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Having tried and failed to rid my daughter of head lice by using the wet combing method, I turned to Hedrin Treat and Go Mousse as it seemed to be the easiest option available. The concept is that by coating the hair from root to tip with the mousse, then leaving it on for eight hours before rinsing or shampooing off, you will have killed all the live head lice. However, the pack states that a follow up treatment seven days later is required to kill any lice that may hatch between the applications.
Using the solution is simple. You apply it to dry hair and either rub or comb through until the hair is completely covered. You can then either let the hair dry naturally or use a hairdryer. It is advisable to do the treatment before going to bed, as it leaves the hair looking greasy - there's no way you would want to go out with this on your head!
The product rinses out easily, and is effective at killing the lice. It is a shame the treatment has to be repeated, as this makes the product less convenient that the 'once' treatments that you can buy.
The main downside is the size of the bottle. It is suggested that when head lice are detected, the whole family should be treated at the same time. However, the largest bottle does not contain enough solution for my family of four to have two treatments each. This makes the treatment very expensive.
I remember the first time my kids came home with a letter saying that someone in their class had headlice I was mortified but as it has happened a few times now I am used to it and realise it is just something that happens when loads of kids are together every day.
I now use a nit comb and also use Hedrin when my kids have had nits. I buy it from Boot's where it costs £12.50. I buy the mousse which I find is the easiest and nicest one to use. It is really simple to use and I just have to apply the foam to the kids head and then comb it through before leaving it for 8 hours and washing it out. I then use a nit comb to go through their hair and make sure and get rid of any eggs.
The instructions say that you can just apply this and then get on with your day. Well maybe for boys but let me tell you I have used this on my own hair and it made it look dirty and so tatty that there is no way I would put this on in the morning and then go out for the day. We just use this at night and then sleep in it before washing it off in the morning.
This one is one of the nicer treatments to use because it doesn't smell really terrible and also it doesn't make my scalp itch unlike some other headlice treatments. It feels quite gentle but it actually works to kill the nits and I find that usually overnight all the nits are dead and then it is just a case of using the comb to remove any dead ones and any eggs which haven't washed out when washing the mousse away.
You can repeat the mousse but I have found that one coating is usually always enough to get rid of the nasty little critters.
It isn't nice for your kids to catch them but unfortunately it is a fact of life and seems to be getting more common so I have no doubt that I shall have to continue buying this for a few years yet.