Is It Possible to Get Lice Even While on Lockdown?

Is It Possible to Get Lice Even While on Lockdown?

While going into, or back into, lockdown over the past few months has caused some level of inconvenience for many people, there are a few good things to come out of it, the most obvious one being everybody’s safety. Some parents undoubtedly rejoiced because it meant one thing for their children: no lice!

Unfortunately, lice are resilient little pests that find their way onto the heads of anybody that comes near enough to facilitate head-to-head transmission. Aside from that—since the life cycle of lice is quite long—some children might have gone into isolation carrying nits on their heads!

Although a lice infestation may seem completely baffling and can be a real nuisance, getting rid of lice isn’t impossible. Here are some of the ways that you can spot nits and lice on your child’s head and provide the right lice treatment as soon as possible:

Fighting the Life Cycle of Head Lice in Lockdown

Since going into lockdown, complaints about the sudden appearance of lice have not been uncommon. Dubbed “iso-nits”—nits that started showing up even during isolation—these pests have exasperated parents everywhere. This can happen even without visitors during the lockdown, as long as your child or anybody in your family has come into close contact with someone carrying lice before the lockdown.

What’s surprising about lockdown lice is that they seem to appear months after children have been in contact with anybody outside of the house. Though your little girl might have played with her best friend a week before going into isolation, the pesky lice might not appear until almost a month later, when you find your children needing lice treatment.

These surprise infestations can be explained by understanding the life cycle of a louse, which lays its eggs (the nits) over sixteen days before dying. About a week later, the nit hatches and molts for about two weeks before becoming a full adult louse that can reproduce. The female then lays eggs two days after mating—then the cycle starts all over again.

Based on these critters’ life cycle, it can take weeks before anybody notices the lice until the typical symptoms, like incessant scratching, start. Head lice are also much more common than people think, and there are some cases where they can come and go undetected. For those that aren’t so lucky, it might be too late before discovering that lice treatment is required.

Dealing with Resilient Lockdown Lice

If lice have found you in your home during this time, there are some things to know about your options for treating them. The first thing to note is that typical OTC lice shampoos and home remedies you can get at the grocery store are not effective against the super lice of today. Lice are a problem that requires professional treatment. The good news is, there’s a range of professional treatment options available for whatever your comfort level is at for venturing out at this time:

• Fresh Heads Do-It-Yourself Home Treatment Kit

This is a professional-grade, but DIY at-home treatment option for those who are not comfortable venturing out right now. Our soothing non-toxic topical rinse application comes with a professional-grade nit comb and instructions. Our rinse is specially formulated with enzymes to break the bonds that nits use to cling to the hair shafts. Feel assured knowing you are using a pesticide-free and non-toxic, yet effective treatment on your child.

• Fresh Heads Traditional Comb Out

For those who are comfortable venturing out, the Fresh Heads Traditional Comb Out is lice combing done by the skilled hands of our lice removal specialists. Book your appointment at one of our locations. Physical distancing and strict disinfecting guidelines are enforced. Note that this option does require a 10-day follow-up appointment, so you will make 2 total trips to our salon.

• Fresh Heads Signature AirAllé Treatment

Also for those who are comfortable venturing out, this is our professional “one-and-done” treatment. Our exclusive AirAllé device is FDA-cleared and blows warm air that dehydrates and kills lice and nits in a single treatment. Book your appointment online at one of our locations. Come in for a single appointment and return home lice free!

Professional Lice Treatments in Savannah, Jacksonville, and Orlando

Getting rid of iso-nits quickly is possible if you seek the help of the professionals. With professional at-home and in-clinic options to choose from, Fresh Heads is ready to help you get rid of lice as quickly and safely as possible. Getting lice can be inconvenient, but getting rid of them doesn’t have to be. Order your treatment or book your appointment today at Fresh Heads!.


Schools Without Lice.

Schools Without Lice

At Fresh Heads Lice Removal, our mission is to eradicate lice from schools across the country. To accomplish that mission, we’ve partnered with the Lice Clinics of America to create a program called Schools Without Lice. Through this program, we can provide teachers and nurses with free head lice screenings, resources, and treatments. Together, we can have schools without lice!

