OUR BEST ANTI-LICE TIPS FOR THE HOLIDAYS & BEYOND

Season’s Greetings from the Lice Lifters DFW Team

As I reflect back on our first year here at Lice Lifters DFW, I’m thankful for so much – with our wonderful customers topping the list. Without their support, we could not have met with such success, and it has been a pleasure providing a valuable service to the DFW community. To any customers who are reading, thank you from the bottom of my heart!

As a small token of my appreciation, I’d like to share my own, personal, all-time favorite tips for keeping lice at bay. Some of them are well known, and others not, but all are great tips for preventing lice infestation in your family. Without further ado, here they are:

  • The Lice Lifters Mint Detangling Spray: This amazing product not only detangles hair like a dream, but deters lice as well. Its effectiveness comes from the divine smell of mint – heavenly to us, but detestable to lice. Pick some up in our shop today, and use this as a preventative measure with your family.
  • Never share combs and brushes with friends: Don’t do it. Period. End of story.
  • Skip selfies with friends: This seemingly harmless practice breaks the number one rule of avoiding lice infestation – avoiding close head-to-head contact. Lice can’t survive for long without a human host, so giving them direct passage from one head to another is the most surefire way to catch creepy crawlies from unsuspecting friends.
  • Pony up. If you have long hair, pull it up into a single ponytail. Containing hair makes it harder for lice to take hold.
  • Y.O.P. (Bring Your Own Pillow): Avoid sharing pillows at sleepovers. While lice can’t live long on inanimate objects, it’s better to not take chances. When kids stay over with friends, pack a pillow.

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Thanks again to everyone out there who has helped us get off to a great start at Lice Lifters DFW. We’re proud to offer safe, natural, non-toxic head lice treatment. Should unwelcome guests (ahem) arrive over the holiday break, please don’t hesitate to get in touch – call 972-805-1308 or contact me at infodfw@licelifters.com.

LICE TREATMENT

Can You Use Your Health Savings Account?

Here at Lice Lifters DFW, we get questions from time to time about whether lice treatment is a Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA) approved expense. The truth? It’s a gray area – a big one. Read on to learn more about the exciting world of HSAs and FSAs (read tongue in cheek), and lice and nit removal.

First off, what are HSAs and FSAs? If your family is enrolled in a high-deductible health insurance plan, you can take advantage of the tax benefits of an HSA, while the FSA is available only for those with employer-sponsored health plans. Both are savings accounts that afford tax advantages for approved medical expenses. Approved healthcare expenses can run the gamut – from acupuncture to x-ray.

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So is lice removal an approved expense? Possibly. HSA and FSA holders have met with different levels of success in this realm. Many plans will reimburse head lice treatment expenses after you pay for the service and submit an itemized receipt. Some may require a physician’s note recommending lice removal. Contact your plan administrator for clarification – should your insurance company give you the go ahead, we are able to accept most HSA and FSA credit cards for treatments. Again, please check with your insurance before hand or give us a call at Lice Lifters DFW.

If your HSA or FSA does not cover lice treatment, the service may still be deductible on your family’s tax return – your tax consultant can offer details. In addition, a limited number of health insurance policies may cover head lice removal, so it never hurts to call your insurer and ask.

We love being experts in our field – lice and nit elimination may not be glamorous, but the gratitude our clients show makes it all worth it. That said, we hope you’ll defer to the experts at your health insurance company for sound advice as to whether lice removal expenses are an approved expense under your HSA or FSA plan. For pro advice about safe, natural treatment for head lice elimination, look to Lice Lifters DFW – call 972-805-1308 or contact me at infodfw@licelifters.com.

CAN FURRY FRIENDS SPREAD HEAD LICE?

The Facts About Cross Contamination With Pets

Your children may share everything with the family pet – from their beds to ice cream cones. But head lice and nits are things you don’t need to worry about passing along to Fluffy or Fido. That’s because the variety of lice kids (and adults) carry is quite persnickety and thrives exclusively on human hosts.

