Product Type: Hedrin in Health Therapies / Treatments
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This product is certainly not lousy .
Hedrin Headlice Solution
Member Name: thehonesttruth
Hedrin Headlice Solution
On of the most frustrating aspects of being a parent for me, is nits . No matter how many times I sit for hours combing my daughters hair through checking, no matter how much I spend on expensive shampoos to treat the problem, there is always some mother at the school who doesn't bother, and my daughter gets them again . Bring back the nit nurse - and bring back sending home kids who have nits to stop them infesting others!
Luckily, being on a low income, I no longer have to pay for head lice solution - instead I'm able to get them given to me via the pharmacy first programme . Whilst this undeniably saves me a fortune each year, it does mean I get stuck with whatever nit shampoo they give me, which on the most recent occasion was this one - Hedrin 4% Headlice Solution .
The main ingredient is dimeticone, which is a non chemical method of killing the nits . It works by blocking the tubes the nits use to breathe, and to urinate, essentially suffocating and drowning them . The advantage of this over some other chemical solutions is that it does not have any horrible choking scent, and is much better for people with asthma or sensitive skin than products containing malathion.
The box makes a big deal out of the fact that the product is skin friendly, with no nasty odour, and easy to apply . To use, you apply the solution to dry hair, combing through thoroughly, leaving on the hair for at least 8 hours . This treatment should be repeated 7 days later, to kill off any stragglers .
The packaging is not very specific in the actual amount you need to apply , so I chose to make sure my daughter was fully saturated. The product doesn't have any smell at all, which is very good, but does have a very greasy feel , with my daughters head feeling as though I've poured oil all over it . However, this greasiness, although admittedly not very nice, does mean it is incredibly easy to comb through with a nit comb at the same time without tangles or pulling .
I find a 100 ml bottle is enough for two treatments of my daughters mid length hair - but hair lengths and the amount needed to treat them will vary . I opted to do my daughters hair on a friday, and leave the solution on overnight, as I didn't want to be rushing about in the morning trying to get her hair washed before school . This turned out to be a wise choice, as it took 3 good lathers with shampoo to get the solution, and the accompanying horrid greasiness, out of her hair - although admittedly her hair was soft and shiny after this , and as already mentioned, incredibly easy to comb through with a nit comb to remove lice and eggs .
It certainly did work - any lice that were removed with the comb were dead, which is always a reassurance, and the repeat treatment a week later revealed no more lice . Sadly though, this was at half term,and she hadn't been back to school to get reinfested yet .
Overall, this is a decent product that kills lice, without odours or irritation, and leaves hair in a good condition for combing . Unfortunately, whilst other mothers at the school seem not to bother treating their kids, that just means I'm going to have to keep treating my daughter.
At £4.98 a bottle, this isn't overly expensive , but if you are on a low income, it may be worth checking if your area operates a pharmacy first scheme for people on a low income, as you may be able to get it free.
4 stars, one off for the greasiness, and not very specific instructions .