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Got Lice? And a Giveaway

Fairy TalesSo, 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.

20130329_113248For 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. 

Comments

  1. Jessica D says:

    I’m itchy now…

    • Tell me about it!

      • OLIVE OIL!

        I’ve been a first grade teacher for twenty years in the SOUTH and so headlice is a yearly event. The cleanest kids in the class is sure to find “dinosaur eggs” in their hair around Easter time.

        Best solution? Olive oil. The cheapest kind. Price doesn’t matter. Pour olive oil in their hair. Massage it in. Leave it for 8 – 10 hours. Many times, kids sleep with a shower cap. Yes, you will need a rocking nit comb. Wash as usual. Then a week later, olive oil it up and repeat. If there is even one louse alive it will lay eggs again and you can capture all those in 7 days.

        As soon as you are lice free, hair spray will work as a repellant.

        Don’t be embarrassed. It happens to the cleanest of us.

        Patti

  2. Dion F. OH
    Our family, thank goodness, has never had lice. I have five children and can not imagine all the laundry and combing that would be involved! Lice has been going around their school. I would love to prevent. Can you purchase this at Ulta?

    • Yup, it’s rampant around here as well. Yes, you can find these products at Ulta and there is a store locator on the Fairy Tales website.

  3. Tamra B. says:

    My family had lice back in 1976, when it was pretty rare. My sisters and I actually enjoyed picking nits off each other! Fortunately, I haven’t dealt with it since then. If my daughters get it, I think they’ll be getting some hair cuts.

    Tamra B. in Colorado

    • Hair cuts are so very tempting! The hours I’ve spent combing their hair this week. I sure hope you never have to deal with this.

  4. Cheryl G from MA

    Okay, I have been one of the lucky ones **so far** with my children, although I did get lice when I was a teenager, and I will never forget the hours of combing and combing!! I have had many discussions with friends about lice in school, and I know about all of the good products, especially Fairy Tales. That being said, I have been told that lice do gravitate to clean hair! Some people spray their kids hair with hairspray in the morning (I have done that). I have also heard that if you are unlucky enough to get lice, the best way to get them all is to coat the girls hair in olive oil and send them to bed with a shower cap on. Totally gross I know, but it suffocates them. Also, for children who constantly get lice, I have been told to actually dye their hair (their natural color). The lice do not like hair with any substance on it. This advice was from a friend who claims her doctor recommended it after repeated instances.

    • Yes, I’ve read that lice hate hair treated with dye. So for me that’s a very good thing! We are looking good over here as of today. No nits. But I have another week of constant head checking before I can be optimistic that it’s gone.

  5. Oh it is the phone call I live in fear of. I have been using the spray for a couple of years now for just in case. I have to be honest if heaven forbid it happened I would start tossing everything out. I could just not deal I am not that big of a person.

    There is a lady in our area who started a company and she will come to your home and check for lice and if your child does have it she will take care of it for you. In my opinion worth every penny.

    Funny story years and years ago my girlfriends’ daughter had lice and she bagged up everything, it took forever to get rid of the darn things. Well last year they moved and in the basement she found two bags of stuffed animals that she had totally forgotten about. Needless to say they did not make the move to the new home.

    Sorry you had to deal with this and that everything worked out.

    • Oh, I totally hear you. I wanted to throw everything out, but unfortunately there wouldn’t be much left! My washer and dryer are getting a workout!!

  6. My friend just forwarded me your post as he knew that my family was infected. Not only did my daughter get it but she gave it to her mother…ugh. Just awful. I always thought “this will never happen to us” but it did. It was abolutely exhausting. I am not excited to see our electricity bill as I’ve had the washer/dryer running 24/7 for days now. Thank god for places like “Love Bug” who help rid you of these things. It’s not cheap – but well worth the $.

    • Yup. The electric company is going to make big bucks off of this house this month. Maybe it’s a conspiracy. Maybe the electric company plants lice in schools to generate revenue? Lol.

  7. Dorene C. MA

    We just got the “somebody in your kid’s class has lice” letter earlier this week and I’ve been checking my son’s head non-stop.

    • Never a fun letter to get. Especially if you are the reason it’s sent out. But odds are good that the kids got it from someone else in the school. Luckily the rest of our family has been lice free so far. *knocks on wood*

  8. Jessica A says:

    We have had a few cases in both my kids schools and I am always dreading that call. Knock on wood we haven’t gotten any yet but I would love to try the products.
    Jess A , MA

  9. Danielle says:

    I have had head lice THREE times within a couple years when I was in middle school because my best friend had it and when the school would send her home her parents didn’t fully get rid of it and she’d come back to school the next day…and so on. It was dreadful. I thought my Mother was going to shave my head.

