While lice may be tiny, they are often the cause of big headaches for parents dealing with these pesky bugs. Hearing your child say, “my head itches” often causes parents to panic and start scratching their own scalps as they consider what steps to take next.
For nearly ten years, Rapunzel’s Lice Boutique in Toledo has been helping families who desperately want to get rid of annoying little lice. At this professional lice treatment facility, trained technicians use an FDA-cleared medical device to kill super lice and eggs in a single treatment.
Lice – More Common Than You’d Think!
According to the CDC, nearly 6 to 12 million lice infestations occur each year in the United States among children 3 to 11 years of age.
Head lice are not a sign of dirty hair or poor hygiene. They do not jump, swim, or fly and cannot infest an environment. The primary way that lice are spread is from head-to-head contact. Symptoms of lice include intense itching on the scalp and the sensation of something crawling or moving in the hair. If you’ve been near someone with lice or are experiencing these symptoms, it’s time to get checked and treated if necessary.
Local Treatment Facility
Rapunzel’s was founded in 2008 by Sarah Casello-Rees as a small mobile operation. As the business grew, the first storefront location was opened in Michigan in 2009. Phil Brechting and his business partner purchased the business from Sarah and now operate lice removal clinics in Michigan, Ohio, and Florida.
Treatment for Head Lice
If head lice is suspected, it is recommended that every member of the family get checked. It is also important to notify your child’s school or daycare, friends, and anyone who has been in close contact with your child.
“We recommend that all family members come in to get screened and treated if needed,” shared Phil Brechting, owner of Rapunzel’s Hair Boutique. “Our treatment process includes the AirAllé Treatment, a comb-out to remove the dead lice and eggs, and an oil application. This treatment process usually takes about 1 to 1 ½ hours and is 99.2 percent effective.”
At Rapunzel’s Lice Boutique, trained practitioners use the AirAllé device to blow heated air along the scalp and hair shafts where the lice and eggs tend to be located. The single-use applicator blows air at a cooler temperature and higher flow than a hair dryer. This treatment method kills the lice and their eggs through dehydration. No pesticides or other chemicals are used in the therapy. The treatment also includes a 30-60 minute comb-out to remove the dead lice and eggs and an oil application.
A variety of treatment products are also available for purchase online including a nit comb, lint roller, treatment packages, shampoos and more.
After Treatment Care
While head lice do not survive long if they fall off a person and cannot feed, there are still steps you should take to avoid re-infestation.
“Once you’ve been treated for lice, we recommend some simple home-care steps including vacuuming the carpets, using a lint roll on furniture, and drying the bedding on high heat for 30 minutes,” Brechting added.
Other helpful steps recommended by Rapunzel’s Hair Boutique include freezing brushes, combs and hair ties for four hours.
To Learn More
Rapunzel’s Hair Boutique is located at 2525 N. Reynolds Rd., Ste. 6. The shop is open Monday through Saturday from 10am–7pm and Sunday from 10am until 3pm. To get more information or schedule a time for a screening or treatment call 419-216-9447 or visit rapunzelslice.com.