Identify Head Lice

Adult head lice are about the size of a single grain of rice.. So, how can you identify head lice and how do you know if its head lice and not just dandruff?

Tools Needed:

  • A proper lice comb (metal with micro-grooving) Plastic Lice combs will not get the job done and often miss nits in the hair.
  • Hair brush or comb to detangle and part the hair.
  • Repellant spray
  • White Paper Towels

Identifying Head Lice:

  • Wash or dampen the hair.
  • Detangle the hair and make sure it is wet enough to pull your lice comb completely through the end of the hair strands.
  • Mist the repellant spray through the hair.
  • Comb through sections of the hair with your lice comb. Make sure that you are touching the scalp and applying moderate pressure.
  • Wipe your lice comb on a paper towel after every 2 or 3 swipes in the hair.
  • Examine the contents of the paper towel.

Helpful Tip: Nits are glued onto the hair strand. If you see something suspicious, lightly flick it. If it moves, it is NOT a nit. If it doesn’t move, it could be a nit.

Examples of What You’re Looking for:


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