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.

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 the cycle, check out my technique and never buy a lice treatment again.

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.

Many people struggle with lice for a very long time before finally getting rid of it, if you want to speed up the process then take some advice from others who have been in your situation. Here’s what Sarah did that finally helped her get rid of lice for good.

The How to Get Rid of Lice Like a Pro! Online Course promises 3 things:

  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!

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 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 about 3 weeks and multiple treatments.


Clean your house using the following principles as a guide (or check out the article Lice Cleaning Checklist to Get Rid of Lice in Your Home):

Think 48 Hours

Focus on cleaning items that have been in contact with the lice-infested individual within the last 48 hours. Lice cannot live longer than 48 hours on household items.

Do Not Use Lice Sprays

Lice sprays do not work on super lice at all. Multiple scientific studies have shown that that almost all lice in the US are resistant to the pesticide found in lice sprays.


You can vacuum surfaces such as couches and mattresses.

Clean Your Brushes

Soak hair brushes, combs, and hair accessories (such as hairbands, clips, and headbands) used by the person with lice in hot water (135° F or greater) for at least ten minutes. (I do not recommend boiling brushes and combs, however, because they will melt.)

Items in the Dryer

Put items in the dryer for forty minutes on high heat.

Bag Items for 2 Days

Lice can’t live without blood for very long, so anything that could have lice on it will be safe to use again after 48 hours. If an item is something that you cannot run through the dryer, like a favorite stuffed toy or delicate clothing, you can seal it away in a bag for a couple days.

Don’t Forget Carseats

Vacuum your car seats.

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!
Best of luck on your lice journey! (1)

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