Can Adults Get Head Lice?

Head lice live on human hair and feed on blood from your scalp. This doesn’t hurt, but it can make your scalp itchy.

Female head lice lay eggs near your scalp. The eggs are attached to your hair with a glue-like substance. They take about a week to hatch, leaving behind empty, white egg cases called nits. You’re more likely to see the nits in your hair than the head lice themselves.

If you have nits, this doesn’t always mean you have live head lice too. After hatching, the nits can stay stuck to your hair, even once the lice have gone. You only know for sure that you have head lice if you find a living, moving louse on your scalp.

Can Adults get Head Lice?
Anyone can get head lice, but they’re most common in children aged between four and 11. Most children with head lice are between the ages of seven and eight. Head lice are more common in girls and in children with long hair.

Why Are Head Lice More Common In Children?
They are more common in children as transmission is via direct head-to-head contact, as when children hug or put their heads together to look at the same book. The other way is by sharing hats, caps, hair ties, scarves, or any personal item such as combs or brushes.

We strongly recommend that you use the NitNOT comb alongside our NitNot Eco Head Lice & Nit serum to combat head lice. Our hypoallergenic, pesticide and chemical-free treatment kills all lice and eggs without harming sensitive scalps, meaning you only need to concentrate on removing dead lice and eggs with the comb*.

Not only is NitNOT certified by the government's Medical and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), but it's also the only lice treatment that has been endorsed by The British Association of Professional Nannies (BAPN).  Contact us for more information about our products or head lice.