How Lice Turn Your Hair Into Their Jungle Gym | Deep Look

How Lice Turn Your Hair Into Their Jungle Gym | Deep Look


It can start as an itch. Maybe a tickle on your scalp. It’s head lice. Tiny and tenacious. Thanks to millions of years of evolution,
these suckers are not easy to get rid of. You might end up in a salon, but not the kind
for haircuts. Young lice are so small they’re almost impossible
to see with the naked eye. Our scalp is their buffet. They feed on our blood. You can see it inside this adult louse. It’s the brownish stuff that’s moving. The secret to their success? Their claws – called tarsal claws – and
this little part, called a spine. A pair on each of its six legs. They’ve evolved to fit perfectly around
a human hair. They make lice into speedy little acrobats,
using our hair like a tightrope. They can’t jump or fly, but they get around. Say two kids – one blond, one brunette –
touch heads. The louse just scoots right over. It’s been one long game of hopscotch, from
human head to human head. And it has to be us. Our head lice can’t live on other animals. In fact, other primates have their own species
of lice, adapted to their unique hair. And birds have lice that hide in their feathers. Ooh. Cozy. And we all want them gone. Common insecticides won’t kill our head
lice anymore. They’ve become resistant to them. Even their eggs have serious staying power,
glued to individual strands of hair. But lice do have a weakness. They can’t survive away from our moist,
warm scalp. Head lice cannot even live on other hairy
parts of our body. So if you – or a professional – painstakingly
comb them out, they’ll starve, and die within hours. OK, it’s not fun. But it’s just a temporary encounter with
a tiny hitchhiker that is biologically destined just for you. Anyone else feeling itchy? Here at Deep Look we think all critters – even
the less lovable ones, like mosquitoes and ticks– deserve their moment in the spotlight. You agree, right? So support us on Patreon. Click that link in the description. Thanks!

100 Replies to “How Lice Turn Your Hair Into Their Jungle Gym | Deep Look”

  1. Hi Deep Peeps. I produced this episode of Deep Look. I also wrote an article about treatments to get rid of head lice. Check it out: https://www.kqed.org/science/1939435/how-lice-turn-your-hair-into-their-jungle-gym Thanks for watching!

  2. I can't believe other people go to salons to get their lice taken out I grew up with getting hit for moving my head even though my neck is killing me

  3. The 2 easiest and cheapest ways to get rid of head lice. 1. Go to your nearest dollar store and buy a bottle of hair conditioner and a fine tooth comb. Cover your dry head with enough hair conditioner to saturate your head. Then painstakingly comb out live lice and nits..washing them down the sink. If you are very persistent in combing lice and nits out of your hair..soaked with conditioner..the nasty little critters will be gone. Wash & dry your hair and you are good to go. And..another cheap and easy way to get rid of head lice is: 2. Again go to your nearest dollar store and buy a bottle of vegetable oil, a shower cap and a fine tooth comb. At night, before bed..saturate your head with the vegetable oil. Cover all of your hair with a plastic shower cap and you are ready for bed. Cover your pillow with a thick towel to catch any vegetable oil that might leak out..from under the shower cap. Now..go to sleep. When you awaken..the lice will be dead from suffocation (most of them at least). And again..you need to painstakingly comb out the lice and nits..washing them down the sink..as you go. If you are persistent with combing..you may not need another treatment..and again..the nasty little critters will be gone. Note: you may have to shampoo & rinse your hair 3 or 4 times to get the vegetable oil out. When the oil is gone..dry your hair and you are once again..good to go. No need to buy expensive & toxic chemicals to get rid of head lice. Sadly, these expensive products don't work most of the time anyway..because the lice have become resistant to them. So..go with the inexpensive, non-toxic products. If you do a good job of combing out the lice & nits with your fine tooth comb..you will happily be..louse-free!!

  4. wait….. do people actually go to hair dressers to get lice removed???!!??
    you just comb them out everyday till they are gone… not that hard

  5. A auntie of mine literally takes them out in like a minute of searching like she's the flash at finding lice

  6. Diatomaceous Earth helps get rid if them. The shampoo used to kill tyerm, not anymore.
    It's not millions of years, they adapted fast

  7. Someone: I want hair!!!
    Looks at vid: nvm
    Btw this is how your hair turns gray cuz the colored blood cells are gone

  8. temporary encounter… ppfft yea right! For you guys maybe, for me no…. it took me 2 years to get rid of mine. My hair is just too thick!

  9. BRUH INCE I HAD A HUGGE ONE IN MY HAIR I CHEWED IT ONCE THEN STOPPED BRUH IT WAS AS BIG MY WHOLE PINKIE FINGER NAIL BRUHHHH I THOUGHT IT WAS NOTHING SO I DID NOTHINGN ABOUT THEN LIKE HALF A YEAR LATER IM TGE HOUSE HILD OF A HUGE FAMIKY OF TICKS LIKE MY HAIR WAS ITCHY BUT WHEN WE LOOKED WE COULDENT SEE THEM REEEEEE

  10. I remember I had lice when I was younger 7 years old had lice cause of a friend of mine I brushed my hair with her hair brush and it took my dad three hours the clean all of my scalp and had to cut my hair not fun . Never have I ever used someone else’s hair brush cause of that again in my life .

  11. I remember having lice when I was little I hated it I had really long hair and my mom was getting fed up with lice so we went to hair salon to cut it short and she put coconut oil on my hair😭and after that my hair been clean and free and it’s long again and I’m so happy to do wtv I want with🥰

  12. HA! Temporary encounter try 3 and a half months, many mental breakdowns, countless times contemplating shaving my head, and at least $300 later. Not to mention the 2 vacations it ruined

  13. My class used to get made fun of for having lice, but now i realized that theyre just little crearures on your head sucking your blood. Like mosquitoes. Nothing to get made fun of at all.

  14. Me: watches video and starts having hair chills geez these are so scary
    Also me: Starts scratching head and found lice in between finger nails
    Holy sh-
    Welp, looks who's using the lice shampoo again :')

  15. As an Asian girl with long hair, I can definitely say that these things are the first thing I would wish to a genie to get rid of. But, it’s so satisfying when you kill them with your nail.

  16. As somebody with past experience with these invasive suckers , I recommend trying Listerine or something that also worked was kinda odd but worked get shampoo in your finger nails and scratch your scalp some should come out!

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