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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!

Lice and dandruff can look very similar in this woman's hair.

Lice vs Dandruff: Differences in Symptoms and Treatment

When someone experiences an intense head itch, we often associate it with these two situations: they have lice or dandruff. Both are irritating conditions that can be treated, but they are not the same. The only similarity between lice and dandruff is that they are conditions that happen on a human scalp that gives an itchy and uncomfortable feeling. Other than that, their causes and treatments are different in many ways. Let us talk about the two conditions in detail.

Lice vs Dandruff: How the Two Differ

Lice are parasites. They are alive, six-legged parasites that come in three forms. First, they are seen as eggs. These are the tiny white specks with a tail that hold onto human hair. When they hatch, they turn into nymphs. These are tan-colored insects in a tiny size that runs around one’s scalp. When they become adult lice, they get as big as a sesame seed. Lice rely on human blood to stay alive, and when their saliva touches a human scalp, it causes itchiness.

Dandruff, on the other hand, are not insects. It is a scalp condition, also called seborrheic dermatitis. It often leaves your skin or scalp dry, flaky, and itchy. It is a non-contagious and non-inflammatory skin condition that usually affects adolescents and older adults. Babies can also experience a flaky scalp, which is called cradle cap.

Dandruff and Head Lice Infection: The Cause

The main difference between dandruff and head lice infection lies in the way they appear on one’s scalp.

You do not simply get lice. It is caused by head to head contact, from an infected person to another. If you have a family member who has lice, it is easier for you to get them as well. Close interaction is necessary before you get infected by lice.

On the other hand, you can never catch dandruff from anyone else. However, if your family is prone to dandruff, there is a higher chance that you will also suffer from the same scalp condition.

Dandruff and Head Lice Treatment

While shampoos exist for both conditions, shampoo for dandruff can be effective, while OTC shampoo for head lice is not. Lice is best treated professionally.

• On Dandruff

There are special shampoos dedicated to treating dandruff. These shampoos have the following ingredients: coal tar, salicylic acid, ketoconazole, or selenium sulfide. They help slow down the skin-shedding process and treat the fungal infections that cause the skin-shedding.

• On Lice

OTC head lice shampoos contain harsh chemical pesticides such as permethrin and pyrethrin. The shampoo companies recommend using the product repeatedly, at intervals of around seven to ten days, to get rid of the infestation. Unfortunately, this puts your child through repeated exposures to harsh chemicals. In addition, most species of lice prevalent today are super lice, which OTC shampoos are ineffective at killing.

The Prevention

Since they are two very different conditions, prevention for dandruff and head lice is very different too.

• On Dandruff

Using the right shampoo for your scalp can prevent your condition from worsening. Avoiding chemicals like hair dyes or hair sprays can also help. Regular brushing of hair and massaging it instead of scratching are few ways to improve your condition.

• On Lice

Lice has nothing to do with hygiene. Anyone with human blood can be infested with lice. The best way to prevent being infected with it is to avoid close head to head contact with someone who has lice. Using lice prevention products can also help.

Diagnose and Treat Early

Lice and dandruff are two conditions that you would not want your children to get. They cause inconvenience and irritation. Although they cannot always be prevented from happening, there is a solution to improve or get rid of both of these conditions. You just need to be aware of what is happening on your child’s scalp and make sure to attend to them as soon as you can.

Head Lice Treatment in Jacksonville, Orlando, and Savannah

For head lice treatment in Jacksonville, Orlando, FL, and Savannah, GA, turn to Fresh Heads Lice Removal! Our lice removal clinics offer different treatments and protection plans, depending on your child’s needs. Book an appointment with us today!


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!

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!

Hair Straightening vs. Lice

Can You Treat Head Lice with Hair Straighteners?

There is no secret that heat is a big enemy of head lice. Many people wonder if hair straighteners are a good solution for eliminating lice infestations. Let’s look at why thoroughly straightening hair is not the best way to get rid of lice.

Head Lice vs. Heat

Heat absolutely does kill lice. The FDA-cleared AirAllé® machine uses heated-air to immediately dehydrate and kill lice and their eggs (nits). Straightening your hair can result in eliminating some head lice. However, this method will not completely get rid of all the lice and their nits.

Thoroughly straightening your hair cannot cover the areas frequented by lice because they dwell very close to the scalp. There will always be surviving lice and nits continuing their life cycle and preventing you from completely clearing the head lice infestation.

Safety Concerns for Children

Using a hot, in-home device for killing lice is dangerous for children with infestations. A child’s sensitive skin burns far more easily than an adult’s, making the risk for an accidental burn very high. Burns can result in permanent scarring, depending on the severity. When it comes to children, it’s best to take safety precautions into consideration when searching for the best way to get rid of lice.

