Reasons to Pull Out Your Hair. Lousy Lice, Living Large

Reasons to Pull Out Your Hair. Lousy Lice, Living Large

Reasons to Pull Out Your Hair. Lousy Lice, Living Large

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Ever just have one of those days when you feel like you need a stiff drink… and it isn’t even 9 a.m.? Well, today was one of those days for my cousin Amy. Here’s her story.


It was 8:43 a.m. when I received a notification of an incoming, urgent text. It read:


Big favor

Well, texts like these could mean a variety of things when coming from Amy, so I figured it was likely something along the lines of: ‘advice on men’ (because I pretend to be good at giving that sort of advice and she’s still not onto me), ‘taking care of the boys, as maybe she was in a bind of some sort’ (if you know Amy, bind is basically the best adjective to describe her daily life) or maybe she was just looking for help figuring out summer activities for the boys.


But what came next, is not what I was expecting.


Could you check my hair for lice?


Ummmmmm…. Ok. Well, that wasn’t exactly how I thought I might spend my morning, but, of course, like any loving cousin would, I immediately text back:


Well, I was gonna clean today anyway, so it might as well be your head!


And so it began.  By the time Amy arrived, I had everything ready.  

Items needed to get rid of lice


After treating her boys a couple of days before — who both had lice for sure — she also treated herself with Nix just in case, so I wasn’t sure what I was in for. I was optimistic that maybe she had nothing to worry about it.


After a good laugh, we decided to dive in and begin the nit-picking process! The first few swipes with the ever-so-amazing Nit Nanny didn’t seem to yield anything exciting. I was wishing I had a RobiComb at this point because if I’d heard it zap, there would be no question. But, alas, I had to confess… I noticed there was something that sort of looked black.


Hoping maybe it was nothing, I motored on with the lice comb. The next few swipes came and… well, some questioning looks and a sigh or two later, it was confirmed. Yup. Lice. I know what you’re thinking. I can even see the cringe on your face, now! I thought it, too! Ew! Just ew!


Anyway, we were about halfway through Amy’s head and the bowl was full of these lice. I chucked them overboard, refilled the water and went back to work. The second half of her head gave similar results and gave me a little of the heebie-jeebies.  


I chucked the remainder of the lousy little louses off the deck and immediately regretted not getting a picture! As I looked in the bowl, I realized that there were still lice left in there that didn’t pour out with the water! Again, ew! If you don’t get grossed out by these things, take a look below. If you do get grossed out, human nature simply tells us to look at this kind of stuff anyway, so go ahead! You know you will. Just do it!

Leftover lice in a bowl… Ew!


Ok, so I know you looked, and just to be clear, that was not dirt on your screen. No, those black dots were lice!


Yuck, right? Yup! And I bet you are sitting there scratching your head right now, too!


But really, how many of us have ever encountered lice before? So many people have felt the pain of nit-picking or being nit-picked, am I right? The thing is, when you’re faced with this kind of situation you can choose to cry over it or laugh about it, but one thing remains: the situation still is what it is. How you react is up to you!


And for the record, yes, we did do a lot of cringing, as you can see in the video of our lice adventures. We did a lot of laughing too, though. And the silver lining? Well, that was me, of course! It’s not every day you find someone willing to scrape through every inch of your head looking for lice, now is it?


Video Coming Soon!


Are you in need of information on lice?


Although this post was geared toward giving you a chuckle, if you are in serious need of more information on lice, you’ll want to check out ways to get rid of lice, for more information.


If you find yourself dealing with other little critters too, like ants, be sure to check out a sure-fast way to rid them from your home.


Leave a comment about your own trials and tribulations related to the lice encounters you’ve had, and don’t forget to subscribe for regular email posts.


Until next time… Remember: Life is what you make it. Take lots of pictures.



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  • Kamie Berry says:

    My daughter got lice once and I still get nervous anytime she scratches her head. It was murder getting them out of her waist-length, curly hair. We eventually had to go to a professional who specializes in getting lice out of hair.

