Its happens to alot of kids here in New Zealand..
As for me, I have only had this experience once in my life with my sister here in nz. This is not something I grew up with living in the caribbean and america. So the day I saw this in my sisters hair, trust me it was very foreign to me. Hours of research later, I came up with a bomb plan.
Remember my sisters hair is an afro textured and curly, so if its harder to manage. So this made it super easy and stress free.
This is how I managed to eliminate this gross bug in one day:
1. Section the hair and apply the mayo all throughout. This will drown the nits.
2. Place the plastic bag on the head and tie down. This will suffocate them.
3. Leave on for an hour or 2 or 3.
4. Wash the hair out with any normal shampoo and conditioner. You can opt to buy tea tree shampoo if your particular or any other type specifically for lice.
5. Because she has afro texture hair. I sprayed on a heat protectant which has natural oils etc, combed and heat stretched her hair with a blow dryer. For straighter hair types you can start the blow drying process now.
6. I did this close to the outside or back door, so I could disinfect and sweep any possible nits outside.
7. Once the hair is completely dried. Then you can straighten small sections, from the roots to the tips. This will fry and burn any remaining eggs.
8. All the nits would of drowned or suffocated and be wash away by now. So applying heat to the roots to tips will further eliminate any potential break outs from happening.
Hopefully this helps you guys manage this annoying situation. It should make it super easy to get rid of nits.
Take care :)
Lets talk..what actually happens when you remove your braids..first things first..please know where your own natural hair ends, so you know where to cut the braids. You dont want to cut your natural hair along with the synthetic braids. Once this is done and you have cut your braids, then read on.
For faster removal, please pull apart two of the 3 leg. This will unravel the braids like a rope. Continue to do this almost all the way up. Eventually you can pull down on the braid and it will slip right off. Once all of your braids are removed, depending on your experience and how fast you are. Then we are ready for the next part.
You will get alot of buildup at the base of the braids like the picture suggests. It will be dandruff and dead hair and dust. This will need to be combed out before you shampoo your hair. Please remember that because you havent brushed or combed your hair for however long. It may look like alot of your hair has been lost, when you comb your hair out. Naturally our hair sheds everyday, its completely natural. Unless you got braided by the worlds tightest braider, which made more of your hair shed than normal. Then you shouldn't worry.
You can apply some conditioner to the roots, and gently comb out the muck from each section, before you do the next part.
Once your entire head has been combed out from the roots and all the shedded hair etc is removed. A lovely deep condition would be great, then a shampoo and conditioner. Depending on your hair texture you can opt for a leave-in conditioner with some oil or a light water based leave in serum or conditioner. Then you go back to your normal routine.
Take care :)