May 11, 2013
“You’re a WHAT?” If you want to be a lice removal technician like me and you’re willing to tell people that, be ready to say what you do more than once or twice or three times. Although “they” hear you, the brain does not comprehend – that you do that at all, that you do something so “odd”, that SUCH A THING EXISTS! But we do exist and as their brain cells start to realign (and they might recoil a bit) the conversation goes something like this (and there is always a conversation).
“…so you pick lice out of people’s hair?”
“So you’re a ‘nit-picker’?…(a look comes across the face like they’ve seen a revelation) “Hey that’s where that word comes from?“
“Do they come to your house? Do you work at a salon? Do you go to their house?”
“I go to their house.”
“Does it work? Can you really get rid of the lice? Do you clean their whole house or something?”
“It works 100%, I can really get rid of the lice and I don’t do anything with the home because that isn’t necessary. All the focus and energy goes towards the head and hair.”
“Do you use a pesticide or something?”
“No I use olive oil.”
You get the drift. By the way if you want to be a lice removal technician who, like me, works for LiceDoctors, also be prepared to say more than once, twice or thrice “It absolutely works 100%”.
“How is that?”
And the conversation proceeds along where I describe the process and maybe the worst case I’ve seen and maybe the funniest family I’ve treated and maybe why the chemical shampoos you buy at the drug store don’t work, etc. etc. etc.
Started Just To Make Some Cash
I started out as a lice lady to make some extra cash, especially because the “pay ain’t bad”. But I’m surprised how many jobs actually go into this one job.
- The obvious…a nit picker
- A counselor…since most families are so stressed and freaked. In addition to feeling quarantined, and embarrassed, often they’ve been dealing with it for a long time: staying up late picking and picking, being sent home from school, missing work. They feel completely overwhelmed, burdened and ready to -literally- tear their hair out. I let them vent and then I soothe and assure them everything is going to be absolutely OooooKay. My favorite was the husband that gave me $100 tip and while he and his wife walked me out to my car, arm in arm, as if I was a long lost relative after an important visit, said, “You saved my marriage…thank you!” Obviously I laughed but was he kidding? I guess I’ll never know, but I made sure to do something special with the 100 bucks.
- A teacher…I not only get rid of the lice, I educate the client on how to cope. They should never have to see me or anyone like me again because they have all the information they need for the rest of their lives…unless they want me to come back and then I’m happy to.
- A project manager. The family pays by the hour. I have to be efficient and manage the whole project effectively so the meter doesn’t just tick away and yank at their wallet.
- A health practitioner…because our clients feel as if something is unhealthy about them even though having lice is not a disease. Also I wear scrubs and a shower cap so I look like some kind of health practitioner.
- A hairdresser…since we’re dealing with and fixing the hair. I sense what it’s like to be a hairdresser including all the chit chat and bonding and I love that. I also love that I don’t get blamed for a bad cut and/or color.
- An exterminator…since we’re eradicating a pest from the household. By the way, one of the reasons I can do this job is because my whole life I was always the one who went toward the bug, spider, beetle as opposed to ran away from it.
- A babysitter…since I might be watching children while parents are washing another child’s hair or they could be running to the store for supplies or something.
- Bearer of light…I not only literally bring lights to be able to see the lice but when I get there the mood is ALWAYS darker than when I leave.
I am a LiceDoctor; I love my job!
Welcome to my world. ~ Kim
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