By LiceDoctors Technician, Chelsea Lonergan
As I pulled onto the client’s street, the suspense of what I was about to face was reaching an all-time high. I had never visited a Native American community before, and I felt truly privileged that I was being invited into one of their members’ homes. Of course, given the circumstances, I would rather be visiting for a more positive occasion, but I was really just happy to help. After I set up shop inside her quaint home (in the kitchen—with lots of light and access to water), I went to work, delving into conversation with her much like any other hairdresser might.
Her daughter had beautiful, thick, Rapunzel-length, hair; as I combed through, her mother lamented over the struggle she faces each year with lice infestations. “She visits family in Hawaii every year, and it’s great, but they all get lice and she always brings it home with her,” she told me, “I just didn’t even want to deal with it this time because I’m so tired of it.”
Unfortunately, her story is just one example of a common narrative we as technicians hear all the time. Perhaps one of the most annoying aspects of dealing with lice is not being able to control anyone else’s condition. And if the same people you or your family members are spending tons of time around aren’t handling their own bugs, you may be caught in a never-ending cycle of infestation.
Thankfully, LiceDoctors technicians either help clients maximize their chances of preventing lice re-infestations or, at the very minimum, know exactly how to handle a lice re-infestation. One of the things I tell every client is that even though we may have had a wonderful time getting to know each other, I hope to never see you again (and I know you hope to never see me again!). And this is only because part of my job is to make sure you never need to see a lice professional again—you essentially are already trained as one yourself.
For clients who are at higher risks of spending time close to others with lice, there are a number of ways re-infestations can be prevented. For one, clients are able to do a modified version of the treatment protocol every week or two; this ensures that any new bugs are killed before they have time to develop and lay new eggs. Another method is using hair product and styling hair in a way which doesn’t feel inviting to any stray bugs. I always tell clients that if you make your hair clean and free of product, it’s the equivalent of beautiful, open real-estate for bugs to move in. Instead, if you use hair styling products and put long hair up, it’s the equivalent of a beautiful home that’s unfortunately not for sale.
Lastly, LiceDoctors has their very own line of all-natural, chemical-free hair products which clients can order through your technicians or through the LiceDoctors website. These include shampoo, conditioner, and a repellant spray made with peppermint oil. Lice have sensitive noses and hate certain strong-smelling essential oils, so clients may find many lice products made with oils like peppermint. Full disclosure: I have used the repellant spray for the herbal-y smell alone! These products are great options for clients looking for long-term lice prevention and maintenance.
For families who find themselves in the nasty and frustrating cycle of lice infestation, eradication, then re-infestation, LiceDoctors can help you create a prevention plan. Although you may not be able to make sure your kids’ friends or other family members get rid of their own lice cases, you can certainly help keep those bugs from moving into your own home. After all, it’s all about keeping that real-estate closed and those pesky neighbors out.
If you find lice in your family in Puyallup or Auburn or anywhere in the vicinity, give LiceDoctors a call at 206-316-8637 . A lice expert will make a home visit to you and will relieve you of all lice and visible nits. She will leave you with a simple after care plan to ensure that the lice from this infestation are gone for good.