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Can Dyeing Your Hair Kill Head Lice?

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In short, hair dye may wash away lice, but does nothing for the nits or eggs that are attached to your hair. So even if you wash away every single live louse on your head, in seven to ten days, all those eggs will hatch and you'll have even more lice to deal with.

What Are Lice?

Lice are tiny insects (parasites) that live off of human blood. They can be found on the head, body and pubic hair and survive by laying eggs, which incubate in 7 to 10 days then hatch into lice. One louse can lay as many as 90 eggs, so it's easy to see why lice infestations are so common. Lice may be hard to see on the head, but the nits, or eggs, usually look similar to dandruff that cannot easily be brushed out of the hair. Head lice spread quickly. Most often, head lice spread through elementary schools and day care facilities, or anywhere young children are in close quarters. However, anyone can get head lice and spread it to others.

Treatment of Head Lice

Typically people treat head lice with an over the counter pediculicide, or pesticide. Prescription treatments are available for especially stubborn lice. Many adults seek alternative natural products to deal with head lice for a number of reasons.

  1. Lice products, both over the counter and prescription, may potentially cause brain and nervous system damage, especially when used incorrectly.
  2. In the way bacteria becomes resistant to antibiotics, lice can become resistant to over the counter products.

A fine toothed lice comb can be found at any pharmacy. You may need to comb through the infested person's hair a couple of different times.

Lice in your Home

If someone in your house has head lice it is important to notify anyone who has been in contact with the infested person (schools and day cares especially). Next, wash all clothing, bedding, towels, hats, scarves and anything that may have been in contact with that person in very hot water. Anything that cannot be washed, like comforters and pillows, should be put in airtight plastic bags for at least 4 days. Vacuum the cars out. Soak all combs and brushes used in the house in very hot water or rubbing alcohol. Remember, head lice cannot jump or fly; they simply move very quickly and can spread from one person to another fairly easily. Also remember that having lice does not mean you are dirty or have poor hygiene. Lice are equal opportunity parasites; they don't care who you are so long as they can feed off your blood.

Sources:

http://blogs.webmd.com/all-ears/2006/09/lice-not-so-nice.html

http://www.idph.state.il.us/public/hb/hblice.htm

http://www.headlice.org/faq/questions.htm

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/If_you_dye_your_hair_will_it_kill_lice

From HelloLife
  • Use of Licenex Kit prevents re-infestation
  • Soothing, natural ingredients relieve itchy, irritated scalps
  • Safe lice formula contains no pyrethins, pyrethroids, or chemical pesticides.

Learn more about Licenex ▶

7 Comments

  • Smartliving Guest Smartliving Guest

    Could potentially dying your hair result in the dying of the nits the same color making them harder to see and remove? Commented on HelloLife · September 10, 2009 at 2:35 PM

  • wolfpeople34 wolfpeople34

    i was just asking if dyeing ur hair will kill the lice iknow it doesnt help with the eggs and nits but if it will help with the bugs im game then all i need to do is get otc shampoo and get them that way.i cant get a straight answer from anybody about the hair dye......so what should i do??? Commented on HelloLife · December 3, 2011 at 7:29 AM

  • DEBORAH DEBORAH

    Is there a reason why so many ppl r getting lice? Commented on HelloLife · December 5, 2011 at 8:06 AM

  • Erin Erin

    Well, it IS a very contagious little bug. I'm not sure if people are getting lice more often than they have been, but considering the way our population is growing and how living in close proximity contributes to the lice problem, I wouldn't be surprised if rates have increased! Commented on HelloLife · December 5, 2011 at 8:56 AM

  • Heather Heather

    Yes dyeing your hair does kill the live bugs but you will still need to remove the eggs because it doesn't kill the eggs, as far as I know. Atleast it worked on myself and my daughter. Commented on HelloLife · January 7, 2012 at 2:53 PM

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  • Sarah Sarah

    Bottle of rubbing alcohol mixed with sm bottle white vinegar, spray on hair, put on a shower cap (most important step is shower cap!) for 30-45, wash and comb. Kills them dead, kills eggs, and loosens egg-glue. Not twitching, dead. Vacuum your house and bam, lice free. Commented on HelloLife · October 16, 2013 at 10:54 AM

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