“All of the schools — not just ours but the ones in the surrounding counties — deal with head lice practically on a daily basis,” said Carter. The Centers for Disease Control estimates 6 million to 12 million lice infestations occur each year in the United States among children aged 3 to 11. Carter also wants to dispel the myths surrounding head lice. “Head-lice cases that come from the student’s environment is only 2 percent,” said Carter. “The predominant way to catch head lice is head to head.” Carter advises parents to not let their children borrow brushes, combs, hats, jackets or hoods from other students. “You can ask them not to be head to head, but that’s hard with a school-age child,” said Carter. While mostly in primary- and elementary-aged kids, Carter has seen an increase in cases with middle and high school students as well as adults. Cases she attributes to the standard, head-to-head selfie pose.
While Family Hair Clinic doesn’t have set hours, it makes appointments seven days a week. “We don’t do any in the middle of the night, but we do appointments from early to late, seven days a week,” said Carter. “Head lice is an emergency. If you find out your child has head lice on Saturday, you want to see about that immediately.” Carter also wants to work with families on Family Hair Clinic’s pricing. “I tried to keep it reasonable. I’ve got different price points for every budget, from $25 to $145. We’ve got different price points,” she said.