Is Getting a Haircut the Solution to All Your Head Lice Woes?

The first thing that comes to mind when we find out we’ve contracted head lice is to get a haircut or shave off our hair. Of course, the latter seems like an extreme measure to take. And who wants to give up their luscious mane they’ve spent years growing? So, off we go to the hairdresser, and then wake up disappointed the next day, to find a critter lurking in the strands of our hair. Are haircuts the solution to our head lice woes? Can they get rid of lice? Let’s take a look:

Lice Only Need An Inch Of Your Hair

There’s a common misconception that head lice need long and thick hair to survive. That’s not true. Lice only need 1-inch of hair to lay eggs. In fact, the closer they are to the scalp, the easier it is for them to leech off your blood. When you get a haircut, you’re getting rid of the lice that are in different parts of your hair. But you’re not getting rid of the lice near the shaft of your hair.

The Nits Are Left Behind

Even if getting a haircut helps get rid of the adult louse, the nits still remain a problem. One of the things about nits is that they hatch within 6 to 7 days. The nymphs (baby lice) become adults within a week. The cycle then continues and before you know it, you’re dealing with hundreds of critters by the end of the month.

Shaving Is A Temporary Solution

If nothing is working and you’re thinking of shaving your head, know that, that’s a temporary solution. When your hair grows back, there’s no guarantee that you won’t contract head lice again. Head lice shouldn’t be the reason for shaving your head. While there are plenty of remedies online, none of them work better than going to a head lice removal clinic. A professional has the resources, expertise, and tools to get rid of lice in one sitting. Lice clinics, like Lice Troopers, also use natural treatments to make sure your hair and scalp don’t get damaged. Our team of experts has years of experience dealing with all kinds of lice infestations. No matter how severe the infestation is, we guarantee we can get rid of the problem. You can visit our Weston clinic or opt for our in-home removal services if you want to keep things discreet. Give us a call at 800-403-5423 to book an appointment and to learn more.