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Don't you just love children and primary school which is the best breeding ground for head lice also known as nits. I remember having them as a child as well as my daughter and granddaughter having them so wasn't suprised when my daughter complained that her young son had managed to catch them. He's half cast and has quite a lot of very curly hair. His hair doesn't feel like afro carribbean hair it's more soft but still very curly.
I paid £10.00 for a 200ml bottle of this from Boots. I bought the spray version as I thought it might be easier to use on his hair. You can also get it in a nozzle top but I haven't tried this. I sprayed a generous amount onto my grandsons head. I worked it with my hands from the scalp to the ends of his hair. I left the soloution in his hair for about 15 minutes before starting to attempt to comb it through. His hair gets very knotty so I had quite a few tears and a lot of moaning during this part. I started off with a bigger afro comb to get rid of some of the knots then used the nit comb that I had also bought from Boots for a couple of pound. The head lice comb is metal toothed and the teeth are very close together so I comb once then rinse it, comb again and rinse and keep going.
The Full marks solution doesn't have a paticularly strong smell but it isn't the nicest smelling product you can buy. I kept it out of his face as I assumed it would sting his eyes as its meant to kill headlice. After I'd gone over his hair with a comb excessively and couldn't see any coming away in the comb anymore I rinsed his hair with warm water. I then used normal shampoo to wash it out. I washed his hair twice with shampoo then conditioned just to make it nice and soft.
His hair looked and felt clean the when it was dry and I did check his hair thoroughly afterwards and didn't see any more lice so it worked very well. There was enough left in the bottle for one or maybe two more applications. I did use quite a bit on his hair as its so thick so I didn't mind not having lots left. I checked his hair the following day when he came round to ensure it was still clear and it was good. Luckily my daughter and granddaughter hadn't caught it from him so we didn't need to use the product again.
I've kept the remainder of the product and the comb just incase its needed again but fingers crossed it won't be. He didn't enjoy having his hair raked with a fine tooth comb but it did the trick and his hair was left bug free and clean. I'd definitely recommend this for children or adults with head lice as it works well. It is pricey but you need to get the job done. You can get this from Boots, Superdrug and supermarkets like Asda for around £10.00.
Let's face it, of all the products that you've never wanted to have to buy, head lice elimination solution has to be towards the top of the list. Sadly, however, life being busy as it is and children being prone to head contact as they are, most parents of children of primary school age will find themselves, at one time or another, facing the delightful prospect of de-nitting their offspring's hair. In my experience Full Marks is the best of what is not a particularly a brilliant bunch, head lice having become resistant to the solutions of yore which used to nuke the little pests with pesticides - now all you can buy is a bunch of oils and the like, Full Marks being one of products like it which work by dehydrating live lice. This item does work but it's not particularly cheap and it does require careful use to be fully effective. The active ingredients are Cyclomethicone and Isopropyl Myristate.
You can expect to pay £10-12 for a 200ml bottle of Full Marks. It's available in a nozzle top but also as a spray - there is very little difference in application and effect of the product in my experience so we have tended to buy the nozzle bottle as pictured above. This claims to have 4 applications in it, I would think this is about right, though sadly the primary patient for this solution (the 7 year old) has horribly curly hair, so we do find we have to be quite generous in the amount we apply.
It's not particularly hard to put onto dry hair, you have to make sure it goes from the scalp to hair ends because (and trust me I'm about to reveal an above average working knowledge of the lice and its life cycle and habits after having lived through a particularly prolonged and now won battle in recent months), the lice tend to hang out near the scalp so they can feed and breed. You can tell if your child has lice by looking for signs - head scratching, perhaps but not necessarily, but also white bits stuck onto hair (these are the "nits" or discarded egg cases). Often the only way to be sure is to use a detection comb - one of which is supplied with the solution. It has metal prongs and does the job both in terms of detection and combing out.
Once applied you have to leave the solution at least 10 minutes before starting to comb through the hair. I favour the use of a nitty gritty comb (available separately) to do this and find it best to leave as long as possible before starting the grim process of combing out the nits and lice. Mainly the Full Marks solution does kill the lice (sesame seed sized and once seen never forgotten), but sometimes it does not *the squeamish look away now* and you find yourself dealing with live lice - the comb must be wiped carefully with a tissue after every stroke. Lice can not live for long away from the scalp, but sometimes that is no reassurance at all, hence this solution giving you at least some feeling of being in control. As far as the solution goes it's pretty unremarkable. It is not particularly strong smelling but it is quite runny and oily, and you need to be careful where you use it as though it's clear and doesn't stain, it does render tiled floors slippy and needs to to be kept away from eyes.
