What is a louse?

A louse is a tiny little brown insect of 2 to 3 millimetres that attaches itself to the hair follicle.  It keeps itself well fed by biting its host 3 to 4 times a day. Luckily, this little louse is not a transmitter of any nasty diseases.

Female lice lay an average of 5 eggs each day. Before hatching, eggs are transparent and invisible to the naked eye but once hatched, they take on a light grey colour. 

The louse has a life expectancy of 6 to 8 weeks. Once separated from its host and with its food supply cut off, the louse will die in less than 2 days.

A female louse comfortably set up on someone’s head can lay up to 300 eggs over the course of her life.

Lice and their eggs are resistant to water and traditional shampoos. It is therefore essential to use specifically formulated shampoos - such as those found in KIT&COCO’s treatment range - to thoroughly clean and free the hair from lice and eggs.


How do you get lice?

Contrary to popular belief, head lice are not an indication of dubious personal hygiene. The louse has no wings, nor can it fly or hop. It simply scampers from one head to another when direct head to head contact is made; be it during playground games, selfies, sharing hairbrushes or even when two hats or scarves touch on the communal coat rack.


The best places to hunt lice down

The louse likes to be close to the warmth of the scalp. It is there that it likes to nestle and take up residence; it finds the nape and behind the ears particularly amenable and it is here that the females lay their eggs. You should focus on these problem areas when you begin the KIT&COCO treatment, both when you apply the shampoo and when you comb the hair. Take care not to mistake dandruff for nits. Unlike dandruff, nits do not let go easily and they will not come out through hair washing or grooming with a normal comb.


How to get rid of nits

Despite head lice commonly being referred to as nits, the nits are the empty eggs cases that are left behind after the lice have hatched. Once the lice themselves have been removed, it is also important to rid the hair of nits.


Wet combing

Wash the hair with an ordinary shampoo and conditioner and use a normal wide-toothed comb to untangle it while it's wet; then switch to a nit detection comb, slotting its teeth into the hair as close to the scalp as possible.

Comb down the hair shaft, checking the comb every time; remove the nits by wiping the comb with a tissue or rinsing it in water. Continue the process across the whole head.


Lotions and sprays

KIT&COCO's Head Lice and Eggs Complete Treatment contains a perfectly-dosed treatment shampoo and a gentle comb to rid the head of lice and nits. Suitable for sensitive skins, the shampoo contains only natural ingredients – can be used on children aged 6 months plus and it’s safe for pregnant women too!

To ensure effective remedies and product excellence, the experts at KIT&COCO have tested our treatments in the ectoparasite laboratory at the University of Tours, France.