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Will Lice Treatment Ruin My Hair Color?

Whether you are dealing with it or one of your friends or family members is, you will know that head lice are super annoying. Now, if you were thinking about head lice treatments, you might be wondering whether it will affect your use of hair color. Depending on which treatment you use, it can—and we are here to tell you all about it!

Can I Dye My Hair Even If It Has Lice?

Yes. Even if you are currently battling a lice infestation, you can still dye your hair. You won’t be able to have your hair colored in a salon since it is against health code, but you can dye your hair at home.

Will Dying My Hair Kill the Lice?

No. Although there are rumors out there that hair dye can increase the pH levels on your hair to drive away lice, these aren’t true. Hair dye will simply not kill adult lice, and it definitely won’t kill the lice eggs. Hair color can’t kill any of the eggs since they are stored at or beneath the shaft of the hair and protected in the case.

Will OTC Lice Shampoo Ruin My Hair Color?

Yes. If you apply over-the-counter lice shampoos to your hair after you’ve dyed your hair, it will ruin your hair color. This is due to the fact that there are harsh chemicals in those shampoos that will strip the color out of the hair shaft. So, the money you spent (at either at the salon before you caught lice, or on that box of at-home hair color) will be wasted.

Is There a Lice Treatment that Is Safe for Hair Color?

Yes! Fresh Head Lice Removal’s AirAllé® device is safe for hair color! Our FDA-cleared medical device blows warm air through the applicator comb onto the scalp, dehydrating and killing lice and eggs in one treatment. It has absolutely no effect on hair color—there are no pesticides, toxins, or chemicals that could interact with your hair color.

Can I Dye My Hair After Lice Treatment?

Yes. If you receive professional lice treatment from Fresh Heads, you can schedule your hair salon appointment for the very next day, because when you get there you will be lice free! And since there are no chemicals involved in your lice removal treatment, you are also free to have your hair colored.

Professional Lice Removal in Jacksonville and Orlando, FL, and Savannah, GA

At Fresh Heads, we know that just because you are dealing with head lice doesn’t mean you don’t want to look your best. Avoid the risk of stripping your hair color (or of having an unexpected allergic reaction) from OTC lice shampoos. Go with Fresh Heads instead! Our Signature AirAllé® treatment will have you out the door and lice free in just over an hour. Your hair color will be fully intact. Book your appointment today!


Schools Without Lice.

Schools Without Lice

At Fresh Heads Lice Removal, our goal is to get rid of lice in schools across the country. We’ve partnered with the Lice Clinics of America to create a program called Schools Without Lice, which gives teachers and nurses free screenings, resources, and treatments. Together, we can have schools without lice!

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