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How to Check Your Head for Lice

Finding head lice in the hair is a more daunting task than some people might imagine. They are very tiny and do not easily give up their little nesting place – your scalp. However, conducting a thorough search is the first step to ridding yourself and your child of these annoying creatures. To be sure that you are doing this first and most essential step correctly, here is our guide on how to check you and your child’s head for lice and their nits.

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Gather together the right tools: If you suspect that you and/or your child have head lice, be sure that you have the right tools to check your scalp(s). Some of these tools include:

  • Magnifying glass
  • An old towel
  • Hair clips
  • Tissues
  • A sealable plastic bag
  • Disposable gloves

Start checking after taking a shower or bath: Use a detangler to make the hair easier to comb through in your search for lice and their nits. This is best accomplished when the hair is wet and lies down flat.

Inspect the hair: If you have short/medium hair, comb it to the right, then to the left and finally to the back and front to expose the scalp. People with longer hair should part it in sections to expose the scalp.

What you are looking for: Sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish between lice and nits from either dandruff or dirt. However, adult lice are usually brown and resemble sesame seeds. You will be able to distinguish them from dandruff and dirt if they move as you are searching the scalp. Nits – their eggs – are brown, yellow or tan. They do not move and often attach themselves to the hair shaft.

Finding lice: If you do find lice and their nits, don’t panic. We can provide you with several treatment options. We can schedule either a home appointment or you can visit our head lice removal salon where we use only natural products to rid your hair of lice. A second option is that you can buy one of our head lice products. These are comprehensive kits with everything you need to rid your scalp of these pests. Finally, if your children are found to have lice, we can visit his/her school in order to nip these insects in the bud and possibly prevent an infestation. (Head lice don’t like to be alone.)

On a final note, be sure to search for lice where there is adequate lighting. Also, be sure to have someone check your scalp for lice as you can be more thorough this way. Lastly, be sure to act immediately if you see head lice as they can quickly spread from family member to family member and from host to host.

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FAQ's

WHAT ARE HEAD LICE?

Head lice are tiny six-legged insects that are blood-sucking parasites. They live on the scalp of humans. Head lice are the little and wingless insects with a size of sesame seeds that make their home on the human head and spread diseases by sucking the blood from the scalp. Infections and diseases caused by head lice are generally faced by on-going school students and their family members as the head of students come in contact with the head of other students. Contact My Hair Helpers to guaranteed head lice removal services. We are professional head lice removal experts known for our best service and customer support.

WHERE DO HEAD LICE COME FROM?

The evidence for head lice goes back many centuries. Lice was named as the third plague in the Old Testament of the Bible. The shell casings for lice have been found on Egyptian mummies. Live Lice on the head and their eggs can be killed by opting for different lice treatments that are available in different forms such as lotions, shampoos, and creams and these can be used at home without any hassle. It is necessary for the women who are pregnant or breastfeed their babies to take suggestions from a renowned doctor about the risk-free products.

HOW DO WE GET LICE?

In the majority of cases, head lice is passed with head to head contact. A smaller number of cases are passed through brushes and combs and sharing hats. Lice don’t like to leave their food supply unless a warm head is waiting for them.

DOES GETTING HEAD LICE MEAN I’M DIRTY?

Head lice actually prefer clean hair! It’s more difficult for them to lay eggs on greasy or dirty hair.