The Best Way to Get Rid of Lice

If you or your child have an infestation, don’t settle for half-measures when treating head lice. Consult a lice removal professional with the FDA-cleared AirAllé® machine. Fresh Heads Lice Removal only uses certified methods that are free of toxic chemicals and won’t risk burning anyone’s scalp. Fresh Heads Lice Removal stands behinds every AirAllé service with a 45-day re-treatment guarantee and even offers a unique lifetime protection plan. Call to schedule head lice screening and removal treatment today!

Students Raising Hands in classroom

Preventing Head Lice at School – What You Need to Know

The CDC reports that 6 million to 12 million children in the U.S., from ages 3 to 11, get head lice every year. Worse yet, chemical-based methods of lice removal are becoming less effective, as Scientific American’s article on the Revenge of the Super Lice says that: “Overexposure to insecticides has bred resistance in the parasites, making it harder than ever to treat infestation.” So the best way to beat the little critters is to prevent head lice in the first place.

In the case of children, school is where they are most often exposed to head lice. Kids and parents alike should take precautionary measures to minimize the risk. Here are some simple steps you can take to prevent head lice:

Avoid Head-to-Head Contact to Prevent Head Lice

Direct head to head contact with a lice-infested person is the primary way lice is spread. So warn kids to avoid that kind of contact while they’re playing, especially if they know that a friend has head lice or it has been found at their school. No one can tell at first glance who has lice, though, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Routine Head Checks

Check on your kid once a week or so to see if there are any signs of infestations. It can take up to 6 weeks for the itching to start, so don’t wait for that. Look for nits, lice eggs attached to strands of hair. Particles that are easily removed are probably dandruff or lint. Nits are glued to the hair shaft at the base and are not easily moved or removed. Lice especially favor the back hairline and behind the ears.

Early detection is essential for early treatment. It can help prevent head lice from spreading to other kids at school.

Click here for a video tutorial on how to check for head lice.

It’s Very Hard to Get Lice by Sharing Clothes, Hats, Etc.

It is actually uncommon for lice to transfer to another person by sharing clothing, hats and other attire with someone who has lice. It is also extremely rare for lice to be spread via combs, brushes, towels, bedding, carpets, pillows or couches.

With that said, it’s still a safe practice to avoid sharing such items like this with someone who has lice. It’s not a major risk, but it can happen. Items that have been in contact with lice-infested individuals can be disinfected simply. Combs and brushes can be soaked in hot water for 5-10 minutes. Clothing can be machine washed with hot water and high heat drying cycle.

Get in Touch

Worried about a head lice outbreak? Broach the subject with your Parent-Teacher Association, talk about it with teachers or nurses. Prevention is made much easier when others are in on it, especially if they can educate the other kids on how to avoid head lice. The risk of infestation can drastically go down when everyone’s involved.

Know That EVERYONE Can get Head Lice Regardless of Wealth or Cleanliness

Parents who know their kids have lice might be ashamed to bring it up or ask for help from the school nurse or other parents. Affected kids themselves might feel ashamed about it and hide their symptoms as long as possible. So it’s important, especially for children, not to look down on those affected with head lice or treat them badly. Those with infestations shouldn’t think less of themselves either, since it’s a treatable condition that nearly everyone goes through in their life.

Being open about the subject will help prevention and make it easier for those affected to ask for the treatment they need.

Contact a Professional Lice Treatment Clinic if You Find Lice

If you don’t detect any lice, then you’ve done a good job at prevention. But if you detect any lice or nits, call Fresh Heads today to schedule an appointment. We remove lice and their eggs in about 90 minutes, guaranteed, with our FDA-cleared, 100% chemical-free AirAllé machine!

young boy in airplane seat

Up in the Air: Head Lice on Airplanes

Dealing with head lice can be a major headache for the entire family. According to Savannah head lice removal company Fresh Heads, head lice are relatively harmless. But they can be a hassle to get rid of and may even put a kink in your plans.

One family found this out the hard way. Clay Travis, his wife and their three children were returning home from Paris on a Delta Air Lines flight. Instead of making it home to Nashville as planned, they were in for quite a rude awakening. The crew suspected that their six-year-old son had head lice, and they made a rather extreme decision.

The Delta staff decided to abruptly reroute the flight, landing in Minneapolis. They then had the entire Travis family quarantined on the plane by airline staff. The family was examined and it was confirmed that their son had lice. They were prohibited from boarding another Delta flight until he received head lice treatment.

