How I Learned About The Terminator Lice Comb

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With three kids, I have run into most of the typical kid related health issues. One issue that I had somehow avoided for the past 7 years visited my family this past week. Since it is so fresh, I thought it would make a good first post. This is our story about lice and how I learned about the Terminator Lice Comb.

Back of boy's head before haircut due to lice.The Lousy Discovery

A week ago I took my youngest son, G, out to get a haircut. Normally I give my boys buzz cuts at home, but G’s hair had gotten long over the winter. While I did want to cut it for spring, I wanted it a little longer on the top than the sides and didn’t know how to make that look right myself.

The stylist wet down his hair with a spray bottle and started combing. He sat really well (he is just 23 months old), but halfway through, she stopped, got a little bit pale, and said, “I can’t cut his hair today. He has nits.”

“I’m sorry, what?” I said, confused.

“Here, look,” she said. Sure enough, he had those tiny little white things attached to some strands of hair in back. She told me how her nieces had been battling lice for a few weeks, so she was pretty familiar with the subject. She also told me that Oklahoma law prohibits stylists from cutting the hair of someone with lice and/or nits.

So I lifted G down from the booster seat, bought the small bottle of overpriced mint serum the stylist said would kill the lice and left.

Back of boy's head after haircut due to lice.Once loaded up in the van, I called my mom. I knew my siblings and I had had lice a few different times growing up, so I wanted to know what she suggested. She recommended going next door to the pharmacy and buying the lice removal kit and some lice combs. I did as she suggested and headed home.

When we got there, I got out the hair clippers, put on the number 1 (1/8″) guard and buzzed both of my sons’ hair.

The Frantic Research

At this point, I sat down at the computer to request advice from my friends on facebook and to do some google searching. I got a lot of responses, much of it conflicting and all of it time-consuming. One thing I did find, was that the stuff I had bought at the pharmacy was a pesticide. Yuck, I was not going to put that on the head of anyone in my family.

We spent a day bagging up all of the bedding and clothing in our bedrooms and planned to head to the laundromat later that afternoon. My husband got to work cleaning the front room so we would have a holding area once we cleaned my hair and the kids’ hair so he could clean the rest of the house.

I opened up my store brand nit comb and headed to the bathroom with the mint serum with G. I didn’t find anything in his hair, but figured that was to be expected since I had buzzed almost all of his hair off. Then I put the stuff in my hair and asked my husband to comb my hair. He started combing.

Only a few minutes later, he said that he wasn’t finding anything, that he wasn’t sure what to look for. I sighed. How was I going to know if i had it or not? G slept in our bed, so surely I had it too?

One of my facebook friends had commented that there was a ‘lice salon’ somewhere in town. I went back to google and found they were no longer in business. There was, however, a company called Lice Doctors who had made house calls and appeared to have techs in our area.

The kids had school the next day and if they weren’t nit free, they couldn’t go. My husband and I were both exhausted and overwhelmed. This company offered a 100% Guarantee and were available 7 days a week. So I called and scheduled us for an appointment that Sunday night at 7pm.

Close-up of Terminator lice comb teeth.The LiceDoctor Visit

The tech that arrived at our house was a very friendly and chatty lady named Beth. We told her our story and she asked us to show her the combs we were using. We brought them out and showed her. She said that the ones we had wouldn’t have found a lot of lice or nits. The teeth were too short and too far apart.

She then showed us the comb that she used called the Terminator Lice Comb. It has little wires wrapped around each tooth and the teeth were spaced exactly right. It is stainless steel and very durable.

“This is the last lice comb you will every need,” she said.

I definitely liked to hear that. Durable items are definitely a top priority for someone who likes to be prepared for the future.

She told us the process for the night would be to put olive oil in each person’s hair and comb it out with the Terminator Lice Comb. Then we would wash our hair with dawn and shampoo until all of the oil was out, and dry our hair completely. She would then check the dry hair again with a special light and magnifier.

While she was able to scrape a lot of buildup from the boy’s scalps due to their serborrheic dermatitis, she didn’t find any nits. She did find nits from my hair, my daughter’s and my husband’s hair.

