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When it comes to head lice, your hairdresser is the soul of discretion

Tuesday, 17 April 2018  |  Admin

If you’ve ever taken your child to the hairdresser only to be discreetly taken to one side and told little George has head lice don’t worry, you are not alone! Equally, the rise in head lice among adults means it could be you being gently ushered back to reception to rebook your appointment for when the ‘situation’ has been dealt with.

Mortifying isn’t it? And yet, just like your GP, hairdressers have seen it all before. You’re not the first and you certainly won’t be the last.

We asked senior stylist Janice Knight, a hairdresser with 40 years experience how she approaches a client with head lice. Just as we thought, she couldn’t have been more professional.


“Hairdressers are often the first to spot head lice and nits, and it can come as quite a surprise to the client. We’re very discreet,obviously, and make the client aware of the problem. If it’s a child we speak to the adult who brought them along. They can then decide if the hair cut is no longer going ahead due to a forgotten play date or they may be up front and explain why they’re not having a hair cut today.

We suggest our client treats the head lice with a recommended head lice treatment, we like My Itchy Kid, and re-books for a later date. A hairdresser can’t continue with an appointment if a client has head lice. They need to ensure there is no risk of head lice and nits being passed on to other clients through contaminated combs and towels.

I think the message all hairdressers and salons would like to get across is that we’ve all been there ourselves, and our customers would never be made to feel dirty or embarrassed when told they have head lice. Lice and nits are encountered in hairdressers all over the world, it’s worth knowing and remembering that we really do see it all the time, and it’s very common.

It’s good practice to check yours and your child’s hair before an appointment. We advise conditioning the hair after washing and combing through with a narrow toothed comb to detect if any head lice are present. Even if just one is seen, the hair will need treating before your next hair cut.”

Having said all that, there is no reason to ever get lice and nits again. If you're looking for the best shampoo to prevent head lice use My Itchy Kid head lice prevention shampoo and spray. Wash hair with it once a week, spray a little on the hair every day and no one in the family will get head lice again. We guarantee that or your money back.