Blow Drying To Kill Lice and Nits

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If you’re struggling with head lice, you want to get rid of it as soon as possible.

Parents around the world are all asking me the same question….

Why Is It So Hard to Get Rid of Lice? 

Lice have become immune to everything that used to work in the past. Perhaps you remember your mom using a typical lice treatment and that doing the trick. The new strain of head lice is no longer killed by those treatments, that’s why lice today are termed by people, “super lice.” They aren’t SUPER because they can fly, they’re called SUPER LICE, because they can’t be eliminated with treatments that used to work. 

That’s why I (as a lice expert)  DO NOT use lice treatments to get rid of lice. With my technique I’ve cured thousands of people of lice without lice treatments and instead of retreating a million times, they get rid of lice permanently in ONE DAY! You can learn more about the technique I use here.

Most people with lice are stuck in what I term the “never-ending lice cycle” that looks like this…

You discover lice, you spend hours treating, nit-picking, house cleaning etc.

You think it’s gone for a few weeks…

But, then it’s back again!

Sound familiar? This cycle will repeat over and over again until you change what you’re doing. 

You may have heard that blow-drying can kill lice, is it true? Learn how you can use a blow dryer to help you get rid of lice quickly and discover the answers to the following questions in this article:

Anyone who is struggling with lice today knows that it is no small feat. If you’ve tried a few rounds of treatments to get rid of lice and have failed, you are not alone. And it’s not your fault! The new strain of lice, called “super lice,” is challenging to get rid of.

Super Lice

A super lice bug at high magnification.

Super lice are the newest strain of head lice, and they are becoming increasingly common. This new type of lice is immune to the traditional pesticide treatments that worked on lice in years passed. The problem with super lice is that they have a gene mutation that is unphased by pesticides, so over the counter treatments don’t kill these lice or their lice eggs.

If you’ve tried treatments and still have lice, assume you’re dealing with super lice.

Before talking about whether or not blow drying kills lice, you should ask yourself a critical question...

Do you want to kill lice or GET RID OF LICE???

Because there’s a big difference! Killing lice today, does NOT get rid of lice. If you focus all of your energy on killing lice bugs, you will NEVER get rid of lice! 

Here’s why...

When you have lice you have 2 problems, lice bugs, and lice eggs. Often people focus all of their attention on lice bugs, but neglect the much bigger problem- LICE EGGS! Those eggs are full of little lice bugs, just waiting to hatch and start this whole lice cycle all over again! That’s why you keep getting lice back!

There’s no lice treatment or home remedy out there that kills lice eggs, except the technique I use.

It’s the only thing guaranteed to get rid of lice in ONE DAY, without any retreatments, because it kills all of the lice bugs and lice eggs. If you plan on using a home remedy and store-bought lice treatment you can get rid of lice, but you should plan on it taking about 3 weeks and multiple treatments.

How Does Blow Drying Help With Super Lice?

Anyone struggling with head lice knows that one of the most challenging parts is trying to get rid of all of the lice eggs/nits in the hair. Most lice eggs today are completely immune to lice treatments, so if you don’t remove the nits from the head, they will inevitably hatch and reinfest your child with lice. But, you can kill lice eggs if you expose them to heat and high volumes of air. While blow-drying alone doesn’t get rid of head lice, it can be helpful.

Does Blow Drying Kill Lice?

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Blow drying is significantly more effective on lice eggs (nits) then it is on lice bugs themselves. A study of 169 children tested the effectiveness of a wide variety of blow dryers on head lice. The effectiveness of each blow dryer varied dramatically. The worst blow dryers only killed 10% of lice, whereas professional high volume dryers like the ones they use in professional lice centers killed about 80% of lice.

These professional-level dryers are not available to the general public.

Does Blow Drying Kill Lice Eggs?

Blow drying, however, has a much more significant impact on lice eggs. The heat combined with high volumes of air dehydrates lice eggs, making them less likely to hatch. In the same study, a few of the high-speed volume blow dryers prevented many eggs from hatching. Obviously, blow drying alone can't be your only way of tackling lice and lice eggs, but it can be helpful.

How to Get Rid of Lice Fast! 

Many people struggle with lice for a very long time before finally getting rid of it, if you want to speed up the process then take some advice from others who have been in your situation. Here’s what Sarah did that finally helped her get rid of lice for good.

The MyLiceAdvice Video Series promises 3 things:

  1. You’ll get rid of lice fast! (In ONE DAY)
  2. You’ll get rid of lice permanently (meaning it’s not going to come back a few weeks later)
  3. And, you’ll gain all of the knowledge and skills you need to prevent a lice infestation like this from happening ever again!

Can Blow Drying Spread Lice?

spread with blow dryer

Yes! Head lice can be blown off the hair and spread if you use a blow dryer. This was tested in lab experiments. Imagine, you’re treating your child for lice, but in return, the lice are blown off your child’s head and onto yours!

To avoid this happening to you, it is essential to kill lice bugs with a lice treatment that kills both lice and super lice before doing any blow-drying. Read more in the tutorial below.

Other Cautions

Burns

It is possible to burn your child with a blow dryer, so pay close attention to how your child is feeling.

Flammable

You should not combine blow-drying with a pesticide or alcohol treatments as these are flammable. Be very careful about this, as most over the counter treatments are pesticides. Listerine (mouthwash) contains large amounts of alcohol, so never combine blow-drying with a Listerine treatment.

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How to Get Rid of Lice with a Blow Dryer Tutorial

Using a blow dryer to get rid of lice can be helpful, but it can not be a solution all by itself. Since blow-drying doesn’t kill lice bugs, any lice bugs left in the hair will continue to breed, and you will go around and around with lice. 

