What You Need to Know about Head Lice

Contemplate these words for a moment: head lice. Bet your head is itching already. You can almost feel them crawling through your hair just at the very mention of them. Be strong. We’ll get through this post together, and it’s important that we get through this post. Because the fact of the matter is, these bothersome little bugs are likely to affect us all at one point or another. The more we know about them and the myths surrounding them, the more we can do to prevent their spread. So let’s go on an itchy journey together to learn about this little insect: the head louse.

What Is It?

We often say that people “have head lice,” as if it were a disease or condition. But in reality, a person who “has” head lice is actually playing host to an infestation of parasitic insects. It’s just like having a tick or chiggers, except a lot of them and only on your head.

So what do they look like?

Up close and magnified, the head louse looks like something out of a monster movie. But an adult head louse, at its biggest, is only about the size of a sesame seed.

Good news Adult lice are often only one-third of a lice infestation. Head lice come in three stages, all tiny and travel-sized for your convenience.

By far the most troublesome of these stages is the nit. Nits are louse eggs, which generally take about 8-9 days to hatch. Often confused with dandruff, scabs, hair product residue, and other scalp trash, these tiny oval-shaped eggs are usually yellow or w