What Not to Do When Your Kids Get Head Lice

What Not to Do When Your Kids Get Head Lice

One of the most upsetting things you’ll experience is when you discover that your child has head lice. For most parents, when they find these tiny parasites on their kids, they panic and make rushed decisions. If you’ve just discovered your child has lice, you might be panicking at this very moment. However, there’s no need to worry, because Fresh Heads is here to help steer you in the right direction.

How Did My Child Get Lice?

Head lice are transmitted through head-to-head contact, and is most common in children between ages 3 and 11. This age range is more likely to engage in head-to-head contact in playground and classroom settings, or while hugging their friends on playdates and sleepovers.

No matter how your child got their head lice, there’s a few tips you should be aware of from the start. Here’s what not to do:

1. Don’t Ignore the Source of the Head Lice

As soon as you discover your child has lice, take a moment to think over how your child could’ve gotten the lice in the first place.

Since head lice is spread through head-to-head contact, make sure that you inform other parents and figure out how this started. When you figure out the source of the head lice, you can tell other parents about the situation, so they, too, can take the necessary action. Doing this early helps stop the spread of lice in your child’s social circles.

2. Don’t Forget to Contain the Problem

When you discover that your child has head lice, take the necessary steps to prevent lice from spreading to other family members and kids by containing the problem. To do this, have your child avoid hugging and other close contacts until they are treated.

If you get lice removal service for your child, the specialist will advise you on how to prevent the spread of the problem, should you encounter this experience again.

3. Don’t Overlook Understanding the Life Cycle of Lice

If you want to get rid of lice properly, you need to understand the parasite you’re dealing with. You should know that head lice have a life cycle, and to get rid of them successfully you have to choose a treatment that is effective at every stage of the cycle.

When you see lice, they might be in any of these forms:

  1. Head lice eggs or nits, which are small and oval-shaped.
  2. Lice nymphs, which are greyish white in color and are a tiny version of adult lice.
  3. Adult head lice, which are tan-colored and move quickly along the hair or scalp.

Now that you know the different stages of head lice, you need to make sure that you use the right treatment so that you can adequately get rid of lice in all their forms.

4. Don’t Skip Professional Help

Home remedies and OTC solutions have proved ineffective over recent years because lice have developed a resistance to chemicals, therefore it’s always a good idea to seek professional help and get lice removal services from a reputable clinic. When you don’t seek professional help, you may be using the wrong type of treatment, and your kids may deal with this head lice issue for longer, which could ultimately affect the health of their hair and even cause problems with their sleep.

Although lice don’t cause any diseases, they can still cause irritation and itchiness in the scalp. Because of this some kids will find it hard to sleep and rest, affecting their overall health and well-being.

Head Lice Treatment in Orlando, Savannah, and Jacksonville

If you’re looking for lice removal services in Orlando, Savannah, and Jacksonville, head over to Fresh Heads Lice Removal. Our lice removal clinic is an exclusive provider of the FDA-Cleared AirAllé® device that dehydrates and kills both lice and eggs in a single treatment! Learn more about our services and book an appointment today!


Schools Without Lice.

Schools Without Lice

At Fresh Heads Lice Removal, we’re determined to get rid of lice in schools across the US. We’ve partnered with the Lice Clinics of America to create the Schools Without Lice program which gives school nurses and teachers free screenings, resources, and treatments. Together, we can have schools without lice!

Why Home Remedies for Lice Removal Don’t Work

Why Home Remedies for Lice Removal Don’t Work

Some parents don’t immediately seek help from professional lice removal services when their kids get lice. Instead, they try to treat it themselves with home remedies. This often leads to disaster—since these treatments are ineffective, the lice continue to spread and the infestation worsens. So, before you spend the next couple of hours rummaging through kitchen and bathroom cabinets for home remedies for lice, read through our reasons why they won’t work, and find out what to do instead.

Top Home-Remedies for Head Lice (and Why They Don’t Work!)

