I have never heard more ill advice and WRONG information in my life about anything more than I have about lice. People are always asking and I'm tired of typing it out every time so here's a blog post!
I used to work for a lice clinic and I'm going to tell you exactly how to get rid of it and clear up some of the myths surrounding this disgusting creature.
The answer is simpler than you think but you have to do it exactly like I say or you'll never get rid of it.
So what is it!?
Dimethicone is the ONLY oil (and substance) that kills 100% of lice it comes into contact with. It suffocates them in minutes.
However, it doesn't kill the eggs. Even if all the bugs are dead, the eggs that are attached to the hair will continue hatching out and you will be reinfested without a second treatment.
It's important to wait exactly 10 days after the first treatment because you've got to allow all the remaining eggs to hatch and kill them before they are mature enough to lay their own eggs.
That's it! - It really is that simple. 2 treatments of dimethicone, 10 days apart.
There are a few other things you can do to get rid of the little jerks.
Dry heat is the only thing proven to kill lice nits. The company I used to work for use a machine cleared by the FDA to kill lice and nits. It's like a hair dryer with a diffuser but it doesn't blow as hard and the heat is at a level so that it won't burn the person and will dry the eggs. It would be difficult to recreate this at home since we would use a timer to focus the hot air on one small area at a time, overlapping as we went.
I have had success using a flat iron but if the nits are close to the scalp, you run the risk of burning it.
Hot water won't do anything. Other oils like olive or coconut may serve to stun the lice long enough to comb them out, or wash them out but those oils won't kill them.
Also, if you use a hair dryer, be warned, the bugs will fall out of the hair...they may look dead, but they'll start crawling around after a few minutes. You risk loose lice crawling all over your house if you blow them off the head.
Many of the drugs, pesticides and chemicals are causing 'Super lice' a parasite that is resistant to the above mentioned. Nothing is working to kill them except dimethicone - because it works by suffocation, they can't become resistant to it.
While working in the clinic, the employees get lice. It's a hazard of the job. I had it 3-4 times and each time a treatment of dimethicone stopped it before it had a chance to actually start. It works as a preventative too.
Thanks for reading! Let me know if you have any questions!
Read studies on dimethicone HERE!
Abbey is a birth and postpartum doula and placenta specialist in Dallas/Fort Worth and a mom to 4 children between the ages of 26 and 13.