We always hear horror stories about head lice and how kids are the ones who are most vulnerable. In fact, we always hear that playgrounds are “breeding grounds” for these pesky parasites.
But when you see a coworker or a friend with a louse in their hair, it makes you wonder, “Do lice have an age preference?” Why do we commonly find these critters in kids’ hair and not adults?
Here’s all you need to know:
The reason we see kids with head lice is that unlike adults, kids are more vocal about it. They get easily agitated and scratch their head in public or tell their parents about it. With adults, it’s easy to hide the infestation with a cap, beanie, or specific hairstyles.
And since it’s winters, it’s even easier to cover up with a scarf or a few hair ties. Sometimes we brush off nits as flakes from a dry scalp or dandruff.
Unlike what most people believe, lice only care about one thing: human blood. You probably grew up hearing that individuals with poor personal hygiene contract lice. Lice can thrive in clean hair too. They can thrive in unruly or straight hair. They can thrive in long or short hair.
They can breed anywhere as long as they have access to human blood.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a child or an elderly person. Lice only need an inch of hair to build their nest. But if you’re a social person who hangs out in large groups, you’re more likely to contract lice than someone who’s an introvert. This is because the more people you meet, the more chances you have of meeting someone with lice.
This doesn’t mean social butterflies should stop hanging out with friends. If you suspect you have head lice, the first thing you need to do is avoid looking up remedies online.
We understand that it’s tempting to Google solutions, but that’s exactly what will lead to your downfall! Home remedies can be found in your kitchen cabinets. But mixing them together can damage your hair. It can even irritate your scalp!
Also make sure to avoid OTC products because they’re full of harsh chemicals. The best way to deal with an infestation is to first go for a lice screening session.
Lice screening can help you figure out whether you have an infestation or not. In addition, if you do have lice, a lice removal salon can help you get rid of the critters in one sitting!
In addition, we also offer in-home treatments, as well as home inspection services to ensure the critters don’t return!
For more information, feel free to call us at 800-403-5423.