Coconut Oil for Head Lice Tutorial

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If you’re looking for a natural and effective way to kill head lice, coconut oil is one option.

Anyone struggling with lice today knows that it is no small feat. Perhaps you’re looking for a natural approach to lice treatment, or you’ve already tried a few rounds of treatments that have failed.

If you have tried other treatments that have failed, you should know that you are not alone, and it’s not your fault.

Did you know?

75% of parents that use over-the-counter treatments still have lice even after multiple treatments!!

 

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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)

 

Why Is It So Hard to Get Rid of Lice?

Parents around the world are all asking me the same question…. "Why is it so much harder to get rid of lice now?"

Lice have become immune to everything that used to work in the past. Perhaps you remember your mom using a typical lice treatment or mayonnaise 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 are immune to those treatments. 

I’ve cured thousands of people of lice in my lice center and let me tell you, I don't do it with over-the-counter lice treatments. 

Most people struggle with lice because they focus all of their attention on killing lice bugs and not enough attention on GETTING RID OF LICE!

If you want to get rid of lice you have to address all 3 of the problems of lice:

  1. Lice Bugs
  2. Lice Eggs
  3. Getting Lice Back

The best way to get rid of lice is to tackle all 3 of these problems at the same time, which is what I teach in Get Rid of Lice Like A Pro.

Super Lice

A super lice bug at high magnification.

Like I said these super lice are the newest strain of head lice, and the latest data shows that close to 99% of lice are immune to treatments. 

So, if you’ve tried treatments and still have lice, yes, you have super lice and so does everyone else that has lice.

Before talking about whether or not Coconut Oil 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 that lice professionals use, which is what I teach in Get Rid of Lice Like A Pro.

That's the only thing that can get rid of lice in one day, without any re-treatments, because it kills all of the lice bugs and lice eggs at the same time in one session. 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 because those lice eggs will keep hatching and re-infest your child over and over again.

So remember... killing lice and getting rid of lice are not the same thing. If you want to get rid of lice you need to tackle both lice bugs and lice eggs.

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.

How Effective is Coconut Oil at Killing Lice?

A few studies have compared coconut oil to traditional over the counter treatments.

There have been three credible studies testing the effectiveness of coconut oil vs. the effectiveness of lice treatments. 

While coconut oil was not effective against killing lice completely, one study showed coconut oil’s average lice kill rate about 80%, compared to the leading lice treatments (that only had a kill rate of 42%). 

That means that coconut oil is about 2x more effective than the traditional over the counter lice treatments.

While it’s notable that coconut oil is a step above lice treatments, an 80% kill rate really isn’t something to get excited about. That means that if you have 100 lice bugs to start with, then you still have 20 lice bugs alive after the treatments AND all of the lice eggs no home remedies or treatments kill lice eggs (except the MyLiceAdvice Video Series).

I personally wouldn’t use coconut oil as a lice treatment, because I know how to kill 100% of lice bugs and lice eggs. You can learn more about it here.

Coconut Oil with Essential Oils

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If you want to go the coconut oil route then I’d suggest that you combine it with essential oils so that you have more chances of increasing its effectiveness. The most common for helping to kill head lice are:

Tea Tree

Anise 

Ylang Ylang

Lavender

The study that tested coconut oil, anise, and ylang-ylang was most effective, but it involves doing the treatment several times.

Older studies on tea tree oil are the most promising, showing higher kill rates of lice. But, as with most treatments, lice have developed resistance to tea tree oil and tea tree oil does NOTHING to lice eggs.

 If you decide to add essential oils, be sure you treat essential oils with respect. Many people have skin reactions to essential oils, and high concentrations on the skin can burn children, so be careful.

The How to Get Rid of Lice Like a Pro! Online Course 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!

Does Coconut Oil Kill Lice Eggs?

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Remember, killing lice and getting rid of lice are not the same thing!!

Coconut oil does not kill lice eggs, whatsoever, so, if you use a coconut oil treatment, you should try to remove all of the lice eggs from the hair and retreat multiple times. If you only focus on kill lice and not on lice eggs, you’ll never get out of the never-ending cycle of head lice.

Here’s what I recommend as a retreatment regime for someone using a home remedy like coconut oil. 

Here’s what that cycle looks like...

You kill all the lice. You think you’ve gotten rid of everything, but you leave a few lice eggs in the hair. Those lice eggs hatch within a few days, and, shortly, those lice begin laying eggs. Within a few weeks, you have a full infestation all over again. You go around and around in this circle of “getting lice back” from yourself.

Coconut oil lice cycle

3 Week Re-treatment 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 with dawn dish soap, 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 coconut oil, 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.

I know most people are hoping for a home remedy that's a "quick fix," but that's not what coconut oil is. Like I said, it'll help you by killing lice bugs, but it won't kill ANY lice eggs and those lice eggs will just keep hatching and re-infest your child over and over again.

If you want to get rid of lice quickly then check out the How to Get Rid of Lice Like A Pro! page where I walk you through step-by-step how to do a professional lice treatment on your child. You don't need to buy any lice products or lice kits and you'll be done with lice in less than a day. And you don't have to do any re-treatments because you'll kill EVERY lice bug and EVERY lice egg in one session.

