Don’t Bust Your Budget on DIY Head Lice Treatments

Does your household budget include an amount for do-it-yourself head lice treatments? Probably not. Do you have a jar in the kitchen where you are stashing coins and saving for a head-licey day? Probably not. Head lice infestations are not going to put you and the family in the poor house but they can be costly – in more ways than one – if you choose to take on the little pests yourself.

Let’s say a member of the family contracts head lice. After the initial shock and panic sets in, the do-it-yourselfer will typically purchase over-the-counter head lice shampoo and nit removal combs for the affected person and the rest of the family. With time it becomes apparent that the initial treatment was not successful, so the do-it-yourselfer heads to the internet to purchase head lice treatment products. When they are not effective, there is a trip to the doctor and the pharmacist. For each attempt, there is extra house cleaning, tossing of hair accessories and clothes, extra laundry, and days missed from work and school. These efforts might be repeated again and again over three months, six months, or even a year. Here are some approximate costs of do-it-yourself treatments.

• Over-the-counter head lice shampoo for one person :$45
• Over-the-counter head lice products for the family :$125
• In-store purchased head lice nit removal comb :$7-$45
• Internet-purchased head lice products :$150
• A visit to the doctor for diagnosis and treatment plan :$250
• A prescription lice treatment :$50-$250
• Replacement of personal hair combs, brushes, and accessories :$75
• Extra household cleaning supplies :$30
• Electricity and water required for extra laundry and cleaning :$200
• Missed work for one person :Cost Varies
• Sitters for children unable to attend school :Cost Varies
• Missed school (private) :Cost Varies
• Missed extra-curricular activities :Cost Varies

There are some things, however, on which you can’t put a price; perhaps their cost the greatest.

• Anger, stress, depression felt by members of the family
• Strained relationships with friends and co-workers
• Lack of sleep for a person(s) with head lice and for their caretakers
• Physical discomfort caused by itching from lice bites and burning from pesticides in treatment products
• Countless hours spent combing hair, cleaning, doing laundry
• Missed school and make-up work
• Missed non-fee extra-curricular activities
• Missed social events
• Exclusion from social events
• Unwarranted, unfair stigma and stereotyping
• Known and unknown long-term effects of toxins in over-the-counter and prescription head lice treatment products

Multiply these direct and indirect costs each time you treat and have to treat again in an effort to be rid of head lice. To add insult to injury, THERE ARE NO GUARANTEES!

Fresh Heads Head Lice Treatment Center offers a treatment that will not only save you time and money but that will also come with a 45-day GUARANTEE (All siblings and parents must be head-checked by a Fresh Heads Technician for the guarantee to be valid). The pesticide-free AirAllé ™ Treatment costs $145 per person. This 30-minute non-toxic head lice removal treatment is performed by a Certified AirAllé™ Operator. It includes a full comb-out to remove all remnants of dead lice/nits, an application of Lice-Sense (a non-toxic lice suffocating solution), and essential housecleaning education that will offer simple and effective house cleaning advice. No follow-up treatment is necessary.

So when you do the math, it’s a no-brainer. Your best choice for a head lice removal treatment is the one that leaves you with more time and with more money in your pocket. The pesticide-free AirAllé ™ Treatment offered by Fresh Heads Head Lice Treatment Center will do just that.

Do African Americans Get Head Lice?

Believe it or not, this is one of the most-searched questions on the Internet pertaining to head lice.  The answer is, yes, but not very often. According to Dr. Dale Clayton, renowned parasitologist and inventor of the revolutionary AirAllé Head Lice Treatment device, African American hair is shaped differently than Caucasian, Hispanic, or Asian hair, and lice have a hard time getting their grasping hooks around the shaft. Since lice are uniquely adapted to crawl along a hair shaft, and since lice glue their eggs to the hair shaft, this often prevents African Americans from getting lice. Cultural use of oils actually doesn’t affect this much, contrary to popular belief. It is, in fact, the different shape of the hair shaft that typically insulates the African American population from contracting head lice. At Fresh Heads Lice Removal, we have treated children who have one African American parent and one Non-African American parent. Although the incidence is quite low, less than a quarter of a percent of the families that we treat to have any African American descendants. And now you know!

Lice Treatment Safe for All Hair Types

In the small chance of a head lice outbreak, there are several effective treatment options. Beyond our preventative hair treatments, Fresh Heads offers a revolutionary treatment with our AirAllé® device that is exclusive to us. Using patented technology, the AirAllé® simply blows warm air on the head to kill any lice and eggs that may be alive in a single treatment. Because the AirAllé® only uses warm air—no chemicals or pesticides—it is a fantastic and safe lice treatment option for all hair types. The AirAllé® is FDA-cleared and has a 99.2% treatment success rate. The advantage of choosing Fresh Heads and the AirAllé® is that you’ll be lice-free in a little over an hour, plus you’ll receive our 45-day guarantee. Learn more about the innovation of the AirAllé®.

 

Fresh Heads recommends these products to help prevent or treat head lice in African American families whose hair texture is susceptible.