When a child comes home with head lice, all human family members do need to be examined to rule out further infestation. Bringing the family to Lice Lifters DFW for professional head checks is a great place to start. But poring over furry friends in search of head lice is completely unnecessary – so heave a sigh of relief and cross that chore off of your to-do list!

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It is interesting to note that there are specific varieties of lice that do live on pets. But there’s no need to worry about contracting lice from animals – just as some lice are partial to humans, these lice are specific to their host. For instance, there are lice that live only on cats, as well as lice that prefer dogs.

Lice infestations on pets are far more rare than human outbreaks, so you are highly unlikely to encounter this affliction. Here at Lice Lifters DFW, we specialize in eliminating lice and nits on humans. Should you suspect that your pet has lice, call your veterinarian promptly for professional advice about how to remedy the problem.

Have you just discovered head lice in your family? Or have you unsuccessfully tried to battle an outbreak without professional help? Regardless of where you are in the process, we want to help you eliminate those persistent pests once and for all with our proven, safe, and natural treatment. In addition to regular business hours, we offer after-hours appointments upon request. Call 972-805-1308 or contact me at infodfw@licelifters.com to schedule your visit to Lice Lifters DFW.

BACK TO SCHOOL…NOT BACK TO LICE!

It’s the start of a new school year! Time for freshly sharpened pencils, a crispness in the air, learning and growing, and creepy crawly infestations. Yes, you read that last bit correctly. Fall is when we see a spike in head lice incidence. Students are ideal prey for head lice – youngsters cluster in close quarters and tend to have fine hair that makes it easier for lice to attach.

It’s also a fact that chemical lice treatments are becoming ineffective. According to a new study, head lice in 25 or more states have developed resistance to over-the-counter remedies – even those widely recommended by physicians and schools. The good news is that there are measures families can take to reduce the likelihood of bringing home these despicable creatures. Take a look at our top 6 simple tips for avoiding nits and lice this school year.

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  1. Style with a purpose. A styling product like The Nit Nanny Mint Detangler Spray gives a one-two punch – it makes combing out hair a breeze as it deters lice. Plus, it’s non-toxic and safe for the whole family. Made with all natural ingredients, it can be used on wet or dry hair as a preventative measure to help repel lice. As a added bonus, its fresh scent is highly offensive to lice but heavenly to humans.
  1. Rock a fresh hairstyle. With boys, this is as simple as keeping hair short. For girls with longer hair, explore the many fashionable possibilities for wearing hair up – from a simple ponytail to elaborate buns and braids, a contained hairstyle is more difficult for lice to penetrate than a loose mane.
  1. Y.O.H. (Bring Your Own Headphones). If your child regularly visits a technology lab at school where public headphones are worn, it’s wise to send along earbuds for personal use.
  1. Avoid Performance Anxiety. We’re talking about shared use of wigs, hats, costumes, and brushes during school plays and other events. If your child is involved in these kinds of activities, encourage implementation of some basic anti-lice policies. A regular head check of kids involved in the production is a start. Using professional grade disinfectants on shared hair implements or having each child use their own styling supplies can help, too.
  1. Safety First…Equipment, That Is. Shared helmets, especially those that see frequent use in P.E. classes, can spread lice in rapid order. If your child is involved in a sport, you can purchase your own, high-quality safety gear if you’re concerned. At the same time, make sure your kids know that a case of head lice pales in comparison to the lifelong consequences of a serious head injury. It should always be top priority to protect your noggin, regardless of lice infection.
  1. Starry Nights. Whether it’s a night at home with the besties, a cheer squad sleepover, or an overnight band trip, individual sleeping bags are a better bet than shared bedding and pillows. Encouraging kids to sleep in a star pattern with feet touching and heads radiating out can also make a difference in preventing spread of lice – tell them it’s so no one has to sleep on the end and feel left out. 
  1. It’s All About Accessorizing. Hats, hair bands, and scarves…the list of possibly contaminated items goes on. Ask your kids to keep their stylish extras to themselves. In addition, hanging a jacket on the back of a chair rather than in a crowded coat rack area is smart thinking.

