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. 

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?

Let me introduce myself...

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Hi there! I'm a lice expert, lice coach, Registered Nurse, and the creator of My Lice Advice. I help people with lice every day in my lice treatment center, in school districts, and in government work. But the thing I love the most is empowering parents to get rid of head lice in ONE DAY at home! 

You can eliminate lice in one day using the same proven professional technique I use in my lice center on your child. Follow along with the Step-by-Step Video System, and when you're done with the videos you're done with lice. PERMANENTLY!

Why Is It So Hard to Get 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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Before reading this article you should WATCH THE VIDEO above so that you can learn these 5 things and be successful.

Here are a few of the key points covered in the video

  1. Some home remedies help with lice and some make lice way WORSE (find out which ones in the video).
  2. Lice can play dead (learn what I mean in the video)
  3. What's DANGEROUS (learn in the video)
  4. Lice eggs and home remedies
  5. Home remedy treatment plan


Here are the links to the two articles I talk about in the video...

37 Home Remedies- The Good, the Bad, The Dangerous

How to Get Rid of Lice Like A Pro! (ONE DAY, NO RE-TREATMENTS)

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 dealt with both lice bugs, and lice eggs if you don't want to get lice back. 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!

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...

What's the FASTEST Way To Get Rid of Lice?

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.

#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.

Better Home Remedies Than Cutting or Shaving Your Hair

If you are looking for an all-natural way to get rid of lice then the very best and FASTEST way to do that is by learning how to do a professional lice treatment on your child at home. You don't need to buy any lice kits or lice products, and you can be done with lice in less than a day. That's what I teach on my page Get Rid of Lice Like A Pro!

If you're set on doing it on your own and you want to hunt around for a home remedy then you can find a list of much better home remedies in my article 37 Home Remedies for Lice. In that article I evaluate every home remedy for lice and let you know how many lice and lice eggs they kill.

You should know that even the best home remedies only kill 80% of lice bugs and no home remedies kill lice eggs. If you decide to go that route then plan on retreating and nit-picking for about 3 weeks.

You can find the Home Remedies article here.

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. 

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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