How To Take A Hair Sample Instructions

How To Take A Hair Sample – Instructions

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For accurate hair readings, the hair sampling procedure is important.  Please read and follow these directions exactly.

Follow These Steps For Taking A Hair Sample Correctly

  • Print the client’s name
    • Write legibly and put the age on the small hair sampling envelope.
    • If the person is a child, include their body weight.
  • Shampoo your hair the same day or the day before sampling it.
    • Shampoo it and let it dry then take the sample right away.
    • Use a plain, simple shampoo.
    • Avoid Selsun Blue Shampoo. This contains a toxic form of selenium. A better dandruff shampoo, if needed, is Head N’ Shoulders.
    • Use a plain, simple shampoo.
    • Do not add conditioner and definitely do not place any other products on the hair after washing it on the day you will take the sample.
    • Do not send dirty, sweaty or greasy hair as your sample.
  • Cut the sample from anywhere on the head.
    • It does not matter where on the head you cut it.
    • To avoid bald spots, cut several small samples from different areas on the head and combine them.
    • If you cannot use head hair, the second best choice for men is beard hair.
    • You can also use pubic hair, although it is not quite as accurate.
    • Avoid combining hair from different parts of the body in one hair envelope.
  • Cut the hair samples as close to the scalp as possible.
    • Once you have cut the hair sample, set then down.
    • Cut off any hair that is more than about 1 inch, or about 2 centimeters long.
    • Shorter hair is excellent, and the shorter the better, in fact.
  • Do not send in hair that is longer than 1 – 1.5 inches long
    • Do not send in hair that is cut from the ends of long hair.
    • Cut the sample from close to the scalp.
  • Place the hair sample in a the small white envelope provided
    • If you do not have one, place it in a clean, paper envelope.
    • Do not send hair in plastic bags
    • Do not send hair in aluminum foil.
  • Send enough hair
    • The lab will require 125 mg of hair.
    • If you have the paper scale provided from the lab, it must tip for you to have enough.
    • If you do not have the paper scale provided, then completely fill a tablespoon with hair.
  • Hair Salon For Cutting A Sample
    • If hair will be sampled by your hair stylist, make sure to print out and give the stylist these instructions.
    • Many stylists cut the ends of the hair, which is incorrect and will not give accurate results.
    • Before sampling hair you must shampoo it twice with either unsoftened tap water or preferably reverse osmosis water from the supermarket.
  • Tints and Dyes
    • If possible, take a hair sample before dying your hair.
    • Tints and dies do not affect the test because they do not contain any minerals so you may sample dyed hair.
    • Ideally do not dye your hair as all, because hair dyes contain some chemicals.
    • If you want to dye your hair, use only a natural hair dye.
  • Permanents Or Bleached Hair
    • These treatments alter the structure of the hair somewhat.
    • Sample the hair before a treatment or wash the hair 10 times after a bleach or permanent treatment before sampling the hair.
    • Dyed hair can be used IF it is after 10 washings AND 4 to 6 weeks after the hair is dyed.
  • Shaved Head Hair Samples
    • If you shave your head, then cut with an electric razor what you can and save it in a paper envelope.
    • Then razor cut it again in a week or so.
    • Repeat a few times until you fill a tablespoon with hair or when you have enough to tip the scale if you have a paper scale to weigh hair.
  • Pubic Hair Samples
    • Pubic hair in adults can be used.
    • Pubic hair grows at a slower rate so the results are usually a little higher in the pubic sample.
    • The first sample is more a baseline report, the recheck is a current reading due to all new pubic hair growth.
    • Cut the pubic hair as close to the skin as possible for the sample and send in the same amount as you would for a hair sample.
    • Pubic hair will show a higher level of phosphorus than head hair.

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