It’s back-to-school time and you know what that means. Lice. Yes, it’s time for everyone who had no idea they got lice over the summer to bring it to school and share it with all of their friends. Yay.
And to help you avoid panic and help you manage this irritating little infestation as effectively as possible, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best lice removal experts in Los Angeles. The best part about these lice removal specialists? They all offer effective non-toxic treatments!
Housecalls throughout Los Angeles and SFV
Nit Picky has certified lice removal specialists through the entire San Fernando Valley, Northern California as well as Nevada (…you can get lice in Vegas too) and they come directly to your home. Their products and services are non-toxic.
Hair Whisperers provides lice treatment services throughout Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura, in the comfort of your own home. The best part about Hair Whisperers is they are UBER flexible and take weekend and evening appointments.
8250 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Hair Faeries was one of the first lice removal salons in the LA area. They only provide service on-site and aren’t open on Sundays, but the staff is extremely well trained and friendly and PREPARED! With all of their experience in “the biz” they really know how to handle children who may be, shall I say, less comfortable with receiving services. The salon has tons of toys, snacks and individual DVD players for the child being treated. Additionally, the laundry additive they sell to help rid your sheets and clothes of lice smells so wonderful you’ll want to use it even when you don’t have lice.
9422 Dayton Way
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
For those on the Westside, everyone knows Tipperary is one of the best places to go for kids’ hair cuts. But it’s a little known fact that Tipperary recently started offering lice removal services. While they don’t come to your home, they do have a very private space upstairs at their location on Dayton Way where they provide services confidentially. Great perk: Siblings can play on the awesome video game machines downstairs while they wait.
The Hair Angels
The Hair Angels are the only local head lice removal company certified and trained in the Shepherd Method™ – an extremely thorough lice removal method created by Katie Shepherd, one of the top lice experts in the country. Hair Angels services most of the South Bay, Orange County and throughout Los Angeles.
More Lice Learning
If you’ve never had lice, and your children have been fortunate enough to have averted this plague to date, I bet the thought of getting lice terrifies you. And it’s easy to see why. There are quite a few myths about lice circulating the schoolyard:
Myth: Only dirty people get lice. The fact is, lice actually LOVE clean hair! The cleaner the better!
Myth: Lice jump. According to Shannon Karrigan Owner of Nit Picky “Lice don’t fly and they don’t jump.”
Myth: If you shave the head of the infested person, you solve the problem. This is actually a big fallacy as well. Removing hair from your head does hinder the lice’s ability to lay “nits” (the eggs laid by the lice) on the hair shaft, but you need to treat and clean any clothing, materials or bedding that have come into contact with lice within 48 hours prior to treating lice.
Well, as somebody who’s been through it, a few times (yes…we have officially had it three times!), I can tell you it’s not as bad as you think. Not if you know what to do when you get it.
Fortunately, getting rid of lice is easier than ever. In fact, according to Katie Shepherd, owner of of Hair Angels, “Lice Removal businesses are opening up around town like “cupcake stands.” Apparently, lice is big business.
When using lice removal services it’s important to remember that if you’re not 110% vigilant with your follow-through (i.e. using the right products as instructed by your specialist; washing all linens, cleaning all brushes, treating all stuffed animals, blankets and carpets, upholstery as directed, etc…) even the best lice removal specialist won’t be able to help you keep the little buggers from coming back again and again.
Sarah Maizes is a busy mom of three and the author of “Got MILF? The Modern Mom’s Guide to Rocking a Minivan.” Find her at Mommy Lite Online.