  10. Mel J. from Pa. says:

    This makes me itch all over. Thankfully, we’ve never had lice. I would love to try these products, though.

  11. Jess McCarthy says:

    I have never encountered lice and I am VERY greatful for that. However, my best friend lives in Maine and it is an epidemic in her kids school. And they brought them home to share. She has been doing so much laundry! This would be a timely gift I’d like to have you ship directly to her house if I won. She’d love me forever. :)
    Jessica M. Pennsylvania
    Just a side note- is your one daughter still getting bullied in school? Could she “accidentally” switch hats with her? Is that too mean? I’d be mighty tempted. :)

  12. Eeek! We have never had it (Knock on wood!!!) but I love that there is a preventive measure we can be taking!!

    Karen H.

    • Oh Karen, I sure hope you never get it. I know you are a frugal gal like me. So, you can understand how much it kills me to spend $12 per bottle for shampoo. BUT it is worth it if it will help us never have to deal with this again!

  13. Ingrid M.
    California
    Lice are the devil in the form of a tiny, itchy pest! Thank goodness I haven’t had to deal with lice with my daughter so far (knock on wood) but I suffered from it as a child. I grew up in Guatemala (central america) and even though we are like your family, very clean those tiny pests loved my long hair. We didn’t have the high tech stuff available now so i had to suffer hrs of having someone pick through my hair, miserable hrs I tell ya. Good luck with your girls.

    • Wow! How cool that you grew up in Guatemala! You must have some amazing stories to tell! Oddly my girls seem to enjoy my picking through their hair. They love the one on one time and we are talking about some interesting stuff while combing. So, there’s that. :)

  14. This is crazy that you posted this. Just last week I got a call from my daughter’s school saying someone in the class had lice (thank God she didn’t get it) and I have NEVER had to deal with it. I don’t know the first thing about it to be honest. Thank you for posting this!!!
    xoxo always
    Missy E. New York

    • Missy, I so hope you never have to deal with this. We are sort of lucky. The nurse caught it before it got too out of control. Not that any amount of lice is “in control”, but we seem to have discovered it before it was rampant. And that is a good thing. :)

  15. Laurie W.--MA says:

    In the mid-80s, my daughter got head lice at her pre-school and I was beyond embarrassed. I thought lice was shameful and everyone would think we were dirty. I didn’t tell the pre-school teacher and I wish I had because all the parents should have been informed. Since then, have worked in public elementary schools and know that it happens all the time, and nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed about. Information about head lice should be part of the school “open house/orientation” at the beginning of the year.

    • Why are we so ashamed of lice and not other just as common maladies such as pink eye and the flu? It’s caught the same way, from someone else. I wonder why lice is such a shame ridden issue??

  16. Anonymous says:

    I have not suffered through this ordeal as you have so vividly described. However, I would like to try the Fairy Tales products and am glad you wrote about this and shared the giveaway Melanie!! I agree with Laurie immediately above my comment; awareness and factual details should be part of the elementary and middle school open house orientations at the beginning of each year. I hope you look back on the lengthy combing sessions as bonding in the long run and don’t remember them as a chore. It has to be done and they are in your very close personal care for those minutes and hours. My only advice is to try to cherish the time together and not focus on the causal factor. This too shall pass. I’ve read that somewhere. :)

    • Anonymous says:

      Krista B, MD. Oops!

    • Oddly the girls have been enjoying the one on one time. I keep having them repeat this mantra “I will not share brushes” “I will not share hats”. They giggle and giggle as I try to sound stern while repeating it like I’m a drill master on a march. ;)

  17. Oooh, yes, we have been dealing with lice at the preschool where I teach. During our staff retraining on lice by the Ladibugs (our equivalent to your Fairy Tales, it seems) lady, we learned that the RID/NIX/equivalent treatments kill less than 50% of adult lice, and only 3% of the nits. The natural (Ladibugs or Fairy Tales) kit is much more effective, but vigilance is still needed to regularly check and remove nits.

    All the staff at school walk around itching, and having regular head checks. I keep the natural Ladibugs lice removal kit at home (good for 2 years) just in case.

    I hope your little pests are soon gone for good. I know how much work it is, and the ICK factor is huge. Funny how different our reaction is to lice vs. strep, pink eye, influenza, or the stomach bugs that are equally “contagious” in schools.

