Step 2 Remove- Comb out lice and eggs

How to remove lice and eggs

Before Starting:

  1. Have on hand:

    • Extra Towels

    • Bobby Pins or Hair Clips

    • Facial Tissues or Paper Towels

    • Regular comb for parting and detangling hair

  2. Find a distraction for your child (eg, books, TV, game).

  3. Comb out damp hair with a regular wide-tooth comb to take out snarls and tangles.

See the purchase guidelines to estimate how much product you will need.

Purchase Guidelines
Hair Length Approximate Amount for 1 Adult/Child
Short
(ear length or
shorter)
First Application: ½ Tube
Second Application: ½ Tube
Total: 1 Tube
Medium / Long
(shoulder length or longer)
First Application: 1 Tube (2 oz.)
Second Application: 1 Tube (2 oz.)
Total: 2 Tubes (4 oz.)

  • Comb Out Hair—Comb out damp hair with a regular wide-tooth comb to take out snarls and tangles.You can use a little of the comb-out gel to help if desired.

  • Apply RID® Comb-Out Gel—The amount of comb-out gel you will need varies depending on hair length. Apply RID® Lice & Egg Comb-Out Gel to one section of hair. (Do not apply to entire head at once, since gel dries quickly.) Massage thoroughly until all strands of hair in this section are covered with the gel. (Comb-out Gel only sold with kit)

  • Use RIDvantage® Lice Comb—Place comb as close to scalp as possible and comb with a firm, even motion away from scalp, from the roots of the hair (newly laid eggs are found near the roots of the hair so it is important to get the teeth very close to scalp). Make sure the teeth are deeply embedded into the strands as you comb through.

Use RIDvantage lice comb for best results of removing lice eggs
  • Begin Combing—Lift a small section of hair (about 1 to 2 inches wide) from the section with the gel. Begin combing in a "scooping" motion: gently push the teeth as close to the hair roots as possible and drag lice comb firmly from the roots to the ends of the hair (newly laid eggs are found near the roots of the hair so it is important to get the teeth very close to the scalp). Make sure the teeth are deeply embedded into the strands as you comb through.

RID-comb lice eggs and nits with RIDvantage lice comb
  • Clean Lice Comb Frequently—Always comb away from the head. Wipe eggs and nits from the teeth of the comb with a tissue or paper towel.

  • Pin Back Combed Hair—Pin back the 1-to 2-inch strand you just finished combing with a bobby pin or hair clip.

RID-pin lice free hair back while removing lice
  • Repeat Combing—Lift up another 1-to 2-inch strand with gel and repeat the combing procedure.

  • Repeat Application on Dry Section of Hair—When one section with gel has been combed and pinned, apply RID® Lice & Egg Comb-Out Gel to another section of hair. Continue to comb hair 1-to 2-inches at a time until entire head has been combed and pinned.

  • Keep Hair Damp—Keep the hair damp during combing and re-apply RID® Lice & Egg Comb-Out Gel as needed.

  • Remove Pins and Rinse—After you have combed and pinned the entire head, remove all bobby pins or hair clips and rinse hair thoroughly with warm water. If desired, you may also wash with regular shampoo.To sign up for a reminder when it’s time to do the second shampooing, text “RIDLice” to 877-67.

Helpful Hints:

  • Combing is a very important but also tedious step in the process. A good lice comb and an aid, such as a comb-out gel or a conditioner can significantly reduce combing time as well as excessive pulling or tearing of the child's hair. While often underestimated, combing time can range between 1 and 8 hours, depending on length of hair.

  • Carefully inspect the hair for lice every day for at least 2 weeks. If eggs or live lice are spotted, you may wish to repeat the combing process but shampooing should not be repeated before the 7th day. It is not necessary to comb between shampooings, as these lice are not mature enough to lay eggs and will be eliminated with the second shampooing.To sign up for a reminder when it’s time to do the second shampooing, text “RIDLice” to 877-67.


Complete lice elimination requires two treatments 7–10 days apart
You can receive helpful lice treatment reminders VIA TEXT MESSAGE so you don't forget the second treatment.
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