Head lice are nasty little critters and although i caught them on a few occasions during my school years i had forgot all about them or what to do. Both my girls aged three had just stated nursery full time in november last year and we got the dreaded letter home stating head lice are going around the school and parents should inspect their children's heads for lice and eggs yuk.
I had to get a little advise on how to do this, i was told the best way was to buy a lice comb from the pharmacy.
I choose the hedrin lice comb because the pharmacy told me it was better than the cheaper ones she had in stock, don't know why because it looked exactly like the rest i have ever seen.
The hedrin head lice comb cost £2.99 from our local lloyds chemist. The box is fairly simple with a clear window on the front showing the comb and instructions on the cardboard back although these instructions only say how to use the comb and not much information about the head lice so buy the comb and research lice online so you know what to look for.
Headrin comb is white in colour with a semi half circle shape made from plastic. On the side of the comb are lots of tiny fine teeth very close together, basically designed to let the hair through but can catch the lice and eggs in the teeth. As the comb is plastic it can be sterilised to keep it clean especially if the child head had been infected with the lice its important to sterilise the comb after each use to ensure the eggs are off the teeth.
When using the comb on my daughters very thick hair i sectioned off her hair starting at the bottom off the head combing through very fine sections and inspecting the comb under a light to check for any eggs or lice. I kept repeating this step over and over again until i had combed her whole head. In our case both of my daughters had head lice and very easy to spot the lice on the comb. Because the lice eggs are cream or white coloured it was a little harder to spot on the comb but when holding it under the light i could see the eggs stuck between the comb teeth.
After treating our daughters head we continued to use the headrin comb to brush out dead eggs and lice because the comb that come with the treatment was tiny and teeth were slightly more spaced out compared to the headrin therefore i believe the headrin lice comb is more precise and worth the few extra pence. It was no way uncomfortable for my daughters either witch helped, as i remember the nit comb being dragged across my scalp as a child although i'm sure it was a metal one.
The comb is easy to use and fairly comfortable to hold even when wet. I still have mine and will continue to use it especially since head lice is a common problem at nursery and schools.
I highly recommend the headrin lice comb.
The time of year that I detest the most is when my children return back to school and I have to begin the laborious process of checking their heads for lice on a twice weekly basis, usually because other parents at the school don't bother with hygiene and are happy to let their children roam free with lice or just to let their ignorance take over and pretend that it won't happen to their children. Lice are incredibly common in schools and most children will have them at some point during their childhood, mine are no different. It's for this reason that I am always trying out sprays, conditioners and combs to ensure that they stay lice free and I can catch any rogue ones almost as soon as they end up in my child's hair.
I usually check my children's hair twice during the week to ensure that no lice are roaming free laying eggs everywhere. This means that if I do come across some eggs or lice I can ensure that they are dealt with as soon as possible to stop a big infestation and ultimately stop it spreading amongst the whole family and being passed on to other friends at school or work.
My favourite comb of choice is a Nitty Gritty comb but I usually have one of these basic combs in the house as well for easy use if I can't find the Nitty Gritty one. I paid around £3 for this comb with my weekly shop in Sainsburys a few weeks back as it had been a whole week since I'd seen the Nitty Gritty comb and I didn't want to leave it any longer in case there was an infestation starting.
The comb is quite standard looking with a rounded edge which should make it a little more comfortable to hold in your hand. As I normally spend about 20 minutes or so thoroughly combing through conditioned hair it's important to have something that is going to be comfortable as I have three elder children to check on a twice weekly basis. The comb has lots of teeth that are very close together and these are designed to pull out any lice or eggs from the strands of hair. The teeth are quite sturdy and should not come apart or bend as they have been designed specifically for this use.
The comb is a little bit on the budget size but then, paying £3.00, I wouldn't expect anything more. There was a couple of lice in my eldest daughters hair on this occasion and the comb did manage to pull them out successfully and I then treated my daughters hair with hedrin spray to ensure that anything that was missed was killed off and could be removed on the daily brushing that I do after an 'outbreak'. I must say that the teeth did appear to move a little bit but they managed to remove the nits and keep them held between the comb for safe removal and destroyal.
It can be quite hard to get between the teeth to remove anything that you collect but I found that a hard wipe with tissue and a scrub under the hot tap removed all residue and anything else and washed it down the sink. I also find it best to wipe the comb with some antibacterial spray after use just to ensure that it's hygienic and ready for the next use as soon as you need it.
I would say that this is an average comb but then the price is reasonable so I wouldn't have expected anything more. If you have lots of time to spend checking through your childs hair then this comb will help to do the job but I find it so much easier with a Nitty Gritty comb to ensure that everything is removed and I can feel confident that any rogues picked up at school with be removed on the first check and won't end up laying lots of eggs and starting an infestation. I would recommend this only if your budget is tight or as a back up for the times when you can't find your usual, more reliable comb. I would think that this comb would end up getting destroyed over time as I am sure that, although they shouldn't, the teeth will end up bending out of shape or moving apart meaning that you don't pick up everything you should and might leave some behind during your routine checks.