    Julie, MN

    • Another thought for parents: if you know there are lice at your kids’ school or class, don’t assume that other parents are diligent about treating their kids. That is the case at our school. The mom washes the kid’s hair with the lice treatment, and figures that is good enough. He has nits and live lice every time we check him. It has gotten to the point where we have her stay while we check him before she drops off, so we don’t have to call her to pick him up 15 minutes later.

      It’s better for you all to be constantly vigilant – use a repelling spray on hair, clothes, backpacks, and jackets. And check hair daily!

      Julie in MN again

    • Yes, vigilance is key. I’ll be like a mama ape picking through her babies for the remaining school years to keep on top of this. I never ever want to deal with this again. Ever.

  18. aaaahhh memories… both of my boys had lice in elementary school….
    I was mortified!!! I cried!! but of course, I didn’t want to upset them!
    ugh, all the washing and constantly checking their heads …but it wasn’t the end of the world
    and I seem to remember getting it all under control rather quickly.
    they are now 21 and 23 …I had almost forgotten that yucky and unpleasant adventure! :D

    • I’d like to forget this as soon as possible. :) We are looking good over here. I can’t find any nits in their hair which makes sense because I’ve been combing for hours and for days!

  19. Barbara R from CA. Just yesterday I had to let a friend of mine let her know her child had the critters. The SECOND time I had it was in 2001. We were going on the QE2 for a transatlantic cruise out of NY. We live in CA so we flew into NY a day early. As I am doing my hair getting ready for my plane, in my false nail was an adult lice (or louse)! GROSS! My head itched the entire flight! THEN my husband and I had an exciting evening in New York combing lice out of my hair. How romantic, right?!?

  20. Heather B. says:

    Heather B. MA

    My oldest had lice years back! it was HORRIBLE! we would just get rid of it then she would go to her fathers house and come home with it again……. found out her half sisters had it and they weren’t being treated or not fully! FINALLY got rid of it!!!!!!!!!! So far (knock on wood) my younger 2 girls haven’t gotten it. we did have it running through one school at the beg of the school year and I was sooooooo nervous my 10 year old would get it.

    • That sounds like that would be a very frustrating situation because you had no control over the other kids involved. I’d be sending my kids with hair caps on, lol. I’m glad you got it under control!

  21. CarolW, CA.
    I would LOVE to try this product. Never heard of it before which is surprising because there was a wicked rampant case of lice going through my daughter’s school last fall. Practically epidemic. One afternoon they sent 5 kids home from the extended day program (she is in half day kindergarten). My daughter even got sent to the nurse once for scratching her head too much but thankfully she was nit free. No kidding this is not a socioeconomic issue, she attends the “better” school in the district. Pure luck on our side that she escaped this year’s outbreak and thank goodness because she has long curly hair. Maybe it’s because I use John Frieda Root Awakening on her hair which is pretty “herb-y”. Anyway, I’d love to give this stuff a try!

    • Yes! It is an epidemic issue. And from what I’ve read, lice are becoming resistant to chemicals. Scary stuff. I love the Fairy Tales shampoo. It lathers up great and I almost want to eat their heads after showering because they smell like a yummy pot roast. :)

  22. Itch. Crawly feeling. Itch….
    You are the second family in two weeks that I’ve heard this from – – the other family are friends of mine in London, England.
    Here in New England they have the “Lice Aunties”. They come to your home. In the UK it’s Hair Force.
    Thank you for the tip about Fairy Tales and the Terminator Comb!!!
    Good luck!

    • I’ve heard good things about lice removal companies, but they are expensive. So far I’m having very good luck managing this on my own. As long as I don’t stray too far from my laundry room, I’m ok. :)

  23. Karri F, CT

    Yes, we have struggled with this and it was an ENORMOUS job to deal with having daughters with long hair; if it can be prevented, it would be wonderful! Between the hair combing and washing everything over and over it was exhausting!

