Boca hairdresser’s business puts lice in her crosshairs

MEET YOUR NEIGHBOR: Emily Regina Dente, 54

When she leaves the houses of people she serves, Emily Dente is typically showered with smiles and hugs from parents and children.

Most of the time, she said, those embraces are followed by a laugh, and the sentiment, “I hope we never see you again.”

Dente is the owner and operator of A1 Professional Head Lice Removal Service, a small independent lice removal company.

Also a hairdresser for 25 years, Dente started the lice business to help families in a stressful time.

“Removing lice can be a long, grueling process,” Dente said. “Kids can start getting antsy and frustrated. I calm mom and kids by supplying a lot of information on lice and how to de-louse the home.”

Dente’s website,, tells her story of being a single mom who understands the value of a dollar. It states she will give “a fair, honest price”, as she is the one personally providing the services.

She’s treated families as far south as the Keys and as far north as Vero Beach. She typically receives three to four lice calls a week. Some weeks there are zero calls, but she also stays busy with her job as a hairdresser, and cuts hair two days a week.

She checks every member of the family for one flat fee. Dente leaves explicit instructions with her families when she is done, including written instructions on cleaning the home and car (just in case a bug is left behind).

She also provides a certificate, certifying your child is lice free, to present to the school/camp nurse, who will know to check classmates. Should you not be cleared, Dente will return to your house for retreatment, at no charge.

For advice if you suspect lice in your home, she says to call a professional such as herself, and have the kids checked by a school nurse.

Dente, 54, has lived in Boca Raton since 2009. She was born in Spring Valley, New York, moved to Connecticut when she was 3, then moved back to New York when she was 20. She owned two hair salons in The Bronx.

She has a 13-year-old daughter, Gia, two brothers in New Jersey, and a sister who is moving to Vero Beach. She tries to visit family annually, including her daughter’s godmother, a teacher in the Florida Keys.

As far as what she receives from her lice treatments, Dente said she gets “the same feeling as cutting hair, leaving people with a smile and knowing I’m the reason for the smile.”

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