There are many “at-home” lice treatments that have circulated the internet for years. One popular theory is that your hair dryer will kill lice. Is this true? The short answer is that heat can in fact kill lice, however, the temperature required to kill head lice may not be one that you would like aimed at your child’s head.
How hot is too hot?
The temperature to kill lice is around 130 degrees fahrenheit. A quick blow dry will not suffice to rid your hair of a lice infestation. The truth is that lice can withstand heat from a blow dryer and hot water, which is why you may have washed and dried your child’s hair a few times before realizing that a head lice infestation has even occurred.
Because the temperature to kill lice must be applied for at least 5 minutes, you or your child’s scalp and hair would likely become burned.
Should I try using a hair dryer at home?
It is not recommended to use lice shampoo and heat to rid hair of head lice as heat and the alcohol in the shampoo may ignite. As many adults are not properly trained on how to get rid of lice, certain remedies found online may not be effective in killing all lice and eggs.
There are some DIY options that can be purchased from professional clinics, such as Lice Clinics of America, to allow you freedom, privacy, and safety all from the comfort of your own home.
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So you have a lice breakout and you’re looking for some safer options. At Lice Clinics of America with convenient locations for lice removal in Anderson, Greenville, and Spartanburg SC, we offer safe and effective treatments that will give your family peace of mind- and hair.
Our AirAlle treatment option offers a 3-step process where the dead lice and eggs are combed out and an oil treatment is applied. In just one hour, you and your family can leave our clinic lice free. For other treatments and options that best fit your family and budget, consult our team of highly qualified experts today!