  24. OMGosh Mel. This post brought back horrible memories for me. My daughter (now almost 16) was 8 when she got lice. I will never forget that dreadful day as long as I live either. Now, the worst part – her hair at the time was down to the back of her knees…yes, knees. She had gorgeous hair (and still does; however, much shorter). I tried for days upon days to get rid of it but because there was just so much hair it was next to impossible. And of course, the tangled mess of hair to go through only made her cry that much harder. We did the mayo with plastic wrap, all the over-the-counter treatments, and then actually went to the pediatrician and he gave us Rx stuff that finally did the job. She kept her long hair for a few years after that, but it was a nightmare. I remember vacuuming and spraying the mattresses, the stuffed animals in bags, vacuuming some more, and the tears – both hers and mine. Yes, it is totally something I do not wish on any parent to have to deal with. And I was in disbelief just as you were because I am a clean freak, not only personal hygiene wise but my home as well. I kept saying, “How could this happen? We shower daily, sometimes twice a day. My house is immaculate.” But you’re right, they do prefer nice clean hair, and apparently a clean home as well. It took us over a week to get rid of them completely. But it’s something I never want to deal with EVER again. I think that was one of the reasons that pushed me over the edge to put them in cyber school. I think at the time I was very close to a nervous breakdown. I know there are worst things in the whole realm of mother/children but that sure was devasting at the time. I feel for you big time.

    • Oh Nancy. I can’t even imagine dealing with hair that long. The girl’s hair is down to their mid-back and that alone has been crazy to go through. Luckily their hair is poker straight and I can get the comb to slide straight through. I can’t even imagine how I would deal with hair any longer or worse, curly hair. The only thing that would be better for me is if the girls had darker hair. It’s hard to see them on Leela’s blonde hairs. And I can understand how this could push you towards a nervous breakdown, lol.

  25. I feel your pain. I had to interrupt my boss in a meeting because I got “The Call” and had to go home. It’s bad enough my son and daughter both got it, but I ended up with it too . It is just so nasty. I colored my hair figuring that it would kill them. Nope. Apparently they like that stuff. Imagine calling into work sick because you have lice. Needless to say, I slept on the floor for a week. The thought of it being in my bed just didn’t work. I felt itchy even after they were gone. What a nightmare. My kids are 18 and 22 now but you brought back that dreaded memory :) Good luck!!

    • That would be horrible Seana. I keep looking at my own hair for any evidence, but so far so good. Thank God my hair is black so I can clearly see. And I do itch but I think it’s all in my head. The inside of my head that is. :)

  26. Boy oh boy is lice a nightmare when kids get it. Yikes! Would love to win this just to be prepared. Thanks.
    Regina H., MO

  27. Oh no! You were away when you got the call? Were you on the next flight home! Never had to deal with this and I am glad because my girls have long hair. My worst fear would be that I’d be diligent about getting rid of it but other parents would not. Like a previous poster I’ve been in schools were there was one kid whose parents didn’t want to do the long tedious process and the kid just kept coming back to school with the lice. We actually found out we couldn’t prevent this kid from staying in school with lice. Got to love Massachusetts laws.

    • I’m not really sure what my jumping on a plane and racing home would’ve helped. Lice don’t care who washes the kid’s heads. Two days certainly weren’t going to make them colonize any faster.

      And our schools do not allow kids with lice to attend class. Thankfully the girl’s heads are now clear.

  28. Lori McK says:

    I was one of the unlucky kids that got lice in elementary school. Even worse, my teacher at the time told all the other kids in the class that I started the “outbreak”. My mom was not happy at all with that and went to the school and confronted the teacher. The whole situation was probably one of the most embarassing moments in my childhood. I would do anything to save my son and daughter from the same nightmare!

    Lori McK
    MT

    • Oh Lori, that’s terrible. Teachers need to be a little more sensitive to how that would make a child feel. It’s not like the kid wants lice. :(

  29. I have two girls, no experience with lice yet but I know it’s just a matter of time. Ewww
    Sara R, Ca

  30. Sarah M CT
    While I haven’t had to deal w lice … I cringe and itch every time the letter comes home from school that a case of lice is in the school. My eight year old has super long hair and I can only imagine having to go thru riding her and the house of it . I’ve never heard of fairytales brand but will be looking into it !!

    • Head checks every week is a good idea for any parent of a school aged child. I will never assume again that my kids are exempt from lice. Oy.

  31. If I may, I would like to clear up a few misconceptions. Full disclaimer: I own a lice removal treatment center (The Lice Place) and I have had more than 40,000 people walk through my clinic doors in the past 7 years. I am also a Registered Nurse and have worked with several universities on head lice research/studies.

    Lice do not care if you have clean or dirty hair, short or long hair, dyed or natural hair, hair with product or hair without product – they only care if you have hair.

    Lice require a human blood meal every 3 to 4 hours to survive. The lice eggs require the warmth from your scalp for incubation in order to hatch. Head lice will not survive more than 24 hours off of a human host (my experience has shown that most will die within 6 to 8 hours). Without the warmth from a human scalp, the lice eggs will not hatch. All the cleaning and bagging that most peple think they need to do is not required.

