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My son’s scalp was pink and tender from nit-picking.  My own head felt prickly by association and despite the school nurse’s assurance that I was clean, I felt just the opposite. 

Enter Abigail F. Rosenfeld, the Lice Lady. I’d gotten her number from a friend and Rosenfeld very generously took my panicky phone call on a Sunday afternoon. She was so calmly reassuring that I felt like I’d gotten a get out of jail free card.

For 20 years, she’s been dispensing lice advice and keeping Brooklyn kids nit-free, one head at a time. “The Lice Lady,” she said, laughing. “That’s what they call me.”

If you need to call her, she’s available at 718.435.2592 or 917.968.0627. Her rates run from a minimum of $25, covering the cost of the nit comb up to a maximum of $200 for persistent cases and very long hair.

A mother of 13 (her youngest is one), she started fighting the good fight when a local teacher told her about a child who had missed three weeks of school because she had severe head lice. Rosenfeld said cleaned the child up and sent her back to her school where the school nurse nearly fell over in amazement. She said the nurse had never seen a child with such a head teeming with critters cleaned up so quickly.

“Everyone was using margarine and mayonnaise… crazy things like that,” said Rosenfeld, who developed a no-fail system using commercial nit combs, Pantene and baking soda. She also gives clients a hand-out that covers everything you need to know to prevent a re-infestation as well as basic information about the nasty beasts.

In the last four years, Rosenfeld has seen her business boom. There is no lice season. It’s a year-round problem that’s perpetuated by secrecy, she said. There’s no shame in having lice, she added.

If you say so. I wasn’t exactly pleased to make our public service announcement.

But this candor is part of what makes the Lice Lady so reassuring and so helpful.

“It’s so silly. It’s something people get,” she said.“… It doesn’t come from doing anything bad. Everyone gets it, from the cleanest of houses to the dirtiest of houses.”

She pooh-poohs the home remedies as ridiculous. “They’re just making a mess with their kids and themselves. It’s not pleasant for anyone,” said Rosenfeld.

Nor does she recommend over the counter or prescription medicated shampoos. Her theory: if they’re not safe for pregnant women, babies or small children, they’re probably poison.

Posted on March 06, 2007 - by


Reader Feedback - 142 Replies

lice article
by donna @ 06/18/08, 09:36:13 PM

Thanks. It was very helpful.

The wonderous lice lady
by Sholem Egert @ 05/19/09, 02:01:31 PM

Being that i am Abigail rosenfelds favorite nephew I can attest to the fact that "abi" does an amazing job removing all kinds of lice. i personally met people from all walks of life enter her home worried and frantic about their lice And just a short while later leaving liceless and happy. i recommend her 100% .God bless her, her family and america

The wonderous lice lady
by Sholem Egert @ 05/19/09, 02:01:33 PM

Being that i am Abigail rosenfelds favorite nephew I can attest to the fact that "abi" does an amazing job removing all kinds of lice. i personally met people from all walks of life enter her home worried and frantic about their lice And just a short while later leaving liceless and happy. i recommend her 100% .God bless her, her family and america

safe for babies
by julie @ 07/23/09, 03:02:29 PM

i found a product that is safe for newborns called Lice Safe. i am a teacher and had lice but i used a service called head lice hero. no nit picking needed and products that safe for all

Can attest to the Lice Lady's great services
by Dale Longworth @ 02/28/10, 02:36:39 PM

I am the Lice Expert of Dobbs Ferry/Westchester and the owner of Lice Off Inc. I have been in business for 13 years and every year I have heard great things about Abigail and her expertise in removing head lice from her clients' heads. It's nice to know that she uses the same method as myself and she is always successful in getting rid of it. Thanks Abigail.

From One Lice Lady To The Other
by Anna Albano Krosche @ 03/03/10, 08:47:51 PM

I am The Lice Lady of Westchester/Dobbs Ferry. I have been in the lice removal business since 1998 and have heard wonderful things about the famous Abigail, The Lice Lady of Brooklyn. She uses an all natural method to get rid of lice and nits, the same method that my staff and I use. For the Westchester people who don't want to travel to Brooklyn, you can contact Anna at 914-497-5465 or email me at TheLiceLady@aol.com. Visit my website: www.theliceladyofwestchester.com. Thanks!

Abigail Rosenfeld has a website!
by Rosenfeld @ 07/19/10, 12:42:09 AM

Abigail Rosenfeld has a website now! Check out Lice.co.nr

The All Natural Flat-Rate Solution
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by costa rica yoga retreat @ 12/09/10, 07:32:28 PM

Nice post, kind of drawn out though. Really good subject matter though.

Huh
by Ray @ 12/08/10, 12:59:17 PM

Nice post, kind of drawn out though. Really good subject matter though.

Huh
by Kim Kar @ 12/08/10, 07:27:57 PM

Do you even speak English? Seriously, wall of text crits me for 99999k.

Abi
by Susan @ 01/18/11, 09:42:11 AM

Abigail and her daughter and daughter in law are simply the cream of the crop. We were lice free in one session and she taught me how to do it myself, which I did when I went home to my son. There is no reason to use chemicals. I learned all I needed to know for the present and future if this happens again. Well worth the money and the time.

Lifesavers
by Karen @ 08/29/11, 11:38:23 PM

Ms. Rosenfeld and the ladies she trained are lifesavers. They took the time to calm me, cure us and talk to me. They brought love and a sweet mothering nature into my home. I am forever grateful. Why don't the Drs recommend them instead of the pharmaceucticals??? $$$

Absolute Lice-Savers!
by Joan @ 10/07/11, 02:20:20 AM

My daughter's hair was free of nits in under and hour just like they claim to do. I had gotten rid of all the lice in my daughter's hair the week before, but every time I would check her head/hair I kept finding more and more eggs, over 100 of them. After watching how Tzipora Rosenfeld worked with the conditioner and Nisska comb, I now know how to do it at home. I will be checking my daughter's head in a couple of days and going back on Monday for a follow up. And I will continue to check my daughter OFTEN.

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