Once used - and it's probably best to check the whole family if one person has an infestation - the solution needs to be washed out. I would say it takes 30 minutes to an hour to comb straight hair several times over, but curly hair takes many times longer. It's pointless rushing the process as leave eggs or lice in the hair and the whole issue will start again. You need to repeat the use of the solution after 7 and 14 days, this is because any remaining eggs will have hatched and once the lice are mature they can start laying huge amounts of eggs. I would say even following this is no guarantee of eliminating the lice completely - we have only achieved this (and in longer than 21 days depressingly) by more frequent combings in between treatments with lots of conditioner and also tea tree oil diluted in almond oil (cheap and easy to obtain at a pharmacy). Arguably, the full marks solution alone will not get rid of lice, only thorough combing will - the solution makes it easier to comb and psychologically makes you feel you are hitting the little critters with something at least.
It's very difficult to remove the Full Marks solution from hair, you need to use a large amount of shampoo and rinse, rinse and rinse again. The solution even diluted in water does seem quite stingy to the eyes and if you leave traces of it the hair will look greasy - all in all it's glamour all the way. On the plus side this has never irritated my daughter's scalp in any way at all - though she hates it being used on her as it's not a pleasant experience.
I think the Full Marks solution is expensive for what it is - I think it may be available on prescription but have not chosen this option as I don't see why the NHS should fund this particularly, however the reason I have bought it and continue to buy it (fingers crossed it won't be needed again soon) is that psychologically it seems better than using just conditioner, even though I suspect the results maybe just the same. This alone won't get rid of lice, which are something the human race has lived with for centuries, neither will it protect you from other children who have them (probably they are the ones with the smug mums at the school gates who brag they have "never" had nits), but with careful, thorough use it does give you a feeling that you can take lice on, and frankly when faced with an infestation cost can seem irrelevant. I recommend this, sort of - just don't expect a miracle kill-all because it's really not that at all.
My daughter started going to nursery around a year ago now and despite having short hair, she caught nits within the first month or two of going. I had no idea what you could do to get rid of them or what to buy so asked around and Full Marks was recommended by the majority of everyone I asked and is now recommended by me too.
The Full Marks solution is quite widely available to purchase from supermarkets and chemists. The last time I bought it I think I paid around £4 for a 100ml bottle. It is available to purchase in a bigger bottle too, should you need it.
The packaging is quite simple, the cardboard box gives the product name, how to use, warnings and ingredients just like any other packaging for this type of product. Inside the box you'll find a bottle of solution, a nit comb and an information leaflet.
To use the Full Marks solution you are directed to brush the child's hair then apply the solution to the scalp and cover the rest of the hair. My daughter hair is really quite short (especially for being a girly girl) so it didn't take very long to coat her hair in the solution. The thing I liked most about the solution is the smell; I can remember when I was a kid and the nit treatments my mum used to use on me always stank! There isn't that horrible smell with this, there isn't any kind of smell. The solution itself has quite an oily consistency so it isn't pleasant to apply but needs must!
After the solution has been applied you only have to wait 10 minutes for it to get to work. After these 10 minutes are up you have to use the nit comb provided to comb through the hair thoroughly removing the nasty nits and eggs. This part of the process is definitely the worst as the lice are really not a nice sight, the majority of them do come out dead but there are a couple that seem to just squirm around which isn't a pleasant thing to see. Once you've combed through the hair you simply wash the hair with normal shampoo and that's it, it's done.
The 100ml bottle was enough for my daughter and for me to treat my hair too, I then used the remaining of the bottle a few days later on my daughters hair again to make sure I got all of the nits out and there weren't a few eggs that I'd missed. I am very impressed with the results of using this solution and it is an effective way of getting rid of those nasty bugs. Since the first time my daughter caught nits she has unfortunately caught them again and I had the same results using this Full Marks solution a second time.
I'd definitely recommend this Full Marks solution. It does the job and gets rid of nits quickly, 10 minutes is nothing to wait with the solution on my daughters head compared to the hours and overnight treatments I had as a child. There is no chemical smell and although it has an oily consistency it doesn't put me off using it and if I should need to use a nit treatment again I'll definitely be purchasing this again.
A few weeks back I was drying my eldest daughters hair after her shower when I noticed some white eggs in her hair. I proceeded to check my youngest daughters hair too and discovered they were both suffering with a case of the nits! My partner was promptly sent to the local supermarket and came home with a pack of Full Marks solution which had been recommended to him by the in-store pharmacist.
Full Marks Solution is packaged in a white and purple box. The brand and product name are clearly displayed at the top along with the fact that this product has been clinically proving to kill head lice. A red clock diagram shows that the treatment takes just ten minutes and there is also a picture of the enclosed head lice / egg removal comb. This particular bottle contains approximately four treatments.
The back of the box gives plenty of information and some general precautions along with Simple Step by step instructions. Full Marks solution is suitable for children over two, adults and the elderly.
Instructions are enclosed in the box and should be read thoroughly before using the product. The enclosed comb has a bright purple plastic handle and thin metal teeth. The 200ml bottle is transparent so the solution can clearly be seen inside. The label on the front gives similar information to the outer box. Unscrewing the lid reveals the application nozzle.
The solution itself is clear and odourless. It is of a watery consistency.