She said she didn’t find any adult lice and there really weren’t that many nits. Luckily it seemed that we had a pretty mild case and had caught it quite early, thanks to that knowledgeable stylist.

So, as the Lice Doctor website had promised, she told us that we were guaranteed to be nit free and offered to provide a note for the kids’ schools. Since there were no bugs capable of laying eggs, we were not contagious. If there were any nits that had been laid very recently, they were currently too small for the lice comb to find. So in order to remain nit free, we had homework.

The Homework and The Solution

She instructed us to put olive oil in each person’s hair for 8 hours minimum (so overnight), 2-3x per week for the next 3 weeks. Then we were to use the Terminator Lice Comb after washing our hair out the next morning to pull out any dead lice or nits. She directed us to put any brushes, combs, hats, scarves, headbands, etc in a plastic bag and put them in the freezer overnight.

Apparently both olive oil and freezing temperature will kill both lice and nits. If we faithfully followed this routine, we would not need to treat the environment.

What? We didn’t have to trudge to the laundromat with three small kids or deep clean the rest of our house?

Hopefully this advice helps you if you encounter this pest. I definitely now consider the Terminator Lice Comb a must have tool for our family.

Has your family battled lice before? Leave a comment below and let me know of any tips or tricks you would like to share regarding lice.

Amanda is the founder of Survival With Kids. She became a mother in 2009 with the birth of her oldest son. She is currently the mother of 4 kids (two boys and two girls) and has owned her fair share of car seats.
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16 Comments

  1. Barbara DiLucchio

    This is really valuable content, especially for people with kids as I guess kids get them from other kids at school and then bring them home to “share” with you.

    Are lice a problem in all parts of the country or worse in certain areas? I don’t remember hearing much about that but I could have forgotten because it was so long ago.

    Really well written post!

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  2. Amanda

    Barbara,
    Yes, generally they come home from preschool or school with one of the kids. I don’t know if they are more common in some areas or not. I will have to research this. Thanks for stopping by!

    ~Amanda

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  3. Tom

    Great information!
    I will be sure to pass it on to my children so they can use this on my grandkids should the need arise!

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  4. Amanda

    Thanks for stopping by, Tom! I hope it helps them out if they should need it.

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  5. Zailinah

    Hi Amanda,

    You’ve certainly provided useful information here. And parents with young children particularly, should be pointed to your article – so they can be more vigilant in the care of their kids’ hair/scalp.

    Honestly, I thought this ‘lice’ issue has long passed. How wrong I am!

    Thank you Amanda for this alert!

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    1. Amanda

      Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately lice are still around. I just read that anywhere from 6 to 12 million infestations occur each year in the US.(http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/gen_info/faqs.html)

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  6. Jaime

    Very great information on your post. I’m glad I got to read this because you never know when it can happen to you or your family members. Now I feel a little more prepared in case I ever come across that situation. Thank you for a great read and the useful information.

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    1. Amanda

      Thanks, Jaime for stopping by. Hope you never need this information. 🙂

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  7. Stuart

    Hi Amanda, I’m lucky enough to never have gotten head lice or bed bugs. I also didn’t realize it would take so long (3 weeks to get rid of lice) and that they had a special comb. Interesting and informative read. I hear lice are contagious, did you ever find out where your kids got the lice?

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    1. Amanda

      Thanks, Stuart for stopping by. They move from head to head contact, so it most likely came from one of my kids’ schools, but I haven’t heard of anyone else having it.

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  8. Andy

    Great post! I remember I had lice when I was a kid and it was a big headache. My mom did use a lice comb but it was plastic. Don’t remember if it worked or not since I was so young but the Terminator comb you mentioned sounds like it really works! And I didn’t know about the olive oil tip, Thanks for the info!

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    1. Amanda

      Andy, thanks for stopping by. Hope you never need this information. 🙂

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  9. F Thomas

    Thankfully, I have not had to cross this bridge as a mother. Hope we never have to!! But thank you for arming me with the knowledge of what to do just in case!

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    1. Amanda

      Thanks for stopping by. Hope this helps if you ever need it.

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  10. Suphat

    Great post Thailand.Thanks

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    1. Amanda (Post author)

      Thanks for stopping by, Suphat!

      Reply

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