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 Post subject: Dreadlocks and nits/head lice (no cutting!)
PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 9:59 am 
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I decided to repost this here, maybe make a sticky, so if/when someone needs it, it'll be in plain sight. :-D
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First off, let me say that I know for a fact that this works...I have school age children, and before we moved to B town, we lived in a town with a shitty school system, and my oldest daughter used to get them all the f'king time and bring them home to us.

Too many dreadie folks panic and end up shaving their heads because they believe that is their only option. Don't do that, please, dear Gawd. Also, avoid any kind of lice shampoo, prescription or over the counter. We found out that lice shampoos are like antibiotics....improper usage has lead to many bugs developing a resistance to the poison, meaning they won't die. Not only that, but generally the nits (eggs) won't die anyway because they are protected inside of their shell. Plus, those shampoos don't rinse very well, and you don't want nasty pesticides building up inside of your locks.

This is cheap, effective, and does not require you to chop off all your lovely locks!

To start, pull your dreads up and try to bun them up if you can, or at least pull it into a high ponytail. Use about a half bottle of rubbing alcohol (70% or higher) or however much it takes to cover your scalp. Don't worry about soaking your dreads, because the fumes will kill them (the lice) as much as the alcohol itself. Tie a plastic bag or wear a shower cap tightly around your head for about 30 minutes. It'll itch and its annoying and stinky, but it'll kill the bugs. Rinse it out, and watch the bugs fall out.

Now, you'll have to do this again in about 3-5 days because the alcohol only kills the bugs, not their eggs (remember, most of the actual lice shampoos don't kill the eggs either...) so you'll have to do this process over again to kill any newly hatched critters, before they have time to reproduce. At this point you really should be lice free, though I would suggest you do it yet again in another 3 days....just to be on the safe side.

This is a cheap, easy and very effective way to get rid of lice. It has never once failed us. Just make sure you do it in a well ventilated area (we don't need you passing out on alcohol fumes), and it helps to have a friend or relative to help so you don't accidentally pour the shit in your eyes. That shit ain't cool. Also, no smoking, as alcohol is highly flammable. (don't want you head to go up in flames, do you?) And ta-da! Lice free, for under 5 bucks, and without having you sacrifice your lovely locks! The alcohol rinses out with no residue, and it'll disinfect any wounds you have on your scalp due to scratching. It will dry out your locks if you have to do it very often, but not anymore so than any of those harsh shampoos would....this is nothing a little aloe wouldn't cure.

one more note...using tea tree oil in your hair acts as a lice/insect repellent. Dr. Bronner's makes a soap with tea tree oil, and that's what we use. You can also buy it as a fancy, overpriced spritzer to spray in your hair. I think you're better off with the soap, personally. We also use tea tree oil in the deep cleaning concoction. I've read that rosemary also acts as a lice repellent, though I've never used it myself.

The beautiful part about this treatment is that no matter how often you use it, it's guaranteed to work....Lice may develop resistances to poison, but they damn sure can't resist BREATHING! And that's what the alcohol does...it suffocates them. This will also work on undreaded hair, but you'll have a bit of a hard time with it because the dreadlocks tend to soak up the alcohol much better than straight hair will.

The only folks I would advise against this method would be folks with serious breathing problems, or young children...I mean, common sense tells us that young children+plastic bag on head=disaster. Plus, I'm not sure how safe it is to use full strength alcohol on little kids.

And....that's all! I hope this info might eventually be helpful to someone!


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 Post subject: Re: Dreadlocks and head lice (no cutting!)
PostPosted: Sun Aug 31, 2008 10:21 am 
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i will hope and pray that i never have to try this, but i will keep it in mind! :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Dreadlocks and head lice (no cutting!)
PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2009 6:00 pm 
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lice freaks me out

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 Post subject: Re: Dreadlocks and head lice (no cutting!)
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I got lice in my last set and ended up combing em out becuase the shitty shampoo i got did nothing. Its probably a good thing in the end because i used alot of wax and would have had to chop them off completley

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 Post subject: Re: Dreadlocks and head lice (no cutting!)
PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2009 6:59 pm 
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yeh

wax is no good.

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 Post subject: Re: Dreadlocks and head lice (no cutting!)
PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 10:59 am 
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hmmm, I just noticed today that dreadheadHQ basically took this.

I'm pretty sure it came from here because it is credited to 'unknown"...as if someone would submit it without getting any credit. All of their other buggy solutions have the names of the people who submitted them, but not that one.

Plus, I've known others to suggest alcohol, so it's not totally uncommon. BUT, I actually took the trouble to research lice, how they reproduce, how long it takes for them to hatch, and how long their lifespan is, so to my knowledge I am the only one who came up with how long and how often the hair should be treated. yet they've got it posted.

Also, this remedy was not on their site a few months ago. it's only been on this one.

I guess as long as it helps others, I can't be too upset, I'm just irked that they have the fucking balls to steal information from this site and list it as "unknown."


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 Post subject: Re: Dreadlocks and head lice (no cutting!)
PostPosted: Wed Apr 29, 2009 2:02 am 
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My neighbor and my children all had lice. We have been trying to rid of for a month now. We used everyt product on the market. We tried the alcohol idea and it worked. Most amazing thing I have ever seen....all dead bugs! We are going to keep doing everyone heads every couple of days till gone, but i'm so glad to have found a solution. Thanks!

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 Post subject: Re: Dreadlocks and head lice (no cutting!)
PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2009 10:41 am 
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if i ever get lice this seems like a good idea.
But will the alcohol bleach your hair at all.


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 Post subject: Re: Dreadlocks and head lice (no cutting!)
PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2009 1:06 pm 
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Hey, how do I tell if you have lice? I have never had them and I am not sure what to look for. If you don't see nits crawling around in your hair? I just moved to an area with lots of humidity, and sweating makes me itchy until I wash or at least rinse. How do I make sure I don't have creepy crawlies or should I just treat anyway to be safe?

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 Post subject: Re: Dreadlocks and head lice (no cutting!)
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Alcohol will not bleach your hair, but using it repeatedly might dry it out a bit. nothing a little aloe can't cure.

The best way to tell if you have lice is to get someone else to check your head for you. You might not find bugs, but the person should look for nits (these are the eggs) close to the scalp along the hair shaft.

there are any number of reasons that might cause your head to itch. But if you notice that you are excessively itchy, or that you seem to be scratching at the same area(s), if you develop any bumps or sores (especially behind the ears, or above your neck) you may indeed have lice. :-(

I'd still have somebody check first.


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