Full Marks claim that the ten minute treatment has been clinically proven to kill both head lice and eliminate their eggs. The solution dehydrates the lice which kills them. It does not contain any traditional pesticides and it has been dermatological tested, it is not known to be harmful to the skin or eyes.
It is advised to treat all members of the household with the solution on the same day to avoid re-infection.
I began by treating my eldest daughters hair as hers is longer and thicker. Firstly, I brushed her hair with her regular brush to remove any knots and tangles. I applying the solution to her (dry) hair ensuring all the hair and scalp where completely coated before massaging the solution in. I then left the product in the hair for ten minutes. After the ten minutes I combed the hair through using the enclosed comb. Using clips I divided the hair into sections and began combing the hair with the provided comb ensuring I placed the teeth of the comb as close to the roots as possible. The head lice were visible on the comb after each stroke, I simply wiped the comb with some tissue. I found the eggs a little harder to remove. I continued this process until I was happy that I had thoroughly treated all of my daughters hair. The treatment took around fifteen minutes. I went on to treat my younger daughters hair as her hair is much thinner and shorter the treatment was a little quicker taking just under ten minutes. The solution was then washed out using regular shampoo. I repeated the process seven days later.
I found the treatment extremely easy and quick. My eldest daughter hates having her hair brushed but the solution made the hair simple to deal with. Once applied the solution makes the hair look and feel very greasy. The main thing I dislike about using the product is the fact that it is difficult to wash out, I shampooed my daughters hair twice yet it still looked a little greasy and was slightly tacky to touch, especially around the root area. My children never experienced any adverse reactions whilst using this product and did not complain that it itch or felt uncomfortable, although they didn't exactly find it an enjoyable experience either.
Most importantly Full Marks worked. Seven days after the first application I went through my daughters hair again with the comb, after combing out a few head lice I reapplied the solution again. Another seven days later I checked the hair again and was happy to discover my daughters were nit free.
Full Marks Solution is certainly a product I will buy again and I have no problems recommending it to those looking for a head lice removal product that works.
Boots (200ml) £11.59 (300ml) £16.99
Superdrug (200ml) £11.59 (300ml) n/a
For some reason, my daughter Sarah seems to pick up head lice incredibly easily. She has had them a total of three times now and she's still only in year five. She does have long thick hair but I make sure it's tied back for school every day and she also wear a headband so that the little stray curly bits don't fall down and act as a 'nit magnet'. It doesn't matter how hard we try though, she always manages to catch them. The last time she caught them we'd just arrived in Florida for our family holiday last Christmas and I noticed her scratching the front of her head a lot. Lo and behold, the dreaded head lice had returned. It was difficult to know what to buy for the best as we were out of the country, but we bought some of Walgreen's own brand and a nit comb and sat for every night of that fourteen night break, meticulously coming through her long thick hair. Not a great way to spend your holidays and Sarah got so fed up with the nightly routine, she said her head was sore and she'd start to cry. I just got cross and tetchy as I was so fed up.
On our return home we bought a box of Full Marks Solution, as recommended by the pharmacist in our local Boots. This was in a spray format so I thought it might be easy to apply and the bottle contained 150ml and cost £12. It's a lot to pay when she keeps managing to get them back time and time again. By the time we got back from holiday, she was absolutely crawling with lice and nits, despite me upping my combing and conditioning routine to twice a day, rather than just once.
I decided to buy Full Marks Solution as I wasn't keen in the idea of using yet more pesticides on Sarah's hair and this is a pesticide free solution. The pharmacist also told me that the solution was meant to rid the hair of the eggs as well as the live lice despite it being pesticide free. I'm scratching my head again now, just thinking about it. I combed my daughter's hair through all over, right to the ends and then sprayed a generous amount of the head lice solution all over. It came out in a fine mist so I was able to apply it evenly from root to tip and then massaged firmly with my fingers (which were encased in surgical gloves, I hasten to add) and left for the recommended time of ten minutes. It smelled slightly, but certainly not as bad as the previous pesticide laden ones I've used. Sarah sat with a towel round her shoulders, hair dripping, and colouring in whilst we waited for the solution to take effect. She seemed totally unperturbed by the whole experience.
This solution comes with its own metal comb, which I actually think works far better than the little plastic nit comb I'd been using previously. It seemed to glide through Sarah's hair easier and she didn't shout at me so much for hurting her. Sarah has very thick and wiry hair so getting a fine toothed comb through her hair at the best of times, is not an easy task.
Bit by bit, I sectioned her hair off and combed through every strand. The comb was littered with tiny (and large) nits and lice. Some of them looked scarily large, actually and I kept on wiping them off with a clean piece of tissue paper. Sarah then decided to take out her toy lab set with the magnifying glass, and gave me a full blow-by-blow account as to what the little creepy crawlies looked like. Some of them were still wriggling on the tissue paper. Disgusting. Most of the nits and lice were at the nape of her neck, behind the ears and at the top of her forehead. It was impossible to count how many there were - she was riddled. It took over an hour to get through every section of her hair with the nit comb before the amount of lice and nits I was combing out started to dwindle. I then treated myself with what was left of the spray and made sure I boiled all of her bedclothes.