    Olive oil will not smother lice (nor will mayo). Lice can actually shut down their own respiratory system. Olive oil and mayo does nothing but make a HUGE mess.

    Verify that your child actually DOES have head lice. Approximately 50% of the head checks done in our office reveals that the person does not have head lice – it is usually just dandruff.

    Lice are becoming increasingly resistant to over the counter and prescription treatments. We see this in our office every single day where a parent has tried mulitiple treatments and their child still has live crawling bugs. Combing and manual removal are the safest and most effective way to get rid of lice. There are no shortcuts.

    There is no product that will prevent head lice. My company sells a product similar to Fairy Tales. I tell all my clients it is simply a deterrant, much like when you spray your child with a mosquito repellant. They may still get bit but are less likely to be bitten. All you can do is minimize an infestastion and you do this by getting into the habit of checking your child once a week for head lice. On average, most children have lice 4 to 6 weeks before it is discovered. By doing once a week head checks, if your child were to have head lice, you will find it early and it won’t be a big deal to get rid of the parasite.

    I hope this information helps all those dealing with head lice or who may deal with head lice. Remember – once a week, take a peek!

  32. I saw a live one crawling on my son’s neck the 2nd month of Kindergarten. Both of the boys got their first shaved heads that night. I soaked my head in listerine (found this on the internet) just to be safe. Hopefully never again!!

    • Lol, I can understand your knee jerk reaction. Trust me, if this had happened to my sons, they would be cue balls. :)

  33. Sherri K from Florida-I have luckily never had it, but my nieces have been infected several times. Not fun at all trying to get rid of them. I totally sympathize with you.

  34. Yikes. I have zero experience with lice, thank goodness. I know that reading this post is making me lean more toward homeschooling my children, so they don’t pick it up at school, haha. Good luck!
    Tara T., VA

  35. Oh this post hits home for me. Two years ago, my daughters got it 3 times in 3 months. When I went to pick them up, the registrar asked if they were in gymnastics. My heart sank. Yes, they were. Crap! I was shocked at the number of people who told me they got it too…at camp or at school when they were kids. We were vigilant too. I just bought straight tea tree oil and added it to their shampoo, we put it in every load of laundry. Those damn bugs are a nightmare! So, we did the comb EVERY night in the tub for weeks! And we got it again! Let me tell you, I wanted to cry. By the third infestation, I did cry. We were still being vigilant, but let me tell you, we finally quit gymnastics and we never got them again. My best guess is that a kid in one of their classes had it and was sharing it…. All I know is that they have been asking to do gymnastics since then…and I’m just so gun shy I can’t. :)

  36. Kesha G. NC. I have never had to deal with lice, but it always scares me when my daughter gets a note sent home from school stating that another child in her class has! Would love to win these products! Thank you for the giveaway!

  37. Lynda A. says:

    I myself was a victim growing up. I actually had it 3 times, and much like you my mom was trying to convince the nurse we were clean people. Lol. I had really long, thick hair and after repeated use of the RID packs she cut my hair so short I cried for days. The nurse told my mom that they will jump from head to head, and becuse we all sat so close in class that was how we got it. Thanks for the info on Fairytales. I have a daughter and I am terrified she will get it.
    Lynda A. Pensacola, FL

  38. I don’t know if we have it here yet or not, but I need to NOT EVER HAVE IT HERE. This is my entry: http://shannonigans.co/blog/2013/3/29/lice-dont-project-they-jump

  39. Cheryl P. says:

    Cheryl P.
    California

    My lice story…..oh my how I hate those little buggers! We have never had lice until Christmas vacation. Don’t know how my daughters got it as no one in their classes seemed to have it, but I guess you never know. No one goes around announcing “I have lice!”. My youngest was itching her head every 2 seconds which was driving me crazy! I kept telling her stop itching. I didn’t even dream she had lice. Then her neck broke out in red bumps and was really itchy. I saw a little black looking bug on her neck just sitting there (now that I look back, I swear he was mocking me). I still did not think she had lice! I tried to look at the bug, but they are so small I couldn’t tell what it was. Not to mention that my 46 year old eyes are not what they used to be! :( I got a magnifying glass and looked at it then went on the internet to look at pictures of lice. My worst nightmare came true!!!!! It was lice!!! I went to the store and bought the dreaded lice shampoo and comb. To make things even worse when I went to checkout and the lice shampoo was not scanning (and I didn’t even have a coupon!) so the checker had to call someone to do a price check! People were in line waiting behind me…..I felt like pleading my case with them. Telling them we are clean people and this has never happened before. Finally after 20 minutes (ok…it was probably like 1 minute, but when you are dealing with lice everything seems longer), we got the price. Now the work begins….we had to wash EVERYTHING in hot water. And I mean EVERYTHING. Then the worst part is combing through their hair. My youngest has should length hair, but my oldest has LONG hang almost down to her waist! Yah….that was fun! Good times! We had to comb through their hair everyday. Finally, we got rid of those beasts! I hope to never see them again! Great….now I’m itchy again. Arrrggghhhh! Have fun and keep your sense of humor, you will need it.

