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

August 29, 2019


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 Comments

  • Reply Gabriela Quiros March 26, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    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!

  • Reply Donnie Montoya July 24, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    3:16
    Awww, makes me feel all warm inside…and a little itchy…

  • Reply Ethan Vo July 24, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    Our hair is-

    Shiny…

  • Reply stqrfall July 25, 2019 at 2:46 am

    amen to the person who had to get lice for this video 😔💞💖

  • Reply mylotics July 25, 2019 at 5:12 am

    I swear I itch my head during this video but after i click off and go on with my life I hardly ever itch.

  • Reply Kaarunya July 25, 2019 at 7:32 am

    I've had lice in my hair when I was 9 and it was not a good experience at all. I used to have long hair back then and it was a struggle to get rid of. Bottles of anti- lice shampoo was used to treat my hair and my mom would use a special comb and brush my hair with it after applying a special oil everyday to get rid of them. Took a month of treatment for it to go.

    P.S. Luckily it did not damage my hair.

  • Reply XenoGravity Nh July 25, 2019 at 10:34 am

    Yea right, just burn the hair

  • Reply VbgVbg 113 July 25, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    i don’t like the jumpy sucky bois

  • Reply Maria Servi July 25, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    Why are we killing turtles, elephants, rhinos, when SHOULD BE KILLING LICE?

  • Reply astroman310 July 26, 2019 at 11:09 am

    They are. Literlly invisible🔎🐜

  • Reply doNUTELLA paran July 26, 2019 at 11:28 am

    Can you explain what they are doing at the end?!?!?

  • Reply Mrs. Snowball July 26, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    why did god create creatures so small yet so creepy :((

  • Reply ice 9 July 26, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    I always thought lice was just a kind of dangerous crumb or item in your hair

  • Reply noone nooo July 26, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    Who’s been scratching their head all along? Lol

  • Reply belle the dog July 26, 2019 at 9:38 pm

    Oof

  • Reply Atiya Hunt July 26, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    Black people "hi"

    Lice "Am I a joke to you?"

  • Reply Hey it’s me again :O July 28, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    Why do they have the same nit comb as me? 😂 😳😬

  • Reply peanutbutterlover jr July 28, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    Well I got thick mixed girl hair so idk how anybodys about to get that comb through my hair if i wasnt a girl id shave my hair off this is why i said i dont want long hair

  • Reply Luis Giler July 28, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    Foking piojosas

  • Reply Gymosh Minaluttlaya July 29, 2019 at 2:38 am

    This has made me very itchy and I'm not happy.

  • Reply Mia Ortega July 29, 2019 at 4:59 am

    Ew

  • Reply Hentai here July 29, 2019 at 11:03 am

    1:27 not cute

  • Reply Hentai here July 29, 2019 at 11:04 am

    1:44 which one looks yummier

  • Reply Hentai here July 29, 2019 at 11:05 am

    I've got them now help

  • Reply skenk9 July 29, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    They cant feast if they cant find my scalp(I can't even find my scalp half the time when I'm doing my hair)
    *laughs in curly hair* 😂

  • Reply Ultra_NGV July 29, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    My hair will be like the Amazon..

  • Reply Star Kuko July 30, 2019 at 12:35 am

    My head is itchy 😲 just by watching this video

  • Reply miuシ July 30, 2019 at 2:24 am

    why the heck am i watching this

  • Reply Mai Dwells July 30, 2019 at 8:35 am

    I had a lice since 5 years old.. My dad even go as far to make me bald but nah it don't work.. Then when we use proper lice shampoo with constant usement(?) its gone when im 13

  • Reply Syphon Gamer July 30, 2019 at 11:58 am

    What happens when black people get lice?

  • Reply Superkennylogan July 31, 2019 at 12:02 am

    Well how will they survive IN MY STOMACH ASID

  • Reply Lolita Enoc July 31, 2019 at 10:22 am

    Itchy……I feel itchy right now

  • Reply Pedro Hurtado July 31, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    there is nothing more satisfying than the sound of crushing a lice on a cassette or cd case.

  • Reply Heather Teixeira August 1, 2019 at 12:03 am

    F

  • Reply Alisha Orona August 1, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    This made my head itch while watching dis.

  • Reply Regitze Janniksen August 1, 2019 at 11:44 pm

    Reading about neem oil should be good to fight of lice??anyone here who have tried neem oil I like to know if thats a good method:/

  • Reply Jackson Vang August 3, 2019 at 9:28 am

    If u cut it bald will it go away?

  • Reply sarah Hill August 3, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    I love cracking the little bleeders on my nail

  • Reply Santiago Sarmiento-Montellano August 4, 2019 at 6:49 am

    What am I even watching

  • Reply CandyFairy August 4, 2019 at 11:28 am

    Ew, they look soooo much worse that close up! >_<

  • Reply siddhu siddharth August 4, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    In your country lace also pretty white in India they are brown lol,😐😀😀😀😀😀

  • Reply guide for beginers August 5, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    İs it deadly?

  • Reply RoiMemerBoi69 August 5, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    Humans: gets into space, send cars to mars, makes AI.
    Also humans: cant defeat lice.

  • Reply danny patpat August 5, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    I got lice from watching this

  • Reply XIAN TV August 6, 2019 at 8:26 am

    shopee ads are so annoying!!

