For those of you who have been following my lice journey, I have been battling the bugs for two months. But I've finally won the war ... for the first time since November, my family is lice-free. Here's how we got rid of them once and for all.
Momlogic's Julie: The day we found out we had LICE was one of the worst in my parenting days. I was so freaked out, I wrote a lice diary for momlogic, detailing the hell I had gone through that dreaded weekend.
After that, every eight to ten days, we would find a bug or two on my daughter. It was apparent we were missing an egg or two each time, and those eggs were hatching. She has long, blonde, curly hair, and more than once I thought about chopping it off. The eggs were almost impossible to see and I just couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong.
Many people told me that it was time to bring in the big guns ... toxic lice shampoo. But I was adamant about not wanting to put toxic chemicals on my 5-year-old's head. She has very sensitive skin and the side effects were just too scary.
But after we found lice AGAIN, I knew I needed help ... and fast. And it was apparent I could not beat this thing on my own. So we called in a professional.
When the first lice outbreak occurred, I called a local lice salon (yes, they exist), and they told me that treating three family members would likely cost $1000 to $1500 over the course of five visits. That was money that we just didn't have at the time. We still don't.
A friend told me about a company called Lousey Nitpickers. For $115, they came in the home and did a check on the whole family, and did a thorough comb-out on my daughter. I also bought their non-toxic lice shampoo, conditioner, and gel for $35.
The owner, Frank, instructed me to keep my daughter's hair in a braid until he came back four days later. When he showed up on Saturday (another $115 visit), he did a final comb-out and declared us LICE-FREE. I was so excited, I wanted to hug him tight. This was the best news I'd had all year!
For a grand total of $265, he wiped out our lice problem and even fully guaranteed the bugs were gone for good.
If that's not money well-spent, I don't know what is.
How did you win the lice war? Comment below.Lice...EWWW!