You’ll never get rid of lice by using a blow dryer alone.

3 Week Plan To Get Rid of Lice

Obviously this is not the regime I use, because I get rid of lice in one day, but it is possible to get rid of lice without my technique, but  prepare for it taking you a VERY LONG TIME. But, many people struggle with lice for weeks, months, or years, trying one lice treatment and home remedy after another and I don’t want that to be your story, so let me get you on the right track...

If you're going to get rid of lice using a home remedy, then plan on being extremely disciplined and focused on retreating, combing, and nit-picking for at least 3 weeks. 

Even the best home remedies and lice treatments do not kill all lice. They only kill the weakest lice, leaving the strongest lice live on, breed with one another, and create even stronger lice! (Gross I know). Also, although many lice eggs hatch in 1-2 weeks, different studies have shown that lice eggs can hatch anywhere between 4 days and 21 days, depending on the temperature and other factors. So, you'll need to keep retreating every 5 days to ensure that you kill lice bugs as they hatch, before they can start laying eggs of their own.

To give yourself the best chances of getting rid of lice you need to be obsessive for 3 weeks.

Here's what you'd do:

Today: Treat with a home remedy that kills some of the lice like the ones in this article (Blow Drying is NOT one of them!). Comb with a lice comb or nit-pick, and try to remove as many lice eggs as possible.  Then you can blow dry the hair as a secondary measure. Do house cleaning that I recommend in the House Cleaning - Everything You Need to Know to Get Rid of Lice in Your House.

Day 5: Retreat with a home remedy or treatment that kills most lice and comb with a lice comb or nit-pick and try to remove as many lice eggs as possible. Then you can blow dry the hair as a secondary measure.Do house cleaning that I recommend in the House Cleaning - Everything You Need to Know to Get Rid of Lice in Your House.

Day 10: Retreat with a home remedy or treatment that kills most lice and comb with a lice comb or nit-pick and try to remove as many lice eggs as possible. Then you can blow dry the hair as a secondary measure. Do house cleaning that I recommend in the House Cleaning - Everything You Need to Know to Get Rid of Lice in Your House.

Day 15: Retreat with a home remedy or treatment that kills most lice and comb with a lice comb or nit-pick and try to remove as many lice eggs as possible. Then you can blow dry the hair as a secondary measure.Do house cleaning that I recommend in the House Cleaning - Everything You Need to Know to Get Rid of Lice in Your House.

Day 20: Retreat with a home remedy or treatment that kills most lice and comb with a lice comb or nit-pick and try to remove as many lice eggs as possible. Then you can blow dry the hair as a secondary measure. Do house cleaning that I recommend in the House Cleaning - Everything You Need to Know to Get Rid of Lice in Your House.

This is what the treatment plan looks like to get rid of lice in one day.

This is the technique I use.

Today: Kill all lice and lice eggs

No retreatments.

Never get lice again for the rest of your life.

Learn how my treatment plan works in this article.

Blow Dry Every Day

After you've gotten rid of lice, blow drying the hair every day or every other day for a full two weeks can be helpful for preventing a re-infestation. 

Pick the Right Blow Dryer

The best blow dryers for drying out lice eggs have a very high-speed volume. High-speed volume is more important than high heat. Avoid bonnet-style and diffuse hot air dryers. Go with a direct air dryer. 

The most important thing about the blow dryer is the wattage. This is the motor, which determines how fast and hard the blow dryer works.

For success, use a blow dryer with at least 2000 watts.

Clean Your House

Don’t go insane with the house cleaning; this is the easiest step. 

Clean your house using the following principles as a guide (or check out the article Lice Cleaning Checklist to Get Rid of Lice in Your Home):

Think 48 Hours

Focus on cleaning items that have been in contact with the lice-infested individual within the last 48 hours. Lice cannot live longer than 48 hours on household items.

Do Not Use Lice Sprays

Lice sprays do not work on super lice at all. Multiple scientific studies have shown that almost all lice in the US are resistant to the pesticide found in lice sprays.

Vacuum

You can vacuum surfaces such as couches and mattresses.

Clean Your Brushes

Soak hairbrushes, combs, and hair accessories (such as hairbands, clips, and headbands) used by the person with lice in hot water (135° F or greater) for at least ten minutes. (I do not recommend boiling brushes and combs, however, because they will melt.)

Items in the Dryer

Put items in the dryer for forty minutes on high heat.

Bag Items for 2 Days

Lice can’t live without blood for very long, so anything that could have lice on it will be safe to use again after 48 hours. If an item is something that you cannot run through the dryer, like a favorite stuffed toy or delicate clothing, you can seal it away in a bag for a couple of days.

Don’t Forget Carseats

Vacuum your car seats.

Blow-Drying as Lice Prevention

Blow drying hair can be helpful for lice prevention. In theory, if you get lice in your hair and are consistently blow drying, it may not turn into a full infestation. If you want to add that to your prevention arsenal, you can. 

But the truth is that since blow-drying doesn't actually kill lice bugs it likely won't make a dent as far as lice prevention goes.

 Summing It Up…

Blow drying can be helpful for killing some lice eggs, but it is not a stand alone treatment by any means. Be sure to use kill lice prior to blow drying the hair, because blow drying is not very effective at killing lice bugs and it can spread lice to other people.

If you plan to use a home remedy for lice then I DO NOT recommend you use blow drying. Instead I’d recommend you use a more effective home remedy like the ones I cover in this article. But, understand that there is no home remedy or treatment out there that kills all lice bugs or lice eggs, so it’s going to take you several weeks to get rid of lice using a method like that.  If you want to get rid of lice quickly, you should check out the the technique I use to get rid of lice in ONE DAY. 

Best of luck on your lice journey! (1)

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