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How to Remove a Tick From Hair

author image Holly L. Roberts
Holly Roberts is an award-winning health and fitness writer whose work has appeared in health, lifestyle and fitness magazines. Roberts has also worked as an editor for health association publications and medical journals. She has been a professional writer for more than 10 years and holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in literature.
How to Remove a Tick From Hair
Use a comb to check your hair for ticks after a hike in the woods. Photo Credit: Alexander Shalamov/iStock/Getty Images

Most ticks are harmless, but some ticks carry serious diseases, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Using insect repellent and wearing a hat can help reduce your risk of tick bites, but if you spend time in the woods or fields, checking for ticks afterward is essential. Your hair makes a great hiding place for ticks, but you can use a fine-tooth comb to spot any insects hiding in your hair. If you find one, remove it quickly and completely.

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Step 1

Part the hair so you can clearly see the entire tick. Use a pin or clip to hold the hair back if you need to.

Step 2

Use the fine-tipped tweezers to grab the tick by its head.

Step 3

Lift the tick straight up with the tweezers, using a firm, steady movement. Do not twist or turn the tweezers or rock them back and forth.

Step 4

Put the tick into a plastic bag or plastic container that you can seal tight. Save the tick so that you can show it to your doctor if you show any symptoms associated with tick-borne illness.

Step 5

Wash your hands thoroughly. Wash your hair with shampoo and water.

Step 6

Apply a little alcohol to the spot where the tick was attached to your head.

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