Dangerous Chemicals Used in Traditional Lice Treatments

“Sometimes the medicine is worse than the disease. It is unfortunate that well intentioned parents treating their children with toxic or flammable substances have caused deaths and poisonings.” Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Harvard School of Public Health


Unfortunately, many people believe that the only way to relieve our children from the discomfort of head lice is by exposing them to dangerous pesticides that cause more harm than good. Of course, the manufactures of popular lice treatments have a vested interested in downplaying some of the harm their ingredients have been proven to cause. On the other hand, we at My Hair Helpers have chosen to forgo these dangerous ingredients. We believe that people can rid themselves from these parasites without exposing themselves to a veritable cocktail of poisons. Here are just a few of the toxins found in traditional head lice products.

  • Permethrin: This pesticide is also a neurotoxin that has been categorized as a “restricted use” substance by the EPA. In high dosages it can be fatal to humans.
  • Lindane: Think it is safe because your doctor prescribed it? Guess again. Lindane is banned around the world except in the US. Nevertheless, it is available by prescription here. The EPA considers the chemical so dangerous that its use is forbidden on cattle or crops to rid them of parasites.
  • Ovide: This pesticide, which has been touted as a replacement for Lindane, is the active ingredient in Malathion. Malathion has recently been classified as “probably carcinogenic to humans”, by The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a specialized agency of WHO. Additionally, Ovide is easily absorbed into the skin and can enter the bloodstream.
  • Formaldehyde: Formaldehyde is a poison that can cause chest pain, shortness of breath and a whole host of other respiratory conditions. Additionally, formaldehyde has been linked ALS in adults. Finally, formaldehyde is a known carcinogen.
  • Pyrethrin: Yes the ingredient that is found in some “natural” bug killers is also found in certain lice treatments. In humans pyrethins are considered to be relatively safe. However, they have been known to trigger asthma in some children.

The problem with products that contain these kinds of ingredients is that they are intended to be applied for extended periods of time in order to be effective. Our natural head lice removal system is for people who don’t want to sacrifice safety for comfort.

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Head lice are tiny six-legged insects that are blood-sucking parasites. They live on the scalp of humans. Head lice are the little and wingless insects with a size of sesame seeds that make their home on the human head and spread diseases by sucking the blood from the scalp. Infections and diseases caused by head lice are generally faced by on-going school students and their family members as the head of students come in contact with the head of other students. Contact My Hair Helpers to guaranteed head lice removal services. We are professional head lice removal experts known for our best service and customer support.


The evidence for head lice goes back many centuries. Lice was named as the third plague in the Old Testament of the Bible. The shell casings for lice have been found on Egyptian mummies. Live Lice on the head and their eggs can be killed by opting for different lice treatments that are available in different forms such as lotions, shampoos, and creams and these can be used at home without any hassle. It is necessary for the women who are pregnant or breastfeed their babies to take suggestions from a renowned doctor about the risk-free products.


In the majority of cases, head lice is passed with head to head contact. A smaller number of cases are passed through brushes and combs and sharing hats. Lice don’t like to leave their food supply unless a warm head is waiting for them.


Head lice actually prefer clean hair! It’s more difficult for them to lay eggs on greasy or dirty hair.