Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) Test

Uncover mineral imbalances, learn which foods and nutrients you need the most, and address the cause of your health problems with a non-invasive hair test.

Test from Home​

Using our at-home hair collection kit, you can start from anywhere in the United States.

Proper Lab Procedure​

BEWARE: For accuracy and reliability, hair samples must be processed at a laboratory that does not wash the hair sample.

8+ Years Experience​

HTMA is a complex test to interpret. I've reviewed hundreds of hair tests and can help you understand what it all means.

What is Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis?

Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA for short) 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, immune system, and much more. Most importantly, hair analysis can help determine which vitamins and minerals you need to rebalance your body chemistry and restore your energy production—the key to healing most health issues.

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.

Benefits of doing a hair analysis with an experienced practitioner:

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. But if you're not feeling well, there's a reason. And many times, hair analysis can explain why. For example, hair analysis can reveal heavy metal toxicity, mineral deficiencies, metabolic imbalances, dietary issues, hormonal imbalances, and much more. Read the section "What Can Hair Analysis Tell You About Your Health" below to learn more.

Take nutritional supplements with precision and accuracy.

Sifting through the array of health claims, marketing hype, and conflicting expert advice about nutrition is confusing and time-consuming. With hair analysis, you’ll have a nutrition program that’s customized for your unique needs. You’ll know exactly what supplements to take and how much to take. No more guessing, and no more trying to figure it out on your own. Hair analysis is the only scientific system for choosing nutritional supplements that's designed for optimal health.

Avoid wasting money on supplements that are inappropriate for your body chemistry.​

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.

Avoid creating imbalances that make your health worse.

Taking random vitamins and supplements without any data from your body can easily create imbalances that disturb your sleep, lower your energy, make you more emotional, and cause other health problems. With hair analysis, you can be confident you are taking your health in the right direction.

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. Plus, we can adjust your program periodically as your body chemistry changes.

Support your body during stressful times.

New stress factors in your life can cause shifts in your body chemistry that leave you feeling anxious and out of balance. With hair analysis, we can recommend specific foods and supplements to help you reduce the stress response and restore balance during stressful life phases.

What Can Hair Analysis Tell You About Your Health?

IMPORTANT: All information in this article depends on a properly performed hair test. The hair must be tested at a reputable laboratory that does not wash the hair sample at the lab, and the test results must be interpreted using metabolic typing and the stress theory of disease.

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Mineral Deficiencies
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Heavy Metal Toxicity
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Stress Patterns
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Immune System Assessment
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Personality Insights
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Dietary and Supplement Needs
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Adrenal and Thyroid Function
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Dietary Problems
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Metabolic Imbalances
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Trends for dozens of health conditions, and more!

Mineral Deficiencies

Stress Patterns

Dietary Problems

Adrenal Insufficiency

Metabolic Imbalances

Heavy Metal Toxicity

Thyroid Imbalances

Immune System

Personality Insights

Dietary Needs

When interpreted properly, 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 fatigue, cold intolerance, weight gain, and other symptoms are due to low hormone levels. But instead of looking for a cause, most 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.
  • Thyroid effect. Even when hormone levels are normal, many people still suffer from fatigue and other signs of hypothyroidism. This is because other factors can prevent hormones from being utilized within the cells. Hair analysis can show you if your hormones are reaching the cells and having the desired effect.
  •  Adrenal burnout or insufficiency. Adrenal insufficiency refers to the inadequate production of adrenal hormones (aldosterone, cortisol, etc.). When adrenal hormone production is low, chronic fatigue and exhaustion are common. Since the adrenal hormones have powerful effects on your mineral levels, hair analysis can assess the adrenal glands from several angles. It is probably the most reliable test for adrenal insufficiency, a common problem today.
  • 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.
  • How is stress affecting your health? 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. 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? (Critical for determining your nutritional needs.)
  • How much fat should you include in your diet? (Fast oxidizers need more fats.)
  • Are you eating the wrong foods for your metabolic type?
  • Is it safe to become pregnant?
  • Are you using toxic personal care products, such as aluminum-containing anti-perspirants?
  • Occupational Exposure to Heavy Metals: Is your job making you sick?
  • Your Stage of Stress: Are you in the exhaustion stage?
  • Are you eating too many carbohydrates?
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“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

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.

Brian Brezinski — Hair Analysis and Nutrition Consulting in Northern Virginia
Brian Brezinski, HTMA Specialist 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."
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Stephanie

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 of 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!

Longer-term reading

Another key difference between blood and hair testing is the time period measured. Blood tests measure what is in the blood at that exact moment. They are subject to fluctuations depending on the food you ate last, emotional activity, the time of day, and many other factors.  Hair testing is not subject to these variations. Instead, hair analysis provides the average minerals levels over three to four months, making it very useful for detecting chronic imbalances.

Video Recording vs. Photograph

I like to think of hair analysis as a video recording and blood testing as a photograph. The examples below demonstrate key differences between testing for minerals in blood versus hair.

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. The bones (tissues) are essentially robbed of minerals to protect the blood levels. This allows the body to deliver essential minerals to where they are needed most.

