After dealing with their own children's problems with head lice, two Austin moms decided to start a new business together--MadCaps Lice Removal Salon.
They use non-toxic products and special fine tooth combs to remove a problem that can be embarrassing, expensive, and time consuming. The average session lasts anywhere from one to four hours, and the lice removal costs on average $150.
Co-owners Jessica Knight and Karen Greenberg say their work is guaranteed after a treatment.
"Because they are so resistant, they are just little tiny specs, and if you miss two of the tiny specs you have a whole new problem in six weeks," said Knight.
Laura Corman said she has battled head lice on her daughter for years. She said it takes hours and patience to get rid of a problem, and there is stigma surrounding it.
"It's one of those things you never talk about, unless you call your best girlfriend and then you just cry," said Corman.
The majority of lice transfers come from head to head contact. Lice can survive underwater, but they do not survive off of your head for very long.
Heat can help kill lice, so washing sheets, clothes, and blankets in hot water and putting them in a dryer for 30 minutes on the hottest setting can help.