Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA)

Uncover deep-level biochemical imbalances, learn which vitamins and minerals you need the most, and address the cause of your health problems with a non-invasive hair test.

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What is Hair Mineral Analysis?

Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) is a laboratory test for 20 minerals and toxic metals in your hair. The balance of minerals in your hair can tell you about your adrenal and thyroid function, metabolic type, stress patterns, dietary issues, and much more. Most importantly, hair analysis provides the information needed to design a nutrition program to balance your body chemistry and improve your energy production.

Benefits of Getting a Hair Analysis

Uncover biochemical imbalances that are causing fatigue and other health issues.

Many people struggle to find a cause of their health problems—even after visiting several doctors. And yet, a hair analysis will often reveal several imbalances that explain your health issues. For example, hair analysis can reveal heavy metal toxicity, mineral deficiencies, metabolic imbalances, hormonal imbalances, and much more—even when other tests are normal.

hair analysis can measure mineral deficiencies, heavy metal toxicity, stress patterns, thyroid imbalances, diet and supplement needs, adrenal strenght, metabolic imbalances, dietary problems, and more!
Avoid spending money on supplements you don’t need.

Instead of jumping on the latest supplement trend, hair analysis gives you a look under the hood to assess your biochemistry BEFORE you start spending money on supplements. With hair analysis, you can start taking supplements that you actually need.

Heal chronic health issues that haven’t responded to other therapies.

When you give your body the right nutrients, in the right amounts, for your specific needs, your body simply functions better. Your brain function improves. Your energy improves. Your appearance improves. Health problems begin to clear up on their own, without having to focus on them.

Monitor your progress and track results.

When using a product or therapy, it is hard to tell if the results are superficial or if the therapy is working at a deeper level. With hair analysis, you’ll have benchmarks and guidelines that show you that you are improving. You’ll be able to track changes in your body chemistry and monitor your progress.

Who needs a Hair Mineral Analysis?

Anyone who wants to function their best today should consider doing a hair analysis to assess their body chemistry and see where they are out of balance. Using your test results, I can design a custom nutritional balancing program for your unique needs.

Those who need a hair analysis the most include:

  • Anyone with unexplained or mysterious health issues.
  • Anyone who takes nutritional supplements.
  • Women struggling with fertility problems.
  • Women who want to assess their health before becoming pregnant.

True Prevention. Hair analysis can reveal imbalances years before they manifest into symptoms or more serious health problems, so you don’t have to wait until you’re sick to take action.

Why Do Hair Analysis with Me?

The success of hair analysis depends on the proper interpretation of the test.

If the test is not interpreted properly, the corrective program will not be effective.

Most practitioners who offer hair analysis use the test solely to detect toxic metals or mineral deficiencies. Then they may suggest taking a supplement of whichever mineral is low. This approach is called replacement therapy.

But improving mineral balance is not as simple as replacing minerals that appear deficient.
Minerals interact with each other in complex ways. Supplementing with one mineral affects the balance of all the other minerals. The failure of replacement therapy is one reason some professionals have a negative view of hair analysis.
 
In the 1970s and 1980s, Dr. Paul Eck pioneered a completely different way to interpret and utilize a hair mineral analysis.

He found that in order to improve the balance of minerals, one must work with the body’s mineral system.

The mineral wheel demonstrates the complex ways in which minerals interact with each other. The wheel was designed by Dr. William Albrecht, a soil scientist.

Over the course of 25 years, he developed the principles of nutritional balancing science—a system for balancing the minerals in the body to improve cellular energy production.

This approach involves using the test as a whole-system analysis, rather than viewing each mineral reading as a separate test. When the test is interpreted using this principle, we can recommend nutrients in a balanced and holistic way.

There are not many doctors or nutritionists who are trained to use hair analysis in this way. Although I am not a doctor, I’ve been using hair analysis since 2015 and I consult with doctors who have decades of experience with hair analysis on a regular basis.

“I used to think I knew so much about nutrition prior to hair analysis…”

The hair analysis revealed I was a fast oxidizer—someone who converts food into energy at a faster pace than normal. This helped me understand why I often felt so hungry minutes after eating a meal. It also revealed that most of my minerals were on the low side and explained that my adrenal and thyroid glands were overactive due to high stress levels.

For someone who’s struggled with finding the right diet and supplements for the past two or three years, I was relieved to finally have a nutrition and supplement plan that was customized to my own needs.

—Stephanie, Woodbridge, Virginia

About Brian

Destructive habits in my youth left me feeling exhausted by the time I graduated college. I tried one dead-end remedy after another until I did a hair mineral analysis.

