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An introduction to Head Lice

Today, let's embark on a fascinating journey into the world of head lice – those tiny creatures that sometimes decide to set up camp on our scalps. Imagine them as tiny adventurers, about the size of a sesame seed, who love to hang out in our hair. But don't worry, it's not because your head is dirty or oily; these little explorers are just looking for a cozy place to stay!

Let's get to know our tiny friends better – the scientific name is Pediculus humanus capitis, but let's just call them head lice for short. These critters might be small, but they sure know how to make themselves at home. But here's the cool part – having head lice doesn't mean you're not clean; they're just enthusiastic hitchhikers!

So, grab your magnifying glass, and let's explore the fascinating world of head lice – from their tiny size to their curious habits. And remember, it's all part of the adventure of being human!


How do you know if you have lice?

Ok explorers, let's unravel the mysteries of head lice symptoms. If you or your child are experiencing any of these you might have some tiny campers on your head.

  1. Itchy Scalp One of the first signs is a tickling feeling on your scalp, like a tiny bug having a little party in your hair. If you find yourself scratching your head more than usual, it's time to investigate!
  2. Ticklish Tingles Sometimes, these clever critters make your head feel all tingly. It's like they're playing hide-and-seek with your hair follicles.
  3. Tiny Visitors Get ready for a close-up inspection! Check your hair for tiny, sesame seed-sized adventurers. They might be tough to spot, but with a keen eye, you can catch these little travelers on their journey. Use a magnifying glass for an even closer look.
  4. Nit Babies Keep an eye out for tiny eggs, called nits, attached to your hair. They're like tiny dots glued to your strands, and they're part of the head lice family tree.

Remember, it's not a big deal if you discover these tiny explorers. The key is to be a smart detective and take action quickly with the help of Lice Mamas!

What are lice treatment options?

There are a few different types of lice removal options to get rid of these tiny lice pioneers before your head becomes lice city.

Let's take a look at some of the most common lice treatment and removal options out there.

Non Toxic Lice Removal

At Lice Mamas, we are huge fans of being healthy, hearty, and whole. We started Lice Mamas to offer non-toxic lice removal option in NYC that doesn't harm you or your child. Afterall... you didn't ask for these guys to tag along with you!

From the pre-treatment solution to the Flosonix heat treatment machine, to our own line of perfectly blended shampoos and conditioners, we take the non toxic approach seriously. Our lice removal service is "best in class" in NY, so if you've found any hitchhikers in your or your child's hair, schedule an appointment today!

Treating Lice with Over-the-Counter Medication

Over-the-counter lice treatments like lice killing shampoos and ivermectin lotion are available at any drug store but these should be used with caution. Unlike our non toxic approach to lice removal, which kills the lice and dehydrates the lice eggs using natural ingredients and processes, the chemical based medications are neurotoxins that disrupt the nervous system of the tiny parasites.

We are not a fan of applying synthetic based ingredients to the body, especially not ones that target nervous systems! Many of the other lice removal clinics in NYC use these harmful treatment options.

At Home DIY Lice Removal

If you are feeling adventurous and have time on your hands, you can try your luck at some of the various natural DIY lice treatments. These are not treatments that we recommend nor do we offer any medical advice, we just want you to be well informed about what people have tried with varied success.

There have been reports of Tea Tree Oil being affective against lice when mixed with a carrier oil like coconut oil. We have also heard of people even applying mayonnaise to their head and covering it while they slept through the night. Apparently this suffocates the little guys.

Lastly, if you've got nothing but time on your hands and want to pretend to be monkeys in the wild, grab a fine tooth comb and start picking. You might want to close your schedule off because you'll be there for a while.

Whatever your choice may be, at Lice Mamas, our number one concern is that you or your children are lice free! So if you don't feel turning yourself into a mayonnaise sandwich, or smelling like a bottle of essential oils, schedule an appointment with us. You'll be lice free guaranteed in 1 hour!

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