After we had sprayed and combed her hair, we had to make sure all the solution was washed out, so I washed her hair thoroughly in Johnson's Baby Shampoo. I deliberately chose a mild shampoo as I was concerned that the Full Marks might have dried her hair out.
Two days later it was evident that the little blighters had returned as she'd started to itch again. Once more I started the conditioning and combing method but I could see they were multiplying fast. This time I decided on a pesticide solution which stunk the house out and made Sarah's (and my) eyes water. This one worked, however, not like the Full Marks Solution.
Overall, for the rather hefty price tag of £12 I don't think I'd recommend Full Marks Solution as it just wasn't up to the job. It clearly hadn't managed to rid her hair of all the lice and nits, though to be fair it had managed to eradicate an awful lot of them. I had hoped for better results from Full Marks as it did come very well recommended, and as I say., it wasn't cheap, either.
I give this only three out of five stars.
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My daughter has lovely hair and head lice obviously think so too because she inevitably comes home from school with them at least once a year. I have spent time working in nurseries and schools and I have on occasion also found that I have gotten head lice. This means I have had plenty of experience with different products designed to get rid of head lice. I quite often use Hedrin, which is very similar to this product and I still think it's great but the price of Full Marks tempted me to try this one instead.
***The box and it's contents***
The box is purple and white with a cartoon drawing of child on the front along with writing that tells you what the product is.
The packaging is fairly eye catching on shop shelves, mostly I think because a lot of these kinds of products seem to use green and/or neutral colours for their packaging and so the purple of this one is a bit different.
Inside the box you will find a 100ml bottle of solution which is a clear plastic with a white lid. There is also a comb with metal teeth and a plastic handle and an easy to understand instruction and information leaflet.
***Price and availability***
Full Marks solution is available in a 100ml or 200ml bottle for 2 or 4 treatments. A solution spray is also available as are separate combs.
I found this in my local bodycare for £2.99 for a 100ml bottle. I thought this was a great price and a fair bit cheaper than similar products.
Asda sell the solution for £3.75 for 100ml, which again is a good price.
There are many other places that sell this head lice solution, it is easy to find online and in the highstreet but it is worth shopping around as some places can be much more expensive than others, Boots for example charge £11.59 (this would get you 44 points if you have an advantage card) for the 200ml version of this which is much more than I paid even when you consider the size difference.
***Using Full Marks solution***
Full marks say that this is quick and easy to use and I do find that they are correct! To use you simply apply to hair, ensuring you rub it in and cover all of the hair on your head, leave for the allotted time, comb through the hair and then wash out.
The thing I love the most about this solution is that you only need to leave it on for 10 minutes. This is much more practical than some solutions which require you to leave them on hair overnight.
One thing I find very annoying is that the solution is very thin and greasy and drips all over the place when you are applying it. I find I need to get my daughter to sit on a towel when I am applying this to her hair as it starts dripping off the ends before I'm finished. This can get a little messy unless you do use towels to catch the drips.
The product makes your hair very easy to comb through, so I don't find it difficult at all to comb through hair with the nit comb provided in the pack. The comb is a fairly good one (although we have a nitty gritty comb which I prefer to use), the prongs don't break easily and the handle is easy to grip but I think the teeth could probably do with being a little longer.
When you are all done with your treatment I find it is best to wash and rinse hair at least 3 times, otherwise you end up looking like you have been dipped in grease! My hair actually feels a little softer after using this product though when I finally get it all washed out.
You are supposed to re-apply the solution around a week after the first treatment to ensure that all head lice and eggs have been killed and that re-infestation has not occurred. There is plenty of solution for two treatments (the product is marketed as being the size for two treatments), I can usually actually get three treatments out of a 100ml bottle used on shoulder length hair.
It is usually best to treat everyone in the household at the same time to prevent head lice being passed from person to person.
I was very pleased with the results of this solution. All signs of itching and head lice were gone in one simple painless treatment of this solution on my daughter's hair.
I gave this 4 stars rather than five because although it is a fantastic product that works well it is a bit messy and you do have to wash your hair several times after using the solution to get all traces of it out. I would recommend this to others though as this is a very effective product and can be found at great prices.
I some was under the impression that my son would avoid head lice as he has short hair and I read somewhere that head lice are repelled by red hair and my son does have strands of red in his hair. My son started rubbing his head on the Saturday but he had a sky high temperature so assumed it was sweating. When his temperature started returning to normal and he was continuing to rub his head I knew he needed checking for nits. I found literally hundreds in his hair. This was bank holiday Monday with a five year old child who was still poorly so we went to Sainsbury's as it seemed the easiest option for parking close to the door and getting in and out quickly.
