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My children have never gotten lice. Do you hear me knocking on wood? Because I am — hard! Other than potty training, it’s the parenting responsibility that has most scared me (Okay, I have a kid who is going to be driving soon, and that’s pretty scary). When my daughter was a preschooler — yes, that same daughter who is learning to drive — brushing and styling her thick wavy hair was torture, or you’d have thought it was torture when you heard her screaming as I combed through tangles.
I remember lice going through my household when I was a preteen, and it was no fun at all getting all the eggs out of my thick, wavy hair with that fine nit comb, so I couldn’t imagine doing it to my tender-headed daughter. My younger child is a boy, and so he doesn’t scare me as much. If necessary, I’d just shave his head.
Recently a neighbor was telling me that her sister’s kids got lice, and she took them somewhere to be treated. It was guaranteed as a one-time thing. I thought that was a pretty cool idea, and then I read about AirAllé.
During the course of a 30-minute treatment, the trained AirAllé technician will gently place the device’s applicator tip under the hair and against the head, moving its position every 30 seconds until the entire head has been treated.
The AirAllé device blows heated air through its applicator tip along the scalp and hair shafts at a higher flow (but much cooler temperature) than a hair dryer.
This is a great alternative to shampooing with harsh chemicals and checking daily to see if you got everything. The child can go back to school that same day, and they are guaranteed nit-free. If something does show up, any follow-up treatments are free.
I’m hoping that I am past the danger of lice. I feel like it strikes younger children more commonly, but I know it could happen anytime. Like I said, I was probably 12 or so when I got it. If it does, I feel glad knowing that something like AirAllé is out there if I decide I’m not up to the task of taking care of it myself.
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