Head Lice Facts 101: Do's & Don'ts
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Let’s start by establishing some facts about head lice:

HEAD LICE ARE

  • 1 of the top 3 reasons kids miss school.
  • Extremely common! Between 6-12 million U.S. kids 3-11 years old get head lice each year.
  • Not dangerous, but are contagious (and annoying).
  • NOT signs of unwashed or unclean hair. They thrive in clean hair!
  • Unable to jump, fly or swim.
  • Unable to live on your pets.
  • Unable to live in your environment (couch, carpet, furniture, pillow, sheets, mattress, car, movie theater, airplane).
Nits vs. Lice Lice Size Scale

LICE DO’S

  • Use proven, manual head lice removal methods and all-natural products.
  • Daily wash only the clothing, bedding, brushes, and hair accessories used during your head lice infestation.
  • Screen your entire household as soon as one child has head lice.
  • Tell your school and friends you have head lice to avoid cross-pollination. Spread the word, not the lice!
  • Relax and take a deep breath!

LICE DON’TS

  • Don’t replace your furnishings (including your mattress).
  • Don’t wash your entire wardrobe.
  • Don’t use toxic products or ineffective home remedies for head lice. Some over-the-counter shampoos can be highly toxic (especially for kids), yet many strains of lice are immune to the chemicals.
  • Don’t cut your hair or pour olive oil, mayonnaise, Listerine, tea tree oil, vinegar, Vaseline, or gasoline on it — these methods don’t work. Some are dangerous; others are better used as a preventative measure or in tandem with a lice comb.
  • Don’t panic! Hair Fairies is here to help! Call us at 877-285-0069.

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THE LIFE CYCLE OF A LOUSE

Life Cycle of a Louse
Illustration and info with thanks to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

EGGS
Head lice eggs (called “nits”) are hard to see and often confused for dandruff or hair spray droplets. Nits can be found at the base of the hair shaft nearest the scalp (1).

NYMPHS
The egg hatches to release a nymph (2). The nit shell then becomes a more visible dull yellow and remains attached to the hair. Nymphs mature after three molts (3, 4) and become adults about seven days after hatching.

ADULTS
The adult louse has six legs, each with a claw, and is tan to grayish-white (5). In people with dark hair, the adult louse will appear darker. Adults multiply quickly, laying up to eight eggs a day, and living up to 30 days on someone’s head. A louse can go two days without blood meals.

If you suspect someone in your family has head lice, act quickly to prevent these parasites from spreading!

Come into a kid-friendly Hair Fairies salon, or call us, and we will be more than happy to help.

DIY TREATMENT VIDEOS

We are determined to help you manage your head lice. Our number one mission at Hair Fairies is to help families help themselves.

We have packed more than a decade of experience into our free, step-by-step tutorial. In this and our other how-to videos, you will learn how to identify a head lice egg and adult head lice. You will also get easy-to-follow tips on head lice treatment and prevention products.

  • Step-by-Step Tutorial – Head Lice Treatment: The Safe and Natural Way
  • Get Rid of Head Lice: An Introduction to Hair Fairies Products
  • Hair Fairies: the Head Lice Helpers

Ready? Watch our lice treatment videos!

Questions? Concerns? Visit our DIY section or call the free Hair Fairies hotline at 877-285-0069.

PREVENTION TIPS

The sooner head lice are detected, the better. Quick action and preventive measures can minimize their spread and chance of returning.

Parents Preventative Measures:

  • Screen your child for head lice once a week.
  • Be extra vigilant after returning from any school, camp, or holiday break (places where outbreaks tend to occur more often).
  • Promote lice screenings at your school/camp — they will help limit outbreaks.

If you hear of a lice outbreak:

If you find head lice on your child:

SCHOOLS/CAMPS

  • Screen your school/camp for lice once a month.
  • Remove any negative stigma attached to contracting head lice by educating families and staff, and by promoting speedy notification of parents.
  • Use Hair Fairies Nit-Zapping™ Lice Repellant Spray in your school/camp environment, such as on stuffed animals, pillows, uniforms, and caps.
  • Use Hair Fairies Foaming Eucalyptus Hand Soap to prevent transfer of head lice.

Still have questions?
Give us a call at 877-285-0069 or contact our lice removal salons for assistance.

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If you are unsure that what you are seeing is head lice, take a close-up picture and send it to us. We will analyze it and let you know what we think.

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