How To Comb Out Head Lice and Nits

If the directions on the Lice Ice tube are followed, the adult head lice should be completely washed out when shampooing. Any remaining residue and nits can be combed out easily with a head lice comb when the hair is dry.

That’s right – head lice and most of the nits should wash out with shampoo. Little to no combing is needed!

Tips on Combing Head Lice and Nits

Head lice and their nits are difficult to get rid of with combing alone. We provide these tips to comb head lice and nits so that if you do rely on combing you can get started immediately. We recommend a manual inspection after combing to make sure all the dead lice and eggs are removed.

  • Starting at the base of the neck, comb hair in sections with a lice comb until all nits are removed. Because Lice Ice helps to release the natural glue substance that the nits are attached with, there should be little to no combing.
  • Separate hair into 4 sections, pinning the sections in a flat curl against the head with bobby pins or clips.
  • You will be working with smaller sections no bigger than 1 inch x 1/2 inch. Only work on one section at a time, making sure to keep cleaned sections pinned back.
  • Hold the hair with one hand. Insert the lice comb as close to the scalp as possible and pull through the hair in one motion. Check the comb. If you see nits or lice, use a tissue to wipe the comb before you use it again. Throw the tissue into a waste can.
  • Comb one section at a time and check each section again, until you have cleaned that mass of hair. Pin the hair in a curl flat against the head.
  • Remove the bobby pins from the next large section of hair and repeat the process until you have finished all 4 large sections.

Combing out lice Behind the Ears Side View
 

Clean-Up After Combing For Head Lice

Plastic Lice Combs:

  • Soak for 15 minutes in hot ammonia water (1 teaspoon ammonia to 2 cups hot water).

Metal Lice Combs:

  • Boil the metal comb for 15 minutes.
  • Use an old toothbrush to clean the comb.
  • The comb can now be used on another family member.