The in store chemist suggested a bottle of Full Marks solution spray which cost £12 for 150mls bottle. It did seem quite expensive but as my sons head was crawling I was happy to pay any amount to end his discomfort.
The box states Eliminates eggs, no traditional pesticides, odourless and comb included. AS soon as we got home I set on a mission to rid my son's head of the lice. It says that it dehydrates the lice to kill them and they can be removed with the fine tooth comb. First it advises to comb the hair to remove tangles then spray the solution on the hair. The spay is very easy to apply with a nozzle that sprays a fine mist all over the hair. You are advised to massage into the head and leave on for ten minutes. I didn't notice a particularly strong aroma of anything. I set the timer to ensure that the spray was on for at least ten minutes.
It was a couple of minutes after ten minutes that I started as I was on the phone. I took the come which had metal teeth and seemed far better than other combs I had previously owned. To remove the lice you need to comb through and wipe on tissue after each comb. The comb removed hundreds of them. Some large ones which looked like they had wings these you could actually see crawling around on the tissue. It took over half an hour of combing before it was clear of lice.
I then treated my own hair. I found it very difficult to see anything in my hair as it was dark but I could see some eggs. I followed the same procedure for my own hair. I seemed to be removing hundreds of eggs but only a few head lice.
The final step was to wash the hair.It does say it can take a couple of washes to clear the solution from the hair. Both my son's and my own hair was still a bit greasy after been washed. I also washed all my bedding and towels to try and ensure there was no repeat need to treat.
Six days after treating I noticed my son was starting to itch once again so checked and sure enough the nits were back. My son had remained at home for a whole week due to been poorly so he wasn't re-infested it was simply not cleared. The head lice were much smaller. I did this time use a Nitty Grtitty comb. I also checked my hair again and found a couple of lice and more eggs.
The Full marks Spray bottle would have treated both my son's and my won head twice. While it did kill a significant amount of lice I wanted 100% results for the price I paid.
While I happily paid for this in my panic it is not something I would purchase again I have found better cheaper treatments.
I have been quite lucky with my children, as although they have both been round other kids a lot, attending a private nursery and then in September 2010 my eldest started nursery, and in September 2011 my youngest started nursery and my eldest started full time school. We did well to avoid the dreaded nits even though they were about until last October, and then more recently last weekend.
The first time they got nits, my husband was away working, and I discovered this about 3pm on a Sunday afternoon. I rang my sister as I knew she was out shopping, and asked her to pick me something up, and she brough me 2 bottles of this full marks solution. We then sat and treat my two and her lad together.
At that particular time, both my boys were absolutely lousy, I had been a bit naive and not been checking over half term, and by the time I noticed we had quite a big problem. The solution came in a 100ml bottle with a pointy nozzle end like a hair dye bottle. It was really easy to squeeze some of the solution out along the scalp before making sure that it was rubbed into the boys heads covering the scalp completely.
Both my two had different difficult spots to treat. My youngest has a double crown in his hair, and his hair is really thick. My eldest has an indent in the back of his head at the base of the skull, and it was really tricky to get the comb into this area. Nits of course seem to have a 6th sense of where to go to avoid detection.
The first time I used this, I was grateful to my sister for getting it for me, but I didn't really enjoy using it. The solution is scent free thankfully which is much better than remedies from when we were kids, but it was really oily and runny, and the way my sister applied it she somehow got it everywhere. I sat the kids on a large sheet of white paper from a craft roll, but there were splashes of it ending up everywhere.
It was quite quick to use as you just comb through the childs hair to make sure it is not knotty, then apply almost like you would a shampoo by covering the scalp and rubbing it in. You then leave it 10 minutes before you can comb through the hair and remove any debris. The box I purchased came with a handy little fine toothed comb in the box which was great at pulling stuff out of the kids hair. This also kills eggs, so you are hopefully eliminating the problem if you use this solution.
The first time, I found that this was not that great at removing some of the smaller nits from the hair during the treatment. It could have been more the kids were fidgety and fed up, and it was hard work dealing with both of them at the same time, but I had to spend the next day with my sons sat with their head covered in conditioner, and that was how I cleared their hair. I also found that the next weekend, my youngest who had been worst affected was lousy again. I felt at the time maybe I had missed something, though he was back at school by this point so maybe he got re-infested.
This latest outbreak, I decided I would just try and comb out what I could as I had no treatment in again at the time. I found initially the hair looked clear, after using conditioner, but the next day there were more in. I tried olive oil then, which also was good for getting the beasties out, but we still had a problem, so I eventually relented and bought some more of this. It was £4.99 for a 100ml bottle from a local shop. This time I applied it a bit more sensibly, and although it was still runny and very oily, I could contain it by making my son sit still and dabbing at the dribbles as they ran off his head. I was trying to avoid it getting in his eyes.
The best thing about this solution is it is very easy to wash out when you are ready, and I just shampoo'd my sons head as I normally would. I didn't have to repeat the process.
