Updated on July 24, 2020
That is the question that came to us recently from Melody T. in Spokane, Washington. She and her children have hair...lots and lots of thick and long hair. She had tried patiently and diligently to get all of the nits (lice eggs) out of their hair, but it was in her words "a bottomless pit". Every time that she was confident that she had finally won the battle, more nits appeared in the hair. She reported having "a number of melt-downs" and ultimately concluded that she needed professional help. Everyone wants to have a lot hair until there are lice hiding there! Charlotte arrived at Melody's home at 3:30 pm, right when the girls returned home from school. Indeed all 3 females had a lot of hair and Charlotte went to work right away. She explained to Melody that the process she uses is the same, whether there is a lot or a little hair. There are two integral steps to the successful protocol: suffocate the live lice and physically extract the nits. Obviously, it is essential to kill the live lice. Less obvious is the necessity of removing all nits. Nit removal is as important as killing the lice but is more difficult to accomplish and when there is a lot of hair, it becomes an even more elusive goal..unless you are trained and experienced. Why is it so difficult for an untrained person to find and eradicate nits? The challenges lie in being able to see the nits which are tiny and camouflage in the hair, being able to distinguish nits from dandruff, debris, and sebaceous oil secretions, and being able to grab them and pull them off the hair. The last step can be difficult as the nits are glued to hair. When there is a lot of hair, it is especially important to check hair section by section to be sure nits have been removed. Why is this step so important? The reason is that if nits are left untreated in the hair, about a week or so later they will hatch. Once they hatch the baby bugs that emerge will take another week or so to mature and then they will mate and lay up to 10 eggs a day. In short order, the hair is filled with nits. Lice especially like heads that have a lot of hair because it is easier to latch onto long and thick hair and climb up to the scalp to feed which is their end goal. Because there are plenty of places to hide when there is a lot of hair, it becomes that much more valuable to have an expert at the home to do the work. Whether you have a lot of hair or not, LiceDoctors has the expertise and tools to find and eliminate lice and nits. Just as Charlotte eradicated lice in Melody's family so can we in all families in the Spokane metro area. Give us a call today at 509-570-1433. We will take the burden off of you and we are available day or night, 365 days a year.