  40. Leah C. From Florida says:

    I live in a constant fear of lice for my 9 and 5 girls (heck, even for myself!!)…..I would love to get my hands on this fabulousness!!!

  41. Yuck, yuck! We had it as a family years ago. My oldest had chicken pox, pneumonia and lice all at the same time. It was a truly terrible experience. I tossed a lot of stuff because as a young mom I couldn’t deal with it all. It’s disgusting;as a teacher this sounds like a product I would know about.
    Maria from MA

  42. Stephanie P. says:

    I would love to win this!

  43. Oh no!! your article brought back long forgotten memories. Me and my yonger sister both got Lice from someone at school 3-4 times in 1 school year. It was awful. We both have long hair till our waists (still do)..Our poor Mom spent hours every evening using the comb & oiling our hair so that the lice would stick easier to the comb. Eggs/Nits were worse. Do not want to go back there again with my 2 daughters. I keep checking their hair every week.

  44. Angie S from Missouri – we have never struggled with lice NOT 1 time with 3 kids so thanks for the chance it can happen to anyone and would love to have this on hand. Great review and I’ll keep this product in mind Melanie

  45. Samantha H says:

    Hey there, I’m from Oregon! Lice are the devil, when I was in grade school I had it for two (two!!) years straight because my good-for-nothing parents wouldn’t do anything useful about it, so every day I had to go into the nurses’ office and get my long long hair put into a long braid and wasn’t allowed to have a comb as school and brush my hair like the other kids. It got to the point that the school sent CPS to our house since my parent’s were not fixing it.

    LICE ARE EVIL.

  46. Sandy bland says:

    Sandy B. Maryland
    I personally have never had to deal with them knock on wood, but I now have a grandaughter with curly thick hair that will be in kindergarten in the fall that I worry about… Would love to win those products!! Thanks!!

  47. We have not had lice before but last sumer our neighbor kids had it and they still let their kids go out and play with other kids, kinda made me mad lol.
    Tena N
    Utah

  48. Robyn K. says:

    Another teacher here! Yikes!! I am so sorry for you and your family. I am very thankful for how well you have taken care of it and stayed on top of it. Unfortunately that is not the case for many of the students in my school and class. One day in my Kindergarten class I had 5 students go home. I almost started crying because I felt as a teacher I had done many preventative things (bookbags and coats in trashbags that hang so nothing is touching, swept carpet every evening, no reading area with pillows or stuffed animals). It was sad really, but has been a regular problem in my Kindergarten class and now third grade classroom no matter what I do to prevent the issue. I worry that I will get it, but have been lucky so far. I hope it does not come back to your house and good luck!! **Looking into purchasing some of Fairy Tales products, because other than coloring my hair I am pretty squeaky clean too! ;) **

  49. Lanea W.
    Missouri
    I have not had to personally deal with lice in my daughter’s hair, but we are currently having a bad outbreak where we live.

  50. Several of my neices have gotten head lice and I helped to clear it up. Thankfully, my daughter has never gotten.

  51. Kym O from PA. We have so far made it without head lice, but now that in reading this, my head itches!!

  52. Aimee C. says:

    Aimee C., MA

    This was my worst nightmare ever! My daughter is half Chinese and half black, and her hair is ridiculously curly and thick–it’s 2x bigger than Diana’s is here: http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/supreme_gift_TQPtdbbn5FW6qzOMJGCeYL if I were to let her wear it natural. She got lice about 2 or 3 years ago, I think? Her hair was about halfway down her back at the time, and I almost had a nervous breakdown trying to comb it out. I ended up chopping it off to shoulder length, which made it a little more manageable, but even still, it took me several hours each day. I get nervous anytime I see her scratching her head now. What a nightmare.

