Shaving and Cutting Hair For Head Lice

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Discover if shaving or cutting your child’s hair can effectively get rid of head lice. 

If you have head lice, you want to get rid of it fast! 

You may have already tried several rounds of over the counter treatments that have failed. Or, you’re in a panic and ready to do WHATEVER IT TAKES to get lice out of your home as fast as possible. 

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!

Sound familiar? This cycle will repeat over and over again until you change what you’re doing.

What about shaving or cutting your child’s hair? Will that get rid of head lice?

This article answers the following questions (feel free to click on any topic):

Does Shaving Your Head Get Rid of Lice?

Are There Better Treatments than Shaving Your Hair?

Does Cutting Hair Help with Lice?

Will Barbers, Hairdressers, or Salons Cut Hair with Lice?

Super Lice

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.

Lice today are called “super lice” because they have genetic mutations that make them immune to most treatments. They are VERY difficult to kill.

Multiple studies prove that lice are immune to treatments that worked in the past.

So, it’s understandable that you’re at your wit’s end and ready to shave your child’s head. 

But, will it get rid of lice?

Before talking about whether or not Cutting Your Child's Hair kills lice, you should ask yourself a critical question...

Do you 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.

Does Shaving Your Head or Cutting Your Hair Get Rid of Lice?

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Shaving or cutting your hair might get rid of head lice, or it might not! It really depends on how short you cut it. Here’s what you should know:

  1. Head lice can live in very short hair
  2. Lice glue their eggs very close to the scalp
  3. There are better treatments than shaving your head
  4. Your child may be traumatized
  5. You must shave your head as well

#1- Head Lice Can Live in Very Short Hair

Lice Claws

Lice move deftly through any amount of hair. They have little claws on each of their six legs that are perfectly designed to grip hair, enabling them to transfer from one hair to another quickly and without a chance of falling off. It only requires a tiny strand of hair for lice to grab on with their little claws.

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If you are planning on shaving someone completely bald with a razor with no hair whatsoever, then yes, that can get rid of head lice, but any small amount of hair you run the risk of lice.

If you don’t shave all of the hair off your child’s head, you’re likely to be in a similar situation as the mother in this UK news story

“It was the first time that I had to deal with head lice; it made me upset as I didn’t know how to get rid of them...So I grabbed the hair cutters…”

“After I had cut his hair, I could still see the lice literally crawling on his head.” 

“It made me feel so sick. I had no idea that cutting his hair wouldn’t make any difference or help to remove the lice.”

#2- Better Treatments Than Shaving Your Head

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I understand that you may be frustrated with head lice. And that you’ve already tried a bunch of over the counter treatments that haven’t worked.

The truth is that most over the counter treatments don’t kill lice! It’s a scientific fact.

The current strain of head lice is immune to pesticides found in over the counter treatments and prescriptions. So most treatments won’t kill lice, no matter how long you leave them on.

But, before you shave off any hair, you should know that there are treatments and home remedies that do work. Here they are...

How to Get Rid of Lice Fast! 

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!

#3- Lice Glue their Eggs VERY close to the scalp

New Eggs

Lice glue their eggs right next to the scalp because they need the heat of the head to hatch. Many people only see the “white” lice eggs down the hair strand, but it is the lice eggs next to the scalp (usually darker in color) that are the ones that will hatch and keep you in this never-ending cycle of lice.

The Trouble With Lice Eggs

Again, to cut off those lice eggs, you’ll need to shave onto the scalp. Lice usually lay their eggs within ¼ inch (6mm) from the scalp, (some are even closer to the scalp).

The very best way to kill lice eggs is to remove them from the head.

The fastest and most effective way to get rid of lice eggs is with the How to Get Rid of Lice Like a Pro! Online Course.

#3- Shaving Your Child’s Head May Be Traumatic

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In many cultures shaving a child’s head is humiliating and traumatic (especially for girls). It’s like wearing a sign that reads, “I have head lice. Every mean kid, please make fun of me.”

I’m not saying it’s right, kids should not bully those with lice, but the truth is that your daughter will probably be traumatized if you shave her head.

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But, in some cultures, shaving boys and girl’s heads are common. If you are part of a culture where having a shaved head is common and it won’t be traumatic, then go for it!

Just be sure that it is completely bald, with NO HAIR at all.

#4- Are You Planning To Shave Your Head Too?

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A high percentage of parents get head lice from their children, especially mothers. Are you planning on shaving your head as well? If you shave your child’s head, where do you think those lice are going to go? Also, if you have lice, won’t you just give lice back to your child once their hair grows back?

