Vinegar - one of the most simple and budgetary funds that is present in the recipes of traditional medicine. Especially often it is used to combat lice or nits, when you need to safely and safely clean the hair of people of any age. How to make a working mixture and not harm the body? Is it really so effective?
How does vinegar affect lice?
First of all, it is necessary to note the specific smell of any vinegar: it doesn’t like even a person, although it does not cause spasms of the respiratory tract (the exception is individual intolerance or high sensitivity of the body), and parasites are more susceptible to it. After a long "inhalation" of such evaporation, the lice weakens, loses concentration, their capacity decreases, as a result of which the grip on the hair becomes not so strong and it is much easier to remove them mechanically. Moreover, the less oxygen they receive at this moment, the faster the process of intoxication.
With nits, everything is a little different: they have no problems with air poisoned with acetic acid vapors, but the glue, which helps fix the eggs on the hair shaft, softens in an acidic environment. This, in turn, also allows you to quickly comb the nits. If the air exchange is additionally prevented, the eggs will dry from the inside, the larvae will die.
How to get rid of lice with vinegar?
Almost any of its variants are suitable for work — table, apple, wine. Some recipes allow even vinegar essence to be used, however, due to its high concentration, special care must be taken with this product. In any case, it should be understood that getting the lice out with vinegar will not work out the first time: after the procedure, there will remain a certain proportion of parasites, which will require a repetition of the actions performed.
There are several important rules that should not be neglected:
- Do not apply vinegar to the head / hair in its pure form - regardless of what it is made of, it is necessary to make a solution of low concentration. Doctors advise to use 9% vinegar, which is subsequently diluted with plain water. Standard proportion - for every 100 ml of water, take 1 tbsp. vinegar. The amount of solution depends on the length and thickness of your hair.
- Apple cider vinegar is recommended to be diluted not with water, but with any vegetable oil, and the proportion is modified by 1: 1. The essence is diluted in more liquid: for 1 part of it take 16 parts of water.
- Repeat the procedure after 7-10 days, having spent at least 3 sessions. In most cases this is sufficient, but sometimes it is necessary to do the same a few more times.
How to remove the vinegar lice and nits?
- Before the procedure, you need to wash your hair well, dry your hair naturally or with a hairdryer. Make sure there are no wet areas left.
- Prepare the vinegar. There are no recipes as such - it is enough just to make a solution according to one of the above schemes, after which it is spread on a hair with a small sponge. For the convenience of this step, it is recommended to divide the entire mass of hair into layers by horizontal partings.
- Since the acetic acid fumes are toxic for parasites, in order to enhance the effect of the "gas chamber" after the hair is treated, it is recommended to put a thick shower cap on your head. This will limit the supply of oxygen and speed up the process of poisoning.
- If you use essence, keep it on your head for only 20 minutes, but for regular vinegar you can increase the time to one hour. After that, the hair is well combed with a metal comb with frequent teeth. It is recommended to do this over the bathroom.
- When the larvae and weakened parasites stop pouring from the hair, wash your hair with a balm, as the vinegar dries your hair.
In conclusion, it is worth noting that if you have not received a recipe for getting rid of lice and nits with vinegar, you can try cranberry juice: it treats damaged and thin hair more carefully. Greater water can show greater efficiency - it does not just weaken, but kills lice.