At The Lice Boutique™ we check for lice to help determine if you or your children have head lice. Many of our phone calls are from people who have been made aware of a head lice case or outbreak in their close community or classroom and they want to know for sure if they are lice free!
We encourage folks to come to The Lice Boutique™ for a professional head check, however, listed below are a few things to know about how to check for lice:
Knowing if you have head lice is best determined by finding a live adult louse or its younger sibling, known as a nymph, on the scalp or hair of a person. Because nymphs and adult head lice are very small, move quickly and avoid light, they can be extremely difficult to find. There are five “hot spots” that should be checked on the head first, as these are the favorite locations that we check for lice:
• The bangs area at the front of the head
• The crown of the head
• Behind both ears
• The nape of the neck
If crawling lice are not seen, another strong indication that you have head lice is the evidence of lice eggs, called nits. If nits are present, they will be normally found within a quarter to half inch of the scalp and are attached firmly to the hair follicle. Nits are often confused with other things found in the hair such as dandruff, dirt particles and hair product build up. An easy difference to remember between nits and these other things is that nits do not move! Nits are glued onto the hair shaft when the female louse lays the egg.
If and when you find anything that you think is lice related, we ask that you attach it to a piece of clear tape and drop it in a baggie. Contact The Lice Boutique™ for an appointment and bring in the baggie and head in question for a trained professional to check for lice!
If you are certain you have a case of head lice and you come to The Lice Boutique™ for our guaranteed treatment, we will invite the rest of the household to come in for a free head check. We want to be sure we do not send our newly treated lice-free client back into an environment where they might unwittingly be re-exposed to lice!