Licefreee Spray Questions

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Does Licefreee Spray kill the nits too?Licefreee Spray kills the nits as long as they come in contact with the product. Be sure to saturate the hair well and allow it to air dry and they should be dead.

Licefreee Spray contains sodium chloride which physically dehydrates lice and nits. It does not chemically affect the nervous system the way traditional pesticides do.

Licefreee Spray will kill lice within minutes but will take longer to kill the nits (eggs). This is why the directions say to allow your hair to air dry naturally. This makes sure the product is in contact with the nit long enough to kill it.

 

Drying time when using Licefreee Spray depends on several factors including the hair type, thickness and length; therefore, drying time can vary from person to person.

As per the directions on the label, it is best to allow the hair to air dry naturally. We do not recommend wrapping a towel around the hair while it is still damp with the product. Itching or tingling may occur, if it lasts longer than 10 minutes please rinse immediately and discontinue use. Itching during the first three minutes or so could be due to the lice scrambling on the scalp after being sprayed.

No. Licefreee Spray! does not require the use of a shower cap. For best results, please follow the directions exactly as they are written on the label.

Yes, you can use any Licefreee treatment after using a prescription head lice treatment. Just make sure the prescription treatment is completely washed from the hair first to avoid any potential interaction.

Yes, you can sleep with Licefreee Spray on your hair. You can leave it in for as long as you like.

Yes, Licefreee Spray is still effective if you went to sleep while it was still wet. Allow it to finish drying before washing it out.

After using Licefreee Spray, as soon as your hair finishes drying naturally, (you don’t want to blow dry to make sure the product stays in contact with the lice) you can wash it with your regular shampoo.

As far as furniture and clothing goes, Licefreee Spray! was not developed to be used on inanimate objects. The conditioners in it may stain or cause oil spots. A thorough vacuuming should take care of any lice on there. If you have throw pillows, bag them up for 10 days to make sure the lice are dead, or you can throw them in your dryer on the hottest setting to kill the lice.

Licefreee Spray kills nits as well as lice so the nits left in your hair after treatment would be dead as long as they came in contact with the product and it was allowed to dry naturally. Dead nits will not fall off the hair follicle, they will stay attached and grow out with your hair. Some schools do not have a no-nit policy and do not require removal of the nits, so in that instance removing the nits is your choice.

Giving the product time to dry ensures the lice and nits are dead. If you comb through before the product has dried, you may encounter live lice and nits. It is best to give the product time to dry before combing, but if you must, wait at least 20 minutes after application.

Once Licefreee Spray has dried you can use whatever method is easier for you to comb the nits out. Washing your hair after Licefreee Spray has completely dried will not affect the effectiveness of the treatment.

How to clean the Nit comb used to remove lice eggsThere are a few options for cleaning the nit comb. 1.) With each swipe through the hair, wipe the comb off with a paper towel or rinse, 2.) Soak comb in hot water (above 130°) for 5-10 minutes, 3.) Run through a cycle in your dishwasher, or you can use an old toothbrush and running water to get the dead lice out.

Licefreee Gel and Licefreee Spray do not require expiration dates. However, a general rule of thumb for over-the-counter pharmaceutical products that do not have an expiration date is a recommended shelf life of about 3-4 years. If a product is older than that, it should be replaced.  Contact the manufacturer with the product's lot code to find out when the product was produced.

No, we do not recommend using Licefreee products on your pets. Just because they are non-toxic to humans, does not mean they are non-toxic to your pets. Please contact your veterinarian.

No, it is not necessary to wash out a little to moderate amount of styling product before using the spray.  If there is a large amount, or a strong-hold product, such as spiking gel, it would be best to wash it out of your hair first, dry, and then treat with Licefreee Spray.  This will allow the product to work to its full potential without interference.

As long as you applied the product according to the label directions, everything it came into full contact with should be dead. There are a number of reasons you could still be feeling itchy:

  1. You've treated with more than one treatment before using Licefreee®. Repeated treatments can cause the scalp to dry out and feel itchy.
  2. The active ingredient in Licefreee® is salt, therefore it is possible that it can dry the scalp a bit.
  3. The itching could be caused by the healing process of the areas where the lice have bitten your scalp.

Remember, itchy doesn't necessarily mean you have an active infestation. Keep an eye out for live lice post-treatment, if you don't see any there is no need to treat again.

No. According to label directions, Licefreee Spray should be applied to dry hair. Applying to wet hair could dilute the solution and possibly interfere with the effectiveness of the product.

It all depends on hair length, texture, and thickness. You want to be sure to use enough product to fully saturate all of the hair and scalp. FYI, Walgreens is now carrying a larger, 12oz size Licefreee Spray!

As long as you followed the directions as they are written, and all of the hair and scalp were fully saturated in the product, the nits should be dead. Combing is optional with Licefreee Spray.

Follow the directions on Licefreee Spray!® as you would for head lice infestation. Saturate the infested area, allow to air dry completely. Once the treatment has dried, you may shower/rinse to remove leftover product.

