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," because they can’t be eliminated with treatments that used to work. 

That's why so many parents struggle with lice over and over. In fact, 75% of parents that use over the counter treatments still have lice even after several treatments.

Is this the situation you're in?

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:

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WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW SO YOU CAN BE SUCCESSFUL

THERE ARE 5 THINGS YOU MUST KNOW IF YOU WANT TO GET RID OF LICE WITH A HOME REMEDY!

Before reading this article you should WATCH THE VIDEO above so that you can learn these 5 things and be successful.

Here are a few of the key points covered in the video.

  1. Some home remedies help with lice and some make lice way WORSE (find out which ones in the video).
  2. Lice can play dead (learn what I mean in the video)
  3. What's DANGEROUS (learn in the video)
  4. Lice eggs and home remedies
  5. Home remedy treatment plan

 

Here are the links to the two articles I talk about in the video...

37 Home Remedies- The Good, the Bad, The Dangerous

How to Get Rid of Lice Like A Pro! (ONE DAY, NO RE-TREATMENTS)

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!

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, high volumes of heat and air can help. 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.

What's the FASTEST Way To Get Rid of Lice?

The purpose of My Lice Advice is to help parents get rid of lice as fast as possible. And the fastest way to get rid of lice is to get rid of lice in one day, no re-treatments. This is how lice professionals like myself get rid of lice in lice centers. Most people assume that lice professionals use some kind of crazy strong lice product or something. But the truth is that's not how lice professionals get rid of lice so fast....

When I treat lice in my lice center I don't use any toxic chemicals or special treatments. In fact, you can do a professional lice treatment at home without buying any lice products. I teach parents how to do this professional technique on their children at home, on my page Get Rid of Lice Like A Pro!

In Get Rid of Lice Like A Pro! you learn how to get rid of lice in less than a day by doing what the pro's do. And it's gone permanently- there are no re-treatments, and no messing around with lice kits. You do the professional technique on your child at home, you kill all of the lice and the lice eggs in one session and then you're done with lice. 

That's the FASTEST and MOST EFFECTIVE way to get rid of lice. You can learn how to do it by clicking here.

Can Blow Drying Spread Lice?

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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.

These are the biggest reasons why I'm not a fan of doing a treatment that requires re-treatments and why I encourage people to get rid of lice in one day in Get Rid of Lice Like A Pro.

Reason #1- You’ll have lice for AT LEAST 3 weeks. I’m not a fan of any idea of living with lice for weeks on end, and that’s what you’ll be doing if you do a treatment like this. Lice eggs will be hatching on your child’s head every day, which means she will have head lice crawling on her head until you do another treatment.

Reason #2- Eggs hatch at variable times. Eggs will not hatch all at once. Many lice eggs hatch in about 7-10 days. But, some lice eggs hatch sooner and others take longer to hatch.  Some studies shows lice eggs hatching at 4 days, other at 15 days later. So, you’ll need to do these treatments for AT LEAST 3 weeks to ensure they’re effective.

Reason #3- Lice eggs are your first sign of lice. Early in an infestation, you don’t usually see lice bugs; you see lice eggs. If you do not remove lice eggs from previous outbreaks you won’t figure out your child has lice until she’s had it for a very long time because you’ll assume the eggs in the hair are “old eggs.”

Reason #4- Having lice for weeks can spread it. The longer your child has lice, the more likely she is to spread it to others in the home. Let’s say a few lice hatch the day after the treatment. What’s to keep lice from spreading to her siblings and friends?

If you choose the “repeat treatments” method, your child will have lice for several weeks, because every day new baby lice will hatch from the eggs left in the hair.

If you want to get rid of lice fast, skip the re-treatments, and move on with your life then learn how to do the professional technique I teach on the Get Rid of Lice Like A Pro page.

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.

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.

Better Home Remedies

If you are looking for an all-natural way to get rid of lice then the very best and FASTEST way to do that is by learning how to do a professional lice treatment on your child at home. You don't need to buy any lice kits or lice products, and you can be done with lice in less than a day. That's what I teach on my page Get Rid of Lice Like A Pro!

If you're set on doing it on your own and you want to hunt around for a home remedy then you can find a list of much better home remedies in my article 37 Home Remedies for Lice. In that article I evaluate every home remedy for lice and let you know how many lice and lice eggs they kill.

You should know that even the best home remedies only kill 80% of lice bugs and no home remedies kill lice eggs. If you decide to go that route then plan on retreating and nit-picking for about 3 weeks.

You can find the Home Remedies article here.

 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 alone. 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, in less than a day, then check out Get Rid of Lice Like A Pro!

Theresa, My Lice Advice

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Theresa is a lice expert with years of experience curing children of lice. She currently works with government agencies and non-profit organizations to help children with the most severe head lice infestations in the US.

Originally trained as a Registered Nurse, she changed specialties to study lice. Later, she opened a lice treatment center where she perfected the PRO technique she teaches in the Get Rid of Lice Like A Pro online course. She now works helping those struggling with lice around the world.

She is the creator of MyLiceAdvice.com, one of the top lice informational websites in the world and she teaches parents around the world how to get rid of lice in less than a day in the Get Rid of Lice Like a Pro online course.

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