Is It A Good Idea To Shave Your Head To Get Rid Of Lice?

Written by Arshiya Syeda

Lice infestation is a common problem. If you are planning to shave your head to get rid of lice, put down that blade for a minute and go through this article first. We understand that lice can affect your quality of life due to the constant itching. But, before taking any drastic measures, let us discuss whether shaving your head will help get rid of lice or not. Scroll down!

Can Shaving Your Head Rid Lice?

No, shaving your head will not rid lice. The lice live on the scalp, and active lice nits are closer to the scalp. The lice nits that you see in your hair strands are not active. This is one reason shaving your hair will not eliminate head lice. So, what is the best way to get rid of these blood-sucking parasites? Keep reading to find out. 

What Is The Best Way To Get Rid Of Head Lice?

Getting rid of lice takes dedicated attention. The routine mentioned below can help you remove all traces of lice in a matter of weeks. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Use OTC Lice Treatment Oil: You will find many over-the-counter lice treatment oils on the market. Use one every other day. These are highly effective in paralyzing the lice that easily get trapped in the lice comb. Apply the oil to your scalp and hair strands. Wear a scarf. You might feel the urge to itch; however, do not open the scarf for at least 30 minutes.
  • Use A Lice Comb: Comb your hair with a lice comb twice or thrice every day. The teeth of the lice comb have very little space in between and can trap lice easily. Start by brushing your hair with a wide-toothed comb to get rid of the knots. Then use the lice comb.
  • Use An Anti-Lice Shampoo: Lice treatment shampoos are medicated products made with rosemary oil, tea tree oil, or piperonyl butoxide that help paralyze the lice. Here’s a list of the anti-lice shampoos you can use. Wait for 10 minutes after applying the shampoo. Wash off and apply a conditioner. Dry your hair and use a lice comb to get rid of the paralyzed lice.
  • Pick Out The Nits: Nits are lice eggs attached to the hair strands near the scalp. The hatched nits slip down and make space for new nits. Picking them out is the best way to get rid of them. Start from the back of the neck to the back of the ears, before working towards the middle and crown area. Do this every day and you will see a significant decrease in the number of new lice. This methods works as the combs may not always be efficient against lice nits.

Are There Any Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Lice?


Yes, certain effective home remedies can help you get rid of lice. Here’s what you can apply:

  • Neem Oil: Mix 2 to 3 drops of neem oil with 10 drops of olive oil. Massage the mixture into your scalp, wear a scarf, and wait for 30 minutes before washing your hair with an anti-lice shampoo. You can also add 4 to 5 drops of neem oil to your shampoo and use it.
  • Tea Tree Oil: Mix 1 drop of tea tree oil with 20 drops of coconut oil. Massage it into your scalp and hair. Wear a scarf and wait for 30 minutes before washing. You can also add 2 to 3 drops of tea tree oil to your shampoo.
  • Eucalyptus Oil: Mix 15 to 20 drops of eucalyptus oil with 100 ml of coconut or olive oils. Apply it to your scalp and wear a scarf. Wait for 30 minutes before washing your hair.
  • CAY Spray: CAY spray (coconut, anise, and ylang-ylang oil spray) acts as a physical insecticide. Spray it onto your scalp and hair and wear a scarf. Wait for 30 minutes and use a lice comb to comb out the paralyzed lice. Use an anti-lice shampoo to wash your hair.

Apart from the home remedies, you may also seek professional help to get rid of lice. But can your local salon lend a helping hand?

Will My Local Salon Help Get Rid Of Lice?

Your local salon may not be able to help in this regard. You may want to instead visit a lice treatment center. Seeking professional help can be a good idea. You may complement the treatment with the aforementioned home remedies (after consulting the expert). Talk to your dedicated specialist to schedule sessions to get rid of your head lice quickly and effectively.

But how do these lice treatments compare with shaving your head?

Shaving Vs. Lice Treatment – Which Is Safe?

Shaving may not get rid of headlice. But it can make nitpicking easier if you have long, thick hair. However, shaving can cause scalp irritation and cuts. On the other hand, OTC lice treatment oils and shampoos can be highly effective, though they can make your hair very dry and rough.

Here is the trick – use the lice treatment oils or home remedies every other day for at least two weeks. Use anti-lice shampoo and a good conditioner. Use the lice comb regularly twice a day for two weeks. Remember to apply a leave-in mask once a week. If your hair still remains rough and dry, chop it to a certain length. Go for spa treatments and hot oil massages once you get rid of the head lice. 

Final Thoughts

Getting rid of head lice can be tough. But it is possible with a little patience and effort. Avoid sharing combs, pillows, and towels with other family members. Soak your clothes, pillow covers, and bed sheets in hot water and detergent. Follow the remedies listed in this post and also consult an expert. Take these measures to keep head lice from recurring.


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