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Dealing with head lice can be a stressful experience, especially when sensitive skin is involved. Traditional treatments might cause irritation or discomfort, making the process even more challenging. If you or your child has sensitive skin, here are some steps and tips to treat head lice effectively while minimizing skin irritation.

Step 1: Choose the Right Product

When selecting a treatment for head lice, it’s important to look for products that are formulated for sensitive skin. Non-chemical treatments such as dimethicone or mineral oil-based lotions can be effective options. These products work by physically coating the lice and suffocating them rather than chemically killing them, which can be gentler on the skin.

Step 2: Apply the Treatment Correctly

Always follow the product instructions to ensure you’re using it safely and effectively. Most products recommend doing a patch test, which involves applying the product on a small area of skin to check for any adverse reactions. As long as there are no rashes or irritation, you can proceed with the product and apply enough to thoroughly coat the scalp and hair. It should be wet but not dripping.

Step 3: Use a Fine-Toothed Comb

After applying the treatment, use a fine-toothed nit comb to remove dead lice and eggs (nits) from the hair. This step is crucial and should be done meticulously to prevent reinfestation.

For sensitive scalps, wet the hair with conditioner before combing. This can provide a soothing barrier and make the combing process less irritating. Also, be sure to comb through the hair every two to three days to check for any remaining lice or nits, continuing for at least two weeks to ensure all lice and eggs are removed.

Step 4: Soothe the Scalp

After treatment and combing, rinse thoroughly. Use lukewarm water to gently rinse the scalp and hair to remove any treatment residue. Next, apply a gentle, hypoallergenic conditioner or aloe vera gel to soothe the scalp.

Step 5: Clean Household Items

Lice can survive for a short period on household items, so it’s important to clean them properly.

  • Wash Fabrics. Bed linens, hats and clothing worn or used by the infested person should be washed in hot water and dried on a high heat setting.
  • Non-Washable Items. For items that cannot be washed, seal them in a plastic bag for two weeks, or place them in the freezer for 24 hours.

Step 6: Monitor and Prevent

Keep monitoring the hair for signs of lice over the next few weeks. Regular scalp checks can help catch a reinfestation early. To prevent future infestations, avoid head-to-head contact during play and other activities and do not share personal items like hair brushes, hats and scarves. 

Step-by-Step Instructions for My Hair Helpers Comprehensive Solution

My Hair Helpers has a full line of head lice products made from natural ingredients, along with step-by-step instructions on our website. Our products are used similarly to the tips listed above and are guaranteed to be effective! They are also safe for sensitive skin

  • Step One: Massage My Lice Oil or Cocomint Oil on dry scalp to trap and slow down bugs. 
  • Step Two: Spread My Mint Conditioner on the hair to soften. Then, use a comb to comb out tangles. 
  • Step Three: Section the hair horizontally and place Nit Glue Mousse directly on the scalp to cover the hair. Let the product penetrate for 5 minutes. Apply a second layer for 5 minutes. Do not rinse.
  • Step Four: Use the Eliminator Lice Comb to comb each section of the hair—up, down, left and right. This drags out nits and lice.
  • Step Five: In the morning, wash your hair with My Clarifying Shampoo or Mint Shampoo. Then use the Mint Conditioner. Repeat the steps in about 5-6 days. 

Wrapping Up

Treating head lice on sensitive skin requires a gentle approach that minimizes discomfort while effectively eliminating lice. By choosing the right products, carefully applying treatments and following thorough cleaning protocols, you can manage lice effectively without irritating sensitive skin. For lice products made from natural ingredients, place an order with My Hair Helpers today!