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Seriously people...this stuff really works.
on December 5, 2013
I'm wondering if the people who say this doesn't work were not following the instructions to the letter...because I am 100% positive that this is working for us.
This is the THIRD time we have used this product, and, barring adaptation by lice in this area to the salt dehydration that Licefreee inflicts on them (i.e. hopefully the lice here don't gradually develop a tougher carapace or whatever its called...please oh please nooooo!), then this will be my go-to lice treatment forever more.
I don't know why, but our children's school seems to be positively infested with lice, and I am consequently spreading the word about this product as fast as I can (tired of reinfestation every few months during the school year).
Here is how WE use this product:
1) we spray the heck out of CLEAN, DRY hair until it is totally saturated, and then
2) let it COMPLETELY dry (we help it along a little with a hair dryer, though they don't mention this on the package (?!?). Then...
3) we LEAVE IT ON THE HAIR for the recommended time or longer - I just put it on all of us in the afternoon, then help the drying along a little bit with a hair dryer before bed, and then leave it on til the next morning (so around 12 hours). Recommend doing this on a Friday so you don't have to send kids to school looking overly "beachy" (my word).
4) wash hair (might require a repeat application of shampoo during the wash stage).
5) **Optional - seriously, I think its optional, and this is key for us because a good comb out hurts: brush the hair well (to get out tangles) and then comb through the hair with the provided lice comb OR (my preference) a really good lice comb like the "terminator."
I am no lice expert, but pre-motherhood I was a biologist and we happen to own a dissecting microscope. This last time (just this week) we did a comb out a couple days after the Licefreee treatment and then used the scope to see if there was anything there still alive (I have been telling everyone this product really works and wanted to make sure I wasn't crazy). With every pass through the hair we looked at the "particles" that were caught on the comb. And we found a ton of "nits" - ALL DEAD (or previously hatched) and NOTHING ALIVE on any of us; whereas before the treatment with a quick comb check we were finding every stage (eggs + living babies and adults).
IMPORTANT NOTE: Licefree doesn't unstick the "nits" from the hair...but who cares if there are tiny eggshells in your hair if the pests are all dead?!? They will come out over time, they are essentially invisible on the hair, and nothing is going to hatch out of them in the meantime. Under our scope they all looked sort of "exploded;" I realize some of these were eggs that had hatched pre-treatment, but the way they looked to me (dried up, destroyed) coupled with nothing alive in the hair assures me that it worked. I will update this review if I find anything on our heads that implies otherwise.
This is an awesome product (I've used both but recommend the spray - the gel is messier and on the box requires a comb out...why do that?!?). I just really wish I had invented it...these people are gonna be millionaires.