Here they are—the top-touted home remedies for head lice, and why they won’t work for removing lice or lice eggs from your child’s head:

1. The Olive Oil Remedy

With this method, olive oil is supposed to be applied to the hair and left for 6-8 hours to “stifle” the lice. In order to contain the mess of having a sticky, smelly substance in their child’s hair, many parents will try to wrap their child’s head with plastic wrap. Not only does this method submit your child to having to endure the stickiness and smell for hours on end, it also puts them in danger of suffocation. This treatment is also not meant to be a one-time thing—instead, you are supposed to repeat the process as necessary until you don’t see any more lice. What the proponents of this method don’t tell you is that, unlike professional lice treatment, olive oil doesn’t kill lice, or lice eggs. Therefore, the lice will persist, and you will have to keep repeating the treatment. Add in the cost of olive oil, and all you have is a treatment plan to drain your wallet.

2. Mayonnaise Treatment

Similar to the olive oil treatment, mayonnaise is supposed to be applied to your child’s head and left for hours to suffocate the lice. Just like with olive oil, this subjects your child to enduring the terrible smell and discomfort, and puts them in danger of suffocation. The mayonnaise does not harm the adult lice or lice eggs, which means that at the end of this long and torturous journey (for you and your child), your child will still have lice.

3. OTC Lice Shampoo

When they emerged onto the market, OTC or over the counter shampoos were touted as the ideal solution for getting rid of head lice. However, over the years, the repeated use of these pesticide-containing shampoos have served to bolster the pest’s immunity to it by helping them develop resistance. Ever heard of super lice? So, just like olive oil or mayonnaise, OTC shampoos are not effective against the super lice of today. Aside from that, there are concerns about the safety of the ingredients in these products, such as the neurotoxin, which has risks when overused.

4. Cutting Off All Hair

This home remedy might seem like it would do the trick—however, did you know that female lice place their eggs on the hair shaft as close to the scalp as possible for warmth? Suddenly that ¼ inch buzz-cut is now down to shaving your child’s head bald. The reality is that you would never be able to get a close enough buzz cut with clippers to eliminate lice. Once you factor this in (plus the trauma of doing this to your child), suddenly head-shaving really seems like a bad idea.

Professional Lice Removal is the Way to Go

Thankfully, your child doesn’t need to endure the discomfort of any of these treatments, and you can save yourself the time and effort of trying to treat lice with home remedies that don’t work. Just let the experts at Fresh Heads Lice Removal handle it!

Our signature AirAllé dehydrates and kills lice and eggs in one treatment, meaning our professional service will have those itchy pests out of your child’s hair for good. It’s an all-natural lice treatment that guarantees that everything will be gone in just over an hour! Get professional lice removal in Jacksonville, Orlando, and Savannah. Book your appointment with Fresh Heads Lice Removal today!

 


Schools Without Lice.

Schools Without Lice

At Fresh Heads Lice Removal, we want to get rid of lice in schools across the country. So, we’ve partnered with the Lice Clinics of America to create a program called Schools Without Lice. Through this program, we give teachers and nurses free head lice screenings, resources, and treatments. Together, we can have schools without lice!

A Guide to Lice Treatment Aftercare

A Guide to Lice Treatment Aftercare

Head lice are pests that can cause much discomfort, and worse, they can spread quickly. They are most commonly spread among children and families with children—individuals who are more likely to have head to head contact. Luckily, there’s an easy way to handle infestations, thanks to the professional lice treatments available today.

However, what happens after the treatment? Many parents ask if there are more steps they should be taking. Remember, that head lice never stray too far from the human head or they can’t survive. Because of this, your primary focus should always be on treating the head of the affected family member and performing head checks on all other family members.

However, after that, it might be a good idea to treat items that the affected family member recently came in contact with, just to be extra thorough. This aftercare can include some light cleaning in certain areas of the house:

Bedroom

Remove all sheets, including pillowcases, along with other items on the bed. Throw them in the washing machine for a thorough wash in hot water, and then dryer dry them. If you have blankets or comforters that you can’t put inside your washer, all you need to do is to put them in the dryer on high for 20-30 minutes, or you can place them in a plastic bag for at least 24 hours.

Clothing

Make sure that all recently worn clothing is washed with hot water. You can dry them in a regular setting.

Couches

If the affected family member was cuddled up on the couch last night for movie night, it might be a good idea to pull any throw blankets off the sofa and throwing them in the wash as well. If he or she laid their head on a certain pillow, remove the cover of that pillow and throw it in the wash, or put in a bag for 24 hours.

