Month: February 2014

Selfies and head lice

After reading a recent article on “Selfies” and head lice, I had to laugh.  My wife and I, Karen and Allan Franco, run a head lice removal service in the WashingtonDC and Maryland area called Advice On Lice, Inc. ( We are not just a mobile lice business but a full service head lice treatment and removal services salon. With over 15 years of experience, I would say we have a pretty good handle on what’s going on out there. We see 3-4 families a day, which may include occasional teenagers. Yes most of our clients are younger and we have seen a slight  increase in teenagers similar to Nitless Noggins.

In our opinion, this has a questionable cause and effect relationship to the emergence of the widespread phenomenon of “Selfies”.

What we have seen is an increase in cases in general which can be attributed to a more lax attitude by the public school systems in the Montgomery County, MD and Wash DC areas. Many a school’s policies on head lice have been rewritten to allow students to attend school with nits, and policies in some schools even allow a child to stay in class when they are discovered to have active infestations.  Notification by paper or emails is not sent home to parents alerting of an outbreak unless 3 cases are reported in a class.  And many parents do not inform their children’s schools because they are embarrassed and don’t want their children to miss out on classes and after school activities.

With this in mind it doesn’t come as a surprise that there may be a slight increase in the occurrence in teenagers, but “selfies” are not the big picture (pun intended).

One of my first questions to a teenage client is, “So where do you think you got lice?” The answer is usually,  “I don’t know or from a close friend.” My next question is usually, “Does your friend have younger sisters with lice?”

We have found that most teenagers contract head lice either through contact with their younger siblings, baby sitting jobs or sharing brushes, or sleepovers with friends who’s siblings have lice. All one needs to do is realize that with an increase in cases in general your are likely to see a slight increase in teenagers.

Slefies? Not so much.

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Allan Franco

Grace Silver Spring, MD,

Absolutely love Advice on Lice! My daughter and I had been scratching our heads for several days and I was getting nervous. Called Advice on Lice, got an appointment for the same day. When we came in we weren\’t treated like lepers but instead we were treated with the best customer service. Advice on Lice gently combed through our heads and gave us the all-clear. I will definitely use their services again if need be. Thank-you Advice on Lice!

Linda Kensington, MD,

Allan and Karen were most accommodating in treating my daughters lice. They were so knowledgable about the pests and how to treat them in your hair and at home. It is a process and people need to follow their treatment to get rid of them and keep others from getting them! Glad they do what they do!

Sue Bethesda, MD,

Allan, Karen and their daughter were so professional, patient and kind starting from our initial (panicked) phone call on a Sunday morning. Allan provided step by step instructions and I am very grateful for their help. Hoping it doesn\’t happen again but if it does, they will definitely be the first call I make.

Exhausted Mom Silver Spring, MD,

Alan was wonderful at resolving our Lice crisis. We were dealing with so much conflicting information and miss identification even by school nurse that we were exhausted and at or wits end. We spent hours on our own going through our daughters extremely long hair only to find that we weren’t getting it right. Alan spent the time to explain and perform the very time consuming process and procedure as well as meticulously identifying the extend of the real situation. While our situation turned out to be relatively minor it was terrible not knowing if we were eliminating the problem. Alan put or mind at ease and helped us greatly eliminate the Lice crisis. With Alan’s help and detailed instructions we left with the facts and confidence to finish the additional treatment on our own.

Stacy Smith Brentwood, MD,

Thank God for Allen and Karen (their daughter too!) ! The best part about their services is that they are teachers along the way! I am always impressed by how happy and encouraging they are to me as I come in once again with my little blondie with thick hair! As a school teacher I appreciate their approach. It is a tough job and they are up to the task! THANK YOU!!

Mary Falls Church, VA

Completely panicked and grossed out, I called & Allan agreed to take my daughter and myself that afternoon. We really needed to have him take care of the lice, as I clearly didn\’t realize what lice looked like, nor did I know how to get it out of my daughter\’s (and my!) hair. He did an excellent job of cleaning both of our heads. Worth every penny, and I would go back to this company again.

Kathleen Haddad Bethesda, MD

If only our schools would take lice as seriously as do the professionals at Advice on Lice. They are educated, thorough, methodical, and focus you on the real culprit — the nits left in the hair after the shampoo treatment. They get them out, and teach you how to monitor and comb to prevent new infestations. All schools should have people like Allan and Karen on call for periodic checks and treatment