Lice Salon – Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, anything will die if it ingests enough of those products, but lice can survive being submerged in water for 8+ hours and are very resilient. It isn’t very healthy to leave poisonous products on anyone’s, especially children’s heads, and can be life threatening.

If you want to get rid of lice, the only proven safe and effective home remedy is manual lice combing until you remove every live bug and nit. It takes a professional about 1.5 hours to do an adult with shoulder length hair.

For someone new to lice combing and without an professional hair experience, you can expect to comb each person for about 1 hour every day for 1-2 weeks or more depending on how methodical and consistent you are to get fast results.

Many of our clients have spent that time or longer before deciding to hire a professional and get peace of mind from knowing it is completely take care of in one day.

It depends. If you bleach your hair first, you may kill more lice than just using hair dye by itself. It’s possible to hatched lice this way, but it’s unlikely that all the nits will die from one application of hair dye. You are better off using a lice kit from the store to kill some of them and then combing on your own or hiring a professional.

Most salons will not cut hair once they find lice. There is a lot of confusion about the rules and guidelines for hair salon and head lice. According to the Oregon Health Authority Board of Cosmetology, hair salons may provide over the counter treatment for head lice and will not be punished for doing so as long as the Board’s statutes and rules are followed. There are no rules regard cutting hair with lice, but most cosmetologists or barbers will not do it.

Hair salons can legally remove lice and provide over the counter lice treatment products, but the vast majority do not have the skills or knowledge to do it, and most will not do it.

Most lice salons charge $99/hour for treatment and you can expect the average adult with shoulder length hair to take 1.5 hours, which equals $148.50. This will vary depending on the skill of the lice specialist and the thickness, curliness, and length of the hair as well as if the hair is coarse or damaged.

Yes, hair dryers will kill lice. It is difficult to do because you have to get the heat down to the scalp and work through very methodically to make sure you get every live louse before it can move from a hot section to a cooler section and dry out every nit. Be careful because it is easy to burn the scalp if the hair dryer is left in one spot for too long. For best results on your own, use a hair dryer and a lice kit and comb through with a high-quality lice comb. Otherwise, hiring a professional will be faster and safer.

After reaching adulthood and mating female lice will lay about 3-8 eggs every day, which 21-56 eggs a week, until they die after 30 or so days.  An egg takes about 8-10 to hatch, another 8-10 days to fully mature and be ready to lay eggs.

The team at Lice Charmers was wonderful. They communicated regularly about available times and about Lex's arrival time. Once she arrived, she did an amazing job delousing our family of four. I have... very thick hair and she did a thorough job removing the mother load of nits and lice. A week later, I found a live bug on my son which he probably got from a friend. Lex returned the next day to treat us again fulfilling their guarantee. Professional. Friendly. High-quality. Convenient. I would recommend Lice Charmers 100%.read more
Deborah Pleva
Deborah P.
01:42 22 Jan 20
The team at Lice Charmers was wonderful. They communicated regularly about available times and about Lex's arrival time. Once she arrived, she did an...
Deborah P.
Deborah P.
17:40 21 Jan 20
Lex is incredibly discreet and professional and we felt very comfortable with her in our home. Having lice is a stressful event! She was a comfort and a calm to both my daughter and I. I’ve... recommended Lice Charmers to every parent in my child’s elementary class.read more
Joanna temple
Joanna T.
22:39 17 Jan 20
Lex was so sweet with the kids and made the experience just about as positive as it could be. I have already recommended Lice Charmers to my friends and family.
Emily Traetow
Emily T.
02:48 13 Jan 20
Lex came over within an 1.5 hours on a Saturday night. She was great. She was so gentle with our 2.5 year old daughter. We'd absolutely recommend her.
Josh Lieberman
Josh L.
04:50 09 Jan 20
When head lice first showed up on my daughter a year ago, I didn’t know what to do. Naturally I tried the over-the-counter lice shampoo treatment first and alas, it didn’t work!  So I sent a message... to Lex at Lice Charmers one evening and she got RIGHT back to me and offered to come the next morning, to my relief.  She got rid of the lice in a single treatment and even checked me too. When lice showed up AGAIN a year later, I knew exactly who to reach out to - Lice Charmers!  Lex is professional, knowledgable, and thorough.  She is responsive, fun, and truly makes the best out of an unfortunate situation. The convenience of treatment inside the comfort of your own home is SO nice and the rates for service are fair. Having head lice is unfortunate. Having Lice Charmers come remove them from your life is the exact opposite of unfortunate; it’s a pleasure. I can’t recommend Lex and Lice Charmers enough!read more
Jessica Zutz
Jessica Z.
17:27 08 Jan 20
Easy & painless. So nice to have Lex arrive at the house! Lice Charmers will be first call if we ever get lice in the future!
Justin Youngers
Justin Y.
18:30 07 Jan 20
They were very quick to answer our texts and very helpful and friendly!
Jennifer Sahli
Jennifer S.
16:34 30 Dec 19
This was the best experience for such a hard situation. We where made to feel like everything was normal and okay. She was absolutely amazing and carried out conversations with my child to help... distract her throughout the process.read more
Brittany Berg
Brittany B.
01:37 10 Dec 19
Lex was very easy to work with and professional. We called late in the evening and were able to get an appointment for the following morning. She arrived in a ordinary car and brought all of her own... supplies. It was much less stressful to have her come to our home then needing to go across town. She was very thorough in her work. The peace of mind from knowing our daughter was treated and cleared 💯 was worth every penny. I would highly recommend Lice Charmers.read more
Sarah Schauer
Sarah S.
23:06 08 Dec 19
Fast, in-home service made this process so easy. Lex was great: full of information, friendly, efficient with a tedious process, and was able to come to our house just a few hours after I contacted... her. I hope in the very best way possible that we don't have to call her in the future, but if we have a lice reappearance I'm so glad I know she's there. Highly recommend her!read more
Hannah Love
Hannah L.
22:12 08 Dec 19
I have never had nor dealt with lice before, so I called lice charmers and scheduled her to come out in the evening. She showed up and checked my hair, my son's, and then my daughter's hair who was... the only person with lice. She got all the lice, and nits out of my daughter's hair and my daughter's hair is very thick. She was very thorough and knowledgeable about lice and how to get rid of them and keep them away. I highly recommend calling her to take care of your lice problem, she also guarantees her work.read more
Michael Krout
Michael K.
03:40 27 Nov 19
Calling Lice Charmers was a great decision. Lex was wonderful with our 3 year old as well as extremely thorough. I recommend Lice Charmers... 100%.
Billy Marlowe
Billy M.
23:26 26 Nov 19
Definitely recommend this company! We called Lice Charmers late in the afternoon after finding out at least one of our kids had lice. They were able to come out first thing the next morning. Lex was... very nice and worked diligently with all four of us. We felt free of lice and were much more educated than we had been about the subject. Lex even brought a fun kids book about lice. It was great not having to go anywhere to get checked and treated. Thank you so much!read more
Sarah S
Sarah S
22:21 18 Nov 19
Definitely recommend this company! We called Lice Charmers late in the afternoon after finding out at least one of our kids had lice. They were able to come out first thing the next morning. Lex was... very nice and worked diligently with all four of us. We felt free of lice and were much more educated than we had been about the subject. Lex even brought a fun kids book about lice. It was great not having to go anywhere to get checked and treated. Thank you so much!read more
Sarita Chandler
Sarita C.
22:18 18 Nov 19

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