This post was written and sponsored by the savvy women of Nit Pixies in Montclair, a full-service lice removal salon for families.
You unzip the zipper and there it is: the dreaded letter about a lice outbreak in your child’s class. Quickly you pour a glass of wine and begin to panic. Our first piece of advice is to take a deep breath and say calmly, “This too shall pass.” Once your blood pressure has come down, it’s time to take action.
First, put your child under a bright lamp to see if he or she might be infested. Look for any live bugs cruising around the head as well as nits (better known as eggs) which will be stuck to the hair shaft. (They look like little flakes of dandruff, however they are three dimensional and if you blow on them, they will not move.)
When you are checking your child’s head, look directly behind their ears, the crown of their head, the back of their necks and in the hair at the top of the forehead. If you do see lice, unfortunately treatment whether at home or at a salon has to begin. These buggers simply do not disappear and the longer you wait, the worse the infestation gets. If you don’t see any signs of lice, do a happy dance and begin preventative measures.
The first line of defense for children with long hair is to put their hair up in pigtails, ponytails or a bun before they head off to school.
Then, use an oil extract or herbal spray that contains mint, lavender, or tea tree oil. Lice do not like these scents and will scurry away if they smell them. Put a dab on the side of their temples and at the base of their necks, or give a quick spray over the hair. You may also wash their hair with Tea Tree Oil Shampoo; however, we recommend you only use it once a week. It can dry out the scalp very fast and create sores.
Finally, sit your child down and speak to them about not sharing hats, combs, clothes etc.. with their fellow classmates. Also ask them to be nice to the kids who do have lice as their friends just drew the unlucky card that week and it could be anyone’s turn the following week.
Kindness from friends goes a long way with a child who is embarrassed because of a lice infestation.
This post was sponsored by NitPixies in Montclair. For more information or help with lice in your home or school, call NitPixies at 510-530-HAIR.