Just Nits? You Still Need A Lice Specialist’s Help!

What Are Head Lice And Nits?

Head lice are small parasitic insects that grow in your hair and suck your blood for survival.Nits are the eggs a female louse lays. While the lice are somewhat similar to ants in appearance, their eggs simply look like white particles attached to the hair shaft. This is why nits are often mistaken for dandruff and other stuff latching on to the hair.

How Do You Contract Lice?

Contrary to popular belief, head lice do not jump and neither do they fly. All you have to do to get one of those irritating, blood-sucking creatures crawling on your scalp is cuddle up with someone who already has them. Sharing a comb or hair brush with someone with lice is another way of invite these buggers.

How Do I Know If I Have Lice?

Head lice bite the skin of your head to draw blood. This results in an itchy scalp. This is a clear indicator of a lice infestation. For someone who is dealing with an infestation, one sweeping glance at their locks, and you’ll be able to spot the little beasts. The Million Dollar Question…

What If I Have Nits, But No Lice?

Like we mentioned earlier, a louse’s eggs are called nits, and like their mothers, nits don’t fly. Thus, there must have been a female louse that dropped those nits in your hair and left for another blood-sucking venture, or perhaps was somehow displaced from the scalp and died due to starvation. Bottom line: if you have nits, you most definitely have lice.

How Can I Get Rid Of Them?

A visual inspection of the hair doesn’t really tell if you have only nits and no living lice. In fact, the only way you can ascertain the presence of nits with zero lice is by a combing method, called nitpicking.

What Is Nitpicking?

Nitpicking is perhaps the most efficient way of detecting and removing head lice from affected individuals. The process begins by applying a conditioner to damp hair, which is then combed through by a metallic comb with narrow-spaced long teeth. In case there are any nits or lice in the hair, they cling on to the fine teeth comb, and are removed eventually. Although one can try to “pick the nits” on your own, there still are chances of missing a hair strand with a louse or nit on the loose. Thus, it is always advisable to visit a good head lice removal salon in town to ensure that your hair are 100% nit-and lice-free. Lice Troopers’ Lice Treatment Salons offer 100% guaranteed head lice removal services in a child-friendly, hygienic environment. Visit our nearest Lice Treatment Center today or call us at 1.800.403.5423 to schedule a house-call.