As a parent and a primary school teacher, a nit infestation feels fairly inevitable. You only have to mention the word “nits” in the staff room and you’ll find every adult within ear shot scratching their head and checking each other’s hair!
I never wear my hair down at work and from Chloe starting playgroup at two and a half, I instigated the rule that you wear your hair up for school. I must admit that I don’t check the girls’ hair as regularly as I should – I know some parents sit down every Sunday night to give their children’s hair a thorough combing. I am not that mum. I check when I remember, I check when I see the slightest scratching of their scalp, I check when that dreaded letter comes home from school: “There is a confirmed case of nits in your child’s class”.
So far we’ve escaped.
We had one incident where I saw a single bug in Amy’s hair and instantly deloused everyone in the house. Looking back it think it was something of an over reaction and I don’t really think she had nits at all.
I’ve recently discovered KIT & COCO.
Coconut oil to treat head lice treatment? What? Yes, the nation’s obsession with all things coconut oil has now spread to treating nits. Aside from all the amazing anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-bacterial and moisturising capabilities of coconut oil, it’s also now a genius solution to head lice. Rather than a whole load of horrible chemicals, KIT & COCO use the fatty acids in coconut oil to clog up the respiratory system of head lice and nits (what a lovely way to die) meaning that not only is the treatment 100% effective but it’s almost impossible for the lice to develop a resistance to it and it leaves your hair all super soft and shiny. Thankfully we have no need to test the product out right now but I’m won over by the science of it and think it sounds much nicer than your standard nit lotion!
Of course prevention is better then cure and, as I’ve said, the girls both wear their hair tied up for school (or in fact most of the time as it’s just easier!). I’ve tried nit repellent protective sprays before but found the smell to be unbearable (they remind me of the stuff my Mum used to spray when she was trying to prevent local dogs from realising her bitch was on heat!) KIT & COCO have also produced a range of preventative products including a spray (great for my girls with their long thick hair) and a mousse (perfect for Ben with his short, thick hair) and even a preventative hairband (which is unfortunately not a very school uniform friendly colour). You can spray KIT & COCO Protective Spray directly onto the hair or onto the very cute hairband for 24hrs of protection. And guess what? It smells alright – I confess, it’s not my favourite fragrance in the world but I can certainly cope with it as a pay off for avoiding nits!
Admittedly the whole range is a little more expensive than the products I’ve used in the past but for the lack of nasty chemicals and the lovely smell – I’d say it’s worth it!
*We were sent the KIT & COCO products free of charge for the purposes of review however all thoughts and opinions remain our own*