Does Nit Repellent Spray Really Work?

When it comes to battling head lice, the marketplace is flooded with repellents and treatments, each claiming effectiveness in keeping these pesky critters at bay. Amidst these promises, it’s natural to wonder, do these products deliver on their claims? Let’s delve into all things nit repellent spray.

How does nit repellent spray work? 

Nit repellent sprays typically work by creating an environment on the hair that deters lice from settling in or laying eggs. These sprays often contain ingredients that lice find unpleasant or are believed to disrupt the lice’s ability to attach to the hair or survive.

Common active ingredients in nit repellent sprays might include essential oils like tea tree oil, peppermint oil, or eucalyptus oil, which are thought to have repellent properties against lice. These substances often emit strong scents that lice tend to avoid. However, if the repellent worked, then you won’t get infested in the first place. These repellents claim to work, but only you can be the judge of that, based on your own experiences. Our clients have used a lot of products that simply do not do the job we do. 

Why nit repellent spray can be ineffective? 

In 2006 Government research found that 80% of the time chemicals and pesticides didn’t work – the lice just built immunity. Many of the head lice repellent products are dilute versions of the head lice killing products, so if they didn’t clear the infestation for you, then the repellent product probably isn’t going to either. Sprays might not fully cover the hair, leaving areas unprotected and allowing lice to infest untreated sections. If you are using repellents, bear this in mind. Some sprays may have a limited or short-term repellent effect, requiring frequent reapplication for consistent protection. Additionally, different lice strains or individual lice might not be affected by the ingredients in the spray, rendering it ineffective for certain infestations. Some products might make exaggerated claims about their effectiveness that don’t align with actual results. 

What to do after using ineffective nit spray repellent?

If you’ve used a nit spray repellent that hasn’t been effective in preventing lice infestation, here are some steps you can take. There are various treatments, shampoos, or natural remedies available that might prove more effective in managing or preventing lice infestations. You can conduct routine head checks using a fine-toothed comb specifically designed for lice removal. You should check for nits and lice regularly to catch any infestation early and prevent it from worsening. If the infestation persists or if you’re unsure about the best course of action, seek guidance from The Hairforce today. 

A tip from The Hairforce, the experts who clear nit and head lice infestations is that keeping long hair tied back is a great protective measure against catching head lice. If head lice can’t get near your child’s hair then that is the best repellent of them all.

If your head is itching and you think it might be head lice then contact The Hairforce on 020 7485 7351 to book a check or a clear to stop the itching permanently.

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