Red Lice: Why Are Some Head Lice Red?

If you’re finding red lice in your child’s hair, you are not alone. What does it mean? Discover why some head lice are red and what it means for you.

You’ve read online that lice can be tan or brown, but you’ve never heard that they can be red. Now, you are finding red lice in your child’s hair. What does it mean?

Types of Lice

There are three main types of human lice: Body lice, pubic lice, and the most common, HEAD LICE

Body lice are the least common. It is associated with poor hygiene, and it’s usually only seen in America in the homeless population. 

Pubic lice, also known as “crabs” live in pubic hair, are an STD and are usually only passed during intercourse.

Head lice stick solely to the hair of the head and near the head. Head lice are NOT associated with poor hygiene. 

An enlarged super lice bug

Head lice are a widespread problem in the United States. Around 12 million kids get head lice every year, the second most common ailment for kids after the common cold. 

Most head lice are passed directly from one individual’s head to another during head-to-head contact, such as hugging, snuggling, and sleeping together. Still, it can also be spread by inanimate objects that come in contact with hair such as brushes, hats, hair accessories, jackets, helmets, and other clothing.

Super Lice

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

Super lice and head lice look the same; the difference between them is that traditional treatments can not kill super lice.


Why Is It So Hard to Get Rid of Lice?

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. 

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 Get Rid of Lice Like A Pro.

Lice Change Colors

Arrow to _red_ lice

When lice first hatch, they are tiny, almost invisible to the eye. They have a translucent, almost clear body that is very difficult to see. As they age, they begin to take on a darker hue that usually matches the hair of the individual they are infesting. For instance, those with black hair typically have dark grey to black lice, whereas those with blond hair usually have tan to light brown head lice. But what about red lice?

What are Red Lice?

All lice frequently feed on humans. What do they eat? These lice are like vampires, feeding on human blood multiple times a day!

Lice need to feed regularly on human blood, or else they will quickly dehydrate and die. If lice fall off the head, they will usually die within 24 hours because they do not have a blood meal.

A translucent looking head lice bug on a blond hair strand

Especially in younger lice, you can see their intestine-looking stomach through their translucent skin. When lice haven’t fed in a while, the stomach is small and black.


After lice feed, their entire abdomen plumps up on blood.


But, the weirdest, creepiest part is that the red color seeps into every part of their body. Shortly after feeding lice look completely red. It seems like something out of a horror film, but it’s true.

So, how can you stop them from sucking your blood anymore?

How to Get Rid of Red Lice (AND all Lice) FAST!

Remember that most lice these days are super lice, which are lice that have mutations that make them difficult to kill. The old treatments we used 30 years ago are no longer effective on this new strain of lice, so be sure to use a lice treatment that kills BOTH lice and super lice. The most recent study showed that 98% of lice are super lice, so the chances of your child having super lice are very high, so traditional lice treatments aren't going to take care of your problem. Learn how to get rid of lice FAST in the video below.

The purpose of My Lice Advice is to help parents get rid of lice as fast as possible. And the fastest way to get rid of lice is to get rid of lice in one day, no re-treatments. This is how lice professionals like myself get rid of lice in lice centers. Most people assume that lice professionals use some kind of crazy strong lice product or something. But the truth is that's not how lice professionals get rid of lice so fast....

When I treat lice in my lice center I don't use any toxic chemicals or special treatments. In fact, you can do a professional lice treatment at home without buying any lice products. I teach parents how to do this professional technique on their children at home, on my page Get Rid of Lice Like A Pro!

In Get Rid of Lice Like A Pro! you learn how to get rid of lice in less than a day by doing what the pro's do. And it's gone permanently- there are no re-treatments, and no messing around with lice kits. You do the professional  technique on your child at home, you kill all of the lice and the lice eggs in one session and then you're done with lice. 

That's the FASTEST and MOST EFFECTIVE way to get rid of lice. You can learn how to do it by clicking here.

Lice Eggs

If you focus only on killing lice and not removing eggs, you will not get rid of lice because new lice will continue to hatch from the eggs that you didn’t remove from the head. Today’s lice eggs are incredibly resistant to all treatments as well, so don’t neglect them. May people focus so much of their time on KILLING LICE that they neglect the lice eggs...the question you need to be asking yourself is what do I want to do....

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 to deal with both 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!

I teach how to kill and remove lice eggs on this page.

3 Big Mistakes To Avoid With Lice


Be sure to WATCH THE VIDEO above and learn the biggest mistakes parents make when it comes to discovering lice and exactly what to do.

Here are the links I mentioned in the video:

  1. How to Check For Lice Tutorial
  2. House Cleaning For Lice Checklist
  3. How to Get Rid of Lice Like A Pro

Summing it Up...

You shouldn’t be too freaked if you come across red bugs in your child’s hair. It is difficult to think about, but lice feed on your blood regularly, and if they’ve just fed, then they’re going to be red.

What you should freak out about is making sure that you get rid of them for good. Lice today are incredibly resistant, so don't waste your time and hundreds of dollars trying every lice treatment and home remedy, instead, learn how to get rid of lice in one day. With my technique, I promise that:

  1. You’ll get rid of lice fast! (In ONE DAY)
  2. You’ll get rid of lice permanently (meaning it’s not going to come back a few weeks later)
  3. And, you’ll gain all of the knowledge and skills you need to prevent a lice infestation like this from happening ever again!

All the best,

Theresa, My Lice Advice


Theresa is a lice expert with years of experience curing children of lice. She currently works with government agencies and non-profit organizations to help children with the most severe head lice infestations in the US.

Originally trained as a Registered Nurse, she changed specialties to study lice. Later, she opened a lice treatment center where she perfected the PRO technique she teaches in the Get Rid of Lice Like A Pro online course. She now works helping those struggling with lice around the world.

She is the creator of, one of the top lice informational websites in the world and she teaches parents around the world how to get rid of lice in less than a day in the Get Rid of Lice Like a Pro online course.

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