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Grit your teeth - it's the Nitty Gritty comb time!
Nitty Gritty Comb
Member Name: lubyloo
Nitty Gritty Comb
Advantages: Great inovative design
Disadvantages: none - except the lice in the first place!!
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!!
Summary: A great nit/lice comb and really works
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