The trouble with head lice is that they are shifty and small and it feels like they reproduce at the speed of light. To give us a helping hand nit combs were invented. I think the hedrin one that I had was ok for the £1.99 it cost me to buy it.
I got mine form the chemist as I ended up trying a lot of the medicated products on and off and still didn't catch every thing. After a chat with the chemist counter assistant she said that the hedrin comb would be a help.
The combs cost £1.99. For that I got a small plastic white comb to use. It only had teeth on one side where as others can have two different sets of teeth , one fine and one finer. This had just the one set which was not as good.
The hedrin comb was easy to use on wet hair and to make it easier I was told to put a lot of conditioner on and then comb through with the hedrin comb.
I did that and then it was easier to use. When it was used on dry hair it worked badly and got caught which was painful. On the wet conditioned hair it was much better and worked a treat. It slid through the hair easily.
I did manage to pick up a stray lice or two and I repeated the same thing daily to the point of there being nothing to find in the hair. After that there a few clear days with no itching and the comb was put away.
That last day when the comb was packed up was a relief . I have kept the hedrin comb I hope I won't need to use again. I would recommend it but you need to use it daily for it to work.
Now my little boy has started nursery even though his hair is short we have had our first case of head lice which is certainly not pleasant. To check if we did have these little lice I brought one of these combs. It cost £3 in my local chemist and is a large white plastic comb.To use it your hair can be wet or dry but your hair needs to have been combed with a normal brush first to ensure all tangles are out. You need to divide the hair into small sections comb and then check the comb to see if any lice were found. After it should be washed well in soapy water ready for the next use.
The things I liked about this comb is that it has a large handle that is comfortable to hold which is useful when you have 4 different heads in the family to check. Also because of the colour and style of the comb if any lice are hiding it is very noticeable and dealt with. It glides through the hair very easily and although it combs the scalp efficiently it does not cause any discomfort which is a must for me as my little girl try's anything she can to get out of having her hair checked for nits. For us it worked very well it removed the lice and alerted us that we had them so we could by some lotion and treat the problem.So it does work efficiently.
My problem with this comb is after being used by all 4 of us twice the teeth become very damaged and often twisted especially when it came to my longer hair. Although they only cost £3 for each time we are going to need to check our hair this can become very costly especially as they are not very durable. I will definitely stick with the metal teethed combs as these seem to much more durable and just as effective.
My eleven year old daughter is a magnet for headlice, she has been since the day she started school with her long hair that just won't stay tied up. As she's got older the problem has got better, she's learned to keep herself to herself a bit more and Vosene have brought a fab headlice repellant spray out which helps too.
I use the conditioner and headlice comb method when I want to either check the kids hair or treat them if I've actually found any bugs. I had been using a very old comb, it was so cheap that it hadn't even got a brand name but worked brilliantly. One day it just snapped in half though so the next time I noticed my daughter scratching I bought this one because it was the cheapest in the chemist.
It's made by Hedrin and is a basic white headlice comb. The curved shape of the comb makes it comfortable and easy to hold and because it is a such a flat design it is very easy to push it through the hair and get as close to the scalp as you need to.
The teeth of the comb are very smooth and straight, they are spaced closely together to make the removal of lice and eggs very simple. The way the comb works is that the bugs will become trapped between the teeth and then you just clean the comb off ready for your next sweep. I always keep a few cocktail sticks to hand and tissue because I think those are the best for removing the lice so you have a clean comb each time.
The teeth and comb itself are completely smooth, this is a relief for my daughters as they all have long hair and other cheap plastic combs can snag their hair. This isn't a problem with this Hedrin comb and the only time it hurts is when they haven't brushed their hair properly in the first place. And that's their own fault!
As I have already mentioned, this comb has been great for detecting any headlice in my daughters hair, and also treating the problem with a good conditioner. It is stronger than it looks so once all the tangles are out of their hair it copes well with repeated combings to ensure all the lice (and equally importantly, the eggs) are removed.
£2 - £3 from any chemist or supermarket pharmacy.
Most parents will know the frustrations that come along with a new school term - having been illness and headlice free all holidays, once the kids are back at school, it becomes a never endign cycles of coughs, sniffles, and de-nitting the hair .
I check my daughters hair every 3 days, and usually use a 'Nitty Gritty' comb (excellent, by the way). However, recently the comb was misplaced, and as a temporary measure, I nipped into my local supermarket to get something to check her hair with . I didn't want to stop checking, as I know how quickly lice can multiply, and if I just left it, her hair could become riddled with the little monsters .
Still, this comb was better than nothing , and I took it home to try out . The packaging claims that this has been clinically tested to be effective, and that the teeth have been precision engineered not to bend in use .
The pack also includes pictures of headlice, which are useful for people who are perhaps treating their children for the first time and not entirely sure what to look out for .