Hair Accessories

Since it is highly unlikely that someone will ever catch, or especially re-catch head lice from hair accessories, it is not necessary to treat these. However, if you wish to be completely thorough, you can place combs or brushes in a shallow dish with boiling water, and leave them for 10 to 15 minutes. For other hair accessories, you can put them in a Ziploc bag and place them in the freezer overnight.

Focus on Head Checks

Remember, after a lice infestation, your primary focus should still be on heads. Keep checking the heads of all family members regularly, or bring them to Fresh Heads for our head check service. That way, if there are any signs of lice, you can address them immediately.

Work with a Professional Lice Removal Service

Lice infestation is a drag—it’s uncomfortable, and your child’s self-esteem can take a hit. These pesky bugs may be challenging to remove, which is why you don’t want it to happen again after treatment. Use the aftercare tips shared above to prevent reinfestation and ensure a lice-free household.

Head Lice Treatment in Savannah, Jacksonville, and Orlando

Are you looking for professional lice treatment in Savannah, Jacksonville, or Orlando? You have come to the right place! Our experts at Fresh Heads Lice Removal use an FDA-cleared AirAllé® device medical device that is clinically shown to kill head lice and eggs in one treatment. Get in touch with us today to see how we can help!


Schools Without Lice.

Schools Without Lice

Our mission at Fresh Heads is to get rid of lice in schools across the country. That’s why we’ve partnered with the Lice Clinics of America to create the Schools Without Lice program. Through this program, we’re able to provide teachers and nurses with free head lice screenings, resources, and treatments. Together, we can have schools without lice!

Is flat ironing effective in killing lice and nits?

Fact or Myth: Is Flat Ironing Effective in Killing Lice and Nits?

Seeing a bug can really bug a person’s mood, but discovering lice or lice eggs woven into your child’s locks can truly make your skin crawl. It’s an itchy problem that is often hard to scratch at first, which is why parents quickly resort to home remedies to try to get rid of the pesky infestation.

A mixture of oils might seem to be the natural way to kill lice, but these solutions are messy, time-consuming, and ineffective. And for people battling “super lice,” these creepy-crawly villains nesting in your hair can really do a number on your patience, as they are immune to any over-the-counter treatments. One of the most popular “quick fixes” currently circulating on the internet is: using a flat iron to kill lice.

Why Is The Flat Iron Not the Best Tool to Get Rid of Head Lice?

Although it’s true that heat is an enemy of lice, a flat iron is not an effective (or safe) way of administering treatment. Here are the reasons that your flat-iron treatment is doomed to fail:

1. Flat irons have a narrow surface area. Flat irons are long and narrow, providing just a strip of heat that is usually sufficient for its intended purpose: straightening hair. However, while trying to treat lice with the same narrow band of heat, the lice can simply scatter. It would be like trying to gather ants with a spoon. You’ll never get them all.

2. You can’t get close enough to the scalp. On the heels of why reason number 1 will fail (that the lice will scurry away) is where the lice are headed, which is…closer to the scalp. Therefore you won’t be able to get the flat iron close enough to reach them, or if you do, you’ll burn your or your child’s scalp (the scarring from which can turn result in hair loss).

3. Too much / the wrong type of heat. Professional flat irons go up to 450 This not only makes trying to treat you or your child this way dangerous, but intense, moist heat is part of what drives the lice to scatter.

Long story short—using a flat iron to try to get rid of lice is virtually impossible, and trying will only lead you to burn yourself or your child. You’ll never get all of the lice, and leaving any lice at all will lead to another outbreak where these creepy-crawlies come back with a vengeance.

Getting Rid of Lice the Right Way

Everyone struggling with a lice infestation should aim to get rid of lice completely—which means adult lice and eggs. Don’t settle for ineffective, incomplete, or dangerous ways to try to deal with the situation. Opting for professional solutions is always the better choice, especially if you want to get rid of your itchy problems in a speedy yet safe manner.

Fresh Head’s revolutionary Air Allé is an FDA-cleared medical device developed by scientists to be effective against all lice eggs and lice, including super lice. The large application nozzle blows warm, dry air that dehydrates and kills the lice and eggs in one treatment.

