large rounded handle which has plastic grippers on it and you can choose from several colours for the grippers - I got red as it's my daughter's favourite colour and this alone made the comb slightly more appealing to her - although let's face it, nit combs are never going to be particularly appealing to kids.
The really innovative part of the comb's design is the grooves in the teeth however - these grooves are capable of picking up far more lice, nits and eggs than a traditional plastic comb.
The teeth are also much larger - instead of the standard less than half an inch on a plastic comb, the teeth on the Nitty Gritty comb are one and a half inches long.
I used this comb on my daughter for the first time one day after having applied a lotion to her hair and used a standard nit comb to treat her hair. What amazed me was the fact I removed as many, if not more, lice and nits from her head as I had done the day before with the plastic comb - I had been fully expecting to find far less on the second day.
The grooves on the comb's teeth enable the comb to effectively "scrape" the hair closer and as a result means it is far better at removing the nits, eggs and lice from the hair.
I found it much easier to use than standard combs too - instead of using lice removal lotion, I just used lots of conditioner on my daughter's hair and then combed through. A job that had taken nearly 2 hours the day before was cut down in half as I combed repeatedly to remove as many nits as possible.
I repeated the process on her head every night for a week and then cut down to checking her hair every 3 days until I could be sure the infestation had gone - and peace returned to the house.
Unfortunately, a couple of weeks ago it became apparent my daughter had been infested again - I later found out one of her friends had had lice just before school broke up for the holidays but my daughter was completely unaware of this. This time I didn't bother with lotions - I just got the Nitty Gritty comb back out, slathered on the conditioner and got to work.
My practice from the last time must have paid dividends as this time I was able to work her whole head in 30 minutes - which is pretty good considering how thick and long her hair is - although I must stress the infestation this time around wasn't anything like as bad as her first one.
Once again I really found the comb was brilliant at removing the tiny nits from her hair. We did have the occasional snagging on her hair - but I find with her thick hair this is sadly going to be inevitable from time to time. I did still find the occasional egg remaining which I had to try to pull out using my fingers but on this occasion the first time I used the comb was easily the time I removed the most debris from her hair - every night thereafter there was less, which proved to me that this comb really is the best at finding lice and nits.
It's hard for me to find much to criticise about this comb - I suppose you could say the price is a little steep but if you factor in the fact you really don't really need to go buying special shampoo or conditioner to use with this comb, it's actually a bargain.
It is very durable, rust proof and can quickly and easily be sanitised by popping it in boiling water for a few minutes meaning you only need one comb for the whole family.
I have had to use the comb on my own head to ensure my daughter hadn't passed any lice on to me and I found it easy to use and didn't suffer any particular discomfort using it - although I would recommend you thoroughly brush and comb your hair before washing and then comb again with a wide-tooth comb before attempting to use the Nitty Gritty comb.
The comb is also excellent if you just want to check to see if your child has head lice or not - on the first occasion my daughter had them I could see the lice quite clearly with the naked eye, whereas the second time I couldn't see anything at all and had to use the comb to find anything. Lesson learned - use the comb to check in future!
I note from the Nitty Gritty website that this comb has been approved to be prescribed on the NHS so if you need one for your child it's definitely a good idea to ask for it to be prescribed as you will then be able to get it for free.
While the Nitty Gritty comb claims to remove eggs from the hair, I remain unconvinced and tend to blast the hair with a hairdryer on hot for five minutes and then straighten the hair as heat kills the eggs and stops them hatching.
I heartily recommend you buy this "crème de la crème" of nit combs if head lice become a problem in your family - it really is the best one on the market and is worth every penny.
Both my kids on a number of occasions have brought home headlice from school as an extra little treat for me to contend with. I can't help but scratch my head just thinking about them.
My son was easy to deal with. I got a good pair of clippers and chopped off his locks. Brutal but effective. Now my daughter wasn't so keen on this treatment and to be fair, I took her point.
