Lice Salon Insider: 10 Facts About Head Lice

Lice salons encounter a lot of confusion among their clients regarding head lice and nits. We’ll share the real facts about some common ideas about lice that we’ve encountered. 

  1. They can’t fly. 

Lice have claws and they cling onto our hair with the help of these. They are unable to fly or even jump. Therefore, we don’t have to worry about these little creatures flying from one head to another. However, they do spread primarily from head to head contact, such as hugging.

  1. Lice stay in the dark. 

Well, this is one of reasons it is so challenging to spot lice in our heads. They look for darkest regions in our head and stay hidden there.

  1. Nits match the hair color. 

Lice’s eggs (nits) can appear lighter or darker shades of brown to match the shade of the hair and protect themselves. It is more challenging to find nits than adult lice.

  1. Why does it itch?

Lice undoubtedly initiate the itch, but probably not with their movements. Their saliva is most likely the cause. The skin is allergic to the saliva of the louse, and thus, it leads to the itching sensation.

  1. Lice prefer clean hair. 

It is a myth that untidy people have more lice in their hair. Everybody can have lice on their head. Some people also say that people with longer hair have more lice. This is incorrect, too, and the reason is that the length of hair does not determine the number of lice an individual has. However, we’fe found in our appointments that it’s more likely for women to have it than men and that may be strictly because of typical gender roles and shorter hair styles are more popular with men now and longer one’s with women.

  1. Shaving off hair will help. 

You really have to shave your head to get rid of them. Not buzz or trim, but shave completely down to the scalp to eliminate their environment. If that’s not appealing, try calling up a local lice salon.

  1. They can survive submersion in water. 

Lice can survive for up to eight whole hours entirely underwater. There are studies that show that it will kill some of them, but others have been shown to survive after 24 hours of submersion.

  1. Lice can’t survive off the head. 

If they are removed from our hair, they will not survive for more than 24 hours or so because they will dehydrate. Even if they get back on a head, they may not be able to produce the saliva they need to feed.

  1. Lice are specie-specific. 

Pets/wildlife do not carry the same lice and they cannot survive if they do transfer.

  1. Lice are the size of a sesame seed. 

Last but not least, mature lice are about that size, but nymphs are much smaller. Nits are about the size of a grain of salt.

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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