The test showed me what was causing my fatigue and helped me understand what I needed to restore a naturally high energy level. My energy gradually improved, and other health problems mysteriously vanished.

Today, I offer hair analysis and nutritional balancing programs to clients across the United States, helping them resolve a wide-range of physical and mental health problems.

I am always excited to share test results with clients because it is often eye-opening and life-changing—especially for those who have struggled to find answers to their health problems.

Brian Brezinski, Nutritional Consultant in Northern Virginia
"I much enjoyed Brian's face-to-face consultation. I was able to get all my questions answered through Zoom, where he gave an option for a phone-call or video appointment. Brian shared his own experience, and you can tell he wants to help others and provide them with optimal support when entering this new health journey."
- Stephanie

How it works

1. Order

Choose a hair analysis package that works for you and place your order online. Prices range from $119 to $299.

2. Send

Use our at-home kit to send your hair sample to the hair analysis laboratory, or come to my Northern Virginia office to have your sample taken.

3. Discover

Receive your test results in about two weeks. With hair analysis, you'll have a clear path forward for regaining your health.

What You Get with Your Hair Mineral Analysis

I currently offer two hair analysis packages: HTMA Lite ($119) and HTMA Premium ($299). The features below are included with HTMA Premium only. To see what is included with HTMA Lite, click here.

Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) Test for 20 Minerals and Toxic Metals

You’ll get accurate readings for the levels and ratios of 20 minerals and toxic metals in your hair—presented in a chart that graphically illustrates your results. Your results provide the roadmap that guides the rebalancing of your body chemistry.

Hassle-Free Coordination of Your Hair Collection Kit

A hair collection kit will be shipped directly to your home with instructions for taking your hair sample. It will include shampoo and a pre-addressed envelope with postage that you’ll use to mail your hair sample to Analytical Research Labs in Phoenix, Arizona. Alternatively, I can take your hair sample at my Northern Virginia office.

Laboratory Interpretation and Health Report Booklet

This 15-20 booklet gives you a detailed explanation of your test results, including a toxic metal assessment, stress analysis, and insights into your metabolic type, dietary issues, energy level, immune system, adrenal and thyroid function, autonomic nervous system balance, and trends for over 50 common health conditions. Click here to see a sample laboratory report.

Practitioner Report

You’ll also receive my analysis of your test results based on Dr. Lawrence Wilson’s interpretation system. This is an advanced interpretation system that gives you deeper insight into your health. These reports are non-technical and easy to read—you don’t need a PhD to understand your results.

Complete Program Instructions

We’ll design a comprehensive health program that’s customized for you based on your hair mineral analysis results and health history. Your program will include:

  • Specific dietary guidelines for your metabolic type, including drinking water recommendations.
  • A few carefully targeted nutritional supplements, designed to balance and strengthen your body chemistry.
  • Lifestyle recommendations for rest, sleep, exercise, stress reduction, mental training, and more.
  • Instructions for home-based detoxification and healing procedures.
  • All of this in a PDF report so you have a clear record of your program recommendations.
50-Minute Consultation to Review Your Test Results and Program

I’ll spend about an hour helping you understand your test results and program. We’ll discuss your specific needs, and I’ll answer any of your questions. You’ll choose between a phone, video, or in-office consultation.

Resources

I’ll provide you with any relevant resources, recommended reading, worksheets, and links related to your test results to help you understand your individual needs.

Your hair collection kit will include everything you need to get started, including instructions, shampoo, a scale, and a mailing envelope.
BONUS: 30-Minute Follow Up Consultation (worth $75)

After you have started your program, you’ll likely have many more questions. You’ll be able to book a follow up consultation at any time during the first month to ask questions, talk about the program and your progress, or for general support.

Hair Analysis FAQs

What minerals does hair analysis measure?
Nutrient minerals tested are calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, iron, copper, manganese, zinc, chromium, selenium, phosphorus, cobalt, molybdenum, and lithium.
 
Toxic metals tested are lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, aluminum, and nickel.
How accurate is hair analysis?

Hair testing equipment (ICP Mass Spectrometers) measures hair mineral levels with an accuracy of plus or minus about 3%.  This is about the same accuracy of most blood tests. The same technology is used for soil testing and testing of rock samples for mineral levels. It is the gold standard for testing minerals in biological samples.

What laboratory do you send your hair samples to?

I use Analytical Research Laboratories (ARL) in Phoenix, Arizona for hair testing. ARL is CLIA-certified and is one of only two labs that use proper testing techniques. This means that they do not wash the hair sample at the laboratory—a practice that has been shown to produce erratic results.

How much hair is needed?

The lab needs 125 mgs of hair (about a tablespoon). A scale is included in the kit to ensure you send enough hair.

