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Sep
17
2010

I got a call from my daughter’s kindergarten. And I’m like… Wow, they must want to put her in the gifted math program or something.

Then the nurse says, “Your daughter has lice. Come pick her up immediately.”

LICE?! Maybe that’s an acronym for a gifted math program?

No. Apparently she got it at camp.

So I pick Dylan up from school and then immediately pick up Summer too in case this is a family epidemic and we start having to call ourselves the Lice’s.

Then I begin dialing every local hair salon to see if they do lice removal and all I’m getting is wrong numbers. What is going on here? Then I realize I’m dialing 212 area code. Crap. I don’t live in the city anymore. With the right area code, I finally get a hair salon on the phone.

“Hi. Do you do lice removal? ”

“What?”

“Do you do lice removal?”

“What? Do you want to schedule an appointment?”

“Do you do – Never mind. Thanks.” Click.

I start googling and find a non-toxic lice removal salon not too far away.Β  Dylan, Summer and I quickly make our way there and find out that we are all infected.Β  I feel so sexy right now.

Then the washing, combing and removal process begins.

It took 4 hours. We watched the same “Mr. Rogers” video four times and if I ever see that episode of him visiting the circus again, I’m going to have to go abuse some clowns.

When we left I really felt like I should have had some fresh highlights or at the very least a mani and a pedi. But no, just insect-free hair.

Now we just have to continue washing and combing through our hair for the next week. Plus, wash and dry all the linens, all the towels, vacuum all the rugs and floors, seal up all the stuffed animals, throw away or clean all the hair accessories, clean all the brushes, clean the car seats and on and on.

I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with all my free time anyway.

I’m still grateful for three things:

1. We no longer have bugs in our hair which is always very cool.

2. The twins don’t have lice because they are a little challenged in the hair department.

3. At least it’s not bed bugs.

P.S. Don’t let your daughters use your brush. Everyone in the house should have their own brush.


56 Responses to lice removal in westchester? oh yeah, i know all about that now.

  • Nicole says:

    Oh I am so sorry. Next time we are doing the salon thing…One piece of advice though, since adults don’t go through school nit checks (ewww) we only need to kill them, not comb them out…thank goodness since I now have 10x more hair than the boys and the lice comb just pulled all my hair out.

  • I feel your pain!
    We went through this just a few weeks ago. It was horrible! I did not go to a lice removal person and had to handle all three heads, plus my own. The first treatment did not work and we had to wait a whole week before we could try another treatment. Meantime I learned about every home remedy to mankind. I think the Listerine was the best. I just love it when my head smells all fresh and antiseptic-like! The animals are all back on the beds… and I may never wash sheets ever again as long as I live!

  • hokgardner says:

    Damn lice. We had an infestation two summers ago, while I was hugely pregnant. Every time I thought we were done, the damn bugs would come back.

    I wish Austin had pro lice removers. I would have paid any amount to have someone else do the combing.

  • Jodi says:

    Glad that ordeal is over for all of you! There is a hair product line called ‘Fairy Tales”…..its is supposed to have ingredients in it that prevent lice….not sure how effective but its worth a try….I also use a mint spray on the kids when I hear of outbreaks! good luck…..hugs and kisses to all of you!

  • Diane says:

    Hokgardner: there are nit-removal folks in Austin. Check out a nearby Pigtails and Crewcuts – some of them do.

    Lice Ice. A blue balm (no chems) that you put on hair at night – wash out in am. Freezes the nits and makes it easier to comb through.

    I know a little something about this business, I’m sorry to say. 3 girls, lots of hair. My son has never had the little buggers though. Something to be grateful for.

    I feel your pain.

  • Jordana Bales says:

    I start getting itchy whenever I read something about lice. I thought I should skip this one, but then it would have been the first MBD post I’d missed. You’re worth a little itching – I may have to skip any follow up stories, however,

  • Mackbeth says:

    Wow! I am itching just reading this and am happy to know that there are really salons that do that. I thought that part was a joke. One more item for your gratitude list:
    Summer remembered to grab some skittles to pass the time! My apologies for the major laundry project.