I paid £3 for this in my local supermarket, with this being the only option available on the shelf . Had there been other choices, I do not think I would have purchased this, as this is essentially a cheap flimsy bit of plastic, with the teeth having altogether too much give, widening easily . You don't want the teeth to widen with a nit comb - as nits are tiny, you want the teeth to ideally be very rigid, so that the nits get caught in the small gaps and tugged out of the hair . The handle part of the comb is smooth and curved, and large enough to get an easy grip on.
This can be used on wet or dry hair. I always wet comb, with this being the method recommended by doctors . I simply slather my daughter up in conditioner, and then (making sure the logo of the comb is pointed towards the head) pull the comb through the hair a section at a time . You need to pay particular attention to behind the ears and the nape of the neck, as these areas are lovely and warm for lice. After each comb, you need to wipe off the comb on a tissue to see if any nits, lice, or eggs have been removed .
Cleaning this is not as easy as just wiping though - I personally would recommend having an old toothbrush to really clean between the teeth of the comb, as bits of flaky skin, hair, and nits if there are any will get stuck and not want to be removed by a simple wipe. Once you've finished the job entirely, you should wash the comb in hot water to make sure it's clean - I personally like to add a tiny touch of dettol to the water to make sure it really is clean .
My daughter does not like being combed with this - despite the use of copious amounts of conditioner, her hair is really thick and a little curly, and we do find this particular comb tugs and pulls at her hair much more than the Nitty Gritty we normally use . I also really do feel that the comb itself, especially the teeth, seemed very fragile and not at all well made .
Luckily, on this occasion my daughter was nit free , and even more luckily, I found the Nitty Gritty comb again, so alls well that ends well .
Would I recommend this comb ? Nope, it's cheap and appears shoddily made, and does not glide easily through hair . I would recommend spending a little more on a metal toothed comb.
Hedrin Head Lice Detection Comb
It seems that no sooner does a new school year start than we start the head lice search. This time whilst I knew there was a possibility that Little Miss and therefore myself had them in some form, I wasn't certain and didn't want to start treatment until I was certain. I bought this comb along with the treatment just in case and set about finding out whether we had them.
PRICE AND AVAILABLITY...
The comb is available in chemists and supermarkets and costs £3.49. I have looked online and the best price seems to be less than £2.50 but watch out for p and p costs.
PRODUCT AND PACKAGING...
The Hedrin head lice detection comb has been specially designed for detecting lice and has been clinically tested and designed to ensure that it is accurate and comfortable to use. The comb is made from tough Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene and the teeth are apparently precision engineered so that they will trap the lice and not bend in use.
The comb comes packaged in a plastic blister pack with a cardboard backing which has all the information and instructions on the back; this includes two pictures of head lice- the largest and the smallest presumably so you know what you are looking for.
Inside the packaging is the comb. This is a white comb with a curved type handle over the teeth. The handle part is wide and the teeth are very short and close together, so that any head lice can be caught between the teeth.
HOW TO USE IT...
The idea is that this comb will find any head lice, so it's important to use the comb effectively. Itcan be used on wet or dry hair (use water or conditioner). Divide the hair into sections and insert the comb at the ottom of a section of hair with the logo on the handle facing the head and the comb parallel with the scalp. This is so that the rounded ends of the teeth will glide over the scalp without scratching it. Comb lightly outwards for the whole length of the hair and after each stroke wipe the comb with tissue to see if anything is trapped in the teeth. Repeat over the whole scalp and pay special attention to warmer areas- behind ears at the back of the neck and under a fringe.
After use, wash the comb with clean soapy water and then thoroughly rinse and dry before storing in a dry place.
Treatment should only be undertaken if live lice are found. If nits, but no lice are found after checking then these are likely to be from an old infection which is no longer current and treatment is not necessary.
If you do have head lice then there are several treatments in the range available including:
* hedrin spray
* hedrin once
* Hedrin Lotion
These are all available in different sizes suitable for varying number of treatments.
This effective little comb is easy to use and good for several combings. Combing through hair for head lice and nits is not the most comfortable of experiences so to minimise the pain I advise using conditioner and sectioning the hair into small and manageable parts which will ensure that all of the hair is checked. It is also handy to do the combing through over a sink or similar so that if anything drops out it can be easily seen and identified.
Because the comb is plastic and especially on long thick hair, the teeth do eventually break off but this doesn't happen until after several combings.
I found it useful because once used I was able to decide whether there were head lice or not and take appropriate action; I don't want to be putting solution onto Little Miss if it's not necessary. However, with this, it means that every few days we are able to check her hair thoroughly.
A handy comb if worried about head lice.
Thanks for reading
This head lice detection comb has been specially designed for the detection of lice. It has been clinically tested and is designed to be accurate and comfortable to use.The comb is made from tough ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) and the teeth are precision engineered so they trap the lice and will not bend in use.