 

Fresh Heads Lice Removal serves Jacksonville, FL, Orlando, FL, Savannah, GA, and surrounding areas.  If you are interested in the AirAllé™ treatment and would like to find a Lice Clinics of America location near you, click below!

 

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How to Kill Nits

Truly, killing lice eggs is MUCH more difficult than killing the bugs.  Even the best prescription pesticide is only 73% effective at killing the nits.  The AirAllé™ head lice treatment is currently the only treatment option available that is clinically proven to kill nits entirely.  This treatment is available exclusively at Fresh Heads Lice Removal.  The AirAllé™ treatment takes about 30 minutes to complete and requires no follow-up.  For these reasons, it is our most popular treatment option.

Another way to kill lice eggs is a very thorough manual comb out.  If you are attempting to manually comb nits out of the hair, you need to be ready to comb diligently for 10 days, while also treating every five days with a dimethicone oil treatment.  This way, you kill any hatchlings before they mature to lay new eggs while combing out any remaining nits before they hatch.  It can be done, but it is hard work.

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So What DOES Kill Head Lice?

There is good news!  At Fresh Heads, we recommend the use of a silicone oil solution to suffocate lice.  The use of a blended Dimethicone Oil solution specifically formulated to kill head lice is the most effective treatment option currently available.  In a blind study, the use of a properly formulated blend of dimethicone is shown to be incredibly effective at killing live lice.  Additionally, this treatment is inexpensive and completely non-toxic.  Dimethicone will not, however, kill nits.  Fresh Heads uses Dimethicone in all our treatments, and we offer it for sale to the do-it-yourselfer.

Does Mayonnaise, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, or Tea Tree Oil Kill Head Lice?

Mayonnaise doesn't kill lice!Can you guess our short answer here?  NO!  The idea behind these home remedies is that these oils might suffocate the bugs.  In theory, this is a good idea, but there are major problems with using mayonnaise, olive oil, coconut oil, or tea tree oil to kill head lice.  Here’s a little lesson:  Head lice breathe through their backs.  They have tiny tubes on their backs called spiracles that act as their respiratory system.  The idea with using these oils to kill lice is that you can clog those spiracles, and the lice will suffocate.  But here’s the problem:  Lice can actually cut off those spiracles and hold their breath for up to eight hours! Because these oils are relatively thin, the bugs are easily able to shut those breathing tubes before the oil has a chance to seep into them to block them.  Again, there is not a smidgen of scientific data to back the use of any of these oils as an effective means to kill lice.  Further, as with hair dye, these oils will not do anything at all to the lice eggs (nits).

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Oh My, Do We Have Lice? Now What?

An estimated six to 12 million infestations occur in the U.S. annually. It is particularly common among pre-school and elementary school children. Head lice do not transmit any diseases, but they are very contagious and can be very itchy. To determine if your child has been infected with head lice and what to do next, review the details below for more information on eliminating lice.

What Steps To Take If My Child Has Lice:

First, confirm that your child is infected with head lice by checking for the following:

• Check behind the ears and at the back of the neck for any signs of lice
• Look for a rash, as lice might cause a rash on the back of the neck
• Look for nits, as they are dark brown in color, only turning clear and sometimes white when they have already hatched
• Nits feel like a hard speed bump on the hair
• Don’t panic; lice are treatable; call Fresh Heads Lice Removal for assistance

Here Are Some Things To Do Right Away:
• Check other members of your family for head lice
• Notify anyone who has had recent contact with the infected person
• Notify the school that your child attends
• Call Fresh Heads Lice Removal for the most thorough Head Lice Treatment available
• Fresh Heads uses the AirAlle TM system, which is an all-natural method of lice removal that is 100% guaranteed

To Shampoo or Not to Shampoo:
• Over-the-counter shampoos and treatments are only designed to kill adult lice
• Lice shampoos don’t kill nits (eggs)
• Many shampoos and treatments contain toxic chemical and can enter the bloodstream through the scalp/skin
• Even if you use a shampoo that kills the adult lice, you still need to detect and remove all of the nits
• Don’t shampoo with harsh chemicals, call Fresh Heads Lice Removal, 7 days a week, for immediate help
• For additional information on lice removal and preventative care, click here!

How To Disinfect/Treat My Home:
Wash all clothing and linens worn or used by the infected within the last 48 hours
• Use hot water and high heat for at least 35 minutes
Isolate other commonly used items in tightly closed plastic bags for two weeks
• Items should include throw pillows, stuffed animals, helmets, hats, hair accessories, and the like
Vacuum surfaces that cannot be wiped down or washed including rugs, furniture, and the like
Soak hair brushes in rubbing alcohol for 20 minutes and store in a plastic bag for two weeks.

We know it can be very stressful to deal with a lice infestation, but we can help! We are safe, fast, and convenient.

Call Fresh Heads Lice Removal for a 100% guaranteed lice removal treatment using the AirAlle TM system. We are available 7 days a week for your convenience!