Lice Removal in Orlando, Jacksonville, and Savannah

If you’re looking for professional lice removal in Orlando and Jacksonville, FL, and Savannah, GA, get in touch with us at Fresh Heads Lice Removal. We can help you get rid of lice quickly and safely. Ask us about our signature Air Allé treatment!


Schools Without Lice.

Schools Without Lice

At Fresh Heads Lice Removal, our mission is to get rid of lice in schools across the United States. We’ve partnered with the Lice Clinics of America to create the Schools Without Lice program. By this program, we provide school nurses and teachers with free screenings, resources, and treatments. Together, we can have schools without lice!

Washing this load of laundry in the normal wash won't get rid of the lice.

Understanding Why Lice Can’t Be Killed with Normal Washing

Lice are resilient insects that survive most processes humans perform on scalps and hair. A head lice infestation can withstand washing, blow-drying, hair curling, or straightening. One of the reasons is that lice stay close to the scalp, where hot styling tools can’t reach them.

Furthermore, plain water and ordinary soap or shampoo will not wash them away. Lice have pinchers that help them cling to hair strands. A female louse can lay ten lice eggs per day, which she attaches to a shaft of hair using a water-resistant substance.

In the U.S., head lice infestations are common among pre-school and elementary children and household members of children infected with lice. There are about six to 12 million people who get lice outbreaks every year. Since each insect lives up to a month, a person’s scalp can take weeks to clear.

How Do You Get Rid of a Lice Infestation?

Fortunately, there are many ways you can get rid of lice, although some are more effective than others.

At-Home Treatments

While it may be tempting to try to deal with a lice infestation yourself at home, this method can have its drawbacks. For at-home treatments, your options are to try a comb-out or to try an OTC shampoo. The traditional comb-out method can take a considerable length of time if you’re not experienced at it, and you may miss some lice or nits. OTC shampoos, on the other hand, are full of harsh chemicals that aren’t even effective against the current strains of super lice. Conclusion: although it might seem convenient for you to not have to leave your home, unfortunately, the lice aren’t going to leave either.

Professional Treatments

With professional lice treatment, you can rest assured that your lice are going to be dealt with swiftly and thoroughly. We offer a traditional comb-out and our signature AirAllé treatment.

• Traditional Comb-Out

Our traditional comb-out services are performed by professionals who are trained to quickly and thoroughly rid your hair of lice and nits. This way, you can leave the brushing and shampooing to specialists.

• Signature AirAllé Treatment

At Fresh Heads Lice Removal, we also offer our signature treatment using an AirAllé® machine, an FDA-cleared device proven to dehydrate and kill both adult lice and eggs in minutes.

How Do You Prevent an Infestation?

Instead of letting your guard down to the point of requiring head lice removal, you can take preventive measures. It’s not that easy to contract lice—in fact, head-to-head contact is practically the only way for an infestation to spread. However, since kids are more likely to come in close contact with each other, it puts them at a higher risk of catching lice.

If you know someone who has contracted lice, avoid coming in close contact with them. Live lice can only live for up to 24-48 hours without a human host, and eggs do not hatch once they have fallen off a scalp. If you suspect you’ve contracted head lice, focus your screening efforts on yourself and your family rather than on your home.

If you detect the outbreak early on, using insect and nit neutralizers can be an effective way to stop the spread. When choosing products, opt for those that are non-toxic and made of natural enzymes, such as the ones included in our Treatment Bundle. These break down the glue that holds the eggs in place, letting them fall from the scalp.

Get Professional Treatment for Infestations

Outdoor weather brings with it plenty of opportunities for kids to enjoy outdoor activities. Unfortunately, these activities bring kids in close and potentially head-to-head contact, meaning it carries a real chance of them contracting head lice. Prevent this by taking your child to a treatment center specializing in lice removal if you see signs of an infestation.

Head Lice Clinics in Orlando, Jacksonville, and Savannah

Be free from nits and head lice at Fresh Heads Lice Removal. We have a range of lice prevention treatments and products in Orlando and Jacksonville, FL, and Savannah, GA. Our treatments are guaranteed to eliminate infestations—our Fresh Heads Signature AirAllé Treatment even comes with a 45-day re-treatment policy. Get in touch today for more details!


Schools Without Lice.