  • Reply Rojilio Castaway August 6, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    I have lice

  • Reply ๒ㄩЯи August 6, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    Lol you white people and your head lice

  • Reply Darrin Price August 6, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    Life : exists

    Lice: I’m about to ruin this guys career

  • Reply KDYA Gaming August 7, 2019 at 5:27 am

    I THINK THE LICE IN MY HAIR IS WATCHING WITH ME
    SO IT MADE AN SCRATCH IN MY HAIR

  • Reply Tyrese Gosier August 8, 2019 at 2:55 am

    White people problems😂

  • Reply Leslie Sanchez August 8, 2019 at 9:27 am

    I just found out I have lice now omfg I hate my life 😭 I’m deadass crying

  • Reply Lei Salvador August 8, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    Whoelse felt itchy in their heads after watching this😂

  • Reply maymunah ahmd August 9, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    Kutu

  • Reply may_ lys August 9, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    I still believe they can jump.

  • Reply Nunya Business August 10, 2019 at 1:42 am

    Thanks now my heads itching 💀

  • Reply Sky_ Love August 11, 2019 at 1:34 am

    They umm don’t like the heat so I just take a hair dryer and kill em with the heat btw shampoo with salt works as well and lemonade and salt but it itches alot

  • Reply kevin boss August 12, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    For Caucasian people never really hear American African having that issue

  • Reply Synd1cate August 12, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    How I turned bald

  • Reply Kenyah Kenyah August 12, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    ME: starts watching video
    ALSO ME: itches head

  • Reply Giannira Willems August 13, 2019 at 1:13 am

    Thanks I hate it..

  • Reply Ben Thành Võ August 13, 2019 at 1:51 am

    Friend: Vampires dont exist!
    Lice: Am I a joke to you?

  • Reply Lance McGowan August 14, 2019 at 7:46 am

    Any baldies in the house?

  • Reply ᴊxsᴛᴀʀɪᴇs ༄ August 14, 2019 at 8:59 am

    Yeah, this made my skin crawl…

  • Reply vxøney August 15, 2019 at 5:43 am

    I’m scared

  • Reply Android Gaming August 15, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    In India lice is black and your mother forcefully make you sit for 1 hour while she search for lice in your hair

  • Reply Milly Vanilla August 15, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    Why do live even exist.

  • Reply Feggies - MLBB August 15, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    Their feet are designed only for hair😂

  • Reply L B August 15, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    Gees I found some in my niece's hair i spend two whole days cleaning those bxtches out and voila .. clean af

  • Reply Skadiddle Skadoddle August 16, 2019 at 1:28 am

    Im the only one who dont have them anymore ? I've heard that they inhabit humans till a certain age

  • Reply Vibrant-Saucy August 16, 2019 at 2:06 am

    It would'nt wanna challenge our black people hair😂

  • Reply Monica Concepcion August 16, 2019 at 5:37 am

    I wonder how long would a lice notice if they're placed in a wig hahaha

  • Reply Samuel Toomer August 16, 2019 at 7:23 am

    Black folks, usually, don’t have to worry about head lice due to our hair type! ✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾

  • Reply D’s World August 17, 2019 at 3:15 am

    Glad I’m black we don’t get them

  • Reply GachaTuder Moon August 17, 2019 at 5:27 am

    Oof!!! Gross bugs! I fell So bad for that kid! But.. good video

  • Reply Nightmare Midnight August 17, 2019 at 7:10 am

    I lost my appetite

  • Reply Eaqually Chan su August 17, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    Now im dreaming there all over my head

  • Reply Lanun 696 August 17, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    "MoIsT wArM sClAp"

    Baldi:true

  • Reply Corgik rosa August 19, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    Me:looks at video
    Me:AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

  • Reply Corgik rosa August 19, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    OH MEH GOD HELLPPPPPPPPPPPPP GET THE DOCTOR

  • Reply BlossomsBloat :3 August 22, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    Me:*Watches this video*
    Also me:MOM! WHERE IS THE LICE COMB?

  • Reply Aria Emo August 23, 2019 at 7:24 am

    1:41 “say two kids. One blonde. One brunette”
    Me: thinks of Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy

  • Reply georgina wildschut August 23, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    Lice are disgusting suckers.no pun intended😳🤮

  • Reply lk cvr August 24, 2019 at 12:15 am

    Yiiiikkeeeeesss

  • Reply minho0610 August 24, 2019 at 3:40 am

    My head is itchy because of stress

  • Reply Juan Rojas August 24, 2019 at 5:13 am

    Flamethrower!!!

  • Reply Earnest Jan Traje August 24, 2019 at 7:24 am

    Why am i looking at this?!?!?!

  • Reply EthanDMA August 25, 2019 at 12:07 am

    I was watching a vid with a man that dosent taste anything and now I got recommended this

  • Reply Moon Alex August 25, 2019 at 3:05 am

    I got a lice ad before this

  • Reply Irish Anne Ugat August 25, 2019 at 8:26 am

    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

  • Reply KircheOW August 25, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Officially disgusted

  • Reply Renzo Pabia August 25, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    Can I drown lice using a water bucket?

  • Reply Berry_ Boba August 26, 2019 at 3:47 am

    Oof why can't they live on their own heads ughh I need to shower 🙁

  • Reply hatsune wendy August 26, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    Its cute…😶

  • Reply Nayeli Castel August 27, 2019 at 10:18 am

    Ahhhhhhh my head itches now

  • Reply Swati Srivastava August 27, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    I am a kid btw but now I am so scared of my hair

  • Reply Budder Kupp August 27, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    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!!

  • Reply Jemma Josephine August 28, 2019 at 9:47 am

    is it just me but i like the sound of the lice moving. lol

  • Reply Abbies Fun Times August 28, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    We have the same comb as you

  • Reply Alpha Veronica August 28, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Glad I’m black

  • Reply Semeri Siamese August 28, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    Welcome back to why in my recommendations.

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