What causes head lice in your hair?

The little blonde boy in red shirt and blue jeans is unsure as he shrugs his shoulders.

Head lice are tiny insects that live in hair and are very contagious. Although there are hundreds of different types of head lice, all species look the same to the naked eye: tiny, brownish insects with six legs and short antennae. Lice feed on human blood and can cause itching, irritation, and frustration for you and your child. Fortunately, many effective treatments for head lice will get rid of them fast!

How Do You Get Head Lice?

Head lice are spread by direct contact with an infected person.

Head lice are rarely passed through clothing, bedding, or furniture. They can be passed from one person to another through direct head-to-head contact and also through shared combs, brushes, hats, and pillows.

How do you know if you have lice and what do they look like?

Lice are small, wingless insects that are grayish-white. They feed on human blood and live and breed in the hair. Adult lice crawl out of your hair to find a new place to lay their eggs (nits). They can't fly or jump; they only move by crawling. Lice are visible to the naked eye but are not easy for most people to see.

How Do You Prevent Head Lice?

You can prevent head lice by doing the following:

  • Wash your hair regularly with Licefreee Everyday Shampoo. This is important because it kills hatchlings and invading lice on the scalp. You should also wash all your family's bedding and clothes regularly.
  • Laundry detergent and hot water are enough to kill nits or lice eggs on your clothes and sheets. For items that you can’t put in the washer use Licefree Home to ensure a lice-free environment.
  • Avoid sharing hats, combs, brushes, pillows, beds, and towels with anyone who has had head lice recently (even if they've been treated for them). In addition to spreading the insects, these items may still contain eggs that could hatch when transferred from one person's head onto another. Check children’s heads regularly for signs of lice and nits.

Are there any natural treatments that don’t involve chemicals and pesticides?

Licefreee products are free of pesticides and harmful chemicals while being 100% effective! Our lice remedies are great for children and people with chemical allergies.

  • Licefreee! Gel, which comes with our Licefreee Kit, is our original non-toxic treatment. It has been a favorite of school nurses and pediatricians since its launch in 2000. The gel suspends lice while it goes to work, killing both the insecticide-resistant super lice and their eggs.
  • Licefreee! Spray, which comes with our Licefreee Ultimate Family Kit, is our specially formulated non-toxic treatment specifically made to handle super lice. It’s fast-acting and easy to use. You’ll see immediate results when used in combination with the included nit comb.

You can never be too prepared when it comes to lice. It’s a common problem that can affect anyone at any age. If you do find yourself with lice, don’t panic! Licefreee can help you rid these pesky critters from your hair.


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