What are head lice?

Head lice, otherwise known as nits, are tiny, wingless parasitic insects that live in human hair. This parasite survives by sucking blood from the scalp. If this makes you skin crawl, learn how to find, treat and banish head lice below.

How do you catch head lice?

Only transferred by humans, head lice can spread by coming in physical contact with someone with nits or by sharing an item of clothing.

What do head lice look like?

Only found on the scalp, head lice are only 1-4 millimetres in size and are either grey or a reddish brown. You will need to also look out for brown/yellow, tear-shaped eggs which cling to the hair.

How to kill head lice

Killing head lice takes about 2-3 weeks. No head lice treatment on the market currently kills 100% of head lice eggs, so repeating the following steps a week after the first treatment is the only sure way to banish head lice for good.

  1. Apply conditioner to hair from root to tip
  2. Use a head lice comb to remove lice and eggs, placing them in hot water to kill them
  3. Wash your hair with a head lice shampoo, being careful to apply to each section of hair and following instructions precisely
  4. A week from this first treatment, repeat the process again

Note: Washing sheets, clothes and treating carpet is not necessary as head lice can only live for one day off a human head.

Prevent head lice from returning

Although head lice do not spread disease, the itching is very uncomfortable. By doing everything you can to prevent head lice from entering your home, you will save yourself from having to waste time trying to remove them.

  • Teach your kids to not share hats, scarves and clothing
  • Regularly check the whole families hair with a lice comb
  • Rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar while washing
  • Add a drop of Teatree oil to your hair brushes
  • Keep long hair in a braid or bun

If you are worried about damaging your families hair with chemical laden lice products, a hairdresser may be able to provide some alternate product options. If you are looking for a Mount Isa hairdresser, try one of our suggestions below.
The Beat Hair Studio
The trained team at The Beat Hair Studio pride themselves on offering a wide range of hair treatments and hair care services at competitive prices. Hair care services include ladies, men’s and kid’s haircuts, colouring, chemical straightening, perming and hairstyling. Pop down and see the team at The Beat Hair Studio today.
WHERE: 33 Miles Street, Mount Isa QLD 4825

Jelant Hair Studio
Visit the team at Jelant Hair Studio for all your hair colouring, cutting, styling and extension needs. Offering a range of packaged treatments, the team keep their training up-to-date by attending numerous training sessions throughout the year. Visit the team to see what they can do for you.
WHERE: 3/99 Pamela Street, Mount Isa QLD 4825

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