  • Robyn says:

    My mother still hasn’t forgiven me for bringing lice home (in my VERY long hair) from camp about 25 years ago.

    Glad to hear you’re all now bug free!

  • Jodi says:

    I bought this spray couple years ago – lice off leave in conditioning spray. I spray it on my kids everyday before school / camp. Smells not great, but I’m obsessed with it.

  • MN Mama says:

    I am so sorry. I have heard from a stylist that the Circle of Friends line of products works well. They have a Lice Defense leave in conditioner spray with tea tree that is supposed to help. We have used it when Isabelle’s plays tee ball and uses the batting helmet. Good luck!

  • traci says:

    oh for the love of Mary. What a pain in the ass. I’ve heard of the nit pickers from Brooklyn coming out to treat your house and hair and environment be damned, I am sure it is toxic as all get out.

  • mom101 says:

    I still remember Thanksgiving weekend in the late 70s, staying home while my mom combed out my hair for about 72 straight hours. At least you have “people” who do this thing for you now!

    Wishing you a bug free weekend Kelc.

  • Peta says:

    I second the motion: only you can make something as gross as lice hysterically funny! We had a little problem with my stepdaughter at day camp. (she was an ssistant counselor) This required an $800 donation to “Hair Fairies”……adding insult to injury. She won’t be working at day camp again.

  • CSY says:

    Oh lice is NASTY!!! My 3 had it once…shaved the boys heads and spent a WHOLE weekend trying to comb them out of my daughters long hair. NOT FUN! Now? The boys keep theirs super short and the girl has me spot check every now and then…do Middle Schoolers get lice too?

  • Jen says:

    Ooooh mama — on top of taking care of two infants, being sleep-deprived, you have to deal with lice. I have not had to deal with this yet (knocking on wood) but now I do know that there are professionals out there. i have read a lot about the Cetaphil remedy as well…

  • Betsy says:

    I taught for many, many years through several lice infestations. I have not had lice yet. I just KNOW that someday I will get it from my little girl.
    Good luck

  • Issa says:

    I am itching just reading this. I’m so sorry for all of you guys. Bleh. I swear it’s a kindergarten thing. One thing that helps keep it away? Because I’d guarantee you it’s not gone from the school yet…keep their hair up when at school. Braids, pony tails, anything and then use some hair spray on them. Somehow long hair attracts the little buggers. The hair spray kills them, so they stay away.

  • annie says:

    Ugh! I’m sorry! I’ve been there. One tip, don’t forget to vacuum the carseats. That’s one place that tends to be forgotten.

    My girls all have LOTS of long hair and all 3 had it at the same time. I think my eyes are still crossed from nit-picking.

  • Emily says:

    Ugh, I remember when I got it from a church retreat in high school. My Mom (and I) freaked out and back then there weren’t places to go so she did the combing and it was just awful. Glad the babies didn’t have to deal with it!

  • tully's mama says:

    I had lice 30 years ago. I had reached the point where my Dorothy Hammill haircut had finally grown out and I was wearing ponytails & french braids. Lice hit the family and inches of my gorgeous hair hit the floor. Mom had us all back to bowl cut figure skaters in no time. Time to get my therapist back on the phone.

  • Rene says:

    I feel your pain. I just got the lice kicked out of my life back in May. I watched my niece for the weekend and she brought her little friends. My 1 and 1/2 year old caught it. It took us forever to get rid of it. Mostly because every time we’d go back around my niece he’d catch it again.

    Tea Tree oil works. Once the lice is all gone just add a few drops to their regular shampoo works wonders. You can also add a sprig of fresh rosemary to the pillows inside the pillowcases. They don’t like the smell of it either.

  • Aunt Marcia (Guess Whose?) says:

    Keep a pet monkey in the house, they like to ‘groom’ other monkeys by picking bugs out of their fur. Just point the monkey in the direction of the girls’ hair. They eat the bugs after they pull them off, so you won’t have to buy too many bananas for the beast.