  53. Hi Melanie,
    We have a lot in common; I have 4 kids the same ages, I also love to cook, and we are a clean family that lives in a nice area and we have also had lice. In fact, we have had lice several times! I turned my mission against lice into a career. (that’s a great story as you can imagine).
    I am very focused on changing the thoughts and approach to head lice. Fairy tails has a great line of prevention products and a wonderful website with great info. And that comb is your new best friend! Even though the prevention products work, they tend to wear off as the day goes on. So I would recommend to you and your readers to do regular head checks with the Nit Free Terminator comb on wet hair. It’s the comb of choice professional nit picker use. (yes that is a legitimate profession).
    Another thing, head lice like sweet people- not clean or dirty- just sweet. That takes the edge off “why me!”.

    I can make it easier when it comes to your laundry. Just the vacuum or the dryer is all you need – one time. It is over kill to do so much house cleaning. You can only get lice from a fertile female bug. After you go through checking and treating every head in your house the threat of that contagious bug should be eliminated. Focus on the heads you need to treat instead of using your time to clean your house unnecessarily.

    So make sure you hang in there with your treatments and combing a few times until you are sure the life cycle is over (typically 12 days). Then incorporate good prevention habits into your family and check regularly. (at least the elementary school kids) Hopefully you never get lice again.

    I have personally treated thousands of heads successfully and love to share my knowledge so I am always available if you’d like to reach out to me if you have any further question. Ilene the Lice Queen, PA
    p.s. I’m posting for info not the contest.

  54. After working in a group home for ten years and having every other kid come to us with lice I’m TRAUMATIZED. I’m absolutely in. Prevention prevention!!

  55. Patricia N. says:

    I got them in college and I was mortified when I woke up itchy one night and saw this thing run down the path in my hair. I was in a panic. They were not rare in the 70s as someone above said. My hair was so long and I refused to cut it. I tried the olive oil and “IT DID NOT WORK”. It just stunned them and they fell in the sink. My mother tried everything and finally rinsed my hair in kerosene. I thought I would die. I didn’t, but the lice surely did. I even took a couple of days out of school and told everyone I had the flu.
    When I became a teacher, we had kids with lice every spring and I was very leery of kids who wanted to give me a hug or stand really close to me to watch me correct their paper.
    Someone told me that they stay away from colored hair. I have been coloring my hair ever since.

    • Patricia N. says:

      Forgot to ad. My college was small at the time, and the student union had a communal coat room. My mother said that this was probably how I got them because they will hop from coat to coat and can live for up to 2 days off of the human head.

    • Unfortunately hair color is not a treatment or deterrent for head lice. I’ve treated many moms that had just had their hair colored and there were a few stages of live lice. They do however get tinted interesting colors. Reading the post below I’m glad it worked for them but not in my experience. Teachers should where their hair back and be conscious of hair to hair contact. (bending down to talk to a child long hair can touch the top of a child’s head…) Plus any kids that are scratching their heads like crazy should get checked. But here’s an interesting tidbit…If anyone is on allergy medication they will never itch. We itch from the allergic reaction to the lice bit when they eat. If you are taking any kind of antihistamine you will never itch. So that is another good reason to do regular combing head checks. Sorry this is such an itchy gross topic but I am fascinated by them and love to share my experiences when it can help:)

  56. Uhh hate lice! So gross and itchy! Tatum T.

  57. Marla S, Michigan

    Lice has been too close to comfort for us…in the preschool and classroom. Enough to freak me out and keep the youngest home from shared areas at the child care center. It is simply gross and dreadful…

  58. Sarah D, RI
    No stories here, but my mom told me about the hair washing thing when my daughter went to preschool last year. And my daughter has an oily scalp(like her mama) so i never washer her hair on school nights in hopes of prevention. right now she only goes three days so i can make it work, next year i’m gonna have to figure out something. (or use this when i win ;) )

  59. My children never had lice here in the South in the seventies. However, my granddaughter who lives in NYC gets them several times each year. My daughter put her daughter’s hair in one braid. I think the idea was that waist-length hair would contact more people than one braid. You know how little girls and childen in general put their heads together even if they don’t share combs.

    Even having their coats hanging and touching can spread lice.

    Linda D in AL

  60. Nasty little buggers. Hope to never experience them
    Sherry L. CA

  61. Alexandra O says:

    Well, I had lice when I was a little girl and I remember my mom combing my hair for hours! just thinking about it makes me itch!. My kids have not gotten them yet (knock in wood).

    Would love to win the products!

    Alexandra O. in TX

  62. My girls got lice twice. The olive oil treatment with the Robi comb (an electronic zapper comb) worked for us. Here’s my post on that:

    How to Detect and Get Rid of Lice

    http://www.pragmaticmom.com/2011/03/getting-rid-of-lice/

    I hope this helps any moms out there.

