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.

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Patsy Flores
Patsy F.
23:13 15 Mar 20
Highly recommend Lex and her team's services! The convenience of having her come to your home can't be beat. This company is professional, efficient, and...
Jill E. B.
Jill E. B.
10:40 10 Mar 20
We discovered lice on our son on a Thursday night at 8pm. We were able to book a meeting with Lexi at 8am the next morning. Within 10 minutes of our online...
Samm E.
Samm E.
20:54 06 Mar 20
When the after care program at my son's school sent an email home about lice being present on another student, I was nervous that my kids had it. I'd heard so many tales of woe around lice from my friends and didn't want to risk multiple rounds of... infestation. I wanted a professional opinion. I called Lice Charmers and spoke to Lex. She was able to see us all the same day at their SE private clinic. Prior to our appointment, she gave me advice on how to treat our home and the protocol for informing close friends and school, if necessary. When we arrived for our appointment, Lex was friendly, informative and professional. She was able to examine all three of us without causing any discomfort and in a short amount of time. It turns out that is was a false alarm but I am so glad that we went to an expert to alleviate my worries and be on the safe side. If we ever do experience a lice outbreak, I will 100% give Lex and Lice Charmers a call. I've already told my friends and coworkers about our awesome experience.read more
Cheryl Gaze
Cheryl G.
18:37 03 Mar 20
Lex and Connor were such a pleasure to work with. I received a call immediately after texting for services. Connor answered all of my questions with patience and courtesy. Lex was able to come to our home the next day for screenings and luckily she... did because we all had it. Lex was friendly, knowledgeable and very meticulous, making sure we were all lice free. I would highly recommend their services. She left leaving us with instructions on how to screen and remove ourselves but, she also offers a 30 day guarantee to return if you were to see anything return. I'm relieved we did this because I've heard other stories from mom's who try kit after kit and they can't get rid of it.read more
Kimberly Albertson
Kimberly A.
21:26 28 Feb 20
Alexis and Conner made the experience of eradicating lice in our home easy. They first eradicated the myths that made me frustrated and exhausted with the...
Brenda G.
Brenda G.
11:15 20 Feb 20
Lice Charmers was amazing and made a tough situation manageable. We spoke with Connor at night and Lex arrived first thing in the morning, exactly on time! We had 1 mild case but are now lice free!!! I would absolutely use Lice Charmers again... ☺️read more
MB
MB
19:57 15 Feb 20
Lex was absolutely wonderful to work with. She was kind, patient and professional. The rates were reasonable compared to lice removal clinics. And it was so...
Lora R.
Lora R.
10:09 15 Feb 20
I could not have asked for a better experience dealing with lice. Lex was able to fit me in same day and was such a rock star. She took care of my daughter...
Sally R.
Sally R.
18:06 29 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 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

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