Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is Happyheads® Bye-Bye Lice® Nontoxic Treatment Shampoo effective for use as a head lice prevention method?
A: Yes! When used as directed and on a regular basis (once a week in lieu of your child’s regular shampoo), Happyheads® Bye-Bye lice® Nontoxic Shampoo will actually PREVENT a head lice infestation! Because the eggs, or nits, laid by lice need about 7 days to hatch, and the new bugs need about another week to become old enough to lay eggs themselves, you’ll always be ahead of the lice life cycle by using this natural head lice treatment on your child weekly.
In addition, our Scootie-Cootie products which are infused with 100% pure essential oils of tea tree, peppermint, lemongrass and lavender, leave hair soft, tangle free, conditioned and fresh smelling…but not to cooties! Used on your child routinely, along with Bye-Bye Lice Nontoxic Treatment Shampoo once a week, Happyheads® pesticide free lice shampoo shampoo is the perfect weapon to keep lice off of your child’s head! So skip the chemical head lice remedies and protect your family the safe way.
Q: If my child has head lice, can I shampoo and comb thoroughly one time only and be done?
A: No! It is imperative to follow a 2-week maintenance program to be certain that lice are eradicated. Even after a thorough combing (1 to 3 hours on long or thick hair), it is possible for 1 to 2 percent of the implanted nits to still be in the hair. These remaining nits will cause a new cycle of lice, if not removed by follow-up combing. The removal process takes two weeks and includes washing your child's hair with the safe head lice shampoo every 3 to 4 days during this period. Happyheads® chemical free lice shampoo will kill any newly hatched bugs.
Q: Do I have to hire a cleaning service or scrub my house from end to end in order to remove all the lice?
A: No! A good vacuuming in all the bedrooms and on all the upholstered furniture is enough, along with washing all the bedding in hot water and drying it in a hot dryer. You don’t have to go crazy because head lice cannot survive off their host (the human head), for more than 48 hours. Therefore, they are not crawling around your house. They don’t want to leave their host and will only do so (without intervention), to transfer to another head. It is also good to note that head lice do not jump or fly. They travel very slowly off the human head.
Q: Is it true that head lice are more prevalent in people who do not practice good hygiene?
A: No! This myth is misleading. Head lice actually prefer clean hair! They can grip clean hair shafts better and move more quickly, and attach eggs more easily to fresh, dry hair. So, the greasier the better for avoiding head lice! We recommend using hair gel and hair spray to “dirty” the hair and deter to head lice.
- A nit is an egg (see head lice pictures below).
- Nits take about 7 days to hatch.
- A nit can hatch off the head (for example, in a hairbrush or on a bed sheet), but the conditions must be warm enough and a host must be found quickly, or the bug will die.
- After a nit hatches, this baby bug is called a nymph.
- The clear shell of a nit can still be attached to the hair shaft after a nymph emerges.
- Nits are firmly adhered to pieces of hair by a type of lice-produced glue. Happyheads Bye-Bye Lice Shampoo® helps loosen this glue.
- Nits vary in color, depending on the color of the hair. Lighter nits are found in lighter hair, darker nits in darker hair.
- About 10% of nits never hatch.
- Nothing kills nits except for dry heat. Blow-drying hair and flat ironing is a lice treatment that can kill nits.
- Once hatched, a louse molts three times in its life cycle, shedding its hard shell to grow.
- A nymph needs 7 to 10 days before it is mature enough to lay eggs.
- Only female lice lay eggs in the hair.
- Mature lice lay 3 to 10 eggs per day.
- The body of the female louse is more round than the male louse.
- Lice excrete in the hair, which looks like little dark sand granules and is sometimes visible in very blond hair.
Lice Treatment & Removal Tips
- After every few strokes with the nit comb, dip the tips of the metal pins into a bowl of baking soda. Baking soda helps to fill in the little gaps between the pins and also serves as a gripping agent.
- Keep hair damp (use a water spritzer) and reapply combing solution when necessary to avoid painful tangles. Always wipe comb on a white paper towel so you can examine what you are removing.
- Check eyebrows (and eyelashes). Yes... it is possible to find nits here, although not very common. Bangs that hang over eyebrows can be the culprit. Check brows and lashes well with a bright light. If nits are discovered, apply Vaseline to these areas.