Why do we get head lice?

Head lice have been around for centuries all over the world. They are just a normal part of our environment like mosquitoes. They are not harmful to people, rather just annoying. I remember watching the movie, The Other Boleyn Girl, that took place during the rein of King Henry VIII around 1533; there was a scene that the girls were combing their hair for head lice before they went to bed. That shows you how much of an annoyance head lice have been to humans for centuries!

Head lice crawl from human hair to other human hair. The head louse can crawl on a single strand of hair from one head to the next in a matter of seconds. Some may have simply hitched a ride with a hat, comb, or hair accessory. They are wingless insects that do not fly, jump or live on animals. They only feed on human blood, and live on our heads, not our bodies. They depend on the warmth from our body heat and hair to survive and incubate their eggs. They are very strong and can survive being submersed in water for up to 45 minutes.

In my travels around the world I have noticed that the way people interact with each other plays a big part in how difficult the head lice problem is in the country. In cultures where they do not hug as much as we North Americans or Europeans do it is not as much of a problem. In Asian cultures such as Japan, they bow when they greet each other. This is a good way to minimize head to head contact and the chance of getting lice is minimal in that country. In Europe, where they greet with kisses on the cheeks, head lice are an ongoing problem, which they deal with in a nonchalant manner. If you do go to Europe on holiday it’s best to check your hair for lice often. In North America, we like to hug and our children play closely together. Maybe we should start teaching our children to “high five” their friends “hello” instead of hugging. Now that’s something to think about!

Taking care of a head lice infestation right from the start is a sure way of not having to deal with head lice again. Pixie Locks head lice treatment professional are located in Southern California and are available to come to your home to help you 7 days a week. For a gentle, non-toxic, pesticide free lice and nit removal service call 1-800-372-0373 to schedule an appointment.

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  • It is really irritating to have head lice. I have experienced having it because our nanny has lots of head lice, since we are always together my siblings and I was also infested. I am always irritated and my mother panicked she has tried everything to get rid of it but lice still grows. Our hair was cut short, because that time there are no salons that offers lice removal service and over the counter remedies are also not effective.

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