How to Check for Lice & Nits (Lice Eggs)
Dry Checks vs Wet Checks
If you’re in a pinch for time, do a quick dry check.
If there is a high risk of exposure and you have time, do a wet check. We only do wet checks on our clients because they are much more accurate.
How to Do a Dry Check
- Go to a well lit area.
- Use a rat-tail comb or pencil and part the hair on the nape of the neck or around the ears.
- Inspect the scalp for anything in the lice identification section below.
How to Do a Wet Check
Supplies: paper towels, hair conditioner, detangling brush or comb, and a metal-toothed lice comb.
- Wet the hair and massage a small amount of conditioner throughout to prevent snagging.
- Hold the lice comb at a 15-degree angle to the scalp and comb from roots to end in one smooth motion.
- Wipe the comb with a paper tower and compare anything you find to the lice identification section below.
- Comb through the entire scalp in every direction, checking with the paper towel as you go.
A professional wet check takes about 5-20 minutes, depending on the thickness, length, and texture of the hair. Expect to take at least double that time for your checks.
Lice & Nits Identification Mini-Guide
If it’s easily flicked or blown away from the hair, it is not a nit.