Nits and head lice are the bane of every parent’s existence if they live in a warm climate and have children in school or child care. We suffered through four summers of head lice infestations before we finally started using tea tree conditioner from Thursday Plantation to prevent head lice.
We now have a five year old daughter in Prep Year (the year before Year 1) at school, and an eight year old daughter in Grade 3. Both children have long hair. We have been twelve months nit and head lice free using tea tree conditioner from Thursday Plantation — and we know there have been head lice outbreaks in their classrooms because the school has sent home advisory notes.
Our experience with head lice treatments
We used to use the traditional methods of killing nits and head lice. We would wait until our children actually had head lice. Then we would use one of the (often horrible) chemical head lice treatments, such as KP24, Moov, etc, etc. We even tried using the tea tree head lice gel treatment from Thursday Plantation. Often we would have to treat the children’s hair, plus our own hair because our kids love to snuggle with us (don’t you love it when kids share!). And then we would have to wash the sheets, doonas and pillow cases from their beds and ours, as well as cushions from the sofas. There is a day of work just there! The experts then recommend using a nit comb on your children’s hair for seven days after the infestation. Sure, our family would end up head lice free, but for how long?
Too often our kids would pick up head lice again only a week or so later. We had one situation when my oldest daughter was in kindergarten when, after two days at kindy, she would come home with head lice again. After a few weeks of this and a quiet word to the teacher, it was discovered that one of my daughter’s friends had a bad head lice infestation. Unfortunately, the boy’s parents had given up on the battle to get rid of the poor child’s head lice.
Using tea tree oil products to prevent head lice
Over the years we have read all the tips and tricks for preventing and killing head lice and nits. One that seemed to work for a while was to add some diluted tea tree oil to a water spray bottle and spray the children’s hair before brushing it. It worked, until unbeknownst to us, my kids replaced the tea tree solution with just plain water …
Even though we had heard about tea tree shampoo and conditioner as a preventative for head lice and nits, we had not used it. Out of desperation, we purchased some Thursday Plantation shampoo and conditioner — and it worked! Now, we only wash our children’s hair once a week, replacing their normal conditioner with Thursday Plantation tea tree conditioner. It is no extra work. We just apply the conditioner as normal — massage it in, leave it for a couple of minutes, and then rinse off. Easy.
And the best part is, our family and children have not had head lice or nits since we started using the Thursday Plantation tea tree shampoo and conditioner more than 12 months ago!