So, last week on the second day of the Blissdom conference I got a call from the nurse’s office at my daughter’s school. Usually if the nurse calls she will start the conversation off with “no need to worry, this isn’t a big deal”. She didn’t say that this time.
Because my life isn’t interesting enough. Because it’s not hard enough to be a mother to four kids. And because God obviously thinks I need more character development, my girls got head lice.
In all of my years of parenting, this has never happened. And I assumed it never would. Why? Because we are clean people. We shower daily. We wash and condition our hair. And we live in a nice neighborhood. This kind of stuff is not supposed to happen to people like us.
What? Isn’t that the way lice works? Don’t lice look for people who don’t care about personal hygiene?
When the nurse told me that the girls did indeed have lice, I was in utter disbelief. I was ashamed and I found myself trying to assure the nurse that we are clean people. Why I was worried about what the nurse thought, I don’t know. But there I was trying to convince her that we weren’t “those kind of people”.
Which is a pretty crappy thing now that I think about it, but the truth of the matter is that most of us associate lice with poor hygiene. And that is totally not the case.
Lice actually prefer clean hair. You see, the eggs attach better to clean hair follicles. So, if you think that lice will never march into your kid’s head because you keep your kids squeaky clean, I hate to burst your happy bubble. It’s a myth.
Now, once your kid(s) get head lice, it is a big freaky issue. You will gnash your teeth. You will itch all over even if you don’t have it yourself. You will see lice in places where it can’t even exist. Your brain will explode. Ok, so it won’t explode but you will most likely get a killer headache from the stress. God knows I did.
Every bit of bedding will have to be washed and dried over and over again. Your carpets, furniture and mattresses will have to be vacuumed. All of your kid’s stuffed animals will have to live in trash bags for two weeks a la Velveteen Rabbit. And you will have to pick eggs out of your kid’s hair for days and days and days. It is miserable.
In my opinion, the best way to deal with this is by not getting lice to begin with. That’s why I’m writing this post today. There is a product on the market called Fairy Tales which I was interested in before my girls got lice. Why I didn’t start using this before my girls got infested, I don’t know. I wish I had.
Fairy Tales is a line of products that repels lice. Lice do not like the herbs rosemary, citronella, tea tree or lavender. They are a natural repellent. And Fairy Tales uses these all natural organic herbs in their products.
Check out this video above to see how lice stay away from hair treated with these herbs and gravitate towards the hair that hasn’t been treated. Fascinating stuff. It will make your head itch just watching it. But watch it anyway because you need to see what lice looks like.
For those of you who are like me and find yourself in this dreadful situation, Fairy Tales has a non-toxic pesticide free mousse, Fairy Tales Lice Good-Bye, that when used in conjunction with their Terminator Metal Lice Comb, will help you combat those pesky little critters.
I want to be very very clear about something. Standard lice kits come with a comb. A terrible comb that doesn’t work. I know this because that was my first line of defense. And that comb just didn’t do any good. The Terminator Metal Lice Comb is lightyears better because the teeth are closer together and the lice eggs (nits) stick to the grooved teeth.
Picking eggs out of your kid’s hair with your fingertips is not fun. I repeat, not fun. Yes, the Terminator Comb is $10.95 online ($15.95 is what I paid at Ulta), but it is worth every single flippin’ penny.
Fairy Tales has an entire line of products that will help you in your quest to prevent lice. Check it out and watch their videos. They have a lot of really good resources to help you understand lice and how to prevent it or even get rid of it should you become a victim.
Long story short, prevention is key. Make sure your kids know not to use other people’s combs, share hats or rub heads together. Ok, so the odds of rubbing heads is slim to none, but you can never be too careful when it comes to lice. Just sayin’.
So, how about a giveaway? Who wants the opportunity to use my girl’s combs or borrow their hats? Totally kidding. I wouldn’t wish that on any of you.
Fairy Tales has offered up a reader giveaway for one of my readers. One reader will win a bottle of Fairy Tales Rosemary Repel Shampoo, Creme Conditioner and Conditioning Spray. (three bottles in total)
To enter, comment on this post with your first name, last initial, the state you are from and whether or not you have struggled with lice and any thoughts you might have on the subject. (that’s for me because I am so curious to hear your experiences)
Entries must be received by Friday, April 5th 11:59pm ET. Good luck and may lice never ever set up camp in your kid’s head!
This is not a sponsored post. I marched right to the store and bought the Fairy Tales products. I did reach out to them to work on spreading the message about their product and they did send some of their line to me free of charge.