Nit Free Hair - head lice removal

Head lice are small wingless biting insects which live and breed in human hair and feed by sucking blood from the scalp.

Outbreaks of head lice are common in children in schools and institutions everywhere. They infest people of all socio-economic positions and age groups.

How head lice are spread is by direct head-to-head contact with a person who has head lice, or more rarely by contact with items which have been recently used by someone with head lice, such as:

  • combs
  • brushes
  • hats
  • scarves
  • pillowcases.


Use a bright light or sunlight to inspect the hair. You may see small white or brown oblong eggs ('nits') attached to the shafts, and they are difficult to move. The live lice are more difficult to find as they move rapidly away from disturbances in the hair. Adult lice are 2 to 4mm long and whitish brown in colour.