Product Type: Robi in Health Therapies / Treatments
Newest Review: ... 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 ni... more
Essential kit to battle nits!
Robi Comb Electronic Nit Comb
Member Name: melinda3536
Robi Comb Electronic Nit Comb
Date: 27/07/10, updated on 29/07/10 (952 review reads)
Advantages: Chemical free, effective, durable
Disadvantages: Not for wet hair, possible health risks for folk with epilepsy or heart problems
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."
Summary: An indispensible gadget to help fight the headbugs
More reviews in the field of Health Treatment
- Badger Aromatic Chest Rub
- Gaviscon Strawberry Tablets
- Hedrin Treat & Go Mousse
- Excilor Fungal Nail Pen
- Icy Hot (3 Inch Medicated Roll) (7.5cm) Customised Pain Relief 1 Large Size
- Icy Hot (Extra Strength) Medicated Patch Back & Large Areas 5 Patches
- Icy Hot (Extra Strength) Medicated Patch Arm, Neck & Leg And Small Areas 5 Patch ...
- Icy Hot (Extra Strength) Medicated Patch Xl Back & Large Areas 3 Patches