Head Lice and Hair Dye

Head Lice and Hair Dye

Advice on lice specializes in the treatment and removal of head lice and nits in the DC, MD, and Va. areas. A commonly asked question here at Advice on Lice is does hair dye kill Head Lice. Well we have always said that there is no guarantee but felt dying your hair does create an unfriendly environment.

This week a 14 yr old female client confirmed our opinion.  Her parents scheduled a Rid shampoo and comb out at our office.  Once seated in our salon chair we noticed an abundance of nits in her hair. Keep in mind she had not been treated with any type of lice killing shampoo. We applied the shampoo according to our method and expected to find multiple head lice combed out as we combed the Rid in her hair. Only one baby bug was found. After rinsing the shampoo and beginning the nit removal process we found many nits and no lice. I commented on how beautiful her natural highlights were and she responded “thank you but they are not natural”. She then told us that she had her hair dyed and highlighted two days before. The puzzle was solved. I commented to the mom that the reason we were not seeing more head lice was probably due to the fact her hair had been dyed. After completing the comb out process we counted 70-80 nits and only the one baby bug which probably hatched after the dye was complete. What have we learned? Hair dyes definitely create an unfriendly environment and definitely do not kill the eggs.

My advice?  No matter what you do to kill the lice you must keep combing with a lice comb to ensure all the nits are removed.

Allan Franco

Advice on Lice.

How to determine viable and nonviable nits

Advice on Lice which specializes in Head Lice treatments and removal services in Maryland has had an interesting week. As campers returned from their first session a common trend has been to find old nits mixed in with new fresh nits. The old nits represent eggs that have already hatched. They will appear on the hair as white but once removed you will see they are really transparent and what’s left is just the shell. The viable nits are always going to be darker, and more like a brownish mocha color . What you are seeing is the egg with the louse still inside the egg. Don’t ever assume that if you only see the empty eggs its not a active case. This is a huge mistake. Likely you will find the baby bugs (nymphs) on the scalp appearing to look like a freckle until they start to move. We have seen this commonly in kids returning from camp and most likely they were treated with a lice killing shampoo but were not combed out on a regular basis to remove all the nits. My suggestion is to continue with section by section comb outs with pantene conditioner and see if you find any live lice.

Good Luck, Allan Franco

Head lice treatment advice. Who can you trust.

Time and time again we hear stories from our clients on how to treat head lice. Some say their friend said use mayonnaise or my neighbor said use olive oil. Or how about “just sleep with Vaseline covering your hair all night and  the lice will be dead”.

None of this bothers us as much as the ones who think they know exactly how to help their friends or neighbors after they have had a professional head lice company work on their kids and now consider themselves as professionals.

I just had a client (Jane Doe) who’s daughter had been to us almost a year ago. In between last year and today she has referred many friends to us and of course we appreciate it. Periodically we have had calls inquiring about our services after speaking with our client (Jane Doe). In the course of conversations it has been revealed that our Jane Doe,  out of genuine kindness  and concern has explained , and sometimes shown, exactly what to do as learned from us and then suggesting they try on their own.

Well,  when we received the call today from Jane Doe requesting an appointment for her daughter she was confident that all was needed would be a screen as she had been combing her out as we instructed her 1 year ago and as she put it” you all taught me well”.

Dad brought the daughter in who proudly stated “my mommy combed me out like you guys do and found 10 nits and no bugs”.

My thoughts were “great, this should be a breeze”. Well 2 hours later the count was 35 live lice of all sizes ( mostly babies which are the hardest to find) and about 60 more Nits (eggs).  So to answer the question: Who can you trust? You need to see first hand from a reputable head lice removal service specialist in Maryland,  who does this work day in and day out. You need to look for referrals from friends who have had success with head lice treatment companies in Maryland. And then you need to go see them and learn from the best, so next time your child complains of a scratchy head you’ll  have a head start and make your next visit to your favorite head lice treatment center much quicker and easier.

Advice on Lice remains one of the most respected head lice removal services in Maryland, D.C., and NorthernVA. All you need to do is check the testimonials on their website to realize they truly care about you, your children, and pride themselves in their thoroughness and workmanship.

Allan Franco

Head Lice Screen for camps

As the summer enters the second month Head Lice treatment in Maryland picks up.  Camps have begun detecting Head Lice and nits on their campers as the the symptoms become more noticeable. Remember one bug in a child’s head may not cause him or her to itch. Not until a couple of weeks go by do they begin to scratch.  To avoid waiting for your child to itch Advice on Lice recommend combing your child’s hair with a lice comb (the Lice Meister) and Pantene conditioner once a week as the best preventive measure. Early detection is easy to eradicate and most times without a Lice killing shampoo.

