What Does Lice Look Like?

What Does Lice Look Like?

A head lice infestation can be one of the trickiest conditions that caregivers can come across when handling small children. The reason is, if left unchecked the condition can not only worsen but spread to anyone who comes into contact, especially if they live under the same roof.

There is an onslaught of information available to us via the internet and some of us can spend hours researching all things head lice. We might even feel like pros after we have consumed as much information as we can. But hang on a moment. 

When dealing with head lice it is absolutely crucial that caregivers seek the proper medical and professional care as soon as possible. Using Google to make a treatment decision is not exactly the best move to make. It’s understandable why many would seek treatment options that they can do at home, but the importance of timeliness and the risk of further infestation cannot be stressed enough. 

We at Fresh Heads Lice Removal in Savannah Georgia, and Jacksonville and Orlando, Florida, understand how overwhelming all of this can be. That is why our staff takes pride in not only offering signature one-time treatment options but also a wealth of reliable and factual information about head lice. We value understanding treatment options for our clients but also making sure they know the ins and outs of head lice. 

Before you take a look into treatment options, let’s get a firm understanding of head lice: physiology, life cycle, and common myths. 

Head Lice: Physiology

To understand why it’s important to seek professional care when coming across a head lice infestation, we have to understand what they look like and how they operate. 

Firstly, adult head louse are about the size of a sesame seed and are light in color. However, studies have shown that if you have darker hair color, then the head lice will be darker in color as well. A unique camouflage trick. 

They are a parasite that feeds on blood from the scalp, hence the name head lice. They have six legs in total and at the end of each are these c-curved hooks that allow them to grip onto the hair shaft firmly. 

Lastly, they cannot jump from place to place like fleas. They simply crawl around on the scalp and just stay there to feed. Female head lice tend to be a little wider than males and they can lay up to 10 lice eggs, or nits, a day.

Head Lice: The Life Cycle 

Lice starts as an egg or a nit. It’s about the size of a single knot in a piece of thread. They are usually the same color as the hair of the person they infected, just like how they do when fully grown. If you thought seeing an adult head louse was difficult, a nit is even more so. They’re so small, they’re often confused with dandruff or water droplets in the hair. 

After about six to nine days, the nit will hatch into a nymph. At this stage, they are about as big as a pinhead and begin feeding on blood from the scalp to grow in size.

After a few more days they are fully grown into an adult head louse. Females can lay about six to ten nits per day. With a constant food supply, head lice can survive for about 30 days.

As you can see from lice eggs to nymphs, to adult head louse the life cycle of these parasites is brief but rapid. This is why we at Fresh Heads Lice Removal put a strong emphasis on seeking professional treatment sooner rather than later.  


As previously stated, there are a lot of myths about head lice in general, including treatments. 

No, you cannot drown lice and their nits out by submerging your head under water, this includes swimming pools. Some people think that the chemicals in swimming pools, namely chlorine, are strong enough to kill head lice and nits. If not, then submerging their head ought to do the trick. 

This is simply not the case. 

Earlier we mentioned those hooks that adult head lice have at the end of each of their legs. This prevents them from being removed from the hair so freely. Essentially, trying to get rid of them by wetting your hair is like trying to play a tug-of-war game that you just cannot win. Head lice and their eggs can only be removed from the hair through proper professional treatments and products from a licensed clinician. 

No, mayonnaise or any other kind of occlusion-based product is not an effective lice treatment. You cannot suffocate head lice. They need to be removed through warm heat, prescribed topicals, or by hand with a comb specifically designed for lice removal. 

Head lice are transmittable through direct head-to-head content. This goes back to the fact that head lice need a constant blood supply from the scalp in order to survive, which means that the longer they remain off the scalp, the higher their mortality rate. 

Why Us? Check Out Our Savannah, GA Location Today.

Now that we have answered the question, what do lice look like, let’s briefly get an overview of what treatment options are available.

Our most popular treatment is the AirAlle. Our signature treatment system uses warm air to eliminate all adult head lice and their nits from the scalp. The entire process takes about 90 minutes and comes with a 45-day guarantee. This means that if re-infestation occurs, the person who initially received treatment will be retreated for free as well as anyone who shares a household with the infected individual. This will occur once a head check by a Fresh Heads technician is performed. 

We offer an array of other lice treatments within our facilities, fitting any budget to ensure that our clients and their families get the effective care they need. We value our one-treatment-guaranteed systems as well as informing each of our clients about how to treat a head lice infestation properly. Effective treatments with detailed and concise knowledge at budget-friendly prices are of utmost importance.

And that’s the Fresh Heads Lice Removal difference. 

To schedule an appointment at either our Savannah, Georgia location or at our Jacksonville or Orlando locations, visit our website and give us a call today! 

Schools Without Lice.

Schools Without Lice

At Fresh Heads Lice Removal, our mission is to get rid of lice in schools across the United States. We’ve partnered with the Lice Clinics of America to create the Schools Without Lice program. Through this program, we provide school nurses and teachers with free screenings, resources, and treatments. Together, we can have schools without lice!

