Why Shaving Your Head Won’t Get Rid of Head Lice

Why Shaving Your Head Won’t Get Rid of Head Lice

Lice are tiny insects that live on the scalp and lay eggs. They are a nuisance, but they are not dangerous. Many people believe that shaving their head will get rid of lice, but this is not true. Lice can survive without a host for up to 48 hours, so even if you have your head, the lice will just come back.

Head lice can survive without a host for 48 hours.

Despite what you may have heard, shaving your head will not get rid of head lice. In fact, head lice can survive without a host for up to 48 hours. This means that they can easily reinfect someone who has shaved their head.

The best way to get rid of head lice is to use a special shampoo or cream rinse that is available over-the-counter or from your doctor. These products kill the lice and their eggs. You may need to use them more than once to make sure all the lice are gone.

Shaving your head will not kill all the lice eggs.

Lice eggs, also called nits, are small and oval shaped. They are usually found close to the scalp, but can sometimes be found further away. Nits are glued to the hair shaft with a substance that is secreted by the louse.

Shaving your head will not kill all the lice eggs because they are glued to the hair shaft. The best way to remove nits is to use a nit comb or your fingers to carefully remove them from the hair shaft.

Head lice are more common in children than adults.

While head lice are often thought of as a problem that only affects children, the reality is that they can affect anyone. Head lice are more common in children than adults because they are more likely to share personal items and have close contact with others.

There are a number of reasons why head lice are more common in children. First, kids are more likely to share personal items like hats, brushes, and hair ties. They also tend to have closer contact with each other, which makes it easier for head lice to spread. Finally, children’s heads are often the perfect size for head lice, which makes them an easy target. If you suspect you have head lice, it’s important to see a doctor or pharmacist right away.

Adults are more likely to get lice from children than vice versa.

While head lice are often thought of as a children’s problem, the reality is that adults are just as likely to get them. In fact, they may be even more likely to get them from children than vice versa.


There are a few reasons for this. First of all, children are much more likely to share hats, brushes, and other personal items with each other than adults are. They also tend to have closer contact with each other, making it easier for the lice to spread.

Another reason is those children’s scalps are usually much less oily than adults’, making it easier for the lice to attach themselves. And finally, children’s immune systems aren’t always fully developed, meaning they may not be able to fight off an infestation as easily as an adult can.

If you find yourself thinking of shaving your head to treat head lice, call your local lice experts at Lice Clinic Quad Cities instead! Contact us today!



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Don’t Waste Your Pot of Gold on DIY Lice Treatments

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It’s the time of year for leprechauns, rainbows, and pots of gold! We’re all excited to hunt for our pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but make sure you spend it wisely. Don’t waste your pot of gold on head lice treatments that don’t work like over the counter and DIY lice treatments.


The Cost of DIY Lice Treatments


DIY treatments may seem like the easy and cost-effective route, but they can add up quickly. These treatments require a variety of products and multiple treatments.


 – DIY Treatment Products and Shampoos: Average cost $45

 – Head Lice Combs: range from $7 to $45

 – Re-treatment: Average cost $45


Depending on the treatment you choose your cost may be even higher. The real cost comes when DIY options don’t work, and you end up at the professionals anyways, doubling your expenses.


Why to Avoid DIY Options


From head lice shampoos to age-old home tricks there are a lot of DIY lice treatment options. Some contain lice killing chemicals and others are simple household goods. The problem is the majority treat adult lice and do not rid you off nits. Nits, lice eggs, stick to the base of your hair and are difficult to remove. Unfortunately, if not removed they will hatch and cause a new infestation. This means needing to continue to retreat until you are lucky enough to catch lice at the right stage in their life cycle. This can raise your lice removal cost drastically.


Why Get a Professional Treatment


Our head lice technicians are trained professionals and have a lot of experience removing both head lice and nits. They use our signature lice treatment to kill lice fast and effectively. There are no harsh chemicals and our treatment is guaranteed! Get rid of lice and nits on the first try with our head lice experts!

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What Happens When You Leave Lice Untreated?

Most of us can’t imagine having lice any longer than it takes to treat, but we’ve all heard horror stories about untreated head lice. Leaving head lice untreated can have some serious consequences. 


Untreated Head Lice

Health Implications

Not treating head lice promptly can have many side effects beyond the itching. Lice survive by feeding off blood through their hosts’ scalps. This is what causes the itching but can also cause many other issues. Open bites from lice and marks from scratching can become infected and cause all kinds of health problems. If it goes on long enough the feeding lice can deplete the blood’s hemoglobin and cause serious implications.


Hair Loss

Extended head lice infestations can affect your hair. Not only can the buildup of nits, lice, and debris cause bacteria, but they can also damage hair. Lice eggs, nits, feed on keratin. This draws nourishment from your hair and can eventually cause severe damage. This and continued scratching can make hair brittle and prone to falling out. The consistent use of most over the counter head lice products can also cause hair damage and block hair follicles. 


Social Implications

Head lice have long been associated with a feeling of embarrassment. In reality head lice can affect anyone from any race, economic background, or age. While we know this, it doesn’t always keep those affected from feeling bad about their infestation. Depending on work and school policies it can also mean needing to take time off. Missing work or school for a short time can be frustrating but continued absence can jeopardize your job and education. That’s why we offer our exclusive one and done treatment to get you lice free on the first try.


Our friendly local clinic is here to help you get rid of your lice infestation on the first try. So, you can beat head lice right away and not have to worry about the implications of an extended infestation.