A better plan is to use a dimethicone treatment on you and your child. Don’t shave your head!

Does Cutting Your Hair Help with Lice?

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Cutting hair will NOT get rid of lice unless you shave it completely bald to the scalp. But, cutting your child’s hair can make it easier to treat and remove lice eggs. Very long, thick hair usually requires more product and more time than short hair.

If you want my advice... If your child likes long hair, then keep it long. Sure, it requires more work to get rid of lice on long hair but put in the extra work. On the flip side, if your child wants their hair cut anyway, then go ahead and cut it and make your task a little bit easier.

Will Hairdressers, Barbers, or Salons Cut Hair with Lice?

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You’ll be hard-pressed to find a barber that is willing to cut hair with lice. Most salons have a strict “no-lice” policy. And, if you try to “sneak” your lice past your hairdresser, she’s likely to find lice in your hair and stop mid-cut.

Unless you want to leave the salon with only one half of your hair cut, be sure you’re in the clear with lice before you go to a professional salon.

3 Week Plan To Get Rid of Lice

Obviously this is not the regime I use, because I get rid of lice in one day, but it is possible to get rid of lice without my technique, but  prepare for it taking you a VERY LONG TIME. But, many people struggle with lice for weeks, months, or years, trying one lice treatment and home remedy after another and I don’t want that to be your story, so let me get you on the right track...

If you're going to get rid of lice using a home remedy, then plan on being extremely disciplined and focused on retreating, combing, and nit-picking for at least 3 weeks. 

Even the best home remedies and lice treatments do not kill all lice. They only kill the weakest lice, leaving the strongest lice live on, breed with one another, and create even stronger lice! (Gross I know). Also, although many lice eggs hatch in 1-2 weeks, different studies have shown that lice eggs can hatch anywhere between 4 days and 21 days, depending on the temperature and other factors. So, you'll need to keep retreating every 5 days to ensure that you kill lice bugs as they hatch, before they can start laying eggs of their own.

To give yourself the best chances of getting rid of lice you need to be obsessive for 3 weeks.

Here's what you'd do:

Today: Treat with a home remedy that kills some of the lice like the ones in this article (Shaving your child's head is NOT one of them!). Comb with a lice comb or nit-pick, and try to remove as many lice eggs as possible. Do house cleaning that I recommend in the House Cleaning - Everything You Need to Know to Get Rid of Lice in Your House.

Day 5: Retreat with a home remedy or treatment that kills most lice and comb with a lice comb or nit-pick and try to remove as many lice eggs as possible. Do house cleaning that I recommend in the House Cleaning - Everything You Need to Know to Get Rid of Lice in Your House.

Day 10: Retreat with a home remedy or treatment that kills most lice and comb with a lice comb or nit-pick and try to remove as many lice eggs as possible. Do house cleaning that I recommend in the House Cleaning - Everything You Need to Know to Get Rid of Lice in Your House.

Day 15: Retreat with a home remedy or treatment that kills most lice and comb with a lice comb or nit-pick and try to remove as many lice eggs as possible. Do house cleaning that I recommend in the House Cleaning - Everything You Need to Know to Get Rid of Lice in Your House.

Day 20: Retreat with a home remedy or treatment that kills most lice and comb with a lice comb or nit-pick and try to remove as many lice eggs as possible. Do house cleaning that I recommend in the House Cleaning - Everything You Need to Know to Get Rid of Lice in Your House.

This is what my treatment plan looks like:

Today: Kill all lice and lice eggs

No retreatments.

Never get lice again for the rest of your life.

Learn how my treatment plan works in this article.

Summing It Up…

The only way to get rid of head lice by shaving your head is to shave all completely bald to the scalp. Otherwise, you run the risk of lice and lice eggs sticking on the hair. For many cultures shaving a girl’s head is especially humiliating. 

Cutting your child’s hair shorter might make it easier to manage, but it will not get rid of head lice.

If you plan to use a home remedy for lice then I DO NOT recommend you cut your child's hair. Instead I’d recommend you use a more effective home remedy like the ones I cover in this article. But, understand that there is no home remedy or treatment out there that kills all lice bugs or lice eggs, so it’s going to take you several weeks to get rid of lice using a method like that.  My advice… Put down the hair clippers and check out the How to Get Rid of Lice Like a Pro! Online Course and get rid of it in ONE DAY. 

 

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