Schools Without Lice

At Fresh Heads Lice Removal, our mission is to get rid of lice in schools across the United States. We’ve partnered with the Lice Clinics of America to create the Schools Without Lice program. Through this program, we provide school nurses and teachers with free screenings, resources, and treatments. Together, we can have schools without lice!

This boy has post-lice treatment itching from OTC lice shampoo.

Post-Lice Treatment Itching: Is It Normal?

Thinking about creepy crawlies can immediately make people’s skin crawl, so it’s not surprising that the image of head lice can produce the same reaction, firing up the need to scratch what seems like an incurable itch.

Speaking of which, many people who try to self-treat their head lice still find their heads are as itchy as ever afterward, resulting in a state of panic and paranoia regarding the pesky critters. Before you give in to panic, take a step back, and consider the following reasons behind your post lice treatment itching:

  • Itching Due to Dry Scalp from Treatment
  • Psychosomatic Itching
  • Healing Louse Bites
  • Incomplete Treatment

With that in mind, the list above describes the primary culprits that are causing trouble to your head now.

Reason #1: You Have Dry Scalp from Lice Treatment

Many people are vulnerable to develop a temporary dryness around the scalp due to lice treatments, especially if it comes from over-the-counter lice treatments. These OTC treatments often come with chemicals that can irritate the scalp, causing flakiness, dryness, and itchiness.

Reason #2: You Have Psychosomatic Itching

The thought of bugs can drive many people’s paranoia through the roof, especially something as irritating as head lice. It’s easy to believe that your scalp is just as itchy as before the treatment, if not more so. This phenomenon refers to ghost itching, which means you need to practice self-awareness and grounding techniques to help you focus on reality for what it is. Concentrating on your breathing, hearing, tasting, and seeing can help ground you to the present, and once the itchiness fades away, then you know it’s all in your imagination. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with getting a follow-up lice check-up for your peace of mind.

Reason #3: You Have Healing Louse Bites

Some parasitic insects like head lice leave a lingering irritation around the scalp, one that can last for days even after the removal treatment. This leftover itchiness can be frustrating, but the best way to ease the inflammation is to stop scratching as the more you give in to the itch, the more the bite will reopen. Adding cold compress can ease the itchiness, though you can take a low dose of antihistamine if it feels too overwhelming.

Reason #4: You Still Have a Head Full of Lice

If you treated with OTC lice shampoo, the dreaded truth is that you may still have a head full of lice. While it’s bad news, keep in mind that it’s a common issue as lice tend to resist over-the-counter lice treatments, which is why going for professional head lice removal services is the better choice if you want a higher guarantee of ridding yourself of lice completely.

Safe, Effective (and Non-Irritating!) Way to Get Rid of Lice

Choose the lice treatment that is all-natural, non-irritating, and effective with Fresh Heads Lice Removal. Our exclusive, FDA-cleared AirAllé® device blows warm air onto the scalp, completely dehydrating and killing both lice and eggs in one treatment. And since it’s just warm air, it doesn’t contain any harsh irritating chemicals such as those found in OTC shampoos and won’t cause scalp irritation. While it’s possible you may still experience some slight itching as your scalp heals from the bites, or psychosomatic itching, your chances of itching from chemical irritation or ongoing infestation are eliminated. Take the hassle (and itchiness!) out of head lice treatment by coming to Fresh Heads. If you’re looking for a professional lice removal in Jacksonville, Orlando and Savannah, get in touch with us today.


Schools Without Lice.

Schools Without Lice

At Fresh Heads Lice Removal, our mission is to get rid of lice in schools across the United States. We’ve partnered with the Lice Clinics of America to create the Schools Without Lice program. Through this program, we provide school nurses and teachers with free screenings, resources, and treatments. Together, we can have schools without lice!

The Most Effective Ways to Eliminate Head Lice Completely

When your child starts attending school, there are so many things you have to worry about. You’ll be concerned about whether they’ll make friends, enjoy their activities, or earn good grades. There’s one issue in schools, however, that we never seem to be prepared enough for yet is mercilessly common: a dreaded head lice infestation.

Head lice are flightless parasites that burrow in and feed on the human scalp. Head lice infestations are troublesome but non-fatal. That said, they are known to spread more commonly in very young schoolchildren. Girls are more likely to become infested than boys, but there is no evidence that indicates it is due to poor hygiene or to weather conditions. Symptoms of infestation include a tingling sensation, itching, or finding sores on the head or neck. The itching and irritation can be very uncomfortable and cause trouble sleeping.