Advice on lice located in Kensington, MD offers the best head lice removal services in Maryland.

Head Lice Ttreatment in Maryland and Complacency

The treatment of head lice in Maryland too many times is not taken seriously enough. Advice on Lice which specializes in Head Lice Removal in Maryland sees this attitude quite often. Yesterday a client came in with such an attitude. Quoting the mom ” Oh, I have been combing her out once or twice a week for a month and keep finding 1 or 2 bugs and very few nits. Its really not that severe”. Well after our lice removal technician was done the count was 19 live lice and over 100 nits.
It so important to a parent to realize that completely eradicating head lice is not a one time effort. Parents need to realize that in order to be successful they need to continue combing beyond what seems reasonable. The eggs (nits) are tiny and unless your combing every day for at least 7-10 days the chance one or two are missed is high.
Another client came in yesterday after using another professional service for Head Lice Treatment in Maryland and after out technician worked on the child another 20 nits were found. And this comes after a professional worked on the child. So my suggestion would be, even when your not finding nits we strongly recommend you keep the combing going until you combed for at least 7 days and have not found any nits.
Allan Franco
Advice on Lice, Your Professional Head Lice Removal Service in Maryland.

Head Lice Removal In Maryland, DC, and Virginia

The does and don’ts for head lice treatment.

  1. Never use those plastic lice combs that come in the package with the shampoo kits.  Total waist of time.
  2. Use the Licemeister nit come. It’s the best lice comb on the market.
  3. Don’t follow the instructions on the Rid box for applying the rid as the method instructed is ineffective most of the time. (Follow our instructions at
  4. Leave the lice killing shampoo on the hair for at least 20 minutes to be effective.
  5. Don’t use Nix but use Rid. Nix is a cream rinse and is not effective.
  6. Don’t use olive oil to comb out the nits. Way to messy. Go with Pantene classic care conditioner and some water. This will soften the nits so they more readily slide off with the Licemeister.
  7. Watch our for those head lice removal companies that charge you $150.00 before they walk in your door. The charge for removal is high enough that you shouldn’t be paying $150.00 just to get them to the front door.
  8. Beware of out of state head lice treatment companies who send a technician to your house. Who’s monitoring their workmanship?
  9. Don’t throw your brushes and pony tail holders away. Zip lock bag them and stick them in the freezer for 8 hours.

I have stated just a few of the does and don’t of head lice treatment. There is so much misinformation concerning head lice removal.

If you want right information by people who deal with head lice removal and treatment every day then contact for real information and technique that has been successful  for effectiveness every day in our salon. We service head lice treatment for Bethesda ,Chevy Chase, Washington DC and the entire Washington Metropolitan are.

Advice on Lice
10400 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 507
Kensington, MD20895

Pre-Camp Head Lice Screens at Advice on Lice

Head Lice treatment ion Maryland, DC and Virginia

As your kids head off to camp many of our clients bring their kids in for head Lice checks in Maryland to make sure they don’t get that awful call from camp that their child has lice. For $20.00 Advice on Lice does a thorough screening on your child looking for nits and or actual bugs. Head Lice removal and treatment is then performed to ensure when they do start camp they are nit and lice free.

Just yesterday one of our pre camp clients came in for a screen and what a surprise to find one large bug and 12 nits.

Besides assuring yourself that your child is lice free, you can avoid the costly fee’s your camp forces you to pay to their contracted head lice removal company.

Head Lice treatment and removal can get expensive. When the camp calls from hundreds of miles away and says your child has lice your choice is either come pick him or her up or have their company take care of it for hundreds of dollars.  Is their really a choice. Remember most head lice companies contracted by camps do not get paid for the initial screenings but make their money on the campers who screen positive for lice.

Advice on Lice specializes in head lice treatment in Maryland, DC, and Virginia, head lice detection and removal services.

Advice on Lice

10400 Connecticut Ave, Suite 507
Kensington, MD20895

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.

