Experts tell me lice prefer living and laying eggs in clean hair, because they can move around more easily. But that’s not the only myth I looked into.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports an estimated 6 million to 12 million lice infestations occur each year in the United States among children between the ages of 3 to 11.

“The first sign the kids have is they start itching and scratching their heads… You see them itching and scratching, but it’s not a regular scratching… It’s a scratching they use both hands.”

Lice are itchy, but they’re not picky. Personal hygiene and status have nothing to do with contracting the pint-sized parasites.

“It was thought in the past it was due to low socio-economic level, but it’s not. It’s wide spread in all the levels.”

Infestations are most commonly found in pre-school to elementary aged children… But anyone is susceptible.

“The caretakers as well as the school teachers, they’re higher risk to develop infection as well.”