So, my overall impression is that I don't really like using this, I still think it is not the best way of pulling all the debris out the hair, but it does kill everything so nothing is moving and it is easier to clear. I found that two bottles treated my 2 sons, my nephew, my husband and myself. A little goes quite far with this one. Most went on my shoulder length thick hair. My hair was not left in bad condition by this treatment, though it was rather frizzy after all my paranoid combing through. It is certainly a big improvement on the old fashioned lotions as it is scent free and works in a shorter time scale without the use of harsh pesticides.
I had to laugh at the health warnings on the pack, of keeping hair away from naked flames and heat sources while using this, and to not smoke. I guess you might think it a good idea to blast your hair with the hairdryer, but this is so oily I wouldn't want to be doing anything else while waiting 10 minutes for it to do its thing.
well we received the 'visitors' about 2 weeks ago for the first time! immediately thought of the full marks solution as it is the one always advertised on the telly, and i read all the great reviews on here. it was quite pricey, so i had faith it would work. sadly i am very unimpressed. my son only had a few live beasties (yuk) and some eggs, i think we caught them quite early. applied the solution, following all instructions to the dot, washed it out etc, combed through his hair again, and low and behold there is a crawly beastie. applied it AGAIN and all seemed well. had read that you should check again about a week later and treat if necessary, which i did, and needed to treat again as i found more on his hair. that was last week, i have just checked his hair again today and am obviously annoyed to find more eggs in his hair and so far one crawly live head louse. it is the summer holidays and he hasnt been in contact with any children within this time apart from my friends son who has been treated and is fine. i have been doing my short hair also and combing through it at each wash and have not found anything. the solution seems to have worked for me but not my son. have also been using the vosene head lice repellent the past few weeks, so i cant understand why the little buggers keep coming back! this is the fourth time i have used the full marks solution today, and i wont be using it again. i just hope this isnt going to be an ongoing problem as i have read on the internet that some people just cant shift them and found this hard to believe, but am now starting to understand! the solution is very easy to apply, its oily but not greasy, and i have found it actually left my hair in a nice soft condition so i suppose thats one benefit! the bottle has lasted us many applications, probably because we have short hair. BUT i wouldnt recommend this product, instead opt for an overnight solution, which is what we are going to do now. a ten minute solution just doesnt seem long enough.
With my son recently started nursery I got the dreaded letter that there was head lice going around the nursery. I used a comb to go through our hair but after reading up on head lice I found that there would still be the problem of eggs. This is when I decided to use a nit lotion and I was recommended full marks by a friend.
I received a bottle of lotion 200ml and a metal nit comb with the pack for £10 from my local chemist. It suggest a 200ml can do 4 heads so this was perfect for me as this is how much I needed for each of us in the family.
You have to apply the lotion and make sure that every part of the scalp has been covered and then run through the rest of the hair and leave for 10 minutes. After this time has passed you should section hair in to small areas and continue to comb through with the comb provided until every strand of hair has been checked. This is very time consuming and not very pleasant to see these little creatures coming away from your hair but needs must.
You are then told to repeat with lotion 7 days later and then to comb through on the 14th day to ensure the cycle has been broken. Now when I was little the stuff used in my hair was really smelly so much so you could smell straight away who had had their heads treated but I was pleasantly surprised that this only had a tiny odour and when you washed the hair afterwards it was easily removed so non detectable. After 7 days I repeated with the lotion although none of the little creatures were found when combing the hair it is still needed to make sure any eggs are removed.
I was really pleased with the product it was very easy to use and the solution works it magic in a short time. We were nit free after a week and egg free after 2 so it was reassuring to know that it had worked well. Only problem for me is the cost at £20 for the whole family to be treated every time we catch lice seems a lot to me. Especially as young children often catch them easily so I have a feeling this will only be the start of the battle with these horrid creatures. Saying that after checking around full marks seems to be really competitive in price and it does do the job well. I would definitely recommend this if you are unfortunate enough to catch them.
My daughter had been complaining of an itchy head and knowing that head lice had been going round school I set to work investigating. I find headlice really tricky to detect without a nit comb but as soon as I found one I sent my husband out to the chemist for a bottle of solution that would kill them quickly.
He came back with this Full Marks Bottle. It cost approx £12 but had enough to treat a family of four once or 2 people once now and once again in 7-10 days.
You need to start with dry hair and then cover the scalp and hair with the solution. It is a clearish liquid that pours out of the nozzle very easily. I found that there was no smell with this solution and it didn't irritate my daughters sensitive skin at all.
I used approx 1/4 of the bottle. It covered easily and was very greasy. Once covered we left it on for 10 minutes. It works by killing the lice through dehydration rather than nasty chemicals.
10 minutes later and it was tome to use the nit comb (supplied) to remove the dead lice and any eggs. I sectioned my daughters hair off as it recommended and combed section by section from roots down. The comb very easily caught any nasties and I rinsed off and cleaned comb inbetween each use. I needed something to get the eggs out from between the teeth and so used an old toothbrush for this.