If preventative measures fail and you find your family in the midst of a head lice outbreak, never fear. At Lice Lifters DFW, we’ll not only help you eliminate head lice, but we’ll do it using a non-toxic and all-natural treatment protocol. After school and evening appointments are available. Questions? Contact us anytime at 972-805-1308 or at infodfw@licelifters.com.

CREEPY CRAWLY READS BOOKS TO HELP KIDS DEAL WITH LICE

When kids get lice, treating them is a twofold proposition. Most obviously, you want to get rid of the little buggers ASAP – not only to eliminate your child’s itchiness and discomfort, but also to prevent spreading the infestation. The other aspect of a lice outbreak that parents must address is emotional in nature – the shame and embarrassment a child often feels as a result of having head lice.

Books can be a great way to start a conversation about head lice and take a lighthearted look at the situation. Whether read at home together or given to a teacher whose class has experienced an outbreak, here are a few titles to get you started:

Bugs in My Hair!
By David Shannon

Book of the year, third through fourth grade: "Bugs in My Hair!" by David Shannon
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Known for modern children’s classics like No, David!, Caldecott Honor recipient David Shannon offers a fun and informative read about head lice. Kids will take comfort in Shannon’s familiar illustrative style, giggle at his humorous tale, and pick up helpful facts along the way. Good news: As with all of our client stories here at #LiceLiftersDFW, this one has a happy ending.

Head Lice
By Elise Gravel

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Part of a series of nonfiction books about disgusting creatures, Elise Gravel’s fact-filled book about head lice features cartoon style illustrations with text bubbles and plenty of silliness to balance the basic facts. Even grownups will get a chuckle from passages such as, “I might be small, but to your parents, I’m scarier than a lion.”

Yikes – Lice!
By Donna Caffey

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This book shares one girl’s experience with lice using fun illustrations and a catchy rhyming format. Facts about lice are included on each spread, and text is at a level that even young children can understand.

Reading together about this creepy, crawly subject can help kids see that they aren’t alone when it comes to head lice. After all, the CDC estimates that between 6 and 12 million children between the ages of 3 and 11 contract head lice each year. If you’re struggling with stubborn lice in your household, please contact Lice Lifters DFW today. We can help you eliminate the problem once and for all using our non-toxic, natural treatment solution – call us at 972-805-1308 or email me at infodfw@licelifters.com.

SUMMER CAMP SHOULDN’T BE LOUSY

50% Off Lice Check For Campers

Summertime is just around the corner! For some kids, that means an unforgettable getaway at summer camp – but no one wants to take home memories of head lice. The reality is that any time you put a bunch of kids in close quarters, a head lice outbreak is a possibility.

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Many camps perform head checks upon arrival at camp, and if your child is found to be infested, he or she will have to be treated and declared lice-free before admittance. This does help to cut down on lice outbreaks at camp, but it certainly presents an inconvenience and a delay to your family’s summer plans.

Some summer camps require a professional head lice check prior to arrival. Even if your child’s camp does not require this step, having a pre-camp lice check drastically reduces the chance that your camper will be turned away, making life much easier for mom and dad. That’s why this summer, Lice Lifters is offering pre-camp head checks for 50% off regular cost.

Don’t be taken by surprise – schedule an appointment today and let us perform an examination before your child heads off to summer camp. Our central Metroplex location in Frisco makes it easy to check this off your to-do list. Happy camping from all of us at Lice Lifters DFW!

BEST WAY TO ERADICATE LICE?

Fast Treatment, Compassion, and Courtesy

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently updated its guidelines for dealing with head lice. The AAP advises prompt treatment, but also suggests that kids with an active head lice outbreak be allowed to attend school.

