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, but not the best.

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.

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 lice experts like myself DO NOT use lice treatments. I’ve cured thousands of people of lice without lice treatments and instead of retreating a million times, they are done with lice permanently in ONE DAY! And it’s something that anyone can do, you don’t need to buy any special products. You can learn more about the technique I use here.

Before coming to me people are usually in a never-ending cycle of lice 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. Perhaps that’s why you’re researching coconut oil...

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 MyLiceAdvice Video Series.

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.

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!

Does Coconut Oil Kill Lice Eggs?

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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 Plan To Get Rid of Lice

Obviously this is not the regime I use, because I know how to get rid of lice in one day without retreatments, you can learn more about that here.

But, if you decide that coconut oil is the route you want to go then be prepared for it taking you a VERY LONG TIME. Most people struggle with lice for weeks, months, or years, trying one lice treatment and home remedy after another.

I don't want this to be your story, so let me get you on the right track. If you're going to get rid of lice on your own without the video series, then plan on being extremely disciplined and focused on lice for 3 weeks. 

Even the best home remedies and lice treatments do not kill all lice (including coconut oil). They only kill the weakest lice, leaving the strongest lice live on, breed with one another, and create even stronger lice! (Gross I know). 

And, no home remedies or treatments kill lice eggs, so those lice eggs will hatch and re-infest your child if you don’t get on top of this. 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 (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 article.

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 article.

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 article.

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 article.

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 article.

Or, you can get rid of lice in one day the way I do it, which I talk about here.

This is what my treatment plan looks like:

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Coconut Oil for Lice

apple cider vinegar

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. They claim that the acidity of apple cider vinegar eats away at the glue that holds lice into place on the hair strand. This is totally bogus.

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!

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.

Do Not Use Lice Sprays, Vacuum Instead
Lice sprays do not work on lice at all, and they are hazardous. Vacuuming surfaces such as couches and mattresses are more effective at killing lice than sprays.

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 higher) 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 40 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 the car seats of the infested individuals.

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 MyLiceAdvice Technique to get rid of lice in one day.

Here’s a reminder of the retreatment regime I recommend…

Today: Treat with coconut oil 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 article. 

Day 5: Retreat with coconut oil 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 article.

Day 10: Retreat with coconut oil 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 article.

Day 15: Retreat with coconut oil 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 article.

Day 20: Retreat with coconut oil 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 article.

Or, you can get rid of lice in one day with the MyLiceAdvice Video Series.

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 MyLiceAdvice Video Series and get rid of lice today. 

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