Hair analysis is an early warning system.

Since hair is a non-essential tissue, deficiencies show up much sooner in the hair than the blood.

Example 2: Toxic Metals

When you are exposed to toxic metals such as lead, mercury, arsenic, and others, the 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. Hair analysis can reveal past exposures to toxic metals that are missed by blood tests.

Just as rings of a tree can provide information about the climate and condition of the soil years before it was cut, a hair sample provides a tremendous amount of information about the conditions of the body during the previous 3-4 months.
Hair
Blood
Long Term Reading (3-4 Months)
Instantaneous Reading
Video Recording
Snapshot
Unaffected by recent meals, activities such as exercise, or emotional states
Subject to temporary fluctuations depending on recent meals, emotional activity, the time of day, and many other factors
Non-invasive
Puncture skin to take blood
Early indicator for mineral imbalances
Stable, slow to change
Higher concentration of minerals
Lower concentration of minerals

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 conventional medicine. Let me explain.

Conventional 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.

"There is now a considerable body of literature on the use of hair in forensic science, in the diagnosis of disease states, and in the assessment of nutritional status."
Stevens, B. J.
Determination of Aluminum, Copper, and Zinc in Human Hair. Atomic Spectroscopy 1983; 4:45

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.

mineral wheel that shows mineral relationships
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 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 using supplements successfully.

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.

Quick Turnaround

Using our at-home hair collection kit, you can start from anywhere in the United States.

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8+ Years Experience​

HTMA is a complex test to interpret. I've reviewed hundreds of hair tests and can help you understand what it all means.

The Hair Analysis Process

Getting started is easy. All we need is a few snips of hair taken from your scalp. And don’t worry, I’ll show you how to do it without creating noticeable bald spots.

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Order
Choose a hair analysis package that works for you and place your order online. Prices range from $99 to $499.​
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Send
Use our at-home hair collection kit to send your hair sample to the hair analysis laboratory.
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Discover
Receive your test results in 10-14 days. With hair analysis, you'll have a clear path forward for optimizing your health.

Read below to learn about our HTMA Packages.

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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.

When I got my hair analysis results back, I was shocked by some of the results. I learned that my adrenal glands were really suffering. I feel good about my health, so I was not suspecting how much I needed to improve.
 

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.

—Laura, Founder, Mind and Body Health Coaching

How Much Does Hair Analysis Cost?

Hair testing is relatively inexpensive. Most of the cost of doing a hair analysis comes from working with a practitioner. An experienced practitioner will interpret the test for you and setup a nutritional program for you based on your test results. I offer three options for getting started with hair analysis:

Read below for more details about each package.

HTMA Only—$99

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 for rebalancing 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 a cardboard scale, an envelope for your hair sample, and a pre-addressed envelope with postage that you'll use to mail your hair sample to Analytical Research Labs in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Understanding Your HTMA Test Results (Video Series)

In this two-part video series, I review the HTMA chart and explain how to interpret your hair analysis test results. Although this is a pre-recorded video and not personalized for your test results, it will give you a lot of insight into what your test results mean.

HTMA Lite—$299

Everything in HTMA Only, plus:

Laboratory Interpretation and Health Report Booklet

You will get a detailed explanation of your test results in a 20+ page lab report that includes 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. You will receive this report in the mail. Click here to see a sample HTMA Report.

30-Minute Consultation to Review Your Test Results

Now that you have your test results, what does it all mean? In this 30-minute consultation, I will give you a detailed analysis of your test results. I have reviewed hundreds of hair tests over the past eight years and I will help you understand what your test results mean to you. I will also answer any questions you may have. You’ll choose between a phone or Zoom consultation.

Practitioner Report with My Analysis of Your Test Results

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.

HTMA Premium—$499

Everything in HTMA Lite, plus:

Nutritional Balancing Program Setup

I’ll design a nutritional balancing 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.
  • Several 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 Discuss Your Program

We’ll spend about an hour discussing your program recommendations. We’ll discuss your specific needs, and I’ll answer any of your questions. This consultation will be combined with the 30-minute consultation to review your test results for a total consultation of 80-90 minutes.

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.

Phone and Email Support (6 Months)

I am here to support you and answer questions if you are following the recommended supplement program. The first 15 minutes of all communications are free of charge. This way you can avoid the problems and pitfalls of trying to figure out everything on your own.

Choose a hair analysis package to get started

HTMA Only

$99

If you want to test your mineral levels, ratios, and toxic metals with minimal investment.

HTMA LITE

$299

If you want a thorough, personalized interpretation of your test results.

HTMA PREMIUM

$499

If you want to start a personalized nutritional balancing program based on your test results.

Want to customize your package? Choose HTMA Only and then choose from the list of addons on the next page.

