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Lice Free Shampoo From LiceWise

The best way to treat lice is to prevent lice. LiceWise, a complete lice removal service providing lice removal and treatment in Oregon and SW Washington, also offers a complete line of lice free shampoo to keep lice at bay. Using this specially formulated shampoo will give every strand of hair its own anti-lice line of defense.

Head lice are wingless, parasitic little organisms that can survive in the hair of the human head. Lice need to consume blood in order to survive, so they bite into the skin, secrete a substance that prevents the blood from clotting, and feed about four or five times a day. While they can be found anywhere on the scalp, they are most commonly found on the area of the back of the neck and around the ears. Anyone can get head lice, but they’re more of a concern to school children because of how close they get when they congregate or play with classmates throughout the day. Head lice are spread by direct contact with someone who already has lice and by sharing certain articles with someone who already has lice, like a hat, hoodie, comb, pillow, etc. While head lice need to be attached to a host in order to survive long term, they can survive for about 24 hours off host.

LiceWise’s lice free shampoo is a great option for any parent or guardian of a school aged child who wants to reduce the risk of having a child bring home lice. Have your child use LiceWise lice free shampoo during every shower and give your child the line of defense they need to keep head lice at bay. Sulfate free and made from essential oils, our lice free shampoo is safe for children of any age, whether they be in kindergarten or high school.

In case you weren’t able to start using our lice free shampoo fast enough and have discovered lice already living on the head of someone in your home, LiceWise offers both in person lice removal and treatment as well as telephone lice removal consultations. If you select the former service, we will come to your residence in Oregon or SW Washington and administer a complete Shepard Method lice removal and treatment regimen which includes a head inspection of all members of the family, comb out, strand by strand removal, after-treatment follow up, and more. The Shepard Method is perhaps the most thorough and effective method for removing and treating head lice.

If you would prefer to eradicate your lice problem on your own, we can walk you through every step of the process, from inspection to treatment, over the phone. Services also include group inspections (for camps, churches, schools, etc.) as well as lice prevention workshops. We also offer a hardship discount on our lice inspection and treatment service if your family currently receives WIC, SNAP, free lunch, or reduced lunch benefits.

To learn more about the services we offer, and to browse our selection of lice free shampoo and other lice fighting products, visit us online at

Head Lice Removal in Portland

Lice are very tiny parasites that can survive off the blood of humans. The most common type of lice – especially among school aged children – are head lice. Head lice are common among school aged children because the tiny wingless parasites can be spread by little more than close contact, which children often have with classmates and playmates. Contrary to what many might think, hygiene is not an indication of a risk of catching lice, so people who catch lice should not be assumed to have poor personal hygiene. Anyone can catch lice, and even though close contact with another person who already has lice is the most common way for the parasite to spread, it’s also possible for lice to survive for brief periods without a host, like on the fabric of furniture, clothing, or toys. Specializing in lice identification and lice removal in Portland, Oregon, LiceWise has helped families throughout the greater Portland area to eradicate head lice.

Some of the most common signs and symptoms of head lice include intense itching of the scalp, the feeling of something moving or tickling the scalp, visible lice that will appear like small grayish white or tan bugs up to the size of a sesame seed (which would be especially visible around the nape of the neck and ears), small red bumps around the scalp (which are signs of lice feeding on blood), and the appearance of lice eggs at the base of hair strands. Lice eggs may appear like dandruff to the untrained eye, but they are actually tiny soft buds that grip onto the base of hair shafts and that can’t be easily combed away like dandruff can.

Parents looking for lice removal in Portland have a few options available to them, but most of them involve harsh chemical treatments that many parents would simply prefer to avoid. As a professional service offering lice removal in Portland, LiceWise is a locally owned business that specializes in lice removal using the Shepherd Method as taught by the Shepherd Institute. Preferred by parents throughout Portland and beyond, the Shepherd Method is based on a thorough, strand by strand inspection of hair for the presence of head lice. Using the Shepherd Method, we perform lice treatments right in the comfort of your home and we can inspect every member of the family. While inspecting your family for head lice, we will take the time to pass along helpful information about head lice and how to reduce the risk of bringing head lice into the home in the future. Following the initial consultation and removal of head lice, a lice removal specialist from LiceWise will follow up with your family to ensure there has been no return of head lice and the initial treatment was a success. The cost of this follow up is included in your initial LiceWise treatment.

Owned by a Shepherd Institute certified lice removal specialist Kathy Aragon, LiceWise is a service you can trust whenever you need lice removal in Portland. For more information on lice removal in Portland – or to learn more about head lice, how head lice is spread, and how to prevent head contact LiceWise today.

