Head lice infestation
is the colonization of the scalp by an insect known as the head louse. The insect bites are what causes the head to itch. Head lice are passed very easily from one person to another.
Why are lice and nits so hard to get rid of?
Lice—a nightmare for parents—is one of the most common ailments passed around schools. How is it that insects so small can wreak so much havoc? And what can you do to get rid of them?
All it takes is one insect to climb on a person’s head and colonization is underway. Contrary to popular belief, lice do not jump; they climb up hair strands very quickly. So, you can get lice touching heads with someone who has lice, or more rarely, through indirect contact (like by sharing a scarf or hat).
Female lice lay 5–10 nits (or lice eggs) each day. The eggs hatch in seven days—meaning a full-blown infestation can happen very quickly. Lice measure just 4 mm long and can live up to 30 days in hair or 1–2 days otherwise.
The best defense against lice is a good offense. Keep a sharp eye on your child’s hair and scalp so you can stop a potential infestation before it gets out of hand.
A female louse can have 200–300 babies!
Female lice lay 5–10 nits a day, which comes out to 200–300 nits over their one-month lifespan.
It can happen to anyone
It’s a myth that only people who don’t wash their hair regularly get head lice. Anyone can fall victim, regardless of their age, ethnic origin, social status, or hair-washing frequency! That said, children (especially girls) aged six to eight are the most commonly affected, since their hair often comes into contact with their friends’ hair when they play.
Lice are surprisingly tenacious. Their tiny claws give them a tight grip on hair strands—making them extremely difficult to get rid of. They can withstand chlorinated water, shampoo, and high temperatures; they have even become resistant to the neurotoxins and chemicals typically used to treat head lice. What’s more, lice can block their respiratory passages to avoid being affected by airborne pesticides. That’s why the best treatments are those that work mechanically to physically block a louse’s orifices, thereby suffocating it. Simple and effective.
Two proven methods for killing lice
Now you can choose between two effective ways of getting rid of lice: suffocation or electrocution. A new generation of treatments contain fatty substances like dimethicone and coconut oil that suffocate the insects by blocking their respiratory passages. Another option is to use combs that give out a small electric discharge that electrocutes the tiny pests—but is completely harmless to humans, even children.
You will also need to disinfest your home. Store any potentially infested clothes, towels, and bed linens in airtight bags for at least 36 hours (to suffocate the insects) and/or wash them at a temperature of at least 60°C. You should do this again one week later since nits and young lice tend to be particularly resistant.
How to get rid of lice for good
Lice feed on blood and thrive in warm, moist environments (like a person’s head). But outside the head they can survive for only one or two days. Here’s how to get—and stay—lice-free:
– Avoid contact with affected hair and clothing; avoid sharing things like hats, scarves, and hair accessories
– Keep long hair tied back
– Use an anti-lice spray
– Treat the entire family, not just the person visibly affected
– Store any potentially infested clothes, towels, and bed linens in airtight bags for at least 36 hours and/or wash them at at least 60°C
– Regularly inspect all family members’ hair
Winning the war against lice
– Because an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, use our Anti-lice and nit spray.
– Get the insects out of your hair in just 15 minutes with our Anti-lice and nit shampoo. Those with sensitive scalps can try our Anti-lice and nit radical treatment cream.
– For instant results on dry or wet hair, use our Anti-lice and nit electric comb.