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I disagree with the reviewers who said it doesn't work; it does work very well. But it's important to understand that this is a louse comb, not a nit comb. It will kill live lice but not nits before they hatch. For that reason it's important to use the comb daily for two weeks until all nits have hatched and turned into lice that the comb can capture and kill. The best approach is to detangle hair, comb with the Robi comb, then wash the hair and wet-comb with a good nit comb (NOT the Robi, which doesn't work in wet hair). Repeat dry combings with the Robi comb daily and repeat wet nit combings after every shampoo. All of this will work as long as the child is not being re-infested at school. It's a good idea to use the comb to spot-check the whole family once a week when there is a local lice outbreak to make sure you aren't the family harboring those little guys and passing them back along!
I bought this comb several years ago, during a headlouse epidemic at our daughters' previous primary school. Having got thoroughly fed up of constant re-infestations, and our kids having got fed up of having constantly hair washes so that I could check it, I found this little gem in Boots, I think. It consists very simply of a solidly constructed white plastic body housing a single AA battery, and a removable cartridge containing a metal nit-comb. The principle is the same as those blue-lit fly zappers that you see in commercial kitchens and deli counters, as it electrocutes the bugs.
The nits themselves are actually only the eggs, initially appearing quite pale and very difficult to spot, and gradually turning darker as the louse develops inside it. They are normally quite near the scalp, although not always. Nit combs can remove both the eggs and the lice, although there are often a good number of eggs left behind, which is why it's vital to keep a regular check, at least once every three days for schoolchildren or adults who work with them on a regular basis, and daily if you know you've got them!
The gadget has two settings (other than the off position) - one which stops the comb when it's found something, funnily enough called the detection setting, and the other which keeps a constant electrical charge flowing, or the elimination setting. There is also a small brush, with an integral magnifying glass, which slides out of the comb's body. The brush is essential in keeping the fine comb clean. The magnifying glass is very helpful in examining the comb for any wriggly critters as sometimes they can be little more than specks when first hatched. The comb section of the gadget can be completely disassembled by pressing in two red buttons either side and pulling the comb away from the body, the metal comb then also slides out and can be fully cleaned.
It's very important that you only use this device on dry hair - you'd think this was obvious with an electrical item, but it's easy to forget since most nit-combing is done on wet hair. You won't get a dreadful electric shock with wet hair as it's only a tiny voltage. However, since drops of water effectively imitate the bugs, and close the circuit, this stops the comb from working almost immediately.
With dry hair, however, it's quite a different story! Brush or comb the hair through as normal, making sure that as many knots as possible are gone. Then switch the comb's little slider switch to the desired position, and comb systematically through the hair. When you hear the buzz stop, you've usually found a louse, and if you continue to comb to the end of the strand it should be on the comb. Sometimes it takes a couple of tries. It's still a good idea to do a visual check as well, and it will take several days to get rid of the creatures altogether due to them hatching on different days, and just being plain elusive. I usually use this comb in combination with wet combing with a normal nit comb, but it saves constant hair-washing as it's possible to effectively check for the things in-between washes.
Ever since we started having to deal with this problem almost ten years ago, I've stuck to a 'no chemicals' regime. A good friend, whose daughter had caught them, said that the best treatment she'd ever found was to use conditioner and wet comb the hair. This suited me as I'm always a bit concerned about bugs, both insect and bacterial, developing immunities to even the strongest treatment. The last thing we need is super headlice! So I've always used a combination of wet-combing, the electric comb, and good old-fashioned visual checking, i.e. looking for & removing the eggs on the hair near the roots. This almost always results in getting rid of them within a fortnight, usually less, unless there are a lot of kids in the class who aren't being checked properly at home.
I was inspired to write this review now as I've unfortunately had to get the comb out of retirement in the last few days. Even at high school there is no escape.... It's most effective when you have to use this comb on another person, but it is also quite easy to use on your own hair. Be careful not to catch your ears though, or any moles that you may have on your neck (voice of experience speaking here) as it stings a bit. It's been used on all of us over the last few days, and it's still working perfectly after several years of thankfully intermittent use. I can't remember how much we paid for ours, but it seems that they're available for between £10 and £14 on Amazon at present.
I've lost the instructions for ours, and unfortunately the Oris website isn't very forthcoming on health indications, however for a similar product made by Boots, the electric comb is recommended for children over 3, and is "Not recommended for suffers of epilepsy, heart disease or those using a cardiac pace-maker."
