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can a hair straightener or flat iron kill lice?

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Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
Yes & no: Yes if the heat comes in direct contact but no it's not a reliable method of removing them. They usually scurry around at scalp level & are therefore not all trapped in a wad of hair being ironed.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
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Dr. Bryan Levey
Dr. Bryan Levey commented
27 years experience Pediatrics
Bottom line: After the ironing, there will still be more lice.
Oct 13, 2012

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