Do Lice Like Clean or Dirty Hair to Live on?

Male human head louse, Pediculus humanus capitis. Technical settings :  - focus stack of 57 images - microscope objective (Nikon achromatic 10x 160/0.25) directly on the body (with adapter ~30 mm)

Q: Do lice like clean hair or dirty hair? My friends told me that head lice don’t like braids, and dirty hair. I wash my hair every other day and tie it up for school! Should I wash my hair every day to prevent lice (I currently wash it every other day?) Sometimes I wash my hair a couple times a day because I hate having my hair dirty.

A: Head Lice actually prefer clean hair. Since the lice glue their eggs to the hair shaft, clean (non-oily) hair allows for easier attachment. Dirty hair also has grit and dirt and such, so lice have a harder time moving around.

The North American Association of Lice Prevention says: “Anyone with clean or dirty hair can get head lice. Yes, lice is attracted to clean hair MORE than dirty hair but hair is hair. They are not selective, and seem to like living in short, long, clean and dirty hair. It is a common misconception that head lice only live in dirty hair.”

No its not safe to wash your hair everyday, by washing your hair it is easy to get lice because lice like claen hair to move around in, but u could wash your hair every two weeks for it to be clean without getting lice or falling out. YES……….. if your hair is too clean you wash it about 3-4 times a day or more you will get lice. All that happens after you wash your hair is that you have clean hair that’s infected with head lice rather than dirty hair that’s infected.

Keep washing your hair and tie your hair a lot to prevent spreading it or passing it to others. Wash your hair with that shampoo a few more times and it should be all ok. Tie your hair up for a while to limit hairs that may fall out from landing on other people.

The best way to prevent lice infestations: don’t wash your hair for a few days (gross I know) and wear hair products in it like hairspray and stuff, Lice hate dirty hair, so they will eventually die.

Apply Aloe Vera to Prevent Head Lice

Yes, aloe or aloe vera is a plant that is often used to treat the hair and avoid various problems that attacks such as hair loss, branched, dandruff and lice. After the natural oils work they way out, those oils CLEAN the product out and the hair remains clean. A common preparation of Aloe Vera gel with a small amount of wheat germ oil and coconut milk is used as a shampoo and has traditionally shown great benefit.
Aloe Vera has been used by Native Americans, Indians and many in the Caribbean to promote healthy hair and prevent hair loss.

Lice and Hygiene

It’s not because you’re dirty (lice don’t really like dirty hair). It’s not true that people get head lice because they’re dirty. Lice are not a sign of dirty hair or poor hygiene; in fact, head lice prefer clean short hair. Poor hygiene has nothing to do with how lice are spread and it is equally likely that you will find head lice living in clean and dirty hair.

Here are some tips to prevent lice:

  • Go get lice shampoo and use a special comb you can get for lice.
  • Use the lice comb before you wash your hair and try to get some out while the oil is on the hair – it makes combing much easier.
  • Get your hair checked by someone experienced in spotting head lice and their tell tale eggs. This involves using a special fine-toothed head lice comb that you can buy from your local pharmacy on your child’s wet, conditioned hair.
  • Check the comb for lice and clean them away after each sweep. Nit combs really are an important part of the solution – the hair wash treatments only kill live lice.
  • Leave on for at least and hour and then get in shower with the fine comb they give you with head lice shampoo and keep combing your hair with it. The shampoo makes the head lice eggs soft and they will come out of hair.
  • Follow all directions! If you don’t follow the instructions (for example, if the treated hair was wet, very knotty, or not completely saturated with the Solution) lice could survive.
  • Check every week and don’t worry – every child gets lice – it’s part of growing up and lice like clean hair.
  • Keep the house clean and treat the kids with lice shampoo when they do get lice.
  • Parents should also have their own hair checked for lice and nits, since lice move from one person to another through head to head contact.

I have just had recommended to me the nitty gritty nit comb, i used it today and i can honestly say its worth its weight in gold. Regardless of how clean or dirty you keep yourself and your house, the lice will come if and when they get a chance.

There is no 100% repellent for head lice and clean or dirty hair does not make a difference. The only way to totally prevent lice is to cut everyone bald.