I thought this would be great as I don't like using too many chemicals on my daughter and as we seem to have been plagued with nits this year I thought this would be great. According to the packaging it will buzz when it comes into contact with a nit however I found this absolutely useless as it didn't buzz once when it detected a nit but did however buzz at random times and when I checked there was no nit there. It was quite expensive and wish I hadn't bothered buying it. I thought it would be good to a) not to have to buy all the lotions and b) so I could check my own hair if I found my daughter had them. So basically I'm left with a comb that cost a lot of money and doesn't do what it should do I would recommend sticking with the free comb you get with the lotion.
I recentley purchased the Robi comb,It is a total waste of money I might as well have thrown the money in the bin.You are better of with a normal nit comb and that is a lot cheaper,The Robi comb is supposed to buzz when a nit is cought after being cleaned the buzzing should return but the buzzing did not return so now we are left with an expensive comb. So i would like to advise people to go to the chemist and by some lotion and a nit comb but dont buy a robi comb
This review is not for those who are suggestible, in fact you might need to sit on your hands to avoid scratching.
Everybody who has had kids will dread that letter coming home from school with the doomladen phrase "There is currently an infestation of head lice in your daughter Petunias' class and we recommend you to have her head shaven or treat her for nits or both." (or something slightly less Draconian!)
Gone are the days when 'Nitty Norah the Bug Explorer' grommetted around in every child's head and eradicated the things with one glare of her steely eyes. (The nits, not the kids!)
Gone are the days (thank God!) when you could tell who had had nits by their almost baldy heads and purply splotches on what was left of their scalps. No! These are the days of equal opportunities and those blooming lice are the opportunists of all time.
We had to treat our kids rarely, thank goodness! The lotions we had to buy stank, weren't properly effective, cost a lot and were humiliating for those involved in the purchase of them. Especially if, like us, you lived in a small village! The child might as well have had a placard put around their neck saying "Unclean!" because the lotions had to be left in and made the hair all sticky-outy and funny smelling!
It is now possible to buy a very effective Robi electric comb which buzzes gently when you use it and it goes quiet for a second when it electrocutes one of the little bleeders. (What a satisfying no sound that is too!)
The comb is detachable from the battery unit and can be washed and used by all members of the family.
It works off one AA battery which lasts quite a long time before it needs replacing.
The comb is safe to use, it won't electrocute you, the most you can feel is a mild tingling in your fingers if you don't hold the sides the way you are advised to.
The humming is not unpleasant and nothing can be felt on the scalp other than the normal sensations of combing.
The initial outlay is between £11.00 and £15.00. When you think of the price of the liquid treatment and combs, it would not be long before the Robi comb starts to save you money. Plus, once the lice are eliminated you can use it weekly as a precautionary measure. So although it's not particularly cheap to start with you won't have to pay any more out.
Personally I would pay any amount to stay clear of headlice, just the thought of them makes me feel itchy and unclean.
The Robi comb has to be used daily for fourteen days. The comb will only kill the lice. The nits, which are the little white eggs which the lice stick to the hair shafts, are not killed by the comb. They are not killed by any of the potions either which is why all treatments have to continue to kill the lice as they emerge from the eggs and before the breeding cycle starts again.
Lice don't fly or jump, they crawl from one head to another. You can't catch them off cats or dogs or canaries! The lousy little things have six claws to grip your hair which is part of the reason they are so hard to get rid of. They feed by sucking blood through the skin on your head.
How nasty is that? Bleurgh! (Pardon me whilst I have a good scratch!)
I know that this isn't a pleasant subject but the Robi comb made the problem a lot more manageable and the evidence of the dead lice was there before our eyes.
The instructions were clear and easy to follow.
There was a lot of information about headlice and their breeding habits which I found interesting up to a point but I wanted to kill them, not set up a farm for them.
This very useful gadget is made by Oris and their should be a special place in Heaven reserved for the inventor!
What more can I say?
Have you stopped scratching yet?
