Nits - Tips
for Nit Removal
Often people will use the word "nits" to
describe head lice (pediculosis). Nits are
actually the eggs of the head louse. So, if
somebody has "nits" it means they will have both
head lice (adult louse) and nits (eggs).
Signs of nits:
Many people with head lice & nits have no
symptoms at all. But common symptoms include;
You may see either head lice or nits in the
hair. Nits are oval shaped cream coloured
when first laid, but darken as the louse
develops. They can be seen stuck to the hair
shaft, usually around 1cm from the scalp.
They are around half the size of a pin head.
The egg casing will remain on the hair once
the louse has hatched & you may notice them
further down the hair shaft as the hair
Common areas for nits to be found are the hair
above the nape of the neck & the hair above
Nits can be difficult to remove as they are
glued to the hair shaft.
hair with a mixture of 50% water, 50% white
vinegar can help to loosen the glue attaching
the nit to the hair shaft. There are also
commercial preparations available from your
chemist which can be used to loosen the glue.
hair with water/vinegar mix or commercial nit
preparation (following the manufacturers
instructions), put on a shower cap and leave for
There are a multitude
of lice/nit combs on the market, but not all are
good for removing both head lice & nits.
The comb must be fine enough to be able to pull
out nits, a regular comb just will not do the
job. The best one I have used (in Australia) is
known as the Lice Breaker comb. I am sure there
are similar looking products available in other
locations. I found the plastic combs okay for
removing the head lice, but not the nits.
Another alternative is to use a pet flea comb.