Specialty 'head lice' salon opens in Oak Park

Shop opens at 262 Chicago Avenue

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By Anna Lothson

Staff Reporter

No parent wants to deal with lice. But those pests have a way of showing up in classrooms, which can be a nightmare when the kid comes home.

But a new Oak Park salon, Shiny Strands, hopes to clean up that problem in no time. This new head lice treatment salon, located at 262 Chicago Ave., is designed to help families return to school nit-free. The business opened Sept. 9.

The local, suburban chain was started and run by moms who experienced the frustration of infestation themselves, according to a news release from the business.

"This is not your mother's head lice," Salon owner Suzanne Lavin wrote in the release.

According to Lavin, "super lice" have developed resistance to over the counter pesticides such as Rid and Nix. Head lice infestation follows a close second to the common cold as a communicable health issue among children. An infestation can cause stress in families and missing school days.

Shiny Strands salon has trained technicians provide a safe, non-toxic and effective treatment in a clean environment. The salon advertises a meticulous combing process that not only removes or kills bugs, but also tackles the eggs or nits that firmly adhere to hair strands. All technicians are trained in a strand-by-strand head lice nit-picking removal technique used around the world. Salon staff can also recommends appropriate services and products and educates families about treatment and prevention. To learn more, call (708) 613-5025 or visit www.shinystrands.com.

Email: anna@oakpark.com Twitter: @AnnaLothson

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Fran Arnold from Oakl Park, IL  

Posted: September 26th, 2013 1:08 PM

It is true that this is such a reality these days. There is also another place in Oak Park called Hairbutterflies - on Marion and Chicago. It has been there for 4 years. I had to pay a visit a few days ago and they were absolutely terrific.

Paddy Boy  

Posted: September 17th, 2013 2:03 PM

I don't see what all the fuss is about, "Poor Phil's" has a "Crab Fest" every year .....

Jason from oak park  

Posted: September 15th, 2013 5:26 PM

@C-Section. It's not judgmental. It's sarcastic. Though you are correct, in my judgment, a head lice salon is not the kind of development I would boast about. And neither is SLEEPY's


Posted: September 15th, 2013 12:32 AM

jason - That sounds a little judgmental. Do you know that head lice salons are very popular? Children from any home can catch them quite easily, and this is a valuable service.

jason from oak park  

Posted: September 14th, 2013 4:50 PM

I think this should go next door to SLEEPY's as part of the Lake Street Renaissance.

Lynn from Oak Park  

Posted: September 13th, 2013 9:13 AM

STRESS! - it was one of the most stress inducing things ever- every sheet. towel. stuffed toy, anything that could have come in contact with my child's hair had to be washed and dried-items that couldn't be washed were placed in plastic bags and put in the deep freezer- then she came home from summer daycare and had it again and then everyone felt itchy. Awful memories! I finally used mayonnaise on everyone's head- Killed the lice, the nits combed out and a great conditioning treatment

Brent from Oak Park  

Posted: September 12th, 2013 7:40 PM

I can't believe nobody has jumped on this yet! There is a toenail fungus salon next door!

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