How to Rid Yourself of Lice (ick!) in 24 Hours
“Hey mom, wanna hear something funny that happened at school today?” “Yes. I would love to hear the funny thing that happened.” “I was scratching my head and a bug came out!” “WHAT?!” “Really, I’m not joking.” …and sadly, he wasn’t joking.
Oh no! I had heard all the horror stories of weeks of lice and washing and vacuuming and REINFESTATION! Ugh! And now it was happening to me.
I quickly sprang into action, searching the internet for lice treatment and frantically texting the moms whose children had been in contact with mine…. my boys and I were picking through each other’s hair like a pack of gorillas.
I called my husband, who was on his way home. Whining, I said, “Andrew has lice!” “LICE!” Alex has a little and OMG I think I have it too! I quickly instructed him to bring something home, anything, everything. We were not going to bed with bugs in our hair! “BOYS” I yelled, pull everything off your beds, grab all your plush animals and hats and throw everything in the laundry room.
I continued my search of the internet when I stumbled onto O.C.’s Hair Police. It sounded as if they would not only treat our infested scalps but they might even help with the sterilization of my house. I called Chief Detective Frances Ward immediately. While I was disappointed that no, she would not send a crew to help with the house, she did agree to see the whole family first thing in the morning.
My husband soon arrived home with a brown bag of chemical death (for the lice). This is the one time I decided I wanted the strongest thing available, chemicals or not. We began the treatments and finished about 2 hours later. I combed and combed with the supplied lice comb until the comb came out clean. I was feeling calmer. I grabbed any clean linen I could find and the boys slept on clean sheets on our bedroom floor.
When we woke the next morning, I briefly considered cancelling my appointment with the Hair Police. I was pretty confident that at least our heads were lice free. I quickly decided that no, I would not cancel.
It would probably be a good idea for a professional to take a quick look. When I arrived, I explained to Frances that we just needed a quick check, that I thought I got the lil buggers the night before. She gave me a knowing look, “we’ll see” she said. She started combing through Andrew’s hair first and gosh darn if she didn’t pull out a whole family of live lice and a few hundred eggs (called nits) out of my kid’s hair.
I was flabbergasted! It really gives a whole new meaning to the phrases, dirty louse, nit picking, and pest. The comb came out clean. What happened? Frances calmly told me that these dirty, blood sucking lice are becoming resistant to the chemical treatments, even the ones recommended by the CDC and pediatricians.
Next, she sprayed her all natural, proprietary enzyme into his hair and did another comb through. “There, NOW he is lice free.” I learned a lot from Detective Ward during the next 45 minutes and what I learned saved me a lot of grief and headache.
The life cycle of the louse is 7 – 10 days. It takes the babies about 7 days to mature and figure out what sex they are. If they decide they are female, they are going to drop nits like snow on the mountaintop right onto your hair shaft. If you can get through 10 days without lice, you are home free.
Lice must feed on the blood in your scalp every 4 hours. If they miss 4 consecutive feedings, they will die off. So anything you cannot wash can be isolated in zip locks or elsewhere for 24 to 48 hours and the lice will die. Nits must be attached to the hair shaft in order for the babies to survive once hatched. That got me back on the internet, hotel, hotel, hotel. Awwww, Groupon deal!!! Yes, once your head is clear, you can stay at a hotel for 1 or 2 days and come back to a lice free home!
So here is how my family became lice free in 24 hours:
We had our hair treated by a professional. In our case, the O.C. Hair Police.
I went home and thoroughly vacuumed the rugs, carpets and furniture and washed the linens. The Hair Police provided me with detailed instructions. I also isolated hair brushes in zip lock bags. Everything I didn’t want to wash, embroidered shams, hats, etc. I threw in a hot dryer for 30 minutes. Here is the surprising thing, THIS ONLY HAS TO BE DONE ONCE!
My family and I did stay at a hotel for two days to be sure I didn’t miss anything, even though Frances thought it un-necessary.
I purchased a professional lice comb and the O.C.’s Hair Police Proprietary, FDA approved organic enzyme blend, Absolute Clear. Absolute Clear is comprised of an organic, multi-enzyme based, non-toxic, non-abrasive, hypoallergenic mix. You saturate your hair with it and comb through with the lice comb. It dries like water and it is safe enough to use every day. You can buy it online at www.hairpolicliceline.com.
The day after our treatment with the Hair Police, I took my boys to the school nurse for clearance to come back to school. She did not find as much as 1 tiny nit on either boy, not 1. For the next 3 days, I treated the boys with Absolute Clear in the mornings before school and am continuing every other day until the 10 day life cycle has ended. We are now on day 7 of the life cycle and not 1 dirty louse or nit to be found. So if you ever get hit by this pest, I hope you find something useful in this article. Go forward confidently and conquer those nasty lice.
O.C.’s Hair Police
Frances Ward, Chief Detective
2675 Irvine Ave., Ste. 110
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Email: [email protected]
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