Many parents and childcare workers are not ready to deal with this infestation and are slowly turning away the old traditional lice treatment methods (such as wet combing, topical pediculicides, and oral therapy) and embracing new professional lice treatment services.
Head lice’s increasing resistance to pyrethrin is one reason the number of lice removal salons increase yearly. With 6-12 million infected children every year, the entire market for lice salons and lice removal services is now around $4 billion.
Arrival of the Lice Salon
Recently many lice removal services such as head lice salons offering public treatment emerged all over the country.
This services are mostly situated in middle-upper-class neighborhoods and split into two main categories:
Head lice salons – establishments similar to ordinary salons, with the difference that they only eliminate head lice.
Head lice home services – less commonly found, these services make visits and help people remove head lice in the comfort of their own homes.
The most significant advantage of these professional services is that it’s almost sure you’ll be lice-free by the end of the treatment process. The only downside is the price you pay for it. Rates aren’t fixed and vary depending on the specific part of the country you live in. However, the average price for these services is about $100 per hour. Treatment services can cost a few hundred dollars per child and thousands of dollars for a full infested family. Some services assure you to eliminate all the bugs in one single visit. However, the majority of them recommend additional visits to complete the treatment.
The specific treatment process of each lice salon varies, but they all do roughly the same thing. These treatment services typically defeat an infestation in one session by using a combination of products and techniques, such as lice-killing shampoo, creams, heated air, specialized fine-toothed combing, and nitpicking.
Once in a Licetime (California), The Nit-Picker (New England), Lice Happens (Washington), Head Hunters (Atlanta), No Lice Left Behind (Los Angeles) are just some of the many lice salons currently in operation.