Was working on a client once and a woman came in with an 8 month old baby. The baby was playing in the front of the salon with other children in the kiddy play area, waiting to get haircuts.
I was finished with my client when they told me about the woman and child. The child seemed calm but I know they can get quite ansy when waiting, so I walked over to consult with the woman and child. My next appointment was waiting in the reception area but she was early.
The child had hardly any hair like most 8 month old children. I observed her hair when I noticed her scratching. I looked a little closer and this poor baby was infested. I mean really bad. I've never seen anything like it before. I looked at the woman and said "I cannot cut this childs hair, she has a very bad case of head lice." Not knowing if she was too young for treatments I told the woman to take the child to the doctors and explain before hand on the phone the reason why she was bringing the baby in. She said she did take the baby to the doctor and the doctor told her it was sand fleas. I did not believe that for a minute. I explained to the woman I know what head lice look like and this child has head lice, I recommend a new doctor. I apologized and told her to come back when the baby was treated I had to get to my next client. She was the babys grandmother, and just wanted to help her grandchild. I listed an herbal remedy, along with rid on a piece of paper. Told her I did not recommend rid on a baby so young, and to please double check with the doctor.
When she left, I freaked. These people who were sitting with the child were exposed, I was exposed, the entire shop was exposed. We locked the door and the clients in. We had chemicals on the back shelf in case this ever happened and proceeded to disinfect the entire salon. I treated my head immediately and with the product on my head approached the people sitting up front. I explained what happened, and told them I would check them thoroughly, and to please excuse the delay while we did what was needed. We finished cleaning and rinsed my hair, which went up into a bun out of fear, I then washed the young lady's hair who was closest to the baby, checked her head thoroughly, and sprayed her down with fairy tales leave in conditioner made to repel head lice. I drowned myself in it too. The clients were impressed with the way we handled the woman, the child, the shop, and precautions. I did not end up with head lice but was certain for weeks I was going to get them lol. Totally freaked me out. No one came back with them, and my client who was waiting for her appointment and made to wait longer came back to me many times, never any complaints or head lice.
This was a traumatizing day at the salon for me. I still feel for that baby. This was at least 10 years ago.
I've since learned a few things with research in regards to head lice. A friends daughter kept catching them from sleep overs at a friends. I had to send her away 3 times telling her she could not play with my daughter till they were gone. It broke my heart. The third time I walked the girl halfway home and explained to her what she needed to do. I followed up with a card for her with instructions on it. I gave her fancy rubber bands, and Fairy tales shampoo, & spray conditioner.
Step 1 Treat the hair.
Step 2 Bag bed linens and stuffed animals for 3 weeks. Spray them before bringing them back to the room. Clean and vacuum room and spray with pesticide made for that.
Step 3 Wash hair every day after school with hot water, (not scalding, but not tepid) using the shampoo I gave her and the spray on conditioner.
Step 4 Blow dry the hair with a hot blow dryer. Every day.
Step 5 Pull it back in a tight ponytail.
Step 6 no sleep over for at least a month.
When I did this the child did not get them back again. They were passing them back and forth. My daughter was treated and I again treated myself as a precaution. We never caught them but once again I freaked.
I've been told it's not that big of a deal by people. I disagree.
Good luck everyone, this is one part of our field that freaks me out to the point of getting a desk job.
May your days be head lice free!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!