  • LT says:

    Ugh – Kelc, I am sorry to hear about that. In 1st and 2nd grade they lined us up to check for lice before letting anyone into the school. I got sent home both years. After de-licing and cleaning everything my mom cut 10 inches off my hair (too bad locks of love was not around). XOXO

  • Brittany says:

    Lice sucks so bad. My poor little girl fell asleep sitting up while I was nit picking her hair. If it makes you feel any better, lice only like clean hair. So I guess it means that we don’t have dirty kids. πŸ˜‰

  • Ella says:

    Tea tree oil is said to repel lice. It repels most people too, it is very strong.

    I am so sorry.
    We had the lice thing and it is JUST WHAT YOU NEED!
    Hours and hours of picking.
    I hope we don’t ever get it again, cause my eyes are so bad now, I don’t think I’m up for it.
    We just got back from a trip to NYC and my daughter is paranoid that we brought bed bugs back with us.
    Now THAT sounds fun too.

  • Laurie says:

    The picture of Dylan grinning and posing for her “lice removal” photo made me giggle. Only a child would pose for THAT picture!

  • Megan says:

    I remember having lice as a child and Mum extracting them over the bathroom sink. By some horrible coincidence, there was also a spider in my hair at the time (it was a party in there!) and for ages I thought that I had had a head full of huge spider-lice.

  • At least you have salons that do lice removal. We don’t.
    Every day I have to look through blond sand-infested hair to see if there are any lice lurking.
    (me: Who threw all that sand in you hair?
    junior: I put it there myself! With a shovel!)

  • Kim says:

    We use a product line called Rosemary Repel by Fairy Tales, it is all natural and organic, and repels lice ( I buy the shampoo, conditioner, and repel sealing spray). Anyway, the stuff is great, we have been using it for about two years now, and I believe it works. Check it out!
    http://www.fairytaleshaircare.com/

  • E says:

    Welcome to the club! You never know where you got them or, unfortunately, when they will come back. The best money you’ll spend is on professional removal but the people who come to your house are the absolute best money. Once I had just gotten highlights and the damn enzyme killer stripped out my color. THAT was horrible. πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer says:

    holy crap this is the scariest post you have ever written.
    i have been googling, i read that coconut oil – like the kind you cook with repels them, just put a dab in your hair after shampooing, smells yummy.
    i am never washing my hair again, moving to new york so i can be near your lice removal business, and planting a tea tree. crap – i would have to move.

  • ~Laura says:

    AHHHH!!! That sounds horrible. All that work at home too. That sucks. I had no idea that there are professional salons that take care of this stuff. Good to know! Here’s hoping they are all gone!

  • Amy says:

    My daughter had someone in her group get lice the 2nd to last day of camp and I was a lice freak for a month. Get Fairytales shampoo and conditioning spray and spray your girls’ hair before they go to school. So sorry you had to go through this, but at least they’re gone now πŸ™‚

  • I didn’t even realize that there were salons that handled this. I got lice from a friend when I was little and have vague memories of green shampoo and near asphyxiation in the bathtub. Glad to hear you’re all lice free again.

  • Joy says:

    Oy Yoy Yoy!
    But how amazing to find a salon to take care of the combing for you! What a genius idea. By they way, in the movie The Switch with Justin Bateman, there is a hilarious scene where he goes on lice patrol.
    Really enjoying your posts,
    Joy Jacobs

  • Kerri says:

    I feel your pain! Good new is that we haven’t had it in the house for a couple of years now. It was always the littlest kids that brought it home. With 11 kids at the time it was a ton of work! Only once did they ALL have it, me too! YUCK! My kids said now I am a “professional” nit picker…ha…they are sooo funny!

  • scrappysue says:

    i’m expert at lice from years of experience, but sadly, that’s a talent i’d rather not have! i never knew i could set up business as a lice removal clinic – i’d be rich! (we don’t have them – it’s purely DIY in nz!)


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