Once upon a time, dealing with lice was the last thing on my mind. I had not had it since I was a young child, nor had I had to tackle it with my children. We were busily dealing with home renovations after a sewage backup, searching for a lost cat, and looking for new jobs when our heads began to itch. Initially, I thought maybe my shampoo was bothering me or I had some other skin problem. I tried new shampoos for sensitive scalps, essential oils, allergy pills and nothing would alleviate the itch. I was miserable. I did have my husband look through my hair to see if he could see anything, but lice are sneaky and tiny, so nothing was found. I went away for a girls scrapbooking weekend and continued to itch.
On Saturday morning, I finally scratched something tiny out of my hair. With my reading glasses and bright sunlight from the window, I could just make out a tiny bug. I was mortified. I called my husband and told him I thought I had lice and he said he suspected our 12 year old daughter did as well. With so many other things going on, it seemed like an overwhelming problem to add and I wanted to break down and cry. I certainly did not want to share my news with the other women on the trip. I feared if I shared with anyone else I was with they would make me leave or shun me. Lice has a bad reputation. I had cooties and no one else would want them. I needed a plan!!
Even though I lived with lice for three to four weeks before I knew I had it, I could not sleep once I knew it was there. Sometimes ignorance is bliss. I had a lice removal specialist come to my house Sunday night. I couldnt wait another night to start getting rid of the tiny bugs. My husband took our 12 year old daughter to a lice removal salon and they treated her and informed him about the misconceptions about lice. Super deep cleaning was not necessary. I did not have to ruin my pillow by putting it in the washer. I only needed to change the pillowcases. There was so much I did not know!
After my daughter and I had our hair treated, we drove around the neighborhood and found our lost cat. Things began “looking up.’ My husband and I began to talk about how an informative, discrete lice removal service was needed closer to where we live. He, being the entrepreneur began to get excited about making this business our own. I completed The Shepherd Institute’s program of training and certification. Spending a week under Katie Shepherd (pictured with her to the left) was a great learning experience and has given me the knowledge and skills necessary to help others. We are looking forward to helping others lives to begin “looking up” after their experience with lice.
HBI Lice stands for Hair-Brained Idea. We offer several tips regarding lice:
Avoiding lice ~ The best ways to avoid lice are to keep your hair pulled back or in braids, spray on a mist scented spritz and try to keep head to head contact to a minimum. Studies have shown that 97% of head lice cases are caused by head to head contact and not the environment (combs, brushes, hats, couches, etc.)
Invest in a quality Lice comb ~ The best way to tell if your child has lice is to run a Terminator Nit Comb through their hair. It will pick up eggs or bugs that may be hiding. If you tap it on a white tissue and you see small brown objects, there may be a reason for concern. We recommend doing this once a week.
HBI uses only safe and natural products and the Shepherd Method of nit removal ~ developed by Katie Shepherd. We offer mobile services so that you can be treated in the comfort and privacy of your own home. Treatments can take time (sometimes several hours depending on hair type and severity of infestation), and it is often easier to be at home than spending hours in a lice treatment center.
HBI employees are willing to work late because they understand the importance of peace of mind and a good nights sleep. Treatments are not done unless there is evidence of head lice. The staff checks thoroughly first to make sure. Educating their clients is an important part of HBI. HBI offers head checks, treatments, preventative products and DIY lice treatment kits.
Please visit our website, www.HBILiceRemoval.com, for more information. Contact us at 678-756-4292 or HBILice@gmail.com. Areas covered are Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Suwanee, Duluth, Peachtree Corners and Norcross. *Travel Fee Outside Covered Area $40; plus $1 a mile.
Article is sponsored and written by Sally Conroy, owner of HBI Lice Removal!