Once thoroughly combed you need to wash the solution out of the hair. I used two washes of shampoo and no conditioner as her hair was pretty greasy after using this product.
I found it easy to use but quite time consuming. Have since done the rest of the family to be sure we don't reinfect and will use the nit comb and conditioner method for the next 10 days to ensure we caught them all. It does say that you can reuse the product 7 days later to get any remaining lice that may have hatched since.
I would recommend this product as it kills them, almost instantly, contains no pesticides and no revolting smells
If there is one thing that's liable to make me feel really really grossed out its head lice. My daughter (she's 10) has had head lice three times in the last year alone. It seems like one kid at school gets it and then within the matter of a few days, every other kid is scratching their head and lucky parents like me get to investigate to see whether there are any creepy crawleys making their home in their hair. My daughter jokes that at least she feels wanted!! Luckily, I have not yet been affected.....it seems like the little blighters like certain types of hair - and mine ain't it!!
I have tried other formulas to rid hair of head lice several times - and I have to admit I haven't been very impressed. I had actually given up using any solution at all and reverted to using just the conditioner and combing method - which did work but it seemed to take a while to rid the hair of all the head lice and nits. However, a friend recommended Full Marks to me - and so I thought I'd give it a go.
I've seen the Full Marks solution in most chemists over the counter, but I purchased my last 200 ml bottle from Boots for £7.50. It came with a complementary white plastic nit comb also.
The solution comes in a glass bottle with full directions on the enclosed leaflet. The liquid is white, oily and fairly thin. It has that aroma which is very distinctive to head lice solutions, but yet is very difficult to describe. Its a kind of heavy yet sweet smell which is not unpleasant but is clearly distinctive as a head lice solution.
***Using the Product***
My daughter has shoulder length hair and is quite fine and prone to knots and so before beginning I ensure her hair is tangle free. Having tangle free hair makes the lotion easier to apply easily and also means that combing the hair through with the nit comb afterwards is easier and relatively stress-free. My daughter is a bit of a drama queen when if comes to having her hair brushed!
The lotion is then poured carefully onto the hair, making sure that it is applied evenly along all strands and massaged into the scalp. I usually end up having to use about half the bottle to cover my daughters hair and scalp adequately. My daughter hates this part because she finds the smell quite overpowering, but the good thing is that the lotion only needs to stay on for ten minutes. She says that when the lotion is on her head, her scalp feels somewhat tingly. I do find that as the lotion is quite thin it does tend to drip down onto her face and so I make sure I have some tissues handy to wipe this away.
After a good ten minutes is up, its time to comb the nits and head lice out. Now, it may sound a bit odd, but I actually find this really satisfying! Basically I start at the scalp and use the comb to comb downwards. In each stroke I tend to get some lotion caught up in the teeth of the comb, together with some lovely little head lice. I find it useful to have a towel to wipe the comb in and then I also have a piece of card handy to use to push out any lice that get stubbornly caught between the teeth. The head lice when they come out are usually dead - or almost dead and so they are in no fit state to be jumping around once they've been combed out! I keep on going until I'm not getting any more lice or nits out - which can take about 20 minutes.
When I'm confident there are no nits or lice left, my daughter washes her hair as normal. Because the lotion is quite oily, she often has to wash her hair several times to get rid of the grease as well as to get rid of the smell of the lotion.
***Does it work?***
I think it works very well and is certainly more effective to other solutions I have used. Apparently this lotion works by dehydrating the lice rather than using chemicals to poison them - and therefore they don't become resistant to the solution as is common with other brands.
The instructions to advise you to repeat the procedure 7 days after the initial de-lousing, but I prefer to comb the hard with conditioner every day for about ten days - which works well. Occasionally I might find the odd louse, but generally the Full Marks seems to get rid of them all on the first application.
***Would I Recommend?***
Absolutely. It kills the lice effectively, it only takes a ten minute application, and I find it does not need a repeat treatment. I am also in favour of the fact that the lotion does not contain pesticides and that it is not harmful to the skin or the eyes.
As a teacher of young children I find the onslaught of lice an inevitable nuisance. Needless to say I managed to fend them off for a year or two before I finally got the dreaded scratches myself. After plucking a louse out of my hair (and saying eeewwwwww for a stupidly long time) I got myself down the shops to get a cure.
The chemist recommended Full Marks Solution it costs around £11 but it is for thre or four seperate treatments so it actually works out cheaper. The box also contains a nit comb which is handy as its something that you can keep if in the futue if you think another infestation is due.
Its fairly simple to do but I had to have help to thoroughlu be sure I was going to get rid of them. First, using the nit comb, comb through your hair removing any lice that it picks up.
Next pour the full marks on your head. The bottle is almost like a vinegar bottle so it comes out in drops so nothing gets slopped everywhere. The solution doesnt really smell of anything, its just incredibly oily. Leave it in your hair for 10 minutes but you'll find that by the time you've finished putting it in your hair its been about 20 minutes anyway.
