How To Take A Hair Sample – Instructions
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.
- IF YOUR HOME HAS A WATER SOFTENER…
- 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.
How To Take A Hair Sample
(48 seconds) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-FVuspRg2Y
How to Cut a Hair Sample on a New Client with Medium to Long Hair
(4:03 minutes) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-FVuspRg2Y&t=39s