Head Lice season

Our company, LiceWise, constantly gets asked the question, “When is head lice season?” The answer is that there is no specific head lice season, however, head lice infestations do seem to be more prevalent in children as a new school session starts each year and children are in close contact with each other. A head lice infestation can occur in any month of the year. The bottom line for you is that head lice season is any time that you personally have to deal with head lice.

Head lice infestations are frustrating for students, teachers, and parents alike. Sometimes, a head lice outbreak at a school can affect students for months. This can leave you wishing for a cure all for head lice. Unfortunately, there is not a magic cure for head lice. Research shows that the most effective treatment for head lice is a good combing. If you live in the Oregon or South West Washington area, LiceWise can provide you with cost effective and efficient head lice removal services. We will get the head lice out of your family’s hair.

When there’s a head lice outbreak at your child’s school it’s head lice season for you. Children with head lice should be treated and be free from lice and nits before being allowed to come back to school. Nits, are white and about the size of a knot in common thread. Lice are more grayish and are commonly compared in size to a sesame seed. If your child has head lice, there is about a 50% chance their head will be itchy. Many times, head lice present with no itchiness or other warning signs that they are present, only methodical checking of head and hair can insure a family member has no head lice. A thorough check of your child’s head and hair for lice should be preformed every day or two until the head lice outbreak is over. If you want to tackle your head lice season on your own, LiceWise does offer consultation calls and a lice removal kits.

If you partner with LiceWise, you can conquer head lice season confidently. We utilize the Shephard Method Treatment Process. This includes a head check for each family member, an initial comb out and application of product. The Shephard Method was developed by Katie Shephard of the Shephard Institute and is a proven treatment for head lice and nit removal.

The fact is that many head lice have become resistant to regular over the counter treatments like Nix or Rid. The Shephard Method gets to the root of the problem and takes about 1 hour for short hair and 2 hours for long hair, depending on hair thickness and severity of the infestation.
After the product is applied, we do a strand by strand nit removal. This is why it takes so long, but it’s also why it’s so effective. You then get a blow dry and a final re-check after treatment. You get an extra comb out as well and two follow-up rechecks. We want to make sure that your head lice season comes to an end as soon as possible.

We are happy to help you get through your head lice season. We regularly perform group head lice checks at schools, churches, camps, and more. We’re LiceWise and we service Oregon and South West Washington areas. For more information about our head lice removal services contact us today.

Over-the-counter Head Lice Shampoos

For as long as most of us can remember, over‑the‑counter head lice shampoos have been our “go‑to” resource for remedying head lice.  As of recently, at least half of the states in the US, have documented finding what they call, super‑lice. What this means is certain types of head lice are becoming completely resistant to the medicated head lice shampoos currently available, hence the term super‑lice.

I’ve seen this many times first‑hand with clients. Frequently, in these cases parents have been dealing with head lice for at least three months, to no avail.  They’ve used the medicated head lice shampoos as directed, but the lice in their child’s hair continue to survive and thrive.

These over‑the‑counter head lice shampoos are now being deemed as a waste of precious time and money. This is due to the fact that today’s super‑lice are much hardier than their ancestors of yesteryear. Katie Shepherd, an expert in treating and preventing head lice, calls this modern pest, “Not your Grandmother’s head lice.”

Gone are the days when folks could treat once with over‑the‑counter medicated head lice shampoo, and send their child to school the next day. What happens when our most trusty cure is no longer working? Do you have a back‑up plan?

Discovering head lice

Now that the holiday season has wrapped up, and with the celebration of a new year, you may find unwelcome guests have taken up residence in your child’s hair. Any of your visiting loved ones could have unknowingly been propagating a case of head lice, and passed them onto a member of your household. Discovering head lice in your child’s hair is not what we envision when referring to the ‘Season of Sharing’.

Many parents feel a sense of guilt upon discovering head lice in their child’s hair. After working for years in the industry, I can honestly say this should not be the case.  Those little critters are so darn tiny, unless you know what you’re looking for, discovering head lice can literally be like finding a needle in a haystack.

The question clients most commonly ask, after discovering head lice in their child’s hair and removing them is, “How can I prevent my child from getting head lice again?” There are a few things that help reduce your child’s risk, the first is keeping long hair pulled back in a braid, ponytail, or bun at all times. The second is a mint preventative spray, which acts as a repellent. Neither of these head lice prevention methods are foolproof. Yet, there are things a parent can do to help to catch a head lice infestation early on.

To help you in discovering head lice, we recommend that you comb your child’s hair out once a week, using the Terminator Comb. Checking your child’s hair for head lice is relatively easy and doesn’t take more than a few minutes. Beforehand, wet their hair with water, or preferably mint spray. Using your Terminator comb, start at the scalp, and comb all the way to the end of the hair. Next, swipe the comb on a paper towel. This will make it easier to discover head lice if they are present. If doing this once a week is too cumbersome, aim for twice a month. The goal is to discover a head lice outbreak as early as possible.


