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Can Straightening Iron Really Kill Lice?

Can Straightening Iron Really Kill Lice?
Updated on 
December 16, 2020

Getting head lice is no fun, but it can be especially embarrassing if you are a teenager or an adult that suddenly gets head lice. If you want to get rid of head lice on your own, without anyone knowing, are there any options that don’t involve going to the store and doing the walk of shame down the “lice aisle?” Pondering what you have at home that might work, you wonder do hair straighteners kill lice? As a bonus, do hair straighteners kill lice and nits (lice eggs)?

Will a Hair Straightener Kill Lice?

There is no straight answer to will a hair straightener kill head lice. Straighteners possess enough heat to kill a louse if it comes into contact with it, but can lice survive a hair straightener? The answer to the question does straightening your hair kill lice or can straightening your hair kill lice, is a solid maybe! Lice are mobile so if they are not directly hit by the straightener they will not be affected by it.

Will Hair Straightener Kill Lice Eggs?

While killing all of the live bugs with a hair straightener is iffy due to their mobility, you may begin to wonder about the lice eggs since they are stationary. Can you kill lice eggs with a hair straightener? Conclusive studies have not been conducted on this method of lice treatment, but it is possible, but not likely. High enough direct heat is needed to kill lice eggs and heat from straighteners may not penetrate the eggshell.  Also, shells will stay on the strands of hair until they are removed by handpicking or combing. This may not bothersome, but if you are planning on getting your hair cut you could be turned away if a nit, dead or alive, is found in your hair.

Will Hair Straightener Kill Lice Eggs

Conclusion

So can straightening iron kill lice and does straightening iron kill lice (or rather does a straightening iron kill lice? Hair straighteners may kill lice and their eggs if they directly come into contact with the heat produced by it, but it is not a proven method of getting rid of lice. The shell of the nit is just too tough. Call the experts at LiceDoctors at 800-224-2537, schedule an appointment and you’ll be lice-free after just one visit – and no eggs will be left in your hair after your treatment and follow up plan are complete.

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