It goes without saying that head lice are something that we all hope that we will never have to deal with, unfortunately though it is a fact that, through no fault of our own, many of us will have the nightmare of our children bringing these nasty little creatures into our homes. Up until last summer, despite several letters advising us of infestations at my sons school, we had always managed to avoid the little blighters. I have always had long hair and even when I was at school I was fortunate enough to have never had headlice. However, after a day out at the zoo last summer we managed to bring home some of these nasty creatures, (no we didn't snatch them from their cages). At the time we visited there were baby chicks hatching in an incubator and my dear son was amongst the masses of eager children itching, (literally), to get a birds eye view. At the time I commented to my husband that it wasn't surprising kids get headlice when their heads are all pushed together as they peer into the incubators - little did I know that this statement was to come back to haunt me and that we were to soon be attacked ourselves by these nasty creatures. About a week or two later I took my son for a hair cut and was horrified when the hairdresser called me over, in front of a shop full of customers, to point out that she had found a nit, (for those of you who don't know a nit is a head louses egg), in my sons hair. I could have just died, never in my life have I felt so embarrassed, especially when she suggested that as I have got long hair that she should check mine too, she then announced in a nice loud voice that I too had been infested. She suggested we popped to Boots to buy some special shampoo and a nit comb. I quickly escaped and hurried along to Boots, all the way there I felt as though everybody I passed was able to see these nasty creatures jumping up and down and walking across my head, (as you can see I have a vivid
imagination). Anyway, Boots sold me some Lyclear Shampoo - apparently the best on the market. My son, my husband and myself all had to be treated. We went straight home and used the shampoo, after a few days it was apparent that my son and I had not got rid of the lice. My husband only had a couple and managed to get rid of them using the shampoo. I bought more shampoo for my son and I but a few days later, you've guessed it, we still had the lice. Two weeks had now passed and I was desperate to find something to rid us of these evil lice. During the two weeks I had also tried tea tree shampoo, and brushing conditioner through the hair with a nit comb, (the slipperiness of the conditioner is said to remove the nits from the hair), however whilst these methods helped we had still not got rid of the problem. I spent hours on the internet and visited various websites and as a last resort I decided to purchase a product I had read about on the internet, it is called a Robi Comb. Sorry if I've bored you with all the background details but I felt it helped me explain my reasons for choosing this product. **WHAT IS A ROBI COMB** A Robi Comb is a hand held battery operated, (1 x AA Battery), comb like device which when used on dry hair electrocutes any live lice. The Robi Comb comes with a white pouch which you can keep it in for discretion. The Robi Comb is small enough to pop into a handbag and is very lightweight. The comb comes apart for cleaning and comes with a small brush which can be used to clean in between the teeth. The teeth are metal which is a good idea as they won't bend or break. **HOW DOES IT WORK** As previously mentioned the Robi Comb is to be used on dry hair. Each day you section the hair and comb through using the Robi Comb. The Robi Comb detects live lice and zaps them. When you switch the Robi Comb on it makes a buzzing noise, when it detects a head louse it momentari
ly stops as it electrocutes it. If you then look at the comb you will be able to see the dead louse in between the teeth, (very attractive, well at least it's dead and 1 less to deal with). You can then remove it and carry on going through all the hair until you can find no more. The comb can be taken apart for cleaning and the teeth should be cleaned after each use to ensure that the Robi Comb is kept hygienically clean. Once the comb has been cleaned it can be used by other members of the family or packed away until the next use is required. This method of dealing with head lice may sound a bit scary, but it doesn't hurt the human nor is it harmful to them. **HOW LONG DO I NEED TO DO THIS FOR** You need to use the Robi Comb daily for about 7/14 days and spend about 20 minutes/half an hour each time, (depending on length and thickness of hair). The reason why you need to do this daily for 7/14 days is because the Robi Comb only kills live lice - it does not, (and incidentally nor do the shampoos), kill the nits, (the eggs). Each day the nits hatch and more live lice are produced, therefore you need to regularly kill them before they can reproduce. **DOES IT WORK** Thank god yes it does - having tried several other treatments without success it was a blessing to find something that actually worked. It is suggested that you check your child's hair weekly using the Robi Comb once you have got rid of the current infestation. This should ensure that any new lice will be killed before they can go on to reproduce. **WHERE CAN I BUY ONE** I bought mine in Argos but they are quite widely available in most chemists such as Boots. They cost about £16.00/£18.00 but in my experience they are worth every penny. Before I discovered this I spent about £20 - £25 on shampoos and nit combs etc and we had still not managed to completely rid ourselves. I pray that we are never infested again but should we
be unlucky enough to be caught twice at least I know that the Robi Comb will soon sort the problem for us. I apologize if you are now itching your head - I know I am. I hope you will never be unfortunate enough to have to deal with headlice but if you are I can strongly recommend the Robi Comb as a solution that really does work.