  • Lisa says:

    Much more common than people think…especially in schools!

  • Sheree says:

    Rachel, You’re a wonderful cousin! I enjoyed the way you told the story! A few years ago my two daughters got lice from school, and I ended up getting it from them. So all three of us had it at once. We took turns helping each other. Oy! Not fun! Especially when they BOTH had very long, thick hair.

  • Anitra says:

    I’ve had to deal with lice in a preschool setting before and it is the worst!! We had to launder everything over and over again because once we thought we had gotten rid of it, another child had it!

    • Rachel says:

      Absolute truth! And preschool children don’t understand the concept of not touching heads as well as older kids do. Must have been difficult.

  • lisa says:

    Oh no, lice is like a parent’s worst nightmare!

  • Gina says:

    Ugh! I had lice as a kid and it was horrifying! Hopefully I never experience this again but thanks for the tips!

  • Carmen says:

    Ew is right! I have spent hours picking lice out of my teen daughter’s thick main after an outbreak at camp. A.w.f.u.l.

  • Shelanda says:

    Ewww! Unwelcome guests I never want to have.

  • Robin says:

    Makes my head itch just thinking about it. Seems to be growing concern in classrooms again. 🙁

  • Emily says:

    I had lice as a child, but haven’t had to deal with it yet with my own children. I read somewhere that tea tree oil is supposed to help kill lice too.

    • Rachel says:

      Yes, I’ve heard Tea Tree Oil is good to put in your shampoo to deter lice, but once you have them I don’t think it matters. Ugh. Just gross!

  • Jennifer says:

    Luckily my kids nor I have ever had it. I really can’t imagine. Eww

  • Melissa says:

    Luckily I have made it through 19 years of parenthood, with four (Yes 4) children and never had to deal with lice! Surprising, I know. I remember getting it when I was in grade school.

  • Glad you could find humor in the situation! Yuck! I didn’t realize how common it is to get lice until my kids were in the school system and it seems that within weeks of school starting there is a note coming home that someone has lice, and that seems to happen 2-3 times each school year! Glad you all had each other to help one another out!

  • Courtney says:

    My head itches just reading this! I had lice as a kid and I’m still traumatized by it- praying we never deal with it with my kids!

  • Oh no! Lice is awful and it must be so uncomfortable for kids!

  • Lori says:

    Oh man! I worked with women and children in a substance abuse treatment center, and we had a huge breakout of lice! We used mayonnaise on EVERYONE overnight, popped on shower caps, and had a big sleepover while we washed everything from the bunk rooms. Di-sas-ter!

    • Rachel says:

      Did that work? I have heard of it but have also read that lice are extremely resistant to many things. Hopefully you were able to get the situation under control!

  • Joanne says:

    Yep, you mention lice I start scratching my head LOL. You are a wonderful cousin!

  • Stacey says:

    I had to deal with lice once on the kids. I had this spray that dried them out as I picked them out with the comb. Then I used the spray daily for awhile. That worked really well for us. It’s never a good them when you have to deal with lice!

  • Kiersten says:

    Great guide! crossing my fingers that I’ll never need it, but good to know where I can find it 🙂

  • Lisa says:

    Ewwww!!!! I had lice as a child, but, thankfully, haven’t had to deal with them since. And I pray not to have to!

  • Jennifer S says:

    Our kids got lice a few years ago and I didn’t want to treat them with chemicals. I read online that if you use orange Listerine (not blue or your hair will tint blue), it will kill them. We followed the direction, poured orange Listerine over all our heads in the bathtub (cover eyes so it doesn’t get in their eyes), put on shower caps and a towel around our shoulders and settled in for a 90-minute movie. Then comb through with a lice comb and all was well. We followed up three weeks later with the same treatment and there were none left. I’m interested in looking into the Robicomb, though.

  • Kara says:

    So far as I parent, I’ve been lice free. But I sure remember the two times in elementary school I picked them up from a friend. Great resource though for when the lice will be sure to find us in the future!

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