Coconut Oil for Head Lice

Author: lifebyandrea

Here I am again with another amazing use for my all time favorite natural product, coconut oil. Coconut oil is amazing for getting rid of head lice quickly. Not only will it rid your head of lice, but it also rids your scalp of dandruff and makes your hair smooth and shiny too. Honestly I can talk about coconut oil and all of its amazing uses all day, but I will just get right to it and tell you how to use it to get rid of the lice.

You will need your coconut oil, preferably coconut oil that is not meant to be used for cooking. My favorite being organic virgin coconut oil that is pure white in color and also smells of coconut (actual coconuts, not that coconut FLAVOR smell). You will also need a disposable shower cap, which are easily found at your nearest beauty supply store. They are usually sold for a few bucks if that, and you get a bunch in the pack. And do not forget a fine tooth comb. You can also purchase a really cheap one at the beauty supply store as well for a dollar, possibly even less. Its good to have a cheap one or two so that you can just toss them in the trash once you’re done using it. If you do not want to spend the extra money, just make sure to thoroughly sanitize the comb that you keep. You don’t want to re-infest your scalp with lice or spread it if you share that comb with another person, say siblings or a spouse.

Once you have you coconut oil, disposable cap and comb you want to start sectioning off your hair and start rubbing the coconut oil into your scalp. Be sure to really lather it up, don’t be stingy with it, and for good measure massage the oil all the way to the tips of your hair as well. Don’t want those little beasties hanging on for life anywhere. Continue doing this this over your entire head.

When that is all done, take your comb and run it through your hair. This helps distribute the coconut oil throughout your head and hair, and loosens up any eggs that my be hanging around in there. Plus, it just feels really good to give your head a nice little scratch. You can do this step by sectioning off your hair again and doing it bit by bit, or doing it while your are applying the oil. It is really up to you, whatever floats your boat.

After combing, put your hair up. People with long hair can put it in a bun/ponytail and people with short hair can just leave it the way it is. As long as all of your hair is able to fit into the shower cap you are fine. This keeps everything contained and you don’t have to worry about making a mess on your pillow or leaving lice or their eggs on it; because you will need to sleep overnight with it on.

In the morning just wash your hair with your regular shampoo, no special shampoo is needed. You may have to shampoo twice or maybe even three times because you do have oil in your hair, but the lice should be gone. If any little critters still remain, just repeat everything over again that night or every night until it is gone or your feel confident that it will not come back.

I hope that you found this to be useful, and I will do my best to bring you more coconut oil uses in the future.

Article originally published @ and appeared there on June 11, 2013.

Please note that while this site offers information, it should not be taken as medical advice.

Please consult a trusted medical professional before using the information on this site.

Results should be expected to vary from individual to individual. Also, please understand that you may still need to do other things to support your health in addition to using the information on this site as the information on this site is not intended for diagnosis or treatment.

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