Should I Shave My Head if I Have Lice?
Should I Shave My Head if I Have Lice?
If you’ve ever experienced lice, you know how traumatizing the experience can be. We’re here to remove the fear from an infestation and to tell you everything will be okay!
Treating lice is simple with the right products, and when identified early, lice are a minor problem. One common question that arises when dealing with lice is, “Should I shave my head?” In short, the answer is no.
In this article, we’ll explain what lice are, how to identify them, and the best treatments that do not involve shaving your head.
Should I Shave my Head if I Have Lice?
No, you should not shave your head if you have lice - unless you want to make a powerful style statement. While shaving your head may seem like an obvious solution to treat lice, it is unnecessary.
It’s important to note that lice infestations are not a sign of poor hygiene, and there’s no need to feel ashamed or embarrassed if you find lice. Shaving your head can be traumatic and emotionally distressing; we advise seeking other treatments to kill lice.
What are Lice?
Lice are tiny, wingless insects that feed on human blood. They live on the scalp and lay their eggs, better known as nits, at the base of hair follicles, where they receive heat from the scalp. Lice cause itching, irritation, and bites. You may recognize red dots, small bites on your head, ears, or shoulders, and itchiness and irritation. If you experience these symptoms, it’s time for a scalp inspection.
What Should I Do if I Have Lice?
There are several vital steps to take if you suspect lice. Once you have confirmed a case of lice, treating the infestation is easy with the correct products. Take the following steps to properly treat and prevent future lice infestations:
- Confirm Lice
Before beginning any treatment, conduct a thorough scalp examination for lice and nits. Lice are sesame-seed-sized, brownish insects that move through hair quickly. On the other hand, nits are tiny, white, oval-shaped eggs that attach to the base of hair follicles close to the scalp. Begin your at-home examination by separating the hair into sections. Starting at the scalp, comb slowly and thoroughly through the sections with a nit and lice comb. Scan the area for lice and nits. You may need to use a magnifying glass or light to see better.
- Use a lice treatment
You must get to work immediately if you find lice and confirm an infestation. Begin with a treatment solution that kills lice and nits. Licefreee Spray is an excellent option. Simply spray on dry hair until saturated and let air dry. We recommend treating your entire household to prevent further infestation.
- Comb out nits
After using the lice treatment, run a fine-toothed comb through the hair again, removing any dead lice or nits from the head. Soak the comb in hot water to clean it.
- Treat your home
Lice can survive without a host for up to 36 hours. They can live and spread via clothing, bedding, and furniture. Wash anything that can be laundered on a hot cycle. Anything that cannot be washed should be treated using Licefreee Home. Spray the items with the solution until visibly wet and allow them to air dry.
- Avoid sharing personal items
You can quickly spread lice from person to person with personal items, including combs, brushes, hats, headphones, etc. Be sure to avoid sharing these items during the treatment of lice.
- Conduct regular scalp inspections
Following treatment, conduct regular scalp inspections to ensure the infestation is handled correctly. You can also follow up treatments with Licefreee Everyday Shampoo. Simply use like regular shampoo for two weeks after treatment to prevent re-infestation.
If you, or someone in your family, has lice, it’s important to remain calm. Take the proper treatment steps and precautions to treat your loved ones and prevent future infestations in your home.