Can You Get Head Lice if You’re Bald?

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No hair should mean no head lice right? Head lice are extremely small, only 2-3 mm. Lice lay their eggs at the base of the hair follicle as close to the scalp as possible. The adult lice spend their time hanging out feeding off the scalp. Without hair, you would think no head lice could attach to a bald person’s scalp. Getting head lice is possible if you’re bald.

Getting Lice While Bald

Due to the lack of hair for lice and nits to attach to it is not common for bald people to get head lice. With nothing to attach to or lay their nits on it is not common for head lice to attach to a bald scalp. They find it difficult to feed and quickly die off. Lice may attempt to attach, but the environment is unsuitable for their survival. While bald people may become temporarily affected by head lice they often leave for a better suited host or die off. Thin or sporadic hair can still attract lice. 

Other Hair

Head lice do not often affect other hair. Meaning head lice doesn’t often infest beards and mustaches. Facial hair is often coarse and widely spaced. This makes it difficult for head lice to live comfortably and attach. It is extremely rare for head lice to infest facial hair though it does happen on rare occasions. 

What to Do With Head Lice?

If you are looking to avoid head lice by riding yourself of hair, you may want to rethink. The only way to do so is to completely rid your head and face of hair. Shaving your head often won’t eliminate all nits and lice. There are plenty of other ways you can avoid head lice that our experts can recommend. If you find yourself dealing with a head lice infestation, our premium treatment can help. It kills all lice and kits in one quick and easy treatment!

Don’t shave your head just to get rid of, let our experts help! Let Heartland Healthy Heads help you get rid of your head lice infestation with ease! For more lice advice or to schedule a treatment visit our website or call 913-730-6487!