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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For accuracy and reliability, hair samples must be processed at a laboratory that does not wash the hair sample.
HTMA is not a straight-forward test.
What is Hair Tissue 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—when interpreted properly—can tell you which vitamins and minerals you need to balance your body chemistry and improve your energy production.
Hair analysis is unlike other tests because it provides insight at the cellular level, which is where most chemical reactions occur. This is why hair analysis often reveals significant imbalances even when other tests are normal.
Advantages of doing a hair analysis with an experienced practitioner:
- Uncover biochemical imbalances that are hidden from other tests.
- Avoid creating imbalances with random supplements.
- Avoid spending money on supplements you don’t need.
- Heal chronic health issues that haven’t responded to other therapies.
- Monitor your progress and track your results.
What You Will Learn from Your Hair Analysis
The minerals levels in your hair can tell you more than you think. Hair analysis can answer the following questions:
- Are you lacking minerals that are needed to produce energy? Minerals such as magnesium, selenium, manganese, copper, zinc, and others are required in critical steps of the body’s energy cycles. Hair analysis can reveal low mineral levels years before they show up on other tests.
- Are toxic metals causing fatigue and other health problems? Toxic metals such as mercury, lead, arsenic, aluminum, and others interfere with thousands of enzyme reactions, many of which have to do with energy production. Toxic metals go under the radar because blood tests are not good at detecting them. However, everyone today has high levels of toxic metals in their bodies due to contamination of the food, air, and water. Although no test can detect the total amount of toxic metals in the body, hair analysis is known as a reliable test for toxic metal poisoning.
- WHY are your hormone levels low? Many people learn that their symptoms are due to low hormone levels. But instead of looking for a cause, most conventional and natural doctors prescribe daily hormone replacement medication to manage the problem. Meanwhile, hair analysis can reveal several underlying causes of low hormones, including copper and mercury toxicity, and low levels of selenium, zinc, and chromium.
- Why fatigue does not respond to iron supplementation. Many cases of anemia have nothing to do with iron deficiency. For example, without bioavailable copper, iron is not incorporated into hemoglobin. In this case, iron supplementation is a bad idea and can
make your health worse. Hair analysis can identify several biochemical imbalances associated with anemia, including copper imbalance, lead toxicity, and cadmium toxicity.
- Are you under excessive stress? Excessive stress from stimulant use, fast-paced lifestyles, worry, lack of rest, nutritional depletion, and other factors activates the sympathetic nervous system, also known as the fight-or-flight response. Over-stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system prevents adequate regeneration of the body and eventually leads to burnout. Hair analysis can show you if you’re stuck in fight-or-flight, and the impact it is having on your health.
- What vitamins and minerals do you need to rebalance and heal? Each person has unique nutritional needs depending on their metabolic type, mineral balance, and other factors. Taking random supplements can easily upset your body chemistry and make your health worse. Hair analysis and nutritional balancing is the most scientific and efficient way to determine which foods and supplements you need the most.
Hair analysis can also answer the following:
- Are you a Fast or Slow Oxidizer?
- How much fat should you include in your diet?
- Are you eating the wrong foods for your metabolic type?
- Is it safe to become pregnant?
- Are you using toxic personal care products?
- Occupational Exposure to Heavy Metals: Is your job making you sick?
- Your Stage of Stress: Are you in the exhaustion stage?
- Do you have sugar intolerance?
- How is your body coping with its environment?
Do you need a Hair 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 to optimize your mineral balance.
Those who need a hair analysis the most include:
- Anyone with unexplained or mysterious health issues.
- Anyone who takes nutritional supplements.
- Women with fertility issues.
- Women who want to assess their health before becoming pregnant.
True Prevention. Hair analysis can reveal imbalances years before they manifest as symptoms or more serious health problems, so you don’t have to wait until you are sick to take action.
My Experience with Hair Analysis
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 complaints.
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.
How is Hair Analysis Different from Other Tests?
Blood and urine tests provide important information about a person’s biochemical status, but they only evaluate the fluids in the body.
Hair analysis is unique because it is a soft-tissue biopsy.
A biopsy is an analysis of a body tissue—a very different compartment than the blood. Biopsies provide information directly at the cellular level, which is where energy production and most other biochemical reactions occur.
The cells, not the blood, is where the magic happens.
Blood tests may show acceptable levels of minerals, hormones, and other nutrients, but what matters most is what is reaching your cells.
Example 1: Mineral Deficiencies
When calcium levels drop in the blood, the body rapidly responds by taking calcium from your bones and releasing it into the blood. This is why you can have osteoporosis (demineralization of the bone) and at the same time have a normal blood calcium level.
Example 2: Toxic Metals
When you are exposed to toxic metals such as lead, mercury, arsenic, and others, your body removes them from the blood as quickly as possible. They are moved to locations where they can be stored or eliminated—including your hair. Toxic metals tend to only show up in the blood soon after exposure.
Why Don't Doctors Use Hair Analysis?
There are several reasons why most doctors do not offer hair analysis. One of the main reasons is that hair analysis is based on a different paradigm than modern medicine. Let me explain.
