DIY Happy Hair + Natural Good Riddance Lice Spray

DIY Happy Hair + Natural Good Riddance Lice Spray

Ever wondered how to get rid of super lice? Head lice are a pain at the best of times, but the latest strain of super nits are resistant to most store-bought treatments.

If you, like me, are completely over the rigmarole of lice treatments and 30-minute combing sessions with your preschool and school-aged kids, then this one is for you.

You can make the DIY anti-lice spray in just a couple of minutes, and bonus, it is also good for the hair health.

This spray doesn’t kill the lice or the eggs but rather prevents and deters them.

If you have the little squiggles at infestation level my extensive testing and research has led me to a particular product (my children basically had lice for 2 years straight and nothing worked). The only thing that worked for us is this one. There is a similar one available at some conventional pharmacies called Licener.

From all the research I’ve done, this is the only stuff that still works with the new breed of treatment-resistant lice.

To find out where to buy any or all of these lice-prevention ingredients, leave a comment below or message me here.

You will need

250ml Spray bottle
Splash of Witch hazel or vodka
Tea Tree essential oil
Peppermint essential oil
Cedarwood essential oil
Optional: conditioner


  1. Remove nozzle and add a few drops of witchhazel or about 1/2 teaspoon of vodka to the bottle.
  2. Add 20 drops tea tree essential oil, 10 drops peppermint oil and 5 drops of cedarwood.
  3. You can also add some conditioner, to help soften the hair and also help break the connection between eggs and the hair shaft, then you can use this spray as part of your lice removal routine also (scroll down this page for full instructions).
  4. Top with water leaving a space at the top so that it doesn’t overflow when you put the nozzle back on.
  5. Label with a poster pen and sticky tape over it to help it stay there, or even just use a sticker so you remember what it’s for.

    A rookie mistake (that I have made many times) is to not label the bottle and then forget what it is for. So make sure you label it…
  6. Always perform a small patch test on skin first to ensure no reactions occur and ensure you keep pure essential oils out of reach of children.
  7. Spray it liberally on the hair, avoiding eyes, morning and evening to keep the lice at bay. Particularly ensure you get it behind the ears, on the crown of the head and the hairline at the back of the neck.

Lice Removal

If you have a serious lice problem (and believe me, we know all about this at our house) then I have discovered a no-fail system that works better than the products I bought in shops filled with chemicals.

You will need

An old conditioner bottle, preferably with a pump on it.
Cheap natural conditioner from the shops
DIY Lice Spray (from above)
OR just add some extra conditioner to the spray above and use that
Lice comb
Three hair clips (like the ones they use at the hairdresser, pictured above)
A towel, or paper towel to wipe the comb off between uses


  1. Brush and separate the hair into 4 knot-free sections. Clip three of them up and out of the way.
  2. Add the conditioner and the spray liberally to the roots of the hair in the first section, then place the comb flat against the scalp and scoop along from the base of the hair shaft and up away from the head to lift eggs and lice off the scalp. Wipe comb and repeat, being thorough and comprehensive to ensure you collect all eggs and lice in every section.
  3. Repeat every day for 3 days then every other day for about a week until no more lice or eggs are found.
Featured Photo by Rod Long on Unsplash, this one by Colton Sturgeon

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alena turley | creator, educator, martial artist
alena turley | creator, educator, martial artist

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