Is it true head lice prefer clean hair? We hear this question a lot at Heartland Healthy Heads Lice Removal and Resource Center. The age old idea that one is dirty or unclean if they have head lice has taken a turn. For many years the misconception one is dirty if they contract head lice has done a complete 180. We hear it almost every day. “I read on the internet lice really only like clean hair.” The fact of the matter is, Head Lice do not care. They just like hair on the human scalp. I suppose if you get a pickier louse they may tend to prefer clean hair. They just like hair, long or short, blonde, brunettes or red heads (or even grey), curly or straight, thick or thin, even dirty or clean. They probably do not even care you use gel, hairspray, mousse or get a permanent. Hair dyes don’t even matter.
Head Lice know where they need to be to survive. They want to get to a human scalp to feed and more than likely will venture onto any hair to survive. Although there are certain scents lice do not like so as a prevention it may be a benefit to use a prevention spray including lice repellant scents like peppermint, rosemary, lemongrass or lavender.
The best prevention by far is to keep hair tied back, use braids, buns and ponytails. Head Lice are transmitted through hair to hair contact and very common among school age children. Here at Heartland Healthy Heads we say check often and treat early, this helps to stop the spread of head lice. Here at Heartland Healthy heads our mission is to decrease the stigma associated with head lice and dispel the common myths. Feel free to call our 24 hour lice line with any head lice related questions 913-730-NITS (6487).