Modern medicine is based on a diagnose-and-treat paradigm. Medical doctors are trained to identify or diagnose a recognized disease and then to use a specified remedy to treat the disease. It is a disease-centered system. The treatments used by medical doctors are mainly drugs and surgery, which of course do nothing for the underlying cause.
Hair analysis and nutritional balancing, in contrast, is a health-centered system. The goal is to improve a person’s health—not manage their disease. This involves rebuilding and balancing body chemistry.
If doctors were to use hair analysis, they would have to learn an entirely new and complex system. If they started using hair analysis, then most of their drugs and surgery would become obsolete.
Of course, this will never happen because the pharmaceutical industry controls medical education and the medical licensing boards. There is an enormous financial interest in preserving the drug-based and disease-based medical system. Even natural doctors rely heavily on the diagnose-and-treat model, although their treatments and remedies are usually less toxic than conventional medicine.
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.
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.
Over the course of 25 years, he developed the principles of nutritional balancing science—a system for restoring optimal mineral balance.
This approach involves using the test as a whole-system analysis, rather than viewing each mineral reading as a separate test. This is the key to taking supplements without creating imbalances.
WARNING: There are very few doctors or nutritionists who are trained in this system. Although I am not a doctor, I’ve been using hair analysis since 2015 and have reviewed hundreds of hair tests. I also consult with doctors who have decades of experience with hair analysis on a regular basis. Avoid buying cheap hair analysis on the internet without first vetting a practitioner!
The Hair Analysis Process
What's included with your hair analysis?
I currently offer two hair analysis packages: HTMA Lite ($199) and HTMA Premium ($349). The main difference is that HTMA Lite does not include any consultation time. Both packages include the following:
In addition to the above, HTMA Premium includes the following:
1.5 Hour Consultation to Review Your Test Results and Program Recommendations
I’ll spend about an hour and a half helping you understand your test results and program. This is a thorough and personalized consultation reviewing your test results and program recommendations. 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. Virtual consultations are limited to one hour.
In addition to the laboratory report, you will 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. This report is non-technical and easy to read—you don’t need a PhD to understand your results.
A Complete Health Program
You’ll receive additional recommendations based on your hair mineral analysis results and health history. Your program will include:
- Adjustments to the computer-generated supplement program, based on my experience.
- Additional dietary guidance, including specific foods and drinking water recommendations
- 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.
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.
30-Minute Follow Up Consultation
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 two months to ask questions, talk about your program and your progress, or for general support. During this consultation, I will make adjustments to your diet and supplement program, as needed, to keep you moving forward.
“I used to think I knew so much about nutrition prior to hair analysis…”
I visited multiple practitioners for help with my symptoms, but no one gave me any clear answers. My aunt told me about hair analysis, and I decided to do it with Brian because it appeared to be an inexpensive way to get a whole-body picture of what was going on.
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
Hair Analysis Packages
HTMA Upgrade. If you decide you want the features in HTMA Premium after you receive your test results, you’ll be able to upgrade to HTMA Premium for $199.
Discounts for Families and Couples. Email me for discounts at [email protected]
I was hesitant to have a hair sample cut from my scalp, but I was also eager to learn what hair analysis would tell me about my health.
The test also revealed a few things that I had already suspected: my liver was doing poor job at eliminating toxins and therefore I had some copper and heavy metal build-up. I also assumed that not every mineral level would be perfect, but I had no idea which were out of balance until I received my results.
I’ve done lots of tests but nothing compares to the amount of insight that I received from my hair analysis. It was amazing to see exactly what was going on in my body, as opposed to “shooting in the dark.”
I really enjoyed my consultation with Brian to review my test results. I had many questions, and Brian thoughtfully answered them all. I love that Brian’s approach addresses you as a whole, instead of just treating symptoms.
I would highly recommend hair analysis with Brian for anyone who has unexplained physical or mental health complaints. It’s also a great idea for anyone who’s interested in understanding their health on a deeper level.
P.S. The amount of hair taken was much less than I expected. I still cannot find the spots where Brian took the sample!
—Laura Andors, Founder, Mind and Body Health Coaching
Typical Results with Nutritional Balancing and Hair Analysis
Hair Analysis FAQs
What minerals does hair analysis measure?
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 analysis. ARL is CLIA-certified and is one of only two labs that uses 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 have me take your hair sample at my office in Northern Virginia. If you are cutting the sample yourself, it is 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.
More Details About Hair Analysis
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.
How often is a new test needed?
If you decide to follow our recommendations, we suggest doing a follow up test in four months. This is needed to ensure the diet and supplement program is still correct for you as your body chemistry changes. After that, testing can be done every six months, in most cases. The fee for a retest is $199 for adults and $179 for children.
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.
How to order your first hair analysis
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), choose a hair analysis package below and place your order online. I will send you a hair collection kit that you’ll use 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, choose a hair analysis package below and place your order online. During checkout, choose the option to schedule a hair sampling appointment. When I receive your order, I will send you the link to book your hair sampling appointment.
Finally, get answers to your health problems
Minerals affect how you think, feel, and act. Uncover and address your mineral imbalances with a hair mineral analysis.