In theory, this advice makes sense. While a head lice infestation may be unpleasant and inconvenient, it does not endanger lives or constitute a health crisis. At the same time, Miss Manners would probably have a very different opinion about allowing a child with lice at school. As a parent having endured head lice on a family-wide scale, I would implore other families to use good, old-fashioned manners and common sense when dealing with lice. Some points to consider:

  • Having head lice can be extremely itchy and irritating. Allowing a child to attend school, rather than seeking immediate treatment, prolongs the discomfort. Putting a stop to a child’s suffering should take precedence.
  • While head lice do not jump and can’t survive for extended periods on surfaces, the critters can spread like wildfire nonetheless. How would you feel if another parent knowingly sent their infected child to school and passed the misery of head lice to your family? Make the choice you would want other parents to make and deal with lice immediately – this is one realm where sharing is not caring!
  • The AAP guidelines touch on chemical and prescription treatments for head lice but acknowledge that insect resistance to pesticides is a known problem. The Lice Lifters System is an ALL-NATURAL and highly effective treatment – and unlike conventional pesticides, our protocol is NON-TOXIC for your family.
  • Treatment can be quite speedy – there’s no need to miss an entire day of school or work. Lice Lifters DFW is centrally located in Frisco for quick access from all over the DFW Metroplex and beyond. Daytime and after-school appointments are available, and our phones are answered for extended hours — early morning, evening, or weekend appointments can be arranged upon request.

When it comes to consideration and comfort, we say it’s best to err on the side of caution and treat lice as soon as they are detected. It certainly won’t hurt, and it just might prevent others from becoming infected.

LICE TREATMENT CENTER IS OPEN!

Natural Treatment for Unwelcome Critters

No one wants to deal with head lice – and I speak from experience. When an infestation made its way through my family, we spent hours upon hours of time across several removal sessions with a mobile nit-picking service. Hundreds of dollars later, the lice were still with us.

As it turns out, a nit comb may not be enough to eliminate these creepy creatures. And because lice have developed resistance to traditional pesticide treatments, they are only 50% effective at best. Who wants to douse their children in toxic chemicals, anyway?

So when the entrepreneurial bug bit (pun intended), a Lice Lifters franchise was the perfect fit. Lice Lifters offers a proven treatment approach that is both all-natural and highly effective, so I’m proud to introduce this guaranteed system to the Dallas-Fort Worth area – we’re centrally located at 7000 Parkwood Blvd., Suite C300, in Frisco.

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The unique Lice Lifters approach starts with a careful head check. We systematically and thoroughly check the hair and scalp for signs of nits (eggs), nymphs (young lice), and mature lice. Should we find evidence of six-legged squatters, it’s on to the eviction process.

Next, our highly trained “lifticians” use a proprietary, micro-grooved nit comb to remove eggs that can lead to more lice. A combination of technique and superior comb make this the most effective nit removal we’ve found.

Last, we apply The Lice Lifters® all-natural treatment, which kills 99.9% of live head lice in just 10 minutes – all without exposing your precious cargo to harmful pesticides. Just for good measure, you’ll leave with the treatment solution in your hair, covered with a shower cap. Our clients leave with simple instructions for rinse out and follow up at home.

The entire salon treatment time averages from 1 ½ to 2 ½ hours. The Lice Lifters system is 100% guaranteed – head lice and nits will be a thing of the past for your family!

While there’s nothing desirable about a head lice infestation, Lice Lifters DFW aims to make the treatment experience as pleasant as possible. Your family will love our playroom, stocked with kid-friendly movies, games, chalkboard walls, and more. Our private treatment rooms feature personal DVD players to pass the time, and we also offer complimentary snacks and Wi-Fi access.

I honestly hope you’ll never need our services. But should head lice strike, we’re here to help! Just call us at 972-805-1308, email me at infodfw@licelifters.com, or visit liceliftersdfw.com.