  63. Carrie Last says:

    Never had it yet and hope we don’t!

  64. Johanna H. says:

    I’ve never dealt with lice *knock on wood* but thank you for all the information. I wonder what my daughter would say if I put some rosemary twigs on her hair before I sent her to school ;)
    I’d love to try these products!

    Johanna H. from MA

  65. Hmm, do they make a product for color treated hair? I probably should use it as I teach 2nd graders. I have never gotten lice myself and I can’t remember my kids getting it. At my school, we make the students put their hats & coats in their bags every day because they are so close together in the closet. I must admit, if I see someone doing a little too much itching, I send them to the nurse pronto, just in case.

  66. Cassie Sue says:

    When my stepdaughter kept getting it (those kids must have been rubbing their heads together :)) the school nurse mentioned dying her hair. Evidently the chemicals in hair dye kill them and repel the lice. So we did, she already had black hair so it wasn’t really noticable, and it worked like a charm! Now with two school age blonde haired kids, this shampoo might be a good prevention. I’ll have to look into it.

  67. Amber B in TX says:

    I remember having them as a kid, but luckily I haven’t had to deal with them on my kids. I’m very interested in a lice-free childhood for them, so I think we may be changing shampoo at my house.

  68. christen says:

    Thankfully we haven’t had to deal with it (knock on wood!), but it’s smart to be prepared for when it hits!

    Christen, CT

  69. katie bowen says:

    yes! Fairy Tales is great stuff…We use it and I figure it probably helps keep ticks away as well. I’ve considered buying their lice foam stuff just INCASE the bugs ever strike here…and really what kid DOESN’T get lice at least once during their childhood. I’m OCD and just freaked about it though…so winning this giveaway would be awesome! then i wouldn’t have to keep sneaking my kids shampoo!!!

  70. Shannon O says:

    We are from Ma. I too found lice in my older daughters hair and was mortified! But after extensive research and spending too much money I have found that Fairy Tales shampoo is the best form of reatment for repelling lice. My daughter has extremely thick hair and she was infested with lice twice last year. Each time my younger daughter and myself used ghe shampoo and thankfully neither of us ever got it. So, I agree! Well worth the money for this product :) we shampoo at least once a month with it just to keep our chances down of ever getting lice again!

  71. Andrea B says:

    Oh just reading your story brought back that horrible moment that I discovered my oldest had head lice and then I looked at the rest of the family and we where all infested. I’m getting itchy just thinking about it. It was dreadful, but we got through thanks to Fairy Tales and no need to worry about damaging my children’s head with awful chemicals. We even started using Sun and Swim line the Lifeguard shampoo leaves my girls hair soo soft and shiny after a long day in the pool. Wonderful products all around.

    Andrea B, NY

  72. Jessica T. says:

    I have a phobia that my son will get lice because I have super thick hair and I’m afraid it would be a nightmare for me to get it out!
    Jessica T. – VA

  73. Kassandra says:

    We haven’t had the lice here yet either. But our school also doesn’t send out the “lice” notice. There was a scare at daycare once but it was one kid and turned out he had dandruff. Thankfully ours is small enough that she checked all the kids easily (gotta love home daycares!)

    Kassandra from WA

  74. EWWWWWWWWWW!

    Kate H. GA

    My sister got lice when we were in elementary school. I remember the stuffed animals having to live in the trash bags for a while, in fact for multiple whiles be/c she kept getting in them to find a favorite and we’d have to hibernate them all over again. Somehow I managed to steer clear of them. I hope will stay the case for always.

    I have three boys and let me tell you, if they ever get lice… HELLO BUZZ CUT. I’d be shaving their heads faster than you could tell me “don’t!” I can’t stand the thought of bugs crawling around.

    My oldest had FLEAS in his bed one time. We had to get the whole house treated, no we don’t even have a dog, but they were coming up in his room from the crawlspace below… OMG! NASTY! We had all the carpets treated, twice, I killed ALL his bedding. They were biting his poor legs and arms. My poor baby. I don’t know how they found his bed, but bless his heart, they were horrible. And you could see them jumping. … now lice… knowing that *I* would be the one to have to pick them out of the hairs… nope. BUZZ CUT.

  75. I can totally feel your pain. My three girls have had it twice. The constant vacuuming, laundering, and combing of hair made me crazy. When your day consists of combing hair for many hours on end it can stress you out. I would have to drive my oldest to school in the morning and have her head checked before she would be able to go to class. Leaving in tears for nearly a week before we finally kicked the bugs.

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