525 N. Wolf Road, Wheeling
27021 St. Charles Road, Carol Stream
Carrie Madej always had an aptitude for hair, but when she
decided how to channel that interest, it wasn't into a conventional
salon. Instead, Madej bought a LouseBuster to kill lice and went to
work helping families become itch-free.
"Some people are just frantic with head lice," Madej says.
"They've often been freaked out for days."
Initially, Madej traveled to people's homes to treat them. But
recently she opened two salons devoted to ridding people of lice
and nits without chemicals and in only one visit by using the
LouseBuster. The devices, FDA-approved in 2009, use high-powered
heated air to dehydrate both lice and eggs. The half-hour treatment
is not uncomfortable and can be used on children 4 and older.
"Many parents don't like chemicals … and this is chemical-free
and pesticide-free," says LouseBuster spokesperson Lauren Johnson.
"Also, lice can become immune to chemicals and pesticides. We now
have superlice that can't be killed by popular brands
At her Nit Free Noggins Salons, Madej charges customers $195 for
the half-hour treatment, with free follow-up head checks if
desired. She offers a discount when multiple family members are
The treatment doesn't damage hair and is followed by a comb-out
of hair to remove any dead lice and nits, Madej says. Madej has
locations in Wheeling and Carol Stream. A third location in Chicago
will open soon. For more information, visit nitfreenoggins.com or
call (847) 573-9600.
Liz DeCarlo is the former senior editor at Chicago Parent.
See more of Liz's stories here.
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