Lice Salon – Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lexi was kind and efficient and skillful - she really saved the day- we are so grateful
J Glasser
J G.
18:46 02 Nov 19
I called at 8am and Lex was there by 10, everyone got checked and lice removed by noon. It was so convenience to have everyone at home so I could do laundry, send emails, and keep siblings entertained while Lex worked. She was also very informative and helped us understand how to handle and prevent lice infestations. Would totally use them again!read more
Kimberly Mason
Kimberly M.
20:10 16 Oct 19
We had the best possible experience thanks to Alexis. She checked everyone in our family and then treated our daughter. I learned a ton from Alexis and what to check for moving forward. I highly recommend calling her as soon as you find the little buggers.read more
Cara Taormina
Cara T.
21:11 04 Oct 19
After learning I had head lice, I went online and found Lice Charmers. Called immediately and got an appointment within 2 hours. Lex showed up on time and proceeded to clean my head! She was very informative and thorough. She is awesome! Highly recommend her!read more
carole taormina
carole T.
20:31 04 Oct 19
I went to get a haircut and was told I had head lice! After freaking out I looked online and found Lice Charmers and called right away. Got an in in home...
Gayle T.
Gayle T.
13:29 04 Oct 19
Lex is the absolute best!!!!!! She called me back at 11 pm. We got an appointment right away. She is extremely thorough!!! She was so sweet to my kids and...
Susan V.
Susan V.
13:22 28 Sep 19
Holy hannah, Lex is a LIFESAVER! Here are the top 5 reasons why I love her and this company!1. She is prompt with her communication. She emailed me back at 11pm the night I messaged her to set up an appointment, and she was able to get us in for a next day appointment!2. She saved us hours and hours of lost time at a lice clinic! I was able to cook, clean and carry on life while she worked on our family.3. She is *extremely* knowledgable about lice and gave us amazing research-based advice about how to clean the house and prevent future outbreaks.4. She stays true to her word of 30-day guarantee! Unfortunately, we suffered a second lice outbreak within the 30 days, and she came back to help us out free-of-charge. (We have since narrowed down the issue to our gym's daycare so we are officially pulling our kids from this program! Ugh!)5. We successfully used our HSA account to cover the cost!read more
Shannon Robertson
Shannon R.
06:40 25 Sep 19
Very personable and attentive. She did a thorough search and comb through plus good conversation. I felt very relaxed in an already tense situation. I feel clean and happy going to sleep tonight :) thank you lice charmers!!!read more
shannon vasilev
shannon V.
02:48 14 Sep 19
We had a great experience with Alexis and are grateful to have such a quick response for an in-home lice check and removal. She was prompt, pleasant and good. What else could we ask for?
Matt Martin
Matt M.
20:31 10 Sep 19
This was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had with an in-home lice treatment. The technician was right on top, very proficient and super friendly. As much as one could enjoy the experience of removing nits, this was it! Thank you Lice Charmers!read more
Lucinda Salinas
Lucinda S.
05:08 10 Sep 19
Lex was super friendly and professional. This was a hard experience for my foster kids, but she made it better. She was easy to schedule with and very educated and understanding with my concerns. Having her in my home was easier than going to a salon, making it easier to care for my traumatized kiddos. She showed them compassion and respect. I am completely happy with our experience.read more
Julie Nielsen
Julie N.
18:34 09 Sep 19
Lex is very good at what she does. Very friendly at answering our questions. I would defiantly call her again! Such a stress relief to have her come to our home. Thanks Lex, you're the best!!!!
Janine Olson
Janine O.
19:21 07 Sep 19
Totally great expertise! Lex was knowledgeable and patient. She was especially great with my 4 year old who has trouble sitting still. Hoping I never have to deal with this again, but will use lice charmers if we do.read more
Sierra Chapman
Sierra C.
18:39 04 Sep 19
So friendly and convenient!! Lex knows her stuff and is so thorough. Anyone that has ever dealt with lice time and time again knows how time consuming it can be. She allowed me time away from dealing with the tedious treatment and combing to continue on with my endless parental responsibilities and for that I am endlessly grateful!read more
Sarah Okerlund
Sarah O.
03:14 29 Aug 19
Such a great experience in such an unpleasant situation. Having Lice Charmers come to our home was easy, informative, and most importantly, effective. For...
Aubray C.
Aubray C.
17:25 26 Aug 19

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