How to Use Oil Comb and Wet Comb to Get Rid of Head Lice

You can use oil comb and wet comb the hair to get rid of head lice.

Oil Combing

Oil Combing

Oil combing is the traditional method used for ages to remove head lice. This is different from regular application of oil to your hair. Oil is applied generously on the hair from root to the tip.

In olden days, people used castor oil or sesame oil for hair. When it comes to removing head lice, you can use any oil that doesn’t have the scented fragrance. For instance, don’t use the oils with aroma like almond oil.  Aromatic oil is different from essential oil that has the aroma. Don’t confuse the scented oil with essential oil. You can use coconut oil, sesame oil or castor oil for the best effects. These oils have their natural smell but are not too fragrant.

  • Detangle the hair and apply the oil. (Removing the knots helps separating the hair into small sections and comb accordingly)
  • Massage the scalp gently as you apply the oil.
  • Apply a generous amount of oil. It should look like as if you have soaked the hair in the oil.
  • Tie the hair for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Comb the hair with a normal comb to make sure that the hair is free from knots and tangles.
  • Separate the hair into two sections, left and right. Split the parted hair into small sections to ease the combing.
  • Separate the hair into small sections and comb every part meticulously.
  • Take the comb and draw it down, from the top towards the end of the hair. Make sure that the tip of the comb teeth touches the scalp.
  • Check the comb for lice and remove them when seen.
  • After every stroke, remove the lice from the comb.
  • You can remove about 80 % of the head lice using the oil combing method. This includes both matured lice as well as baby lice, except the nits.
  • After combing, tie the hair loosely and wash it after 30 minutes using regular shampoo or shikakai. Shikakai is a herb good for cleansing hair.