1. Identify

Different Ways Lice Can Be Identified

An Adult Head Louse

Head lice have six legs, but cannot jump. It moves quickly though, at the speed of 23 centimetres per minute under normal temperature conditions. The adult louse can be white, brown or dark grey in colour.

Zoomed In Head Louse on Fine-Toothed Comb

This is a zoomed in picture of an adult louse on a comb whilst the hair is being combed through. The Lice & Nits tend to cling to the natural hair casts, making them difficult to remove. You need to make sure the correct comb is used to ensure all Lice & Nits are combed out.

Nits on Black Coloured Hair

Lice eggs are known as Nits, which are glued onto the hair near the scalp and can be even harder to see. They are round or oval specks that are tightly glued to the hair near the scalp. If you try to slide the nits off, they won’t budge. They are most often found in the hair at the back of the neck or behind the ears.

Head Lice on Ear Bud
A Head Louse on Ear Bud

Although lice and their nits are small, they are visible to the naked eye. Head lice can be white, brown, or dark gray. They are most often found in the hair at the back of the neck or behind the ears

Nits On Blonde Coloured Hair

The nits are round or oval specks that are tightly glued to hairs near the scalp. In this picture you will see a nit infestation on blonder colour hair.

Natural Hair Cast
Natural Hair Casts

Sometimes we may confuse nits with a natural hair cast. A hair cast can be described as a freely movable hair shaft often composed of scales attached to scalp found in scaling dermatitis, including dandruff and psoriasis.

This is a zoomed-in photograph of lice on a fine toothed comb. One would be able to see with the naked eye, whether or not the lice and nits are being pulled out via the comb.

A comparison of how big actual Head Lice & Nits are. This should encourage you to look even harder when it comes to combing out Head Lice & Nits.