Eeeeekkkk!! Scratch, itch, tear the hair out! Ok, that's probably not practical, although would serve to eradicate the problem quicker than most alternatives! I expect loss of locks would not be the desired option for most, so what's on offer to irradiate these endearing little squatters in your kids hair, and, dare I say it, ours too! (Yep! They are not in the slightest bit fussy!). I am sure in some point in your life your kids, friends kids or somebody have received the monthly letter from school reporting "a" case of head lice, please check your child's head etc. You duly pin down your child and pick and part the hair to confidently declare, "Well, there's none in here". Huh!! Wrong! 7 times out of 10 I expect! These wonderful little creatures have not evolved to be spotted & blotted easily you know! They just happen to blend in perfectly with practically any hair colour, stick close to the scalp (flattish body, more surface area, better adhesion!) and can leg-it (6 of those by the way) with the best of them as soon as a ray of daylight hits the parting next to the area you have just passed as clear! (Scratching yet?). When fully grown, they are a few millimetres long and breed like bilio! If you can see them with the naked eye, there's a good chance there are many more of their buddies in residence too, each with a very large extended family! So, how to get rid? There are lotions & potions, some better than others depending on the resilience of your lungs, for some can be a tad on the potent side! These are great to get rid of the initial invasion (i.e., the live, mobile ones), but in my opinion, do nothing to infiltrate the eggs which are stuck to the root of the hair shaft like a mini time bomb ready to start the cycle all over again. You MUST then follow up with 2 solid weeks of nit combing to catch the hatchlings as they appear out of their lotion-resistant sh
ells. Due to the short courtship they have, it is highly recommended to comb each day! Every hair wash we would smother the hair in conditioner, grab some kitchen towel (it can get messy!) and settle down to a good half hour or so of hair "massage"! (Cartoon channel optional, but recommended). For additional prevention, we wet combed every 2-3 days thereafter coupled with head louse repellent lotion Rappell "pleasant fragrance" £5.65, sprayed onto the hair before sending loved one to school, the nits hate it apparently, or so the theory goes ... OK, problem cured yes? Hum.. if it were that easy. (You have to send your kids back to school too don't forget!) Plan B, C, or is it Z?! There just must be something else! And there it was! ZAP! Sat snugly in the corner of the shelf at the local chemist, the ROBI COMB! A neat little device, basically it's an electric nit comb! Switch it on and it makes a constant buzzing noise. Comb through hair until the buzzing stops, it has found something, small, medium or large, there is no escape, the nit is zapped! Remove the offending being and carry on until there's no more to zap, or you get bored! Boy, its fun! You really do feel as though you are getting somewhere, so much so that when there isn?t a zip or zap it is almost disappointing!! It's by far the easiest and cheapest method of ensuring the little buggers are kept at bay and any that DARE to find their way onto the head are duly zapped, eliminated, electrocuted after each hair brush before your little cherub trots to school the next day. It's that easy, the teeth of this comb are further apart than the wet comb, but as you use it on dry hair (it's the nits you need to zap, not your kids!) it only snags on big knots. Whip it through before the ponytail goes up, but mind the ears, these do respond to a "zap" and bobs your uncle! At £17.95, including AA bat
tery, it may appear expensive at first sight, but tot up how much you can spend on lotions, potions, conditioner and it pays for itself, and it's not half as messy, infact, I never thought nits could be so much fun! (Not!!). 4th Feb Quick update: Minor downside, our comb gave up! Thankfully I keep receipts so managed to exchange it for a new one at the local chemist (even if it was for a completely faulty one, which they exchanged again!). Be sure to keep your receipt or get the card inside stamped before you leave the shop, just incase!
Head lice, Nits, Electrocute them!!! This is a brilliant idea, it`s the same sort of comb as the usual plastic ones, but it`s metal, and has a battery. It literally electrocutes and kills the lice or eggs,when it comes into contact with them. It does work, but it also it it`s drawbacks. My girls have very long hair and because of it being metal, it doesn`t comb through the hair so easy & catches, breaking the hair. Also each time it comes in contact with a lice or theres one stuck in the comb, it squeaks/beeps...but it also does, if there is any trace of wet....so after a hair wash is not always the best time, unless you are sure the hair is completely dry right through. It can also squeak/beeb if there is any dandruff or small particles of dirt or dust in the hair, such as sand. This I find is annoying when you are not sure if your child actually has them or not anyway. The kids hate having it done they say it stings their scalp...I`ve tried it though & I can`t feel anything...maybe it`s just because the metal comb pulls more than plastic. If you have more than one school child you will get your moneys worth. If you have just one, it might be a good idea to buy one between a few mums so you can all share it. I still use the plastic comb after conditioning when wet at each hairwash, and if I ever see them scratching, out comes the Robi Comb. The thing is they still have had nits or lice....so maybe it`s not that good. You can get them from Boots, Argos etc.
Removing head lice