Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do lice jump or hop?
    • No, lice do not jump or hop.  Most lice are contracted by head-to-head contact.  Nits cannot reattach themselves once they are detached and therefore are of no concern after removal.
  • But I wash my hair?!
    • Lice is not because of poor hygiene.  Lice prefer clean hair.  Lice glue their eggs to hair and it is easier to glue to clean hair than dirty hair.
  • Did I get lice from the pool?
    • While it is possible to pick-up a stray louse, the likelihood is less than 2%.  The most common mode of transmission is through head-to-head contact.
  • Do products like Rid(tm) or Nix(tm) work?
    • Lice professionals are finding more and more that lice are becoming resistant to Over The Counter products.  while the pesticide may slow down or kill the adults, it is not effective with the nits or eggs.
    • CBS News - "'Super lice' a concern as kids return to school" - http://www.cbsnews.com/news/super-lice-a-concern-as-kids-return-to-school/
  • Is there something I can use or do to avoid getting lice?
    • Girls with long hair can put their hair up and braiding is most effective.
    • Lice have been shown to dislike the scent of mint.  A spritz of mint-based spray before an activity and a periodic preventative comb out with a good lice comb is generally effective.
    • Spray products and combs are available for purchase.  Email me at sarah@gentlehairliceremoval.com for more information.
  • What is the most common age to get head lice?
    • The most common age is between 9 and 16, and is more commonly found on girls rather than boys.  This is mostly due to girls having more hair mass and tend to be more affectionate than boys, ending in more head-to-head contact.
    • However, head lice does not discriminate based on age and can affect anyone at anytime.