Head lice

Updated 25 April 2016

Head lice myth busters!

Struggling with head lice? Know the facts from the myths to help you combat them!


If you have ever struggled with head lice you have probably heard more myths and old wives tales about the crawlers than you would like to know. So we have decided to provide some clarity on the facts versus the myths to ensure that you make informed decisions when it comes to combating a head lice infestation. 

1. It’s time to throw out your bedding

This is a myth! Head lice feed on human blood and cannot live in your bedding for longer than 2 days without a scalp to feed on. For this reason, it is unnecessary to throw out your bedding to prevent a new or re-infestation. We do advise washing items that the person infested with head lice  has used or worn such as grooming tools, head accessories, towels or bed linen. 

2. Head lice are a sign of bad hygiene

Certainly a myth! Anyone can get head lice regardless of their hygiene, socioeconomic status or ethnic background. 

3. Head lice can be resistant to over-the-counter treatments

A scary fact! Many over-the-counter head lice treatments contain pyrethroids which are chemicals that are used to kill head lice. With time, lice have become resistant to these chemicals, hence, it is advised to opt for a non-toxic solution which contains active ingredients that head lice are unlikely to develop resistance against. 

4. Head lice fly from head to head

This is a myth as head lice cannot fly. The wingless creatures are contagious because they can crawl quickly from one person to another by close head-to-head contact or contact with a person infested with head lice’  grooming tools, head accessories and towels.

5. I’m too old to get head lice

Myth - adults can certainly get head lice. Young children are especially prone to getting head lice because they are in close physical contact to one another and often share things like hats, combs, and brushes, however, this does not mean that head lice do not infest adults. 

6. Ethnic hair does not get head lice

Myth - ethnic hair has less reported cases of head lice than people of other races, possibly due to the width and shape of the hair shaft and the insect's inability to grab onto it well. With this said, ethnic hair is not a defence against head lice, hence, prevention and treatment for head lice infestation must be applied accordingly.  

*References available on request 

Controlice® is a non-toxic range of products specifically designed to combat and repel head lice infestations.* The range of products contain active ingredients including plant oils as well as a dimethicone variant. Controlice® Oil Spray and Controlice® Head Rinse can be used to eliminate head lice already infesting the hair, whereas Controlice® Defence consists of a shampoo and spray which can be used to protect your family against a new or re-infestation of head lice.* The Controlice® Triple comb and Lice Buster are precision engineered combs ideal for picking out nits and combing out dead lice in the hair.* 

* For full instructions and more information refer to the package inserts. The active ingredients can assist to eliminate or repel head lice. Efficacy of support may vary between users. 
For more information on head lice treatments contact Nativa on 012 664 7110 or health@nativa.co.za or visit Nativa.    

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