How to Get a Haircut With Nits

Nits look like dandruff but they don't just flake off; they remain glued to the hair shaft.
Nits look like dandruff but they don't just flake off; they remain glued to the hair shaft. (Image: Images)

Getting rid of lice and nits is a tedious process, simply because of the life cycle of the lice. Head lice live and multiply on the scalp. Therefore, a person not only has large adult lice but tiny eggs called nits and nymphs which are the newly hatched lice. The nits themselves are attached to the shafts of hair with a sticky substance and they take seven days to hatch. If you or your child has nits and you are having difficulty removing them because of the length of hair, consider a haircut. Nit combing will be easier.

Things You'll Need

  • Shampoo
  • Conditoner
  • Scissors
  • Plastic gloves
  • Nit comb
  • Plastic bags

Gather all supplies including scissors, plastic bags, plastic gloves and nit comb. You will be giving yourself a haircut. Salons have the right to refuse service to anyone, and they will most likely not provide a haircut to someone who has a lice infestation. The salon does not want to jeopardize other customers. Call ahead and discuss the issue with a stylist prior to making an appointment, however, do not be surprised if she refuses.

Wash hair with shampoo and conditioner.

Comb hair out using the fine toothed nit comb. Ask a friend or family member to help you, but have them put on plastic gloves when dealing with your hair.

Tie a rubber band around the hair at the nape of the neck, or the desired spot in which you want to cut.

Ask your helper to cut the hair as evenly as possible.

Immediately dispose of the hair in a sealed plastic bag.

Begin the process of removing nits. If you do not eliminate the nits, the lice will re-infest your hair. Now that the hair is shorter, using the nit comb will be easier.

Continue using the nit comb until the nits and lice are completely eliminated. Once your scalp is free of these pests you can go to a stylist who can professionally cut your hair.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not go to a salon and make an appointment without telling the stylist that you have nits.
  • If you have a friend that is a hairstylist, ask her if she'll come over and help you.

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