A ball rises to my throat. My heart is thumping at the speed of sound and I’m trying so hard not to cry.
I don’t want to cry because I’m the girl that always cries when she has her hair checked for nits.
That was me, many years ago.
Even now, when someone from primary school happens to run into me on Social Media, the first message I receive is “Awww! I still remember when you used to cry when they checked our hair for nits!”
I never had nits. Not ever. I cried because I have the curliest hair in the world and every day, without fail, my mum would pull it into the tightest plaits imaginable. And that’s how I liked it. And sometimes the mean nurses would pull my hair out to check for nits.
I still have visions of the horrific time they pulled my plait out and I didn’t have a hair tie in at the end. That’s how curly it is. It didn’t even come loose without a hair tie. One day, the mean nurse was determined they would need to pull my hair out. I was horrified. I didn’t have a hair tie. That would mean a big, frizzy, curly, mess!
I ran home that day. Frizzy curls stuck to my damp face. I was so embarrassed. I can’t recall being teased. All I remember is that after that, my mum wrote the school a letter, assuring them that I had never had nits, that she checks my hair regularly and that they were not to pull my hair out.
I didn’t even get nits and I was embarrassed. I watched from a distance as those who were sent home with nits, were whispered about and heckled. It was awful. Now, as a teacher, I am super sensitive and aware of the implications nits can have on friendships and a child’s emotions. Fortunately, I’ve embraced the curl, the afro and the frizzy in all its glory now too.
I’ve been watching Michelle’s business Nit Free For Me just BOOM since she started. I’m so proud of an Aussie mum doing great things and I’m honoured to help her on her cause. It would be fantastic to see this all natural, preventative spray for nits in schools and homes all over the country.
I don’t think we can even begin to imagine the psychological and emotional impact nits can have on a child. They watch their parents in frustration trying to rid them of this curse. They watch their friends move away with them, or maybe stop playing with them because their parents have asked them to. It really can be a nasty, nasty thing.
A quick spray of Nit Free For Me is so much less invasive than all the other treatments and checks. It smells great and nobody has to even know that your child is using it. Head over and check it out for yourself!
Q: Do you have an ‘old school’ memory of being checked for nits? How did it make you feel?