Sample Your Hair



For accurate Hair Mineral Analysis readings, the hair sampling procedure is most important.  Here are the instructions on how to sample your hair:


Step 1:  Sampling.  Hair should be clean and dry when it is being sampled.  Shampoo your hair the same day, or the day before sampling it.  Ideally, shampoo your hair, let it dry, and cut the sample right away.  Use a plain shampoo, if possible because many shampoos contain EDTA or other chelating agents that remove minerals.  Most shampoos and conditioners do not contain minerals that can contaminate the sample.  However, medicated shampoos of concern are Selsun Blue (selenium) and Head and Shoulders (zinc), which should both be avoided  Preferably do not add conditioner or any other products such as hair sprays, hair creams, gels, and oils on the hair after washing it on the day you will take the sample.  Avoid sending dirty, sweaty, or greasy hair.

Step 2:  Sampling Location.  Cut your hair sample from anywhere on the head.  The hair sample should be cut as close to the scalp as possible.  To avoid bald spots, cut several small samples from different areas on the head and combine them.  If head hair is not available, you can sample facial, chest or underarm hair.  Do not sample pubic hair, since it is not as accurate.  Do not mix different types of hair, for example, such as head hair with chest hair or beard hair in the same envelope.


Step 3:  Equipment Needed.  A standard rat-tailed comb and a regular stainless steel scissors are all that is basically needed. For short hair, thinning shears may be used to keep from disturbing the hair style as much as possible. With long hair, a hair pin or clip may also be useful.  If you shave your head, cut hair with a clean electric razor.  Save the clippings in a paper envelope, and then razor cut it again in a week or so, and repeat a few times, until you fill a tablespoon with hair.


Step 4:  Cutting a Sample.  Comb and lift a section of hair on your head.  Either pin or clip the section or hold it up out of the way. Separate a smaller section and cut the hair off as close to the scalp as possible.  For short hair:  1 ½ inches in length or less – use the entire sample.  For long hair:  over 1 ½ inches in length, cut off and use 1 inch to 1 ½ inches of the hair from the end that was next to the scalp.  Discard the rest.   Do NOT send in hair that is cut from the ends of long hair.  AVOID sending hair that is longer than 1 to 1.5 inches long.


Step 5:  Amount of Sample.  There should be approximately 125 mgs in the total sample. This should be about one heaping tablespoonful. Once an adequate sample is accumulated, put the hair into an envelope. Make sure to write your name, gender, and age on the envelope.  Do not place hair samples in plastic baggies or aluminum foil.  Do not tape or staple the hair sample to the envelope.




Are There Any Special Requirements for Submitting a Hair Sample?


Bleaching / Tints / Permanents / Dyes:  The ideal hair sample should be collected prior to subjecting the hair to any bleaching, permanents, tints, or dyes.  If one has had a recent dye, tint, permanent, or bleach, it is recommended you wash your hair at least 5 times before cutting the hair sample.  If you do use a hair dye, it is always best to buy a natural one.  Stay away from Youth Hair and Grecian Formula hair dyes because they contain lead, a toxic metal.


Water Softeners:  Water softeners may affect hair mineral readings.  If you have a water softener, wash your hair two times with unsoftened tap water or reverse osmosis water before sampling.


Swimming Pools:  Swimming in pools regularly can affect the mineral hair readings.  Stay out of swimming pools and hot tubs due to toxicity.


What are the requirements for sampling Animal Hair?


Mane hair on a horse is excellent.  Belly hair on a dog or cat are fine.  Hair or fur from any part of the body seems to be alright, although close to the head may be more accurate, as it is with human beings.  With animal hair, before cutting the hair sample, clean the area with a clean piece of cloth or

rag and some rubbing alcohol.  Do not use water or soap to clean the area.  Once the sample is cut, do not wash the sample in any way, as that will usually skew the mineral readings.  Cut the sample as close as possible to the skin, and throw away any hair or fur that is more than about 1.5 inches long for best results.


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