Lice Salon Insider: How do lice spread?

Our mobile lice salon patients are mostly preschool or elementary school-aged girls and their mothers. It is common for boys in this age group to have lice, but less likely. It is hard to say why girls and women are more likely to have it. It could be that they usually have longer hair and it’s easier for it to come in contact with others or that girls spend more time in close contact with each other than boys, but that is just speculation. In our experience, most of the clients we treat are mothers and daughters.

2 Ways Kids and Parents Get Them

Pediculosis capitis and nits or head lice infestation is the infestation by head louse of the scalp and head hair. Lice cannot jump or fly, but they can crawl from one human head to another. So, how do they spread? What can cause a child to get lice?

· Direct physical contact with a person with lice, when the strands of their hair meet.

· Sharing of objects such as towels or combs with a person with lice.

Children can also get lice due to poor communication. A person with lice might not inform those she gets into close contact with that she has lice. It is therefore essential for a parent, guardian, or caregiver to notify the daycare or school that her child has lice so she will not contaminate the other children. 

Where do head lice come from? 

Head lice spend their entire life on the human scalp, particularly at the back of the head near the neckline. They can also be found behind and around the ear. Although uncommon, they are also sometimes on the eyebrows or eyelashes. 

Head lice come from other people and not from another dimension. Where did human lice initially come from? How did the first human head get lice? No one knows, but it that human head lice came from head lice of chimpanzees millions of years ago. 

How do head lice multiply? 

The life cycle of head lice come in three stages: nits (head lice eggs), nymphs, and adult head lice. The life cycle starts when the head lice egg hatches and ends when it dies. Head lice have an average life cycle of 45 days. 

It takes one week for nits to be nymphs (hatched eggs). It takes another week for the nymph to become an adult louse. An adult louse lives for about 30 days on a human host where they feed on human blood. When not on a human scalp, lice die within 48 hours. 

Female lice mate with male lice several times a day during their adult life. Each head lice lay about 3-8 nits a day. 

How do they transfer from one host to another? 

A head lice infestation does not insinuate poor personal hygiene or dirty living environment. There are two significant ways lice can transfer from one host to another. 

Head-to-Head Contact (Direct Transmission)

This is the most common way lice transfer from one person to another. Direct head-to-head contact or when the hair of one person touches the hair of another, which usually happens when: 

· They hug each other.

· They play with each other’s hair or when they play together. 

· They press their heads together to read a book, look at video game screen, or similar instances.

Head lice transmission can happen in schools, but it commonly acquired from family members. 

Contact with Lice-Infested Materials (Indirect Transmission)

This way of head lice transmission needs to happen within 48 hours because head lice can only live this long outside of the human head. Here are some ways your child may accidentally pick up lice from someone else:

· Sleeping in one bed.

· Sharing brushes, combs, hats, towels, and other personal things. 

· Sharing of scarves, hats, or other clothing. 

· Laying or sitting on furniture a lice-infested person has just left.

In most instances, head lice transmission is through direct contact among children who have close contact during playtime or within a family. 

