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What is Wet Combing and How Effective is It?

If your child is in school, daycare or summer camp, you’ve probably been told to check their hair for lice. By doing this, you can identify the presence of lice before they cause an infestation. But, do you know how to check your child for these tiny parasites? Years ago, visual inspections were enough to track down lice, but a recent study found that wet combing is a more thorough and effective way to identify head lice

What is Wet Combing? 

Wet combing is a technique used to identify lice. It involves using conditioner and a head lice comb that can be purchased online from My Hair Helpers. Wet combing is done safely in the home and comes highly recommended for children with recurring lice infestations, children with allergies or asthma and parents who want to avoid the use of chemicals. 

For wet combing to be reliable, you must be diligent. If you find a louse, remove it to prevent an infestation. However, if you only comb through your child’s hair once in a while, you might miss a louse that can reproduce quickly. The good news is that wet combing is safe and has no adverse effects, so this is something you can do weekly. 

How is Wet Combing Done

Wet combing is an easy method, but there are still some things to know. Here are the steps to follow: 

  • Wash the hair using shampoo. Add conditioner for straightening and detangling.
  • Use a wide-toothed comb to brush through the hair until it’s smooth and sleek.
  • Switch to a head lice comb. Comb through the hair, starting at the roots and drawing the comb down to the ends of the hair. 
  • After each stroke, check the comb for lice. If they show up, remove them by wiping or rinsing the comb. 
  • Once you’ve worked through all sections, wash out the conditioner. 

When to Use Wet Combing

Wet combing can be used to check for previous infestations. Comb your child’s hair regularly, from two weeks to every week, until no further lice are found. Wet combing is also a great prevention technique. If you know that your child has been exposed to lice in school or daycare, you can check their hair once a week to ensure no lice are present. Again, this is a simple, risk-free method that is highly effective (though not 100%), as long as you are diligent with it. 

If you believe that your child has head lice, contact My Hair Helpers for immediate treatment. We can usually see people the same day, and our services are provided in the comfort of your home or our beautiful salon. 

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FAQ's

WHAT ARE HEAD LICE?

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.

WHERE DO HEAD LICE COME FROM?

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.

HOW DO WE GET LICE?

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.

DOES GETTING HEAD LICE MEAN I’M DIRTY?

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