Lice in Blonde Hair: Lice Eggs, Pictures and Unique Challenges

A lice bug in blond hair

Dealing with head lice can be difficult for anyone, but it can be especially tricky for those with blonde hair. Whether you are checking for lice on your blonde child or trying to get rid of lice, we’ve got you covered on this Blonde-specific lice tutorial.

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 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

black hair vs blonde 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?

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.

Super Lice

A new strain of head lice, super lice is making big news these days. Super lice and regular head lice are virtually the same bugs, except super lice has mutations that make them very difficult to kill and remove. These super lice are becoming the “new” strain of head lice.

Is it Super Lice?

The most recent studies show that almost all lice these days are super lice. Head lice and super lice look and act identically; the only difference is that super lice are immune to the old over-the-counter treatments.

Parents around the world are all asking me the same question….

Why Is It So Hard to Get Rid of Lice? 

Lice have become immune to everything that used to work in the past. Perhaps you remember your mom using a typical lice treatment 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.” They aren’t SUPER because they can fly, they’re called SUPER LICE, because they can’t be eliminated with treatments that used to work. 

That’s why lice experts like myself DO NOT use lice treatments. I’ve cured thousands of people of lice without lice treatments and instead of retreating a million times, they get rid of lice permanently in ONE DAY! You can learn more about the technique I use here.

Most people with lice are stuck in what I term the “never-ending lice cycle” that looks like this…

You discover lice, you spend hours treating, nit-picking, house cleaning etc.

You think it’s gone for a few weeks…

But, then it’s back again! Don't get caught in this cycle. Learn my technique.

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.

lice-egg-nit-on-side-of-hair

Lice eggs are about the size of a poppyseed and teardrop-shaped, not circular. They will be on the side of a single hair strand. Adult lice lay 6-10 eggs a day, so you will find multiple nits in the hair if your child has lice.

If you see something that seems suspicious, hold firmly to the section of hair you are examining and follow these steps to confidently determine if it is a nit.

  • Blow, Flick, or Jostle. If it “blows” away, then it is dandruff or some other debris. If it moves in any way at all, it is not a nit.
  • When in Doubt, Try to Pull it Out. If the “nit in question” does not blow or flick away, then attempt to remove it from the hair strand. To do this, use your thumb and index finger to pull it down the hair strand. If it is a nit, it will be stuck on the hair strand and will require you to “tug” it down in this manner. 

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.

Lice Eggs

Most parents focus all of their time (and money) on trying to kill the lice bugs...they completely neglect lice eggs. This is understandable, the industry pushes treatments to kill lice bugs (which don't work) and we're engineered for the "easy" fix...buy something and dump in on our child's head...but the question you need to be asking yourself is...

Do I want to kill lice or GET RID OF LICE???

Because there’s a big difference! Killing lice today, does NOT get rid of lice. If you focus all of your energy on killing lice bugs, you will NEVER get rid of lice! 

Here’s why...

When you have lice you have 2 problems, lice bugs, and lice eggs. Often people focus all of their attention on lice bugs, but neglect the much bigger problem- LICE EGGS! Those eggs are full of little lice bugs, just waiting to hatch and start this whole lice cycle all over again! That’s why you keep getting lice back!

There’s no lice treatment or home remedy out there that kills lice eggs, except the technique I use.

It’s the only thing guaranteed to get rid of lice in ONE DAY, without any retreatments, because it kills all of the lice bugs and lice eggs. If you plan on using a home remedy and store-bought lice treatment you can get rid of lice, but you should plan on it taking at least 3 weeks and multiple treatments ($$$). Don't get stuck in the lice cycle...

Super lice is a mutant strain of head lice spreading throughout the world, particularly in the US and Canada. Discover what they are and how to kill them…

What About Prescriptions for Lice?

prescription

Most prescription lice treatments use pesticides similar to the ones you’d find in over the counter treatments. They’re just in larger doses, or you’re supposed to keep them on for longer periods. 

Since most lice these days are resistant to pesticides, it doesn’t matter how high the dose or how long you leave them on they won’t work to get rid of lice! I would never use a prescription lice treatment on my own children or recommend one to you. 

Head Lice Prevention

head to head contact

About 90% of the time, head lice are passed directly from one person to another by head to head contact. Hugging, snuggling, and sleeping in the same bed are prime times for head lice to move from one head to another. Head lice can also pass from inanimate objects, especially objects that come into contact with hair, such as brushes, hair accessories, and hats.

Ways to prevent head lice include:

  1. Avoiding head-to-head contact like long hugs, sleeping in the same bed, and putting your head on other’s shoulders.
  2. Not sharing things that come in contact with hair, like brushes, hair accessories, hats, jackets, clothing, etc.
  3. Making your hair undesirable to head lice by using a lice prevention spray or lice prevention shampoo every day.

Summing It Up…

It’s not at all unusual to find blond lice or blond lice eggs. Head lice can be difficult to see because they blend in so well in the hair. 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're looking for a treatment plan this is what I recommend:

Today: Kill all lice and lice eggs

No chemicals. No re-treatments. No wasted time or money.

Never get lice again for the rest of your life.

Learn how my treatment plan works in this article.

Best of luck on your lice journey! (1)