Combing and conditioning are two key steps towards clean, lice-free hair. Infestation often occurs because parents are unaware that eggs and lice have been transferred to their child’s head. Regular combing with conditioner and a fine-toothed comb will help to manage breakouts.

What you will need

  • Coconut oil – either liquid or solid form (we’ve used organic oil in solid form and followed package’s instructions on melting)
  • Lavender, lemon and tea-tree essential oils (available from health food stores)
  • Spray bottle
  • Hairbrush
  • Fine toothed comb (available from the chemist)

How to make the leave-in spray treatment for preventing lice

1. Place 250ml of coconut oil in a clean spray bottle.

2. Once your oil is cool, add five drops each of lavender, tea-tree and lemon essential oils. You can add other oils if you wish: Orange or grapefruit can be substituted for lemon. Rosemary and peppermint oil are also good additions.

3. Shake well to mix, and store in a cool, dry place. This spray is safe to use on a daily basis. For best results, comb through damp hair after the evening bath and spray on dry hair before school.