Next: 10 Head Lice Facts

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References

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Mayo Clinic.org: Head Lice

Healthy Children.org: Head Lice

Jill Sweney
Jill Sweney
Quick to schedule and accommodate my family. Effective from what we can tell so far. Expensive but not as much as some other places in the area. Friendly technician.
jason
jason
We had several consecutive lice warnings at daycare and so we decided to take our toddler here for an inspection. They were really accommodating, informative, and all around provided great service.
Alisha Bender
Alisha Bender
Long story short .....AMAZING service. My teenager keeps sharing her brush at school & got lice. She has really long hair & so I decided to Google lice removal and man are we happy we found Lex! Discreet, but safe location! Super knowledgeable & while I hope we never have to deal with this again, we'd happily return.
Chelsea Epstein
Chelsea Epstein
We had a great experience going to Lice Charmers. Sydney was the best!!! I didn’t know about lice charmers when I first discovered lice and spent the first 48 hours trying to shampoo and comb myself and my two kids. A friend told me about lice charmers and I wish I had gone straight to them!!! They were very efficient, but also patient and understanding when dealing with my younger son. They answered all my questions about how I manage all the bedding, stuffies etc. And the best part, we left lice free!! We went two weeks ago so I can confirm we stayed lice free too! Well worth the money to feel peace of mind to move on with life and not be stuck worrying if we still had it.
Jacob Lear
Jacob Lear
Excellent service that gets the job done the first time!
Cosmo
Cosmo
Sydney was great. Loved talking to her. Happy the life is gone :)
Kaitlyn Imboden
Kaitlyn Imboden
Was so grateful for the piece of mind and tips on prevention! She did a great job. :)
Ashley Teitelman
Ashley Teitelman
I am SOOO grateful this place exists!!! Sydney was absolutely WONDERFUL in every way … she took so much time to educate me and I left feeling relieved of my anxiety and MUCH more knowledgeable about head lice and how it spreads! The best $40 I ever spent for peace of mind, a wonderful service & accurate information. Would recommend this place (and person!!!) to anyone in need of a head check/ treatment. Thank you Sydney for calming my anxiety and giving me what felt like a scalp massage!!!!
Emily Barrett
Emily Barrett
Nothing about lice is pleasant… but Lice Charmers in Beaverton was! Light, bright, kid friendly, clean, positive, and totally helpful to the whole family. Whew. What a relief! Highly recommend their rapid, responsive services and quality treatment to be declared (so happily) “lice free”!
Sarah Rushford
Sarah Rushford
Very kind with my anxious daughter, easygoing, thorough, and reassuring, clean, quiet, and relaxing salon.
Julie McDonald
Julie McDonald
No one wants to find lice on their kid’s head (let alone their own)…so if you want to know for sure, get that head checked!!! After learning that 2 other daycare kids had lice, we needed to know & Lex found some baby lice on our heads. We’re so glad we caught them before they became a bigger problem. Lex was so great with my 2 year old, who loved the scalp check and hated the heat treatment. The heat treatment felt great to me! I shared this resource with other daycare parents and got additional peace of mind that we could get ahead of this little outbreak.
Kathryn Gordon
Kathryn Gordon
If/when you hit the ‘lice’ square on the old kiddo bingo card do yourself a favor and go see Lex at Lice Charmers in Renton. Lice is stressful but it doesn’t have to be. Do not waste your time with at home treatment — it’s bound to come back. Lice Charmers can check for and treat lice, and is SUPERIOR to doing at home self treatment. Highly, highly recommended.Lice started making its way through my son’s daycare class. I wasn’t seeing any on his head when doing dry checks, and he wasn’t itching, but I called to see what kind of availability they had just in case. Conor answered and gave me a wealth of information over the phone so I felt confident doing a wet check with a nit comb at home that night. I thought I found a few nits but wasn’t totally sure so I called the next morning. I was able to book a same day appointment.Lex is great with kids — my 3.5 year old is usually nervous at appointments and he did amazingly. His check and treatment took about 40 minutes. Plus there were lots of different things for him to play with while I received my treatment too. (Side note — the treatment honestly felt amazing, and for a busy mom of 2, it was basically a spa day head massage)My husband and our infant daughter also came in that same evening. If everyone in the household is checked and cleared, the treatment is guaranteed for 30 days. Knowing we were leaving lice-free, and that my son can return to school the next day is incredible. They can also provide a return to school clearance letter if you request it.It’s a total game changer to have a professional take care of the lice. Plus they sell the oil they use and if you apply it for an hour once every 7-10 days it prevents any future infestation which is key since it’s likely going to keep going in waves through his class for a while.To not have to deal with treating and picking them all out is such a relief. The lice were SO hard to see. THANK YOU, Lex!
Rebecca Cherry
Rebecca Cherry
We were recommended to Lice Charmers by friends who used them. Connor got the infested child scheduled same day. My child reported liking the people because they were fun and asked fun questions. My child warned me that there’s a machine that looks scary but feels really nice and warm on your head. I met Melanie the next day. She was kind, straight forward, relaxed, thorough and gentle as she did my head check. Fortunately, she found nothing but sadly that meant I missed out on the scary looking but nice feeling machine.
Janet Mendez-Santiago
Janet Mendez-Santiago
I can't recommend Lice Charmers enough! Sydney was incredibly professional, knowledgeable, and reassuring throughout the entire process. Not only did she effectively eliminate the lice problem, but she also provided valuable tips for prevention. The facility was clean, comfortable, and child-friendly, making the experience as stress-free as possible. Thank you, Lice Charmers, for your exceptional service and expertise!
Tayler Sullivan Anderson
Tayler Sullivan Anderson
Melanie was super pleasant and very professional. She made our less than ideal situation a lot better. We had fun conversation while she did a great job. Would highly recommend! You’re awesome Melanie!
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