Visit Advice on Lice for Head lice treatment

Allan Franco

Head Lice Removal Services: No Guarantees

It is important to understand that having a professional nitpicker work on your family’s lice infestations does not mean they are completely cured. The condition of head lice can be very complicated. Depending on how long the infestation has been undetected, which is a difficult thing to diagnose with any certainty, there is a level of vigilance which needs to be maintained in order to achieve total eradication. Many people prefer not to apply OTC medications, and the subsequent combing and picking processes must be very thorough and repeated every day for up to 2 weeks to be certain that all elements of the head lice are removed. While it is true that a nit is not contagious, there is a lot of speculation about whether they are viable. Some people believe that they can determine viability of an egg by sight or some form of manipulation, which is dubious at best. A well trained eye may be able to differentiate whether a nit is viable, hatched, or aborted: however there is quite a large margin for error without confirmation using a microscope. A viable nit will become a bug within a week of being laid, and in a matter of weeks a whole new infestation can be established.

Here at Advice on Lice head lice treatment center, in an average incidence of head lice, we typically find 10 to 12 actual lice, usually of various stages of development, and somewhere between 80 to 150 nits. We also see that there are varying degrees of infestation among family members, since the head lice usually started in one head and became an established infestation before spreading among siblings and parents. So it is often easier to achieve eradication in the milder cases, but all heads must be monitored for at least 2 weeks. we also advise families to comb any family members who do not appear to have lice, since the initial stages can be very difficult to detect. Combing is the single most effective means of treating and preventing head lice. Not all combs are created equal, and we recommend buying and using a quality head lice and nit removal comb, like the LiceMeister, because it can make the work much more effective. And it is also beneficial to use a white conditioner and a water spritzer as combing facilitators.

Finally, we would like to say that as professional nitpickers, we do try very hard to remove as much as we possibly can in a session with our clients:; however, we never tell them to go home and do nothing. Since we have had the experiences of finding a rogue bug or a stubborn nit after hours of work, we know we have probably missed something. We ask our clients to comb diligently, even if they aren’t finding anything. With this in mind, if you are using a professional head lice treatment service and are told your problem is gone, with no need to continue combing, they are doing you a disservice as the likelihood of the head lice recurring is highly probable.

Karen and Allan Franco

Lice Md and Lice MD Complete Kit Head Lice Treatments

So you walk into your local CVS frantic as your child or children have Head Lice. You’ve heard and read online such terrible opinions on the use of Head Lice Treatments or shampoos that have a pesticide ingredient and are in search of the miracle non pesticide lice killing shampoo or treatment.

You check the shelves and there it is. Lice MD Non-Pesticide Eliminates 100% Lice and Eggs. Includes Lice Comb and liquid gel. Written right on the box!

Then you look right next to it and wow! They have a complete kit called Lice MD Complete Kit Eliminates 100% Lice and Eggs. This one includes a Lice Comb, Lice Killing Gel, and a shampoo to clean your hair after treatment.



So trusting the product you opt for the kit as in general you figure the kit is going to be the more effective of the two.

Before you pick up the Lice MD Complete Kit we advise you take a closer look. As a normal shopper you would assume the Lice MD and the Lice MD Complete kit would both be non pesticide. Wrong!!!

If you read the fine print on the kit you will see the Lice Killing Gel in the Kit contains a pediculicide treatment gel containing pyrethrins synergized with piperonyl butoxide which is recognized by the FDA as safe and effective for the treatment of head lice.

Guess what? That’s the same pesticide included in the Rid Lice Killing Shampoo.

I found it very surprising that a company which has advertised its product Lice MD- Non Pesticide would also make the Lice MD Kit which includes the pesticide. To their defense they don’t advertise the kit as pesticide free but how many of us would assume their entire line of product would be pesticide free? After all isn’t that their selling point.

For those serious looking for a non pesticide Head Lice treatment we suggest sticking to the Lice MD Non-Pesticide but please don’t bank on the product eliminating 100% of the eggs and head lice as advertised. Lice MD  Pesticide Free is a non-pesticidal non-medicated product that contains a fluid that lubricates the hair and comb to facilitate mechanical removal of lice and their eggs. That means it doesn’t kill the eggs or the lice but will help you comb p\out those pesky bugs and nits.

Simply putting it: It’s all about the combing. Comb, comb, and comb.

Advice on lice advises whether you use a pesticide or non pesticide head lice treatment the only way to ensure the problem is completely eradicated is the constant daily  combing with an inexpensive conditioner ( Pantene Classic Care conditioner) on moistened hair for best results.

Good Luck.

All natural, safe and effective head lice treatments visit Advice on Lice

Allan & Karen Franco

Advice on Lice