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How to Check for Head Lice

Head Lice Symptoms

Do you have any of the following:

  • Movement or tickling sensation on your scalp
  • Itching and/or sores on the scalp
  • Difficulty sleeping (head lice are most active in the dark)
  • If you found a bug/louse, you probably have lice

Check for live lice or viable nits

Head lice and nits are primarily found on the scalp, behind the ears and near the neckline at the back of the head. In a well lit room, part the hair, checking for nits or louse. Continue parting the hair in small sections paying particular attention to the areas noted above. If you have a good metal lice comb, use it to comb over the scalp, wiping on a paper towel to check for lice or nits. See below for pictures of head lice and nits.

Nits: Nits (head lice eggs) are often confused with dandruff or other hair debris, however, nits are connected to the base of the hair shaft and will not easily move. If it flakes off, it is not a nit. They are 0.8 mm by 0.3 mm (about the size of a knot in thread), oval and usually yellow to white, though they can sometimes appear the same color as the infected hair. Nits take about 1 week to hatch (range 6 to 9 days). Viable eggs are usually located within 6mm of the scalp.
Nymphs: The egg hatches to release a nymph . The nit shell then becomes a more visible dull yellow and remains attached to the hair shaft. The nymph looks like an adult head louse, but is about the size of a pinhead. To live, a nymph must feed on blood. They become adults about 7 days after hatching.
Adults: The adult louse is about the size of a sesame seed, has 6 legs (each with claws), and is tan to grayish-white. In persons with dark hair, the adult louse will appear darker. Females are usually larger than males and can lay up to 8 nits per day. Adult lice can live up to 30 days on a person's head. To live, adult lice need to feed on blood several times daily. Without blood meals, the louse will die within 1 to 2 days off the host.

Download our helpful PROOF OF LICE card for more help determining if you have lice.

If you find nits or lice, treatment should be provided immediately.

The Hair Whisperers services clients throughout Southern California with both manual removal and the LouseBuster Treatment which kills lice and nits in a single session. If you need your battle with lice over today, ask for the LouseBuster. Call now to get rid of lice today. 800-319-8751


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For Clients Only:

Often after a lice diagnosis, clients will comb with our lice comb and discover small particles of dirt, dandruff, or other substances in their hair, and mistake it for lice.

If you have been treated twice by The Hair Whisperers and suspect you still have lice, you can take the item you have combed out, tape it to a white piece of paper, and mail to:

Amy Goldreyer
300 S. Westgate Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Please include your name and phone number, so she can contact you to confirm if what you found is head lice, nit, or neither.

Please note that this is a service for our current clients only. If you have not been treated twice by The Hair Whisperers in the last 30 days, no response will be provided.

Thank you!

Call 800-319-8751 to get rid of lice today!