Call: 904-517-4087

How To Check for Head Lice

Most parents are fearful of the idea that their children will contract head lice, yet until they actually do battle head lice, those same parents have no idea how to check for it.  If you have never seen it, how would you know?  It would seem logical to turn to the internet for advice, but unfortunately, the web is chock full of misinformation.  But knowing how to check and checking often is your greatest defense against a really tough infestation.  Here’s what you need to know about how to check your child for head lice:

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It is easiest to start looking at the nape of the neck and work your way up toward the front of the hair.  If the child has long enough hair, you should pull it up into a ponytail with one hand, and slowly work your way up, pulling small, paper-thin sections of hair down and examining each hair closely.  You should concentrate at the base of the hair, as the lice eggs are going to be found glued to the hair shaft, quite close to the scalp.  When these eggs are new, they are dark brown in color, and on blonde hair can look like specks of dirt.  Newer nits can be more difficult to see on children with darker hair, as they can blend in quite well.  Nits that are not viable, or that have already hatched can appear clearish, like droplets of water, or white, but will still be firmly attached to the hair.  Nits are most often found at the nape of the neck, the crown of the head, or the hairline around the front or sides of the head.

Often, dandruff is mistaken for lice eggs.  Lice eggs will be firmly attached to the hair and will feel like a hard speed bump if you run your fingers over them.  They will not slide down the hair shaft with your fingertips.  If you are seeing white debris that appears to be on the hair but will slide under your fingertips, you are more than likely looking at dandruff, not nits.

As soon as you find any evidence of lice or eggs, you should take action immediately.  Fresh Heads Lice Removal offers guaranteed lice removal services and we are available by appointment 7 days a week.

Why Is Head Lice So Hard???

Oh, head lice. You are so small! And yet you have driven us crazy for thousands of years. Why is head lice so hard to get rid of? When I was a kid, our parents slathered our hair ONCE with an over the counter pesticide and that was it! At Fresh Heads Lice Removal, we get calls every day from parents who have been battling these tiny bugs for a month or more, and dang are they hard to get rid of!  WHY???

Traditional pesticide treatments have become increasingly ineffective as the bugs are growing increasingly immune to the pesticides. Some of the stronger pesticides have been outlawed, and the weaker, over-the-counter variety have been way over-used. The result is super lice, which are very happy to have you slather them with this stuff because often, it doesn’t even touch them.

Secondly, these pesticides have never been very effective against the nits. The nits (or eggs) are laid by a female louse several times per day. When the nits are laid, the louse secretes glue that is chemically similar to cement. This glue firmly attaches the nit to the hair shaft, and it protects the nit. No chemical currently available is very effective at penetrating that glue. The best clinical study I have seen shows about a 70% effective rate against the nits. And with lice, its all or nothing baby. This is why all traditional treatments call for a retreat in 7-10 days. You are waiting for the eggs to hatch, and then hoping to kill them with the pesticide before they reach maturity and start laying new eggs. GROSS! And ineffective (see point above).

Third, these darn things spread like wildfire! If you’ve got just one child and a shaved head yourself, you might be alright. Most of the time, by the time you figure out junior, has it, he’s already shared it with his siblings. And more often than not, mom has it too, now who’s going to help her???

As a result, in comes the new and booming professional lice treatment industry. Fresh Heads, have you heard of us??? We are helping family every day, families who are nice and kind and love each other. Families who have worked their tails off trying everything they could find to get rid of these darn pests. Families who just want to be done with it!!! It’s what we do!

Happy Halloween!!!

Happy Halloween!  Today, we dressed up as lice killers!  9 treatments today, so actually I’m not kidding at all.  I just always knew I’d be a lice killer when I grew up!  Ahhhh, anyway.  People are so often surprised to hear that lice really is a year-round problem, worldwide.  It really doesn’t matter what part of the country you are in, lice happens.  Basically, if you have children between the ages of 3-11, or if you have older children who have friends with younger siblings, or if you are a grandparent who hugs your grandkids…You are all at risk!  Today we treated a 13-year-old boy, 6 girls ranging in age from 5 to 16, and two very sweet and humble mothers.  Can we prevent this, you ask???  YES!  There are a few things you can do:  First, understanding that lice are ALMOST ALWAYS contracted via head to head contact (not from your environment, got that???) you can talk with your children about keeping their personal space personal.  Every child is different, and frankly, younger children just can’t help themselves, but if you can convince them that it is not necessary to hug every person they see, your chances of getting a house full of lice will go way, way down.  Secondly, if you have girls, keep their hair pulled back.  Anything you can do to lessen the amount of contact that your child’s hair has with another child’s hair will help.  Third, you should use a good, independently verified preventative shampoo and spray.  We recommend Babo Botanicals because its the best we’ve been able to find.  Lastly, you should invest in a good, no great lice comb.  Every who really knows anything will tell you the Terminator Comb is the only way to go.  Keep it handy, and run it through your kids heads whenever you think about it.  Early detection (like so many things) is huge!  Most people go at least 2 weeks before they realize they have a problem, and by then, the whole house has it.  Except for dad, usually, lucky buzzards.  Happy Halloween!!!