Having trained as a pharmacy counter assistant I was well aware of the myriad of products available to treat the lice. Most of the pharmacists assured me that the majority of products may well kill the lice but you'd need to retreat in a week or so to be sure as they don't kill the eggs.
So we gave it a try. The family were doused in chemicals and had the follow up a few weeks later. Inside the packet was the white plastic double edged comb one side fine, the other finer - great for my hubby and son. Absolutely pointless for me and my daughtes long manes of thick curly hair - we kept braking the 1cm wide comb teeth.
What narked me off the most was that after the two weeks, my daughter still had nits and these chemical treatments are not cheap.
Okay okay - I'll get to the comb
We took delivery of a box of Nitty Gritty combs at work to trial and at £9.99 I wasn't convinced. There's plenty of blurb on the front to try and change your mind - claiming that the comb is 100% effective with a lifetime gurauntee and no chemicals.
After my third or fourth chemical attempt to burn my childs skin off, I decided to give the Nitty Gritty a try, as a last ditch attempt before she got scalped for good.
What's it like
Sealed into the plastic packaging the comb has a big round head which is easy to grasp and had raised plastic grips for added ..grip. It has about 35 individual stainless steel prongs which are about 5cm in length. Each prong has a superfine thread spiralling all the way up to help catch the nits.
What do you do
From dry hair, you coat the hair in conditioner - I have used both the spray on leave-in conditioners (aussie range) and the thick conditoners (pantene). Both work equally as well and in the thicker conditioners you can see all the eggs getting stuck.
You then part the hair into sections and if, like me and my daughter you have longer hair it is a good idea to use a couple of butterfly clips.
You then comb through each section clearing it before you move on to the next.
This is a fairly time consuming process to get it right and you also need to have a towel or tissue to hand to wipe the "scrapings" onto. It is one of the most grossly fascinating things I have ever had the displeasure to do on (unfortunately) a number of occasions. If you are really derranged you can even pop the live nits to be sure of death (but I would never do something so grim :-))
You need to comb right down to the scalp and concentrate on key areas such as at the back of the hair and ears and over the top of the scalp where the hair is thickest. (I'm itching away just thinking about it). "The micro-spiral teeth get the eggs out! Rounded tips won't scratch your scalp" it says on the front and I can confirm that this is true.
This product is made by mums for mums. It has a lifetime guaruntee and this is one product where it's a good idea to keep the box as they say if it ever breaks just post it back to them and they'll replace it for free.
When it think of all that money I wasted on chemicals looking for a quick fix solution, I'm quite annoyed. This is so simple and straightforward. The long prongs of the comb will work through even the thickest hair and it's nice and natural.
Now when a case of headlice pops up I get out the conditioner and this comb and over a period of a week I'll go over our hair two to three times to be sure and the job is done.
Rubbish.As a mother with 25 years experience, I have encountered headlice on many, many occasions. I only use the wet-comb method, not chemicals. The nitty gritty deems to be a wonder comb, it is no such thing. Because of the colour you can not see any lice in the comb. if you caught an adult there would be hatchlings, which are absolutely tiny, for the following 2 weeks. You need to be able to see these in the comb to check that you have stopped the cycle. I used this comb on my own hair as part of a check, it ripped my hair to pieces. Complete waste of money, buy a good quality white comb set with very close-set teeth instead.
This comb was recommended to me by many friends who swore it was the best thing on the market for head lice. As i have a child of school age i thought this would be money well spent. I was really not impressed at all. I found that because of the colour of the actual comb you could not actually see when you caught a nit or lice. I prefer the old fashioned white ones you can either get free with a bottle of nit lotion or you can buy them for about £1 from the local chemist. The comb i brought was £12 and i think it was a complete waste of money. I would not recommend this product to anyone, it just simply does not do the job it is intended to to, and the price is also quite high, parents get desperate when they constantly come home with nits from school but this is not the answer .