Lice in Blonde Hair:
Lice and Lice Eggs Pictures in Blondes

Question:

What do lice and lice eggs look like in blonde hair? Do they look different?

Answer from a Lice Expert:

Dealing with head lice can be difficult for anyone, but it can be especially tricky for those with blonde hair. Lice eggs and lice bugs can be really difficult to see in blonde hair, but in this article, I'll show you pictures of exactly what you're looking for and how to spot them quickly.

A lice bug in blond hair
Lice in Blond Hair

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Hi there! I'm Theresa, I'm a lice expert, lice coach, and Registered Nurse. I help people with lice every day! You can get rid of lice in ONE DAY at home by using the same proven professional technique that I use in my lice center.

Just follow the step-by-step videos and be done with lice by the end of the day.

Defining Characteristics of Head Lice

Head lice are a widespread problem in the United States, where around 12 million kids get head lice every year! 

Head lice stick solely to the hair of the head and near the head. Head lice are NOT associated with poor hygiene and do not spread diseases, but they often make the person they are infesting uncomfortable.

Head Lice Anatomy

The defining characteristics of head lice on Blonde individuals are:

  • 6 legs attached to the upper ⅓ of the body, not connected on the large abdomen
  • No wings
  • Adult lice are tan to light brown on most blondes
  • Nymph (tiny, “baby stage” lice) are translucent/transparent with a dark stomach.
  • Black stomach/intestines often visible through the translucent body (larger after feeding)
  • Antennae
  • Tapered/claw-like legs
Up close image of a super lice bug. Lice have six legs attached to their abdomen. The lice appears golden brown/translucent in color. Its dark stomach can be seen through its shell. The lice is attached to a blonde hairstrand.

Head Lice in Blonde Hair

A translucent/blond lice bug camouflaging in blond hair

Many people mistakenly believe that if their child has lice, they will see tons of bugs crawling around in their kid’s hair. In most cases, though, this isn’t true. 

Lice are tiny experts at blending in with hair. When lice are first born, they are almost invisible, and in adulthood, they are only about the size of a sesame seed. To make things complicated, lice bugs usually match the color of hair they are infesting. Can you see the lice bug in this picture of blond hair?

Lice Appearance in Blonde Hair

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Many people mistakenly believe that if their child has lice, they will see tons of bugs crawling around in their kid’s hair. In most cases, though, this isn’t true. 

Lice are tiny experts at blending in with hair. When lice are first born, they are almost invisible, and in adulthood, they are only about the size of a sesame seed. To make things complicated, lice bugs usually match the color of hair they are infesting. Can you see the lice bug in this picture of blond hair?

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Lice Eggs in Blond Hair

side-by-side images of blond girl's hair. Three circles identify the hot spots that lice usually lay lice eggs (nits)

A quick note: If you are new to lice, nits and lice eggs are the same things. The two phrases will be used interchangeably throughout this article.

Because lice are so good at hiding and moving quickly, it is pretty rare to see lice bugs early on in an infestation. So, if you’re trying to check for lice, you should instead focus your attention on finding lice eggs (also called “nits”) in the hair. Unlike adult lice bugs, nits do not move around or hide, and these eggs are glued onto the hair strand so they will not fall off.

While lice lay nits throughout the entire head, there are a few places lice most love to lay eggs. These places, termed “hot spots,” are the ideal places to check for nits. These hot spots are behind the ears, the nape of the neck, and the crown of the head.

A nit in blond hair

Because nits in your child’s hair are the first sign of a lice infestation, finding them at this stage can help you eliminate lice when there are only a few adult lice bugs.

Lice eggs are stuck on the hair strand. It is impossible to brush, flick, or blow them out of the hair. The only way to remove a nit (without using a high-quality lice comb) is to squeeze it between two fingers or fingernails and then slide it down the entire hair strand, finally pulling it off the end.

What Color Are Nits in Blonde Hair?

A finger points at a nit in blond hair

Although people often describe lice eggs as white, they will not look white in blonde hair. Nits are usually golden to dark brown or translucent in color, not white. Nits typically appear darker (dark brown to black) against a backdrop of blond hair. Lice eggs are commonly mistaken for dirt in blonde hair because they have a “coffee-grounds” appearance in blondes.

More Lice Eggs in Blonde Hair

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What Do Lice Eggs Look Like in Blonde Hair?

A lice egg (nit) is attached to a hair strand. A finger in behind the nit and a white arrow points at the nit.

Lice eggs are tiny (about the size of a poppyseed), and they blend in pretty well with hair. If you aren’t looking closely, you are likely to miss them. Lice eggs and dandruff are often mistaken for one another, but some of the key differences are that lice eggs are tear-drop shaped and glued to the side of the hair strand.

The tell-tale sign that what you are finding is a nit is that a nit cannot be flicked, blown, or brushed away. Aside from a high-quality lice comb, the only way to remove a lice egg from the hair strand is to squeeze it between two fingers and manually drag it down the entire hair strand.

A lice egg (nit) is shown on a hair strand. A woman tugs at the nit repeatedly, attempting to make it move.
Lice eggs are stuck on the hair strand.

While the above section is just a brief overview, my article How to Check for Lice provides a complete step by step guide on how to determine if you are dealing with lice.

The Secret To Getting Rid of Lice

Now that you know what you're looking for I want to talk briefly about your biggest worry (that your child actually has lice) and the question I get asked by parents around the world that have been battling lice….

problem #1

Parents around the world are all asking me the same question…. "Why is it so much harder to get rid of lice now?"

Lice have become immune to everything that used to work in the past. Perhaps you remember your mom using a typical lice treatment or mayonnaise and that doing the trick. The new strain of head lice is no longer killed by those treatments, that’s why lice today are termed by people, “super lice,” because they are immune to those treatments. 

I’ve cured thousands of people of lice in my lice center and let me tell you, I don't do it with over-the-counter lice treatments. 

problem #2

Most people struggle with lice because they focus all of their attention on killing lice bugs and not enough attention on GETTING RID OF LICE!

If you want to get rid of lice you have to address all 3 of the problems of lice:

  1. Lice Bugs
  2. Lice Eggs
  3. Getting Lice Back

The best way to get rid of lice is to tackle all 3 of these problems at the same time, which is what I teach in my step-by-step video system.

So, if you discover your child HAS lice, don't panic. Just head over to the video system. Follow along with the videos and you'll be done with lice by the end of the day.

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Summing It Up…

 Head lice can be difficult to see because they blend in so well in the hair. Head lice in blonde hair are usually translucent or light tan. The best way to check for lice in a blonde is by looking for lice eggs on the hot spots of the head. Nits can be golden, brown, or transparent, depending on how close they are to hatching. If you end up having lice, assume that it is super lice. Many parents spend hundreds of dollars and far too much of their time trying to get rid of lice with products that simply don't work. If you want to get rid of lice in one day then check out my step-by-step video system

 

All the best,

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Theresa is a Registered Nurse and lice expert with years of experience curing children of lice. She owns a lice treatment center in the US which is where she perfected the Step-by-Step Video System proven to get rid of lice. She also works with government agencies and schools helping those with the worst head lice cases in America.

Her greatest passion is empowering parents by teaching parents online how to do a professional lice treatment on their child at home. She is the Lice Coach for the My Lice Advice Step-by-Step Video System.

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