The airline’s response to this situation has been widely criticized, and it does seem a bit extreme. It’s also troubling that Delta Air Lines doesn’t appear to have a clear policy on passengers with head lice to have guided their decision. They say they were looking out for the safety of their passengers and crew. (Here’s where it’s good to remember that head lice are pesky critters, but they are generally harmless.) While it is technically possible to contract head lice from an airline seat, the risk is overall quite low.

One thing the family may have learned is that they shouldn’t have depended on over-the-counter head lice treatments. Travis admitted that since his sister’s children had recently had lice, he treated his kids with “all of the over-the-counter remedies out there” before departing for their vacation. Unfortunately, that didn’t quite do the trick.

Natural Head Lice Removal

Natural, chemical-free head lice treatment is always the best option. Not only are over-the-counter head lice remedies less effective, they are also extremely toxic and hazardous to your family’s health. Savannah head lice removal center Fresh Heads prides itself on offering strictly non-toxic head lice treatments.

Fresh Heads is the exclusive provider of the revolutionary AirAllé Head Lice Machine. The AirAllé offers lice treatment in a single, comfortable session. It’s far safer and has the highest efficacy rating of any lice treatment on the market. The 3-step process includes:

  • 30 minutes treatment with FDA-cleared AirAllé® machine, a heated-air device used to immediately dehydrate and kill lice and their eggs (nits)
  • A full comb-out to remove all dead head lice and eggs
  • A soothing topical rinse application

Fresh Heads also offers traditional comb-outs and a complete range of all-natural products, including DIY treatment kits and preventative care. For safe and effective head lice removal in the Savannah, Jacksonville or Orlando areas, you can count on Fresh Heads to keep the hardship out of head lice. Call us today schedule an appointment or to learn more about our treatments and products.

Boy with head lice gets a buzz cut

Will a Buzz Cut Get Rid of Head Lice?

It’s not uncommon for parents to reach for the clippers when their child comes home with head lice. But is a buzz cut truly an effective way to get rid of lice? The answer might surprise you! A buzz cut may help with prevention and it might even make the treatment process easier, but it is not an effective treatment for head lice. While the dreaded buzz cut can’t get the job done, using a natural head lice treatment like the FDA-cleared AirAllé machine, however, is clinically proven to be effective.

Buzz Cuts and Head Lice Prevention

Getting a buzz cut will not eliminate lice, but having very short hair is a good preventative measure. Head lice move easier from person to person when there’s something to grab onto, such as long hair. So, having shorter hair or a buzz cut does make the transfer of lice more difficult.

Buzz Cuts and Head Lice Treatment

When an active case of head lice is found on a child, natural head lice treatment is the best option. A buzz cut is not going to solve the problem. Head lice can live and lay nits in even ¼” of hair, so a buzz cut isn’t an effective lice treatment. In fact, a buzz cut can actually make the head lice removal process more difficult. That’s because with a buzz cut, the short hairs stand straight up. This makes it difficult to separate the hair when searching for lice and nits. It also makes it harder to comb for nits, as the comb has little traction with buzzed hair. Unless the hair is completely shaved off, head lice can still survive.

Natural Head Lice Treatment

Buzz cuts and over-the-counter products don’t effectively get rid of head lice. A chemical-free option such as the AirAllé treatment is the most effective tool for removing lice. The AirAllé is an FDA-cleared device that uses heated air to kill lice and nits rather than harsh chemicals. It has been used around the world to provide safe, fast and effective treatment for head lice – even the dreaded “super lice!”

The AirAllé Treatment

The 3-step AirAllé treatment offered at Fresh Heads can be done in about an hour. Our treatment is so effective, we stand behind it with a 45-day re-treatment policy. Here’s what to expect.

STEP 1: Working in sections, one of our trained technicians will begin by gently positioning the AirAllé applicator tip against the client’s scalp. It will be placed underneath the hair, blowing heated air along the scalp and hair shaft. The air flow is a bit higher than that of a hairdryer but at a cooler temperature. The device will be repositioned every 30 seconds until the entire head has been treated.

STEP 2: Once the AirAllé device has effectively killed the lice and eggs through dehydration, our technician will do a post-treatment comb-out. This is necessary to remove the dead lice and eggs that remain on the hair after treatment.

STEP 3: The final step of our signature AirAllé treatment is a post-treatment rinse with dimethicone oil. This step ensures that every last louse and nit has been effectively killed and removed.

To learn more about the treatments offered at Fresh Heads Lice Treatment Centers and to find the nearest location, click here.