After that you just wash it out and again comb through the hair to remove any of the dead nits and lice. Hey presto they should be gone. It does advise that you should continue to comb through your hair for at least a week if any more occur give it one more wash with the solution as this ends the cycle of lice.
The only real problem is that as the solution is so oily it took me a total of 6 washes to get the stuff out of my hair. The shampoo just couldnt shift it and couldn't lather up.
I am reviewing the full marks solution in the spray bottle
So we've all had them....nits. And when I was younger it was a case of mum/dad heading off to the chemist for the bug shampoo, and then you had this vile stinking stuff poured all over your head where it would have to sit, stinking you and the house out for up to a hour.
How happy was I to find things, and head lice solutions had changed over the past few years.
A few months ago my daughter came home from school and was sat watching TV scratching away at her head like mad. I checked her hair, with my fingers tightly crossed for finding nothing. No such luck! There behind her ears a found a tiny creepy critter clung to the strands of her hair. Luckily this is the first time she has had nits, and hasn't done that bad seen as she has had two years at nursery and nearly two at school, and you can guarantee every month we get a letter warning us someone in the class has had nits. So I headed straight off to Tesco's, where they have a pharmacy. After about ten minutes of leaning over the counter trying to see which is the best/easiest product to use the very helpful counter assistant came to my help, and suggested the full marks spray solution.
Full marks spray solution cost me just under £11 which I thought was quite expensive, but being a ten minute solution looked to be the easiest option. Full marks comes in a 150ml spray bottle and comes with full detailed instructions and a metal teeth comb for getting out the dead lice and eggs.
You spray the solution onto dry hair, ensuring that all the hair and scalp is covered. I think I got a bit carried away at this point and used too much. The solution is odor free but very very oily. It works by dehydrating the nits/eggs which kills them.
After leaving the solution on for ten minutes, make sure you go thru the hair with the comb provided to remove any dead eggs/nits. Once hair has been combed thoroughly wash the solution out. Now this is the point I realized I might have got a bit carried away in exterminating the little critters. The instructions do advise you may have to wash your hair a couple of times to remove all residue but by the 5th wash my daughter's hair still looked oily. So where you need to use enough, try not to use too much as you will be washing hair over and over again....in turn dragging what was meant to be a quick process out for over a hour!
Since using full marks my daughter hasn't had nits or been complaining of itchiness.
I still have half a bottle of the solution left too which makes each treatment around £5 each, though it would depend on hair length/thickness
You'd be amazed what lurks within the school bag of an average child. Usually when they come home shouting mummy, mummy I've got a letter it's a demand for cash for some fundraiser or other but as it turns out there are far worse letter of the "a child in your childs class has head lice" kind. Just the thought of it is enough to make me itch and to make me paranoid every time they scratch their heads.
Still having done a full blown inspection of the demonic daughters waist length hair they passed with a full bill of health, at least until a short while later when a solitary wee beastie was discovered. Unfortunately this was after 4pm on a Sunday when all shops in the vicinity are firmly shut and so I googled a solution and google came up with some unlikely suggestions. Still something was better than nothing which is why the other half walked in the door from work to two rather rancid smelling children sporting cling film turbans. Not because heat kills headlice, nor because suffocation does but because apparently mayonnaise works a treat. Yep I am that stupid. Incidently as it turns out mayonnaise does not kill headlice but it does work rather well as a conditioner although it leaves behind it a rather strange odour.
Monday morning at 6am found me standing outside the first supermarket in the vicinity to open. £4.46 later I emerged victorious clutching a 100ml bottle of Full Marks Headlice solution.
Shortly after my arrival home the demonic daughters were ruthlessly evicted from their pits and slathered in the rather pungent contents. The bottle contains enough for two treatments but not when your children have extremely long hair, then its barely enough for one. Much complaining was made about the solution being both cold and smelling disgusting, its chemical laden and indescribably awful smelling to the point your nose just doesn't want to know. Fortunately its simple to use and after ten minutes you simply comb through the hair with the incredibly sharp metal comb so helpfully provided which gouges chunks out of scalp and neck . This removes both live lice and eggs but theres no handy hint for disposing of the wee beasties so we opted for drowning them in a jam jar full of boiling water. Truly revolting. After that simply wash the creamy slimey slop out of the hair using a conditioner and wrinkle your nose up at the smell. The overpowering odour which seems to linger on no matter how much you attempt to wash it out. Several more washings did reduce the odour a little but it was still there lurking in the background.
Still the important thing was it did kill all the headlice. Unfortunately other mothers in the class didn't have as much success and under a fortnight later they were back again.
As a one off Full Marks works a treat but its far too expensive to use regularly. I would have been much happier had the bottle been plastic rather than glass as I was a little paranoid about dropping it with very slippery hands but I've a sneaky feeling that the contents would eat their way through a plastic bottle.
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