Los Angeles - (ReUterus): As the hairdressing industry ponders Britney Spears's latest coiffage reports are coming in that the Antigua rehab to which she paid a brief pilgrimage last week is now the scene of a fierce infestation with tropical sized head lice which the singer has claimed are responsible for chewing off half of her professionally-implanted hair extensions.
This may explain her drastic bald look as a shorn-again mother preparing to start the Lenten season next week with the sackcloth and ashes penitential image ahead of a bitter divorce hearing.
Her agent was unable to say if Britney was giving anything else up for Lent and there is certainly no talk yet of any permanent kind of abstinence - such as underwear, alcohol, cocaine or sex.
Meanwhile the Antiguan Sanitation Department is said to be rounding up the giant nits that have wreaked havoc with their voracious appetites and is sending them back for chemical analysis to the Los Alamos Laboratory that first bred them in an experiment to find a cure for dandruff.
Britney Spears is 25.