What type of hair is needed?

The ideal sampling location is the back of your head (nape area). This is where hair grows most consistently. Beard hair or pubic hair should only be used as a last resort, or if sufficient head hair is not available.

Can I cut my own hair sample?

Yes. You can either cut your own hair sample, have a friend or hair dresser cut it, or if you live in the Northern Virginia area, you can come to my office and I will cut your hair sample. If you are cutting the sample yourself, it may be easiest to take the hair sample from the sides of your head.

Will hair sampling create bald spots?

You must cut your hair sample from as close to the scalp as possible. This will provide the most recent information. However, sampling can easily be done in a way that is not noticeable and does not affect your hair style. All of this is explained in the instructions.

Can I sample hair that has been dyed?

Some dyes contain minerals, so it is best to take the sample before dying your hair or allow the hair to grow out an inch or so before sampling.

Permanents and bleach treatments damage the structure of the hair, so it is best to allow the hair to grow out an inch or more before taking a sample.

How long does it take to get my results and program?

You can expect to have your results and program about two weeks after you’ve mailed your hair sample to the lab.

I live outside the USA, can I still do a hair analysis?

At this time, we are only serving clients within the USA.

Do you accept insurance?

No, although I can give you a receipt that you can submit for possible reimbursement.

Questions?

Email [email protected] and I will get back to you within the same day. Or, book a FREE introductory consultation.

Hair Analysis Packages

New Clients

If this is your first time doing a hair analysis, choose one of the hair analysis packages below.

HTMA Lite

$119

HTMA Lite gives you an opportunity to do a hair analysis and get personalized feedback with minimal investment. After we review your test results, you’ll be able to upgrade to HTMA Premium for the full experience.

HTMA Lite Includes:

  • Hair Mineral Analysis Test for 20 Minerals and Toxic Metals
  • Hair Collection Kit Shipped to Your Home
  • 20-Minute Phone Consultation to Review Your Test Results
  • My Top Three Recommendations Based on Your Test Results
  • Option to Upgrade to HTMA Premium for $199

*HTMA Lite does NOT include in-office consultations

HTMA Premium

$299

HTMA Premium gives you everything you need to begin a nutritional balancing program.

HTMA Premium Includes:

  • Hair Mineral Analysis Test for 20 Minerals and Toxic Metals
  • Hair Collection Kit Shipped to Your Home or In-office Hair Sampling Appointment
  • Explanation of Your Test Results in Two Reports
  • Diet Guidelines for Your Metabolic Type
  • Custom Supplement Program Based on Your Test Results
  • Lifestyle Recommendations
  • Instructions for Detoxification Protocols
  • 50-Minute Consultation to Review Your Test Results and Program (Online or In-office)
  • All-Inclusive Email Support (4 Months)
  • 10% Discount on Supplements
  • 30-Minute Follow Up Consultation

Existing Clients

If you have already done a hair analysis with me, choose a hair analysis package below.

HTMA Upgrade

$199

This package is for clients who want to upgrade from HTMA LITE to HTMA PREMIUM.

HTMA Upgrade Includes:

  • Hair Analysis Interpretation Report
  • Custom Nutritional Balancing Program
  • 50-Minute Consultation to Review Your Test Results and Program (Online or In-office)
  • 4 Months of Email and Phone Support
  • 10% Discount on Endomet Brand Supplements.
  • 30-Minute Follow Up Consultation

HTMA Retest

$179

This package is for clients who want to order a retest hair analysis.

HTMA Retest Includes:

  • Hair Mineral Analysis by Analytical Research Labs
  • Chart of Your New Test Results
  • Updated Diet and Supplement Program
  • Retest Report PDF Comparing Current and Previous Results
  • Choice Between Audio Recording or 20 Minute Consultation
  • 6 Months Program Support

How to Begin

To get started with hair analysis, you have two options:

  • Option 1. Take your hair sample at home.
  • Option 2. Come to my office and I will take your hair sample.
Option 1. Take your hair sample at home.

If you want to take your hair sample at home (with the help of a friend or hairdresser), order a hair collection kit at the link below. You will use the kit to send your hair sample directly to the hair analysis laboratory. The kit includes instructions for taking your hair sample, and I will send you an email with videos, as well.

Option 2. Come to my office and I will take your hair sample.

If you live in the Northern Virginia area, and want me to take your hair sample, schedule a hair sampling appointment using my online calendar at the link below (no additional charge). Once you schedule a hair sampling appointment, I will send you the instructions for How to Prepare for Your Hair Sampling Appointment.

Minerals affect how you think, feel, and act. Uncover and address your mineral imbalances with a hair mineral analysis.​

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