How To Tell if the Lice are Really Gone?

How To Tell if the Lice are Really Gone?

Lice are little pesky creatures, and even though they can’t fly or jump, they are determined to stay around. Knowing the signs of lice and what lice look like is crucial knowledge to knowing how to properly get rid of lice. 

How To Check For Lice

At Fresh Heads, we do offer lice checks, but if you do not have the time, here’s some steps to help you know the proper way to check for lice yourself:

1. Make sure to wash your hands or put on gloves before you start. 

2. Next, create a part in the hair with your fingers or the help of a comb, so that you can clearly see the person’s scalp. 

3. While making parts in the hair, it is time to see if there are any little lice running around. Lice are around the size of a poppy seed and are usually brown, black, or a darker color. A flashlight will probably help your chances of finding them. 

4. The next step is to look for the nits. The nits are the lice eggs. They are very small little white clusters that are on the hair strands very close to the scalp. There may also be some near the nape of the neck or behind the ears. At times these are easier to find because they are stationary. 

5. To get rid of the lice and the lice eggs, the best method is to seek professional assistance at Fresh Heads. At Fresh Heads, we have the proper and most effective equipment to make you lice and lice egg free. A one time treatment is all you need and then you’re back to your daily life. 


After checking for any signs of lice, and expectedly finding some, the question pops up “what should I do now?” The first thought you have might be to go to a local pharmacy and pick up some over-the-counter products. Unfortunately, lice have genetically adapted to the chemicals that are in those products. They were not very effective in the first place, but now they aren’t effective at all. The best thing to do is to get professional help. The best lice treatment out there is with Fresh Heads and our AirAlle device. This treatment uses heated air that kills both lice and nits without having to use toxic chemicals. 

Fresh Heads Lice Removal in Savannah, Georgia

Catching lice can be a very stressful time, and here at Fresh Heads, we want to help you however we can. We have the best lice treatment on the market that can make your worries disappear. If you are interested then make sure to contact us or come on down to Fresh Heads Lice Removal in Savannah, GA, or one of our other locations in Jacksonville or Orlando, FL.

Schools Without Lice.

Schools Without Lice

At Fresh Heads Lice Removal, our mission is to get rid of lice in schools across the United States. We’ve partnered with the Lice Clinics of America to create the Schools Without Lice program. Through this program, we provide school nurses and teachers with free screenings, resources, and treatments. Together, we can have schools without lice!

The OTC Lotion Permethrin is Potentially Harmful

The OTC Lotion Permethrin is Potentially Harmful

Research and evidence have suggested lice have been around for approximately 5.5 million years. Scientists have even found head lice in the tombs/coffins of well-preserved mummies dating back to 3000 B.C. Throughout the millions of years head lice have managed to evolve, adapt, and survive it all. Which is why it comes as no surprise when a new strain of lice was produced, they were known as super lice.

What Is Permethrin?

Both permethrin and pyrethrins are made from synthetic pesticides and sold as an over-the-counter lotion treatment used to treat common head lice. This lotion only can kill live lice and is unable to eradicate the lice eggs (nits). Due to the fact permethrin can only kill live lice that can cause a potential problem to arise because if the nits hatch the head lice infestation begins all over again.

Super Lice

When “super lice” is brought up many people have a million questions zooming through their head. What does super lice look like? How are they different from common lice? Are they more harmful or dangerous? The only difference between common lice and super lice is super lice are a divergent strain that have become resistant to permethrin and pyrethrin. They look identical to common lice, and they do not carry or transmit any diseases. The key difference is if your child has a head lice infestation of super lice and uses the OTC topical permethrin it will be ultimately useless. Instead, bring your child into Fresh Heads Lice Removal. Whether your child has super lice or common lice, one single treatment using our AirAlle system will remove all lice the first go around.

The Dangers of Permethrin

Permethrin has been around for some time and because of this many physicians and researchers have identified permethrin as potentially harmful due to its toxic components. For example, permethrin has been linked to endocrine disorders and disruption in children. Specifically, commercial grade permethrin was found to interfere with androgen receptors which can interfere and delay puberty in children.

As a parent your number one priority is your children’s safety and by using permethrin as a way to treat head lice, you’re putting their safety at possible risk. Throw away the permethrin lotion because there are too many dangers and risks attached. Instead bring your child into our lice removal service in Orlando, FL, where your child’s safety is never a question but a guarantee.

Our Fresh Heads Clinics are the #1 Choice in Orlando, FL

Here at Fresh Heads Lice Removal our AirAlle treatment is FDA approved and in one single treatment can dehydrate lice and lice eggs safely. There are no toxins or pesticides used because we understand keeping your children healthy and safe will always be at the core. Stop by one of our many locations: Jacksonville, FL, Orlando, FL, and Savannah, GA.

Schools Without Lice.

Schools Without Lice

At Fresh Heads Lice Removal, our mission is to get rid of lice in schools across the United States. We’ve partnered with the Lice Clinics of America to create the Schools Without Lice program. Through this program, we provide school nurses and teachers with free screenings, resources, and treatments. Together, we can have schools without lice!