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LICE REMOVAL SERVICES
Our Lice Treatment Guarantee
Hair Bears Lice Removal Salon provides a 21 day, “lice free” guarantee upon completion of nit removal and lice treatment. If at any time within the 21 days following completion of nit removal and lice treatment, a louse is discovered on any person(s) that was guaranteed lice free; we will complete another round of lice treatment free of charge until the lice infestation is cured. All household members must be checked for lice and nits to qualify for the guarantee. Usually, lice treatment is completed in 2 sessions, however, a third lice removal session may be necessary in severe cases of head lice. Upon completion of a third nit removal and lice treatment session, Hair Bears is proud to offer a 21 day “lice free” guarantee!
What We Do At Our Lice Removal Salon
At Hair Bears, Each family member is checked for head lice using a professional quality nit comb and a non-toxic, anti-lice combing cream. All persons found to be infested with head lice will then be treated using our non toxic manual comb through technique. Following nit removal and lice treatment, when all lice and live nits have been removed, an anti-lice “suffocation style” treatment is applied and left on the head for 2-4 hours. A professional lice removal treatment typically takes between 30-60 minutes. Lice treatment is completed after 1-3 appointments depending on hair length/thickness and severity. For example, a boy with short hair and a mild case of lice will require 1 treatment. A girl with long/thick hair and a severe case will require 3 nit and lice removal treatments.
What to Expect After the First Lice Removal Treatment
- All adult lice will be removed from the hair.
- A few nit casing and nymphs (baby lice) may remain after 1st lice treatment.
- Those treated will no longer be contagious and can immediately return to normal activities such as school, camp and sports.
- All viable (live) nits will be removed from the hair; however, nit casings (dead nits) may remain in the hair for up to two months following treatment.
Home Care Tips
- Vacuum all couches and chairs where person infested with lice may have sat 3 days prior to lice removal treatment. After vacuuming, cover furniture with a sheet(s) and leave in place for three days.
- Any clothing, towels or robes used within the previous three days should be washed and dried.
- All bedding including: pillow cases, sheets, blankets, comforters and duvet covers must be washed and dried. Washing duvets or pillows themselves is unnecessary.
- All brushes, hair ties, combs and clips can be placed in a plastic bag and set in the freezer overnight.
- Any children’s car seats with head rests should be vacuumed or set aside for three days. Placing a towel over the car set for 3 days is also effective.
- Any vehicles with fabric car seats should have their seats vacuumed.
- Any items that cannot be placed in the dryer such as: stuffed animals, throw pillows, delicate materials etc., can be placed in a plastic bag and set aside for three days.
- It is important to note that the dryer is what actually kills lice and nits. All that is necessary is that items placed in the dryer be hot to the touch when removed.
Biology: The head louse or Pediculus humanus capitis, is an insect and parasite whose only host are humans. Lice feed on blood several times daily and reside near the scalp to maintain its body temperature. The head lice life cycle has three stages: egg, nymph, and adult. Eggs: Nits are head lice eggs. They are quite small and have the appearance of a small sesame seed. Nits are laid by an impregnated female adult louse. Nits are glued onto the shaft of the hair usually close to the scalp but it is not uncommon to find nits in other areas of the hair. Nits are brownish in color when viable and whitish or yellowish in color when non-viable. Nits take around 5-7 days to hatch. Nits may be found for up to 2 months following an infestation. Nymphs: When a nit hatches a nymph is born. The nit shell or casing turns white or yellow and remains attached to the shaft of the hair. The nymph resembles an adult louse but is much smaller; about the size of a pin head. Nymphs mature after three molts and become adults about 7-10 days after hatching. Adults: Adult lice are about the size of a grain of rice and has the appearance of an ant. Lice have 6 legs with claws or pinchers at the end of each. Lice are can be dark brown to whitish in color. Lice also have the ability to adjust their hue to better blend in with people who have darker or lighter hair. Male lice are smaller than female lice. Female lice can lay up to 8 nitsa per day but usually 5 nits per day is the average. While on a person’s head, adult lice can live for 30 days. Lice need to feed on blood multiple times per day. Without food or heat the lice will die within 1 to 2 days.