A head lice infestation is difficult to detect because the louse has developed the ability to camouflage itself matching the color of the hair, very much like a chameleon.

  • Blond Hair: Translucent Infestation
  • Medium Brown Hair: Translucent to Light Brown Infestation
  • Dark Brown Hair: Medium Brown to Dark Brown Infestation
  • Red Hair: Reddish Brown to Red Infestation

When there is an abundance of scalp debris present in the hair it sometimes will be confused for head lice. Some scalp debris will mimic a nit attached to the hair shaft thus inaccurately diagnosing a head lice infestation.

Classification of Scalp Debris

  • Shampoo, Conditioner or Natural Oil Buildup
  • Cradle Cap
  • Dandruff
  • Skin Disorders

If it Flicks, It is Not a Nit!! Scalp debris will easily move out of place when touched, while, a nit will have to be scraped off the hair strand. A viable nit with an embryo inside will appear brown or translucent in color and a placebo nit will be solid white, when removed from the hair strand.

lice nit