This is a common question that is asked. It is possible for African-American people to get lice but they do not seem to get it as much as Caucasian people. According to one study, only .3% of African-American children in school get head lice compared to to 10.4% Caucasian children. Lice have their own preferences. Lice seem to prefer “white” hair. The white/Caucasian hair differs than the African-American hair by its construction. Caucasian hair has a round shape where as African-American hair has an oval shape. The lice have certain difficulties clinging its legs to the oval shaped hair. It is often said that because of the different products and oils used on African-American hair, the hair is much harder to cling on to as well. However, in Africa, the lice have adjusted to the oval hair and it is more common there. In the USA or other Western countries, the lice seem to prefer making their homes on the heads of white people. While there are some occurrences of head lice in African-American people, they are rare.
That being said, if you suspect lice on you or your child, you need to be checked and indeed treated. Just note that due to the texture and thickness of the hair, it may just take a little longer. Have no fear, the Potomac Lice Lady has done lots of heads and all will be fine