Professional Lice Removal Service vs. Do It Yourself
Head lice are rampant in your children’s school—and today you got the dreaded call. It’s your turn. Now you must decide your plan of attack. Will you conquer lice on your own or do you need help from a professional service? Following are pros and cons for both avenues of battle.
First, realize it is likely that someone you know has already been through this ordeal. Ask around for advice and don’t be embarrassed; head lice strike the best of us. Empathetic consultation could help alleviate some of your uncertainty and confusion. A friend may be able to show you how to remove the lice yourself or give you the name of a reliable lice removal service. Always get a recommendation!
Handling lice treatment on your own will absolutely require you to have patience and the best lice products and tools available. Happyheads® Bye-Bye Lice Family Treatment Kit has everything you need, including treatment shampoo, combing solution/conditioner, repelling spray and oil, nit comb, drip caps and detailed instructions.
If you have a child with long or thick hair, purchase the superior Terminator Metal Nit Comb to avoid too much tangling. Review the combing tutorial video for the proper technique and then make sure you set yourself up in a comfortable place in your home.
Pop in a video for your child to watch and consider having a few snacks ready to help keep her happy and still. Wear comfortable shoes, and use natural light or a bright spot light and magnifying glasses to ease eyestrain.
Be aware that this is a process that can take several “combing sessions” over the next two weeks—although the first session will take the most time (1 to 3 hours). Follow up combings should take approximately 30 minutes.
If you are considering hiring a lice removal service, make sure you understand all of their terms and fees. Do they offer a guarantee for their work? Be warned, this is not an inexpensive service. Most companies will charge you by the hour, and the average fee for an in-home visit is between $60 and $150 per hour. Each head will take 1 to 3 hours to complete. At these rates, you’ll want effective, professional help!
Another important consideration is a service’s approach to head lice removal. Ask about the products they use and make sure they are free of any harsh chemicals. If the service provider tells you that they use a lice cure containing pesticide poisons such as Pyrethrins, Piperonyl Butoxide, Malathion, Permethrin or Lindane, find another service! Click here for a list of lice removal services that use Happyheads®.
Some lice removal services come to the home, while others are set up like a salon. You may prefer the privacy of your own home, or the price reduction usually attached to venturing out. Either way, the peace of mind that comes with an experienced technician’s care may be worth the expense.
Remember, you will still have to do the follow up treatments every 2 to 3 days for two weeks. Part of a service’s job is to show you how to do, what you’ll need to do, to win your fight against head lice.
Getting rid of lice takes a full 14 days of treating and following up to end the lice life cycle. Whether you are treating your family yourself, or using a service, it is imperative that you use a natural lice shampoo every few days for two weeks, and continue to comb and check for eggs. Do the follow up and put an end to lice in your home!