The school nurse or health advisor may diagnose an infestation by looking closely at an infected child’s scalp to discover either live adult insects or their eggs or nits (empty eggshells). Lice can spread from person to person via head-to-head contact. Young children who are not aware of their infestation can unknowingly pass on the parasite to one another during playtime or when doing activities together. Consequently, they may infect other people in their homes prior to an infestation being detected.

Traditional Ways of Treating Lice

There are two methods that have been traditionally used for treating head lice, wet combing and OTC medicated shampoos. Both of these methods are ineffective against treating lice and are therefore falling out of use.

Wet Combing

The wet-combing method is when a fine-toothed comb specially made for catching lice is run through wet hair slowly several times to remove the insects. This method can be time-consuming and must be repeated several times every two to three days. While this is a safe and simple method, it does not kill the lice, and it is possible to miss some and have the infestation start all over again.

OTC Medicated Shampoos

Over-the-counter (OTC) medications, medicated shampoos, and lotions are available at most drugstores. These medicines are called topical pediculicides. Depending on the severity and quantity of lice present, some may need to repeat the application of medicine after seven days to ensure they are able to kill the lice. Unfortunately, studies show that most species of head lice have developed a resistance to these pediculicides.

Modern Effective Lice Treatment with the AirAllé®

The current, effective, and safe way to treat lice is through dehydration with the AirAllé® Device. This device can dehydrate and kill both lice and their eggs by blowing warm air via an applicator along the scalp and through the strands of hair. This method lifts entrenched lice and its eggs up and away from the scalp. Wet combing is then done to ensure the complete removal of the insects from the hair strands.

The entire process to kill lice with the AirAllé® Device takes 45 minutes to one hour, depending on the infestation. The benefit of using this device is that no pesticides or chemicals are applied to the scalp making it a safer and more effective option.

Don’t Wait for Your Child’s Head Lice Problem Get out of Control!

Infestations may be unavoidable and are definitely one of the last things any parent or child would want to be inconvenienced with. Luckily, there are many remedies available in the market today. For the best and quickest results, consult a lice removal specialist who can provide you with a potent and time-saving treatment.

Professional Head Lice Removal Service in Jacksonville, Orlando, and Savannah

We offer highly effective, painless, and quick hair lice removal in Jacksonville and Orlando, FL, and Savannah, GA. Fresh Heads Lice Removal uses patented our AirAllé® treatment with over 450,000 customers served. Contact us today so we can take your worries away!


Schools Without Lice.

Schools Without Lice

At Fresh Heads Lice Removal, our mission is to eradicate lice from schools across the country. To accomplish that mission, we’ve partnered with the Lice Clinics of America to create a program called Schools Without Lice. Through this program, we can provide teachers and nurses with free head lice screenings, resources, and treatments. Together, we can have schools without lice!

Mayonnaise will not get rid of this little girl's head lice.

Why Mayonnaise Is Not an Effective Home Remedy for Head Lice

Because of the many home remedies on the Internet that promise to give an affordable way to deal with lice, most parents think that they no longer need to have professionals treat their children. However, you should always evaluate the feasibility and safety of any solution, regardless of how harmless or affordable it may seem.

Breaking Down the Mayonnaise Solution

Many ingredients have been purported to be cheap and reliable home remedy solutions to delousing, such as olive oil and Listerine [link to Does Listerine Kill Lice]. One infamous home remedy for lice is the mayonnaise solution.

Dealing with a lice outbreak is a two-part problem: dealing with live lice and eliminating dormant eggs. If you end up treating only one or the other, you’ll have to start over in treating it. Most home solutions attempt to solve the problem through suffocation. However, know that head lice can survive without air for over six hours, which quickly turns the ‘hassle-free’ treatment into a long agonizing ordeal.

Considering the Duration of the Treatment

The mayonnaise solution recommends that you put a bountiful amount of mayonnaise on your child’s head for up to six hours. Logistically, you’d be wasting at least a few cans of good mayonnaise, which is not only hard on the nose but also harmful to your child’s eyes. However even after 6 hours, the adult lice will still be alive and waiting there for you and your child.