Does your child have head lice?


Your child’s school just sent a note home letting parents know that a few students have it. The school advises all parents to watch for lice symptoms and, if symptoms of lice present themselves, to make sure all lice have been removed from your child’s hair before sending your child back to school. Of course, you’ve heard of head lice. The very name strikes fear in the hearts of many. When you were growing up, the only kids you remember who had lice symptoms were the ones who never washed their hair. To bust a common myth, lice do not care how clean a person’s hair is. Some even suggest lice like clean hair because it allows them to more easily attach eggs.

So, what are head lice? While they don’t burrow under the skin, they do suck blood. Lice very rarely cause diseases, unlike fleas and ticks. Unfortunately, that doesn’t keep other children from teasing kids who do have lice. Head lice are very easily spread from one person to another, and they are very hard to kill. Each year between 6-12 million people get head lice, more generally infecting individuals with long hair rather than short hair. Lice infestations are most common in children between the ages of 5 and 12.

Here are some head lice symptoms that may indicate someone has head lice:

  • An itchy scalp – Half of all people who have a lice infestation are allergic to the saliva of the lice. This triggers a reaction that causes intense itching. Itching develop two weeks after initial infestation
  • Something moving on your scalp – Have you ever had an ant or a piece of sand on your scalp? Lice can feel the same way.
  • Scalp Irritation – Your scalp can become red and inflamed due to scratching or bites from the lice.
  • Redness or Swelling on the Neck or Around the Ears – Lice like warmth, and the neckline and around the ears are the warmest areas on your head.
  • Nits (or Lice Eggs) – If your child has what looks like dandruff but it is stuck to the hair, it may be nits. White or light colored nits are probably empty egg sacks. Brown nits probably still have lice larvae inside.
  • Unusual Tiredness – Lice continue to be active at night. Itching can keep many up all night, which leads to abnormal sleep patterns and tired, cranky kids and parents.
  • Other Family Members or Friends Have Head Lice – Head lice are very easy to spread. Even if you take precautions like not sharing combs, brushes or other hair items, lice can spread quickly.

Keep these symptoms of head lice in mind, the earlier you discover head lice, the easier it is to get rid of them.


Getting rid of Head Lice

Head lice infect each year approximately 12 million people around the world. Most people think children can only get head lice. However, any person can have head lice.

What Are Head Lice?

Head lice are tiny insects, their nits/eggs are the size of a sesame seed. They live on human heads, and they cause your scalp to itch. Other symptoms of head lice include a tingling scalp and red bumps on your scalp and neck.

How Are Head Lice Spread?

By far the most common way lice can be spread is when people hug and their heads touch. Another less common method of transmission is by coming into contact with hats, helmets, combs, and brushes that were used by a person with head lice.

Head Lice Removal

Head lice infestation is a highly treatable condition. This is good news for people who suffer from the condition. In fact, there are several lice removal actions you can take to get rid of head lice.

1. Hire a professional who knows how to get rid of head lice. Some lice removal service uses safe and effective head lice removal treatments to eradicate head lice. This is by far the most effective lice removal treatment.

2. Apply a generous amount of olive oil to your hair. Olive oil covers head lice and prevents them from breathing. In order for this treatment to be effective, you must keep olive oil on your hair under a shower cap for hours. Head lice are resilient, and it takes time for them to die after they stop breathing.

3. In addition to either of these methods, clean, or avoid for a short time, those items that have come in contact with the head lice. Head lice can only survive up to 48 hours without being on your head. If you or a loved one gets head lice, select one of these lice removal methods to effectively get rid of head lice.

4. In order for any method to be completely effective in removing head lice, it must be combined with vigilant combing with a quality head lice comb.

Methods which are common, but not recommended because of their toxicity and/or ineffectiveness are:

1. Using an over-the-counter product that contains pyrethrins. Pyrethrins seek destroy the nervous systems of head lice, pyrethrins is an active ingredient found in common head lice removal treatments. Head lice continue to become readily resistant to pyrethrins and toxic, therefore, this method is absolutely not recommended.

2. Getting a prescription for benzyl alcohol lotion. Your doctor can prescribe this medicine for you. It will get rid of live head lice in two applications. When you use this lotion, the head lice removal technique takes about two weeks to get rid of the lice. This method is effective for people over the ages of 6 months, but is even more toxic than using pyrethrins.

3. Apply heat to your hair. An effective natural head lice removal treatment is to use the heat from your hair dryer to kill the lice. This method can be risky because of amount of heat needed and length of time can cause burning.