Yes, Licefreee Spray kills head lice and their eggs. No, Licefreee has not been tested for use on bed bugs.

The active ingredient in Licefreee Spray is sodium chloride. You can find the label information here.

Our product has not been tested on color-treated hair, if you’re concerned, test the product in an inconspicuous area before application.

No. It is important that you follow the directions for Licefreee Spray exactly as indicated on the label. It is never recommended to mix OTC treatments or medications. Not only could mixing products cause potentially harmful effects, it could also hinder the effectiveness of the products.

The so-called "super lice" have shown resistance to mainstream pesticides found in many OTC head lice treatments. Unlike these neurotoxins, Licefreee® products work on a physical level through dehydration, and from which lice cannot become resistant.

Being that Licefreee Spray kills lice and nits while it dries, pulling hair up may interfere with the drying process. If you must pull hair up, be sure to secure it loosely on top of the head.

When using Licefreee Spray! you will want to allow the product to dry naturally. This allows the product enough time to stay in contact with the lice and nits to be effective. Using a hair dryer will not help with the effectiveness of the product.

Licefreee Spray does not break down the protein that lice use to attach nits to your hair strand. To effectively remove the nits and dead lice, use the stainless steel nit comb included with the treatment. It is designed with special close-fitted teeth that are small enough to remove the nits from the hair strand. See our guide How to Use a Lice Comb.

Although Licefreee Spray is non-toxic and safe to use as often as you like, it is not necessary to apply the treatment more than one time in a day. It is better to continue to use the nit comb daily to remove any nits you may see in the hair since it may be difficult to find them all in one session. We recommend using Licefreee within 7-10 days  to make sure all lice have been killed, or if you see new lice in the hair.

Allow Licefreee Spray! to air dry naturally before beginning the combing process. If you find you need to wet down the hair to make it easier to comb, you can apply more Licefreee Spray! to aid during the comb through process or apply a leave-in detangler or conditioner. It is not necessary to wash the hair before coming out the dead lice and nits, but you may wash it first if desired.

 As soon as the hair is dry, the treatment is complete and you can wash it.

Once the hair has dried naturally the treatment is complete and you (or your child) can go swimming. However, we recommend washing the hair first to remove any loose, dead lice so they aren’t floating in the pool.

Using hair conditioner prior to treating with Licefreee Spray should not affect the treatment. However, if you feel that you have an excess of product built up in your hair, we would recommend washing and allowing your hair to dry, prior to application.

Licefreee Spray is intended for use as a head lice treatment only. Washing hair regularly is recommended to avoid product build-up. If you are re-infested, we would recommend treat again.

Yes, dead lice should come out of the hair when washed after the treatment. However, nits (head lice eggs) will remain in the hair unless they are combed out. If you choose not to comb out the nits, they will eventually grow out with the hair.

Enough to fully saturate all of the hair and scalp. The amount of Licefreee Spray needed depends on the length, texture, and thickness of the hair. It may require more than one bottle.

It is impossible to tell with the naked eye if a nit is dead or alive, but our studies have shown that the nits die when treated with Licefreee Spray. That being said, all of the nits have to be saturated with the treatment for the length of time recommended in the directions in order to die. There is a possibility that one was missed. Also dead nits will not fall off the hair follicle, they will stay attached and grow out with your hair if you do not remove them. We are happy to see it sounds like you did everything correctly and you were successful in ending your head lice infestation!

It is not uncommon for a scalp to continue to itch after treating for head lice. There are a few reasons why your scalp may itch after using Licefreee Spray:

  • Licefreee treatments use sodium chloride as the active ingredient, more simply known as salt.  For some people, salt can be drying to the scalp and may cause it to itch. Once treatment is complete you can wash with your regular shampoo and conditioner to soothe the scalp.
  • If you have used other treatments before using Licefreee, just the combination of products may cause irritation to the scalp. A conditioner may help here too.
  • Lice feed by biting into your scalp causing tiny wounds that may feel itchy and sore. This will heal after you are rid of head lice and your scalp can recover.

An itching scalp does not necessarily mean you still have head lice. Check your head to see if you have any live lice in your hair.  As a best practice, you can remove all of the nits (lice eggs) as well to make sure they are out of your hair.

While shorter hair might be a bit more of a challenge to comb through, Licefreee Spray!®'s nit comb should work to remove dead lice and nits from the hair.

Yes; Licefreee Spray!® is indicated for use on children 6 months and older.

It is unlikely lice will become immune to Licefreee products, since they work mechanically through dehydration. This is different from conventional pesticides that affect a louse's nervous system, and to which lice have shown resistance.

Yes. So long as the directions are followed exactly as they are written on the label, and the necessary cleaning is completed in the home.

Licefreee Spray!® is great for treating yourself as it kills both the lice as well as the eggs (nits). Most products recommend having someone help with the comb-out process. Because Licefreee Spray is able to kill the eggs, combing is not required.