Dealing with Lice Eggs

In addition to the fact that mayonnaise has no effect on adult lice, it also does absolutely nothing to remove the presence of lice eggs, which cling safely encased to the individual hair shafts. You would have to try to comb through greasy mayonnaise hair with a lice comb to individually comb out every lice egg.

Hidden Dangers of Mayonnaise

You still might think that subjecting your child to the foul stench of mayonnaise for 12+ hours is worth trying. However, leaving it on your child for an extended period can lead to burns and allergies. Other incidents have been reported of parents, in an attempt to contain the mess of mayonnaise on a moving child, having placed plastic wrap on their children’s heads. This is a definite danger.

In addition, when a child is exposed too frequently to an ingredient, they may develop allergies in the long term. With the different types of food that contain mayonnaise, you’d be making a challenging life to your child in being wary of what they eat. And to risk all of these complications for a treatment that won’t work is simply not worth it.

Lice Treatment in Jacksonville, Orlando, and Savannah

The mayonnaise treatment is a time-wasting and ineffective way to solve lice outbreaks. In the end, it’s best that you seek professional lice treatment services that give fast solutions rather than focusing on home-made remedies that have no effect in solving your problem.

If you’re looking to find professional head lice treatment in Jacksonville, FL, we are open to serve you. Contact us today to learn more about our 45-day retreatment policy, and we’ll make your children safe and lice-free!

 


Schools Without Lice.

Schools Without Lice

Our mission at Fresh Heads is to get rid of lice in schools across the country. That’s why we’ve partnered with the Lice Clinics of America to create the Schools Without Lice program. Through this program, we’re able to provide teachers and nurses with free head lice screenings, resources, and treatments. Together, we can have schools without lice!

Woman who bleached her hair to try to get rid of lice.

Does Hair Bleach Kill Lice?

When you find out you have head lice, it’s probably at home after a long day, and you’ve finally gotten the kids to bed. You’re finally able to take some time for yourself, put on your PJs, and brush out your hair—and that’s when you find them—head lice. At Fresh Heads, we know what comes next: a wave of disbelief, followed by panicked rummaging through the medicine cabinet for anything you think might work. As you turn around the box of hair bleach, you’re confronted with a long list of strong-sounding ingredients that you think should surely be able to handle a tiny insect, right? Well Mom, before you waste the next hour with an applicator bottle and plastic mitts, we’ll let you know why your plan is doomed to fail (sorry!), and why your time is much more wisely spent booking the next available appointment at Fresh Heads.

Does Hair Dye Kill Lice?

Since most people only discover that they have lice a few weeks after first getting infested with it, they often go about their usual routine, like dyeing their hair before being treated for lice. But what happens is the dye doesn’t kill the lice—it only colors them. If someone dyes their hair, say, pink, then the lice and nits will also turn pink!

Hair dye isn’t capable of suffocating the lice because they are able to shut their bodies for up to 18 hours, while hair dye is left on for 45 minutes tops. Hair dye is also ineffective when it comes to eliminating nits. Nits are encased in a hard shell for protection, and the chemicals in hair dye can’t penetrate it nor detach the natural glue-like substance sticking the shells to the hair.

Does Bleaching Your Hair Kill Lice?

Just like permanent hair dye, hair bleach contains some strong chemicals—including hydrogen peroxide, ammonium persulfate, and stearyl alcohol. However, despite the ability of these ingredients to pull the color out of the hair shaft, none of them have the ability to effectively kill lice or their eggs. Just like with hair dye, adult lice can outlast the hair bleaching process, and bleach will not penetrate casings of the nits.

Professional Lice Removal

At Fresh Heads, we know head lice. We know that hair dye or hair bleach just won’t work, and if you try it, you’ll still end up needing professional lice removal later. Save yourself the extra time and headache by booking an appointment with us. We have you in and out and lice-free in 90 minutes! Book your appointment online today.

 


Schools Without Lice.

Schools Without Lice

Our mission at Fresh Heads is to get rid of lice in schools across the country. That’s why we’ve partnered with the Lice Clinics of America to create the Schools Without Lice program. Through this program, we’re able to provide teachers and nurses with free head lice screenings, resources, and treatments. Together, we can have schools without lice!