Check out these top FAQs to help dispel some lice myths.
How are head lice spread?
Head lice do not jump or fly, they crawl. In most instances, head lice are spread through direct head to head contact. The transfer of a louse is quick and only takes several seconds. It is also possible to catch lice from sharing personal objects, such as hair accessories, pillows and hats, although this transfer method is less frequent. A healthy louse is clinging on to an individual's hair as this is where their home is, and will not willingly leave to go onto an inanimate object. When a louse is found on an object, it is likely in the process of dying.
What kind of hair do head lice prefer?
Having a head full of hair makes an individual susceptible to head lice. A louse will not discriminate and will happily inhabit any types of hair - curly, straight, dyed, clean or dirty.
I heard that head lice like clean hair - is that true?
It is true that head lice prefer clean hair, only for one simple reason, it is more difficult for them to transfer and cling on to hair which is oily. However, once on a head, a louse will make a home in any type of environment, as long as there is enough hair to provide warmth for their nits to incubate.
Can I still have head lice if I dye my hair?
Head lice are resilient little buggers and can survive through most hair salon treatments. Having hair dyed does not make an individual resistant to head lice. However, the dye does color the nits, making them more difficult to identify visually. For those with recently dyed hair, a comb out check is always recommended for an accurate diagnosis.
Will a flat iron kill head lice?
Yes, and no. In theory, the extreme heat from the flat iron would kill live lice, if it was to come into contact with one. However, when such strong heat is applied to the head, a louse would quickly flatten against the scalp. This would prevent the iron from having direct contact with a louse, and therefore, would have no effect on eliminating head lice.
What is the best treatment for head lice?
There are no shortcuts to treating head lice. The most effective lice removal treatment involves a thorough, meticulous combing, using a professional stainless steel nit comb and a non-toxic, pesticide-free product. Over the counter medications, such as Nix and Nix, contain harmful ingredients, such as permethrin, which are not only ineffective due to lice developing a resistance to the medication, but also do not kill nits (eggs). As a matter of fact, there is no product on the market which is strong enough (toxic enough) to penetrate through the shell of a nit. If not properly combed out, the remaining nits start to hatch shortly after and the infestation continues. This process leaves parents frustrated and confused and is usually when a lice professional gets called in. Our lice removal process guarantees to leave no nits behind. Our comb out process removes each and every viable nit and louse.
Can I have head lice if I don’t itch?
Absolutely! One of the most common assumptions which I hear is that, if an individual does not itch, then they surely do not have head lice. This is incorrect. Feeling itchy is an allergic reaction to the saliva of a louse. Although most people do develop a sensitivity to their saliva, for some, it may take as long as 4-6 weeks before a reaction occurs while for others, it may never develop. If a household member is diagnosed with head lice, it is important to check the rest of the individuals who reside in the same home, regardless of whether they itch or not. By skipping this step, the likelihood of spreading lice within the household members remains.
Upon arrival, our highly trained lice experts would carefully diagnose head lice and/or nits (eggs), apply our natural, pesticide-free lice removal treatment and begin a meticulous elimination process. After removing all viable lice and nits, our staff would educate you and your family on how to delouse the home and prevent a future re-infestation. Our lice team are dedicated to taking the stress out of head lice removal and are known for making the process fun for kids. We guarantee, after just one treatment provided by our expert lice team, there will be no lice or nits left behind.
Why spend hours at a lice salon waiting for your turn? Our in-home lice treatment option provides an opportunity to continue with regular home activities after being checked and/ or treated. We charge an affordable flat rate based on length of hair. Many lice removal services charge by the hour, which can add up rather quickly. We never charge hidden fees - no travel fees, no holiday fees, no evening or weekend fees. We have successfully treated thousands of families in New York City and are now offering our lice removal services in Westchester.
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