Here's what you'd do:

Today: Treat with a home remedy that kills some of the lice like the ones in this article (coconut oil is one of them). Comb with a lice comb or nit-pick, and try to remove as many lice eggs as possible. 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. 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. 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. 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. Do house cleaning that I recommend in the House Cleaning - Everything You Need to Know to Get Rid of Lice in Your House.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Coconut Oil for Lice

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There are some well-intended, ill-informed people out there that advise soaking hair in apple cider vinegar to loosen lice eggs. I have an entire article dedicated to apple cider vinegar. 

VINEGAR MAKES LICE WORSE!!!

In fact, the studies show that treating lice with apple cider vinegar makes lice significantly worse, not better. Lice eggs are even more likely to hatch after you soak them in apple cider vinegar! Don't do it!

Coconut Oil For Lice Tutorial

To get rid of head lice with or without coconut oil, you need to:

  • First Kill Head lice
  • Second Remove as many lice eggs as possible
  • Third Clean Your House
  • Repeat Treatments

Kill Head Lice with Coconut Oil

I’ve been pretty clear that coconut oil is not the most effective way to kill head lice, but of the home remedies, it is one of the better ones. Coconut oil kills about 80% of head lice, 80% isn’t great, but it’s better than lice treatments. If you want something more effective than that then check out my technique here.

Step 1 - Prep Your Child

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  • Beginning with completely DRY hair is essential because if you expose lice to water, they close their “breathing holes” which makes them less susceptible to being killed by oil.
  • Place a towel around your child’s shoulders; this will be a messy process.

Step 2 - Prepare Coconut Oil

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Regular coconut oil is solid at room temperature, which makes it a little more challenging to apply.

  • Melt ½ cup to 1 cup of coconut oil in the microwave until it is at least partially liquid (start with 30 seconds and add more time as needed). Feel free to use more or less coconut oil depending on hair length. Typical is ½ cup for short hair and 1 cup for long hair.
  • Add essential oils if desired.

Step 3 - Focus on the Scalp

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Section your child’s hair and slather coconut oil directly to your child’s scalp. Focus most of your attention on the scalp and roots of the hair, because this is where lice usually reside.

Step 4 - Comb through the Hair

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After you apply coconut oil to the scalp, comb the coconut oil through the rest of the hair. Saturate the hair with the remaining coconut oil.

Step 5 - Wait

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Coconut oil is going to be more effective at killing head lice the longer you leave it on. You should leave coconut on for at least 4 hours, but I recommend at least 8 hours with coconut oil for maximum effectiveness. Most people do this treatment overnight.

Step 6 - Cover the Head...or Don’t

  • If you have a safe shower cap or another hat for your child, then feel free to put it on her. 
  • DO NOT put plastic on your child’s head and send her to bed. Using a plastic bag is dangerous and can kill your child, as it did with the parents in this news story.
  • You do not need to cover the head at all. Put your child’s hair in a bun and send her to bed. Coconut oil does not stain the same way other oils stain. Just wash her bedding the next morning, and all of the coconut oil will come out.

Step 7 - Rinse

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You can rinse the coconut oil out in the morning, or you can leave the coconut oil in the hair while completing the next step. If you want to do a vinegar wash/soak for 10 minutes, this is the time to do it. I don’t recommend vinegar for the reasons stated above, but it’s up to you.

Step 8 - Clean Your House

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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 your attention 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.

Step 9 - Remove Lice Eggs and Repeat Treatments

Coconut oil DOES NOT kill lice eggs!!

Any nits left in the hair WILL hatch and reinfest your child.

The fastest, easiest, and most effective way to get rid of lice eggs permanently is using the technique I teach in Get Rid of Lice Like A Probecause you kill all of the lice bugs and lice eggs in one session, so you don't have to re-treat. But, if you're not going to do that professional technique then remember you're going to need to re-treat every 5 days for 3 weeks, because if you don't then you're child will just get lice right back because those lice eggs will keep hatching.  

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. 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 after being laid. But, some lice eggs hatch in 4 days and others take longer to hatch.  Some studies shows lice eggs hatching 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.

Summing It Up…

Coconut oil has about an 80% kill rate for lice bugs. I recommend leaving it on the scalp for at least 8 hours. You can add essential oils to the coconut as desired to increase its effectiveness.

Coconut oil does nothing to affect lice eggs. If you leave lice eggs in the hair, they will hatch.

If you plan to use a home remedy for lice then Coconut Oil is one of the better ones. But, even if you’re using a decent home remedy like Coconut Oil, it’s only going to kill a percentage of the lice bugs, and it won’t kill any of the lice eggs. So, you should anticipate retreating every 5 days for several weeks. On the other hand, if you want to get rid of lice quickly, then you should check out the How to Get Rid of Lice Like a Pro! article, learn the professional technique and get rid of lice today. 

All the best,

Theresa, My Lice Advice Coach

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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