Research Shows Popular Lice Treatments May Have Impact on Long-Term Health

Natural Lice Removal Products And Tools Are Safest And Most Effective, Says Boston-Area Head Lice Removal Professionals

Belmont, Massachusetts — NitWits, the Boston area's oldest premier head lice treatment service, today stated that a widely used insecticide commonly found in many over-the-counter lice shampoos may increase the risk for cardiovascular disease and early death. Furthermore, the salon's founder states that head lice have become resistant to many ingredients in drugstore lice removal brands, and that the best way to treat head lice is to use a lice comb and products derived from natural ingredients as they stop the growth cycle by physically removing lice and nits from the scalp.


"Pyrethrin and its synthetic derivatives are common insecticides used in lice shampoos that are potentially harmful to children's health," states founder Berit Pratt, RN BSN MPH. "Lice treatments containing pesticides can be absorbed into the child's bloodstream after they're applied to the scalp, then metabolized and excreted in the urine. Furthermore, these chemicals, when effective, will only kill adult head lice. They won't kill the eggs, which will continue to hatch and prolong the infestation."

Pratt received her Masters in Public Health studying Pesticides and Childhood Cancers from the BU School of Public Health. As a school nurse, she has observed that chemical pesticides such as Pyrethrin used in over-the-counter head lice removal products are no longer effective, as lice have developed resistance to them. She also discovered that many NitWits clients used several drugstore lice treatment brands and prescriptions yet were still experiencing robust cases of lice in their households.

Pratt recommends using a head lice comb to mechanically remove lice and nits from hair strands, thus stopping the head lice growth cycle.

"Parents have been led to believe that there is a quick fix for lice," she explains. "Everyone wants a magic bullet to take care of lice quickly. However, it is impossible to get rid of lice without actually removing the nits from the hair. Adult head lice attach the nits, or eggs, to the hair shaft like super-glue. This makes the nits incredibly hard to remove and they are very hard to see. Head lice have spent hundreds, thousands of years developing a very effective camouflage so that we humans cannot see them or their eggs. This is why it is important to use a good lice comb to treat head lice at home."

The NitWits team of head lice removal professionals uses their OMG Nit-Free Terminator Head Lice Comb in their Belmont salon to remove head lice and nits from clients' scalps and hair, halting the growth cycle.

The salon also pairs the comb with its proprietary product OMG Lice Conditioner Solution during treatments to lubricate hair strands and make it tougher for head lice and nits to remain attached to the scalp. This proprietary product is made with all natural and organic ingredients that are safe for humans and the environment. Both the comb and the conditioner are sold on the salon’s website.

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About NitWits

NitWits Lice Removal is the Boston area's premier and oldest head lice treatment service salon. Headed by school nurse Berit Pratt, RN BSN MPH, and co-founder Sonia Simoun, the salon specializes in all-natural, organic, pesticide-free head lice removal treatment for children and family members affected by lice. Their mission is to get rid of head lice and nits (lice eggs) for good for every client who visits the salon. NitWits' founders developed their own organic, pesticide-free lice treatment products to get rid of lice and nits that are based on 15 years of hands-on experience. The staff also gives educational presentations for students, parents and teachers. Treatment sessions take place in the comfort and privacy of their Belmont salon. Call 617-816-9487 to learn more or to schedule an appointment.


For more information about NitWits Lice Removal Boston, contact the company here:

NitWits Lice Removal Boston
Berit Pratt
(617) 816-9487
161A Belmont St, Belmont, MA 02478