My name is Tara Hays and I am so excited to offer the Central Illinois area a simple and effective solution to the age-old problem of head lice infestation. As a young child, I dealt with having head lice on more than one occasion. Each time it was the same stressful event: Wash EVERYTHING, bag EVERYTHING that can’t be washed, THROW AWAY anything you’re not sure of, BOIL combs and brushes, and no matter what, DONT TELL ANYONE. Of course, this all took place while dealing with every parent and child’s favorite part, the COMB OUT.

In my late teens I had a succession of head lice infestations. By the third round, my mom was desperate and contacted the doctor’s office to find out what to do. We followed the directions and proceeded to slather a large jar of Vaseline on my scalp and hair from root to tip. Twenty-four hours later I removed the plastic wrap, got in the shower, and then the fun really began. The water rolled off my head in a beautiful cascade. At first I thought a little Dawn would cut it, but how wrong I was! After two weeks of greased hair, one major haircut, and several days out of school, I was lice free and traumatized.

For the next several years I enjoyed a lice-free existence, but with my first year of teaching came another infestation. This time I was married and living out of state. I washed, bagged, boiled, and shampooed. When the time for a comb-out came my husband tried his best, but as he had never dealt with it himself, he had no idea what to look for or what to do. I ended up heading back to Illinois at 3 a.m. knowing my mom would rescue me.

I didn’t know it at the time, but the experiences I just described were all leading to the moment I learned about Lice Clinics of America and the AirAllé device. This moment took place last summer when I had a suspicion that once again I had head lice. My mother had recently undergone neck surgery so calling her for a head check wasn’t an option. My sister had mentioned a place in Missouri that checked for and treated head lice, so I got online to search for a solution. That is when I discovered the AirAllé device. I couldn’t believe it. It was like one of those moments when angels sing in movies. I drove almost two hours, got my professional head check, and left knowing that this was something I had to make available to all of the parents and children of Central Illinois.

I am so excited and honored to be able to say that it has happened! Lice Clinics of America, Springfield is operating and ready to serve the community. I believe in the service and my wish is that we will be able to help create an open dialogue within the community that will spare children and parents alike from the awful experiences that often times comes with discovering you have head lice.

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