18 Apr HTMA Hair Sample
I understand hair and tissue mineral analysis is not something people typically hear about everyday. So I love educating people on what it is, how it can improve their health, and sharing my passion for it as a comprehensive non-invasive healing tool. Not sure what hair & tissue mineral analysis is ? Check out my article here.
But the one question I’m asked the most is – “how much hair is needed for the hair mineral analysis lab test?“
Scalp Hair Sample
In short, the lab requires 1 full teaspoon of scalp hair. The hair should be cut as close to the root as possible, and be no more than 1.5 inches long.
I get it, no one really wants to part ways with their luscious locks – but think of your health & the benefits of this test! If I can take a scalp hair sample with such fine thin hair, I assure you, you won’t miss this small amount either. It’s recommended that people cut smaller samples from various locations at the back of the head for more accurate results. So no unfortunately, this means you can’t collect random stray hairs off your pillow, or out of your hair brush. But you’ll be surprised at how quickly your hair grows back!
For those who dye, perm or chemically treat their hair, the lab does require 4 to 6 weeks of fresh virgin growth for an accurate sample.
Please note if you use an anti-dandruff shampoo, please discontinue use for 2 weeks prior to taking the sample as they contain zinc and selenium which can skew the results.
The 2 images below act as a good reference for good and bad hair samples to help guide you. But once you have decided to work with me, I also provide more instructions and help every step of the way.
Other Sample Options
If you really don’t want to part with your scalp hair, the lab also accepts nail and pubic hair samples. The results for these samples are slightly less accurate; however, I do take this into account when analyzing the results.
For the nail sample, you will need to clip approximately 1/4 inch from each finger nail. If you cannot collect all 10 samples at once, you can take what you can and then wait for appropriate growth on the missing sample nails.
Finally, pubic hair is also an option. The lab requires the same amount for collection, so 1 full teaspoon taken as close to the skin as possible.
Beard and other body hair are not accepted.
Of course if you have any questions or concerns about taking the actual sample, I’m here to help so feel free to email me directly.