Client Results with Nutritional Balancing and Hair Mineral Analysis

Brian – I’ve been taking the supplements two times a day now. I haven’t worked up to three times a day yet nor have I completely switched over to the diet, but I’m getting there in baby steps. I have been very pleased with the physiological changes thus far: both my hypoglycemia and insomnia have stopped. I’m able to fall asleep and stay asleep all night without taking any sedatives.
BT, age 55
Virginia
My sinus issues are gone! I've gained healthy muscle weight and can go longer without eating. I'm sleeping better, sleeping straight through the night. My skin looks better and my brown spots are mostly gone. My mood is better, happier, less angry or resentful, more open to love and affection. My dry skin is better. Bloating is gone. Feeling blessed and happy.
PS, Age 47
Maryland
I am good, off thyroid meds for 5 months now. A lab result about 6 weeks ago showed T3 and T4 in upper normal range, but TSH was low indicating that there could be still some stimulation by the immune system. My endocrinologist stated that whatever I'm doing I should continue with it. :>).

Update 7/2022:
Two subsequent blood tests revealed normal level of thyroid hormones including TSH. It appears that my Grave's disease is resolved. I feel good! Just need to lose some weight.
Thomas, age 45
Virginia
I've noticed a shift the past few days. Prior to this past Saturday I was experiencing insomnia, wired & tired, very active mind, and low appetite. Since Saturday I've felt more tired and slept most of the weekend. My mind is calm and appetite has greatly increased. I'm happy to be sleeping so well. I've still been alert at work past couple days except for wanting to nap after lunch.
JW, age 42
North Carolina
In the past few weeks, I have turned a corner with my gut imbalance, and my ability to tolerate certain foods (wheat, sugar) has significantly increased. The severe urogenital pain I have had upon eating foods with these ingredients since 2009 has virtually disappeared. My blood is now a deep, rich color as opposed to being a weak, bright color as it was in 2015 around the time my hair started thinning and breaking off.
AF, age 45
Maryland
For some reason, I'm finding it hard to get in 8-9 hours of sleep after work. This might sound cheesy, but I feel so excited about life in general, so optimistic about the things I might learn, or contemplate, or do in life. All this AFTER working a strenuous ten hour shift with 5 hours of sleep. This is a pretty consistent pattern, too. Only a few weeks ago, I used to be limp as a fish after work was over.
SA, age 23
South Dakota
I’ve noticed a positive chance since I began the program! My stomach isn’t insanely bloated anymore! Even though I’m thin, my stomach always stuck out and made me look pregnant. It’s back to being flat again, at least most of the time. I’ve tried so much stuff in the past to help with my bloating, but nothing made a difference, so this is pretty big news for me.
HS, age 30
Illinois
I'm so so excited to finally have direction and some answers. I have had times where I felt like I was dying. I shouldn't feel this way when I am active, eat mostly organic, etc. but it's because my body is still so full of toxins.
KZ, age 31
Utah

Should You Get a Hair Analysis?

Anyone who wants to function their best 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 nutritional balancing program to optimize your mineral balance and support your body’s self-healing ability.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

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.

The reason is that many of the minerals that are deposited in your hair are controlled by the nervous system, organs, glands, and/or other factors. For example, the balance between Calcium and Potassium provides information about thyroid activity. A person’s thyroid activity can provide further information about a their symptoms, personality tendencies, energy level, and more. By analyzing multiple mineral levels, ratios, and patterns, you can see how it can quickly add up to providing a lot of information about a person’s health.

In other cases, a mineral level, ratio, or pattern has been correlated with certain symptoms, health conditions, and personality tendencies through clinical research, but there may not be a known scientific explanation.

NO! Hair analysis is not a diagnostic test for any disease. However, many mineral imbalances and patterns have been correlated with certain health problems.

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.

You can expect to have your test results within 10 days of mailing your hair sample to the lab.

Yes, if you originally purchased HTMA Only or HTMA Lite, you’ll be able to purchase a consultation ($120) and/or Nutritional Balancing Program Setup ($200) at a later time.

*Upgrading to HTMA Premium must be done within two months of your hair test date so that our nutrition recommendations are still valid.

When you order HTMA Premium, you will receive recommendations for several nutritional supplements. Most of the supplements I recommend come from Endomet Labs. Endomet designs nutritional formulas to correct specific hair analysis patterns. The monthly cost for supplements is about $170.00 when you order directly from Endomet Labs. As my client, the lab will credit you with a 10% discount on every order (plus free shipping)!

When following a nutritional balancing program, we suggest doing a follow up test every 4-6 months. This is needed to ensure the diet and supplement program is still correct for you as your body chemistry changes. The fee for a retest is $199 for adults and $179 for children.

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

No, we do not participate in any insurance plans.

Hair Sampling Questions

It is easiest to have a friend pin up your hair and take two or three hair samples from the back of your head. This will not create noticeable bald spots.

Yes. You can cut your own hair sample or have a friend or hair dresser cut it. If you are cutting the sample yourself, it is easiest to take samples from the sides of your head.

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.

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.

If you have long hair, you can take larger samples from two or three areas in the back of your head. If you have short hair, it is best to take smaller samples from multiple areas.

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

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.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

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.

Which 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 long does it take to get my results?

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Can I cut my own hair sample?

Yes. You can cut your own hair sample or have a friend or hair dresser cut it. If you are cutting the sample yourself, it is easiest to take the hair sample from the sides of your head.

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

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