What To Do: Play It Safe!
Checklist for Your Visit to Hair Genies
Before Your Arrival
- Wash child’s hair the night before. Do not bring the child in with wet hair. Also, NO hair products such as gel or hairspray should be applied prior to your arrival as it makes the technician’s job more difficult.
- While we make every effort to consider your child’s comfort, know that the child will be seated for an extended period. Please feel free to bring a favorite book or handheld device along with you.
- Consider bringing a snack for your child.
- We strongly encourage you to bring all family members along so every member can be checked. This helps minimize the odds of re-infestation and assures your school that you have done your part in identifying other potential contact issues.
- DON’T stress over the cleaning. We will guide you through some safe and effective means of cleaning necessary items; only after your treatment process has been completed.
During Your Visit
- Schedule 2 rechecks for the next two weeks. It is mandatory that you follow through with your two follow-up visits, as it’s the only way we can help you to ensure that no further reinfestation exists.
- Educate yourself while in our facility. Take advantage of this time to learn more about Head Lice. We have plenty of reading material and we are always willing to answer question you may have. Education is the best way to help prevent future reoccurrences.
After Your Visit
Change sheets on any bed the infested person might have slept in, in the last 24 hours. Wash and Dry in HOT temperatures.
- If you lay on comforters or bedspreads, they can be removed from the bed for 24 hours or thrown into the dryer for 30 to 45 minutes on high heat.
- Combs, brushes, and hair ties used in the last 24 hours can be cleaned by any of the following methods:
- Place in alcohol, ammonia or dish detergent and allow them to soak for a minimum of two hours.
- Put into boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Put in a Ziploc bag and place in freezer overnight.
- Place in your dishwasher on a hot cycle.
- Also, simply don’t use them for 24 hours.
- Run a light vacuum on areas where child frequently sits or lays, including floors, furniture, auto, and other upholstered items. In the absence of a vacuum cleaner, you may use a lint remover brush on sofa, etc., or throw a sheet over the item for 24 hours.
- If your child sleeps with a stuffed animal or blanket, be sure to put them in the hot dryer for at least 30 minutes.
- Provide child with clean pajamas and bath towel.
- Be a friend and tell a friend. Notify your child’s school and any close friends who may have been in contact with your child. Remember, it is not just where the child got Lice BUT who the child gave it to as well. Failing to notify contacts could put your child at risk for re-infestation.
- Make head checks a part of your weekly routine. Early detection is the only way to stop Head Lice from escalating or spreading!
- Reduce your child’s chances for re-infestation. Keep girls’ hair pulled back, any time they are playing with others. Shampoo regularly using a mint-based shampoo or lice prevention shampoo to identify. Use a mint-based leave-in spritz on the hair before leaving home. Comb with lice comb once or twice a week and watch for signs of Head Lice. Lastly, Play It Safe! Know who you are coming in contact with and NEVER knowingly expose yourself to head lice.