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ARE LICE BUGGING YOU?

Are you itching to find a head lice treatment that kills lice and eggs without any nasties and leaves your hair soft and looking healthy? HL7 will get your kids back to school fast. Choose one of the 2 quick and easy HL7 treatments. Both Rapid-Rid Gel and the Natural Treatment Lotion work within 15 minutes to kill head lice and eggs and leave you hair feeling silky and ready for fine tooth combing. The HL7 Head Lice Comb is double-sided and so it's great for both girls and boys. Fine tooth combing helps reduce the chance of re-infestation and breaks the lice life-cycle.

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WHICH TREATMENT IS BEST FOR YOU?

Head lice treatments have come a long way from the harsh and awful smelling products they once were. Chemical based treatments have been replaced by third generation products which are odourless and pesticide-free and natural treatments now include actives which kill lice and eggs and have other benefits such as detangling, defending and conditioning the scalp and revitalising the hair.

HL7 Rapid-Rid Gel is odourless while HL7 Natural Treatment has a 6 -Way Action against head lice and their eggs. 

HL7 RAPID-RID GEL

HL7 NATURAL TREATMENT

Kills head lice and their eggs

Kills head lice and their eggs

Kills louse by dehydration

Kills louse by suffocation

New, 3rd generation head lice treatment

New, 3rd generation natural treatment

Liquid gel appliaction

Thick lotion appliaction

Conatins special wetting agents + dimethicone

Contains 12 natural actives + dimethicone

Ideal for both long and short hair

Ideal for both long and short hair

Leaves hair feeling soft and managable

Leaves hait feeling soft and managable

No conditioner required

No conditioner required

10 minute appliaction

15 minute application

No chemical pesticides

Natural actives, no chemical pesticides

Odourless

Natural oils - unpleasant for lice

4-6 treatments - dose indicator on bottle

3-6 treatments

200mL

200mL

Suitable for 2 years +

Suitable for 1 year +

For asthmatics & sensitive skin or scalp

For sensitive skin or scalp ailments

WHY IS A 2ND TREATMENT APPLICATION NECESSARY?

No single treatment kills 100% of head lice and their eggs. The eggs take about 6 or 7 days to hatch at certain stages eggs are less susceptible to treatment products and so any eggs which were not effectively treated the first time will have hatched and the louse will be killed or combed out on the second application.

HL7 Rapid Rid Gel and HL7 Natural Treatment require only 2 applications (days 1 and 7) to be effective.  Other treatment products require 3 applications (days 1, 7 and 14) to be effective.

WHY IS FINE-TOOTH COMBING IMPORTANT?

Combing is the best way to remove eggs which are “glued“ to the hair shaft.  It also removes any nits (empty shells) and dead lice and helps break the lice life-cycle.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LICE AND NITS?

SHORT ANSWER: Head lice are small, wingless, blood-sucking insects that live on human heads. The lice lay eggs, when these hatch they leave an empty egg-shell which is known as a nit.

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  • Head lice are small, wingless, blood-sucking insects, 1.5 - 3 mm long and are a brownish-white colour in appearance.  They only live and breed on the human head, and cannot live on any other host. The adult louse may lay up to 130 eggs during a life cycle of around 34 days.
  • Eggs are oval and yellowish-white and about 0.8 mm in size (approx. size of a sesame seed). They are easier to see under a magnifying glass and under strong light. They are firmly attached to the hair shaft at the base near the scalp by a cement-like substance. Eggs hatch in about 7-10 days. They can reproduce about 2 weeks after hatching. It is important to remember that eggs are found close to the scalp. Any eggs found further along the hair shaft are either hatched or dead.
  • Nits are the empty white eggshells that remain after the lice hatch. Nits look like dandruff, but unlike dandruff nits do not brush off easily because they are stuck to the hair.

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HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE HEAD LICE?

When you start scratching your head, or see others scratching theirs, head lice are suspected! An infestation is confirmed by the presence of yellowish-white eggs found attached to the hair shaft, which look like sesame seeds. The eggs are usually noticed before lice are seen as lice can move quickly and hide easily.

The lice, which are brownish-white in colour, are found in the hair close to the scalp. They are very difficult to see with the naked eye but you can identify them and their eggs with the use of a magnifying glass under a strong light.

To check for lice part the hair and look at the scalp at the nape of the neck, around the ears, the crown and fringes. Live lice will move away quickly when the hair is parted but the eggs will be more visible. Any number of lice can live on a host but generally it is around 15. Lice numbers may be reduced by grooming and scratching by their host.

WHERE ARE HEAD LICE FOUND?

Head lice only live and breed on the human head.  They need blood to survive and feed three to four times a day.   Without blood they will dehydrate (in six hours in a dry climate and 24 hours in a humid climate) and will not be able to resume feeding or reproducing and will die.  An egg needs warmth to hatch and this is why they are laid close to the scalp. The further from the scalp they are, the less likely they are to survive

WHO GETS HEAD LICE?


Head lice is most common in school age children, particularly primary school children, but they can affect any age, male or female at any time. Getting head lice is not a social stigma. It is not a sign of uncleanliness or poor health habits. Anyone who has close contact with an infected person is likely to be affected. Lice thrive where there is close hair-to-hair contact as they crawl between heads (they cannot fly or jump). They can only survive on human heads. They cannot live on clothes or bedding.

ARE HEAD LICE CONTAGIOUS?

Yes, they are highly contagious so breaking the head lice life cycle is vital and is the key to eradicating lice. Two treatments, 7 days apart are essential to ensure that the life cycle is broken. Other products may require 3 treatments on days 1, 7 & 14.

WHAT PROBLEMS DO HEAD LICE CAUSE?

Head lice do not cause medical problems. They are more of a nuisance than a risk! Most people with head lice will not have any symptoms. An itchy scalp sometimes occurs due to an allergy to the lice saliva and faeces, not because of their biting.

HOW DO I PREVENT MY CHILD FROM GETTING HEAD LICE?

It is very difficult to prevent head lice as they are highly contagious and if there is close head to head contact they will spread! Regularly examining your child’s head for head lice is the best preventative measure. If one member of the family has head lice, all members should then be checked and treated promptly if infected.

HOW DO I STOP HEAD LICE FROM SPREADING?

  • Check head and hair at least once a week
  • Contact your school and friends and let them know as soon as possible
  • Check and treat if necessary, all people that have come in contact with the infested person
  • Don’t share brushes, combs, scrunchies, hats, swimming caps, hooded clothes, ribbons, etc
  • Keep long hair tied back in pigtails, ponytails, plaits or buns
  • Lice do not survive well or for long off the human head, as they need to feed five or six times a day, therefore it may be a waste of time to wash all bed linen and spring clean the house. If very persistent infestations continue it may help to wash linen and put hairbrushes and combs in very hot water (60˚C plus for 1 minute, taking precautions not to burn yourself) and suspect items that can’t be washed (eg. teddy bears, hats, bike helmets etc.) into a sealed plastic bag for 8-10 days.

IF MY CHILD HAS LICE MUST I TREAT THE WHOLE FAMILY?

No – only treat when lice are visible.