A Hair Mineral Analysis is a screening test that measures the levels of up to 60 essential minerals and toxic metals using hair from your head (or other regions of the body). With correct testing and interpretation, one can construct a comprehensive metabolic profile of the human body using the hair itself.
During your consultation, our Trichologist may recommend a Hair Mineral Analysis to further investigate the root cause of your hair loss. Our Trichologist will take a hair sample and send it off for testing. You and your Trichologist will then discuss the results, as well as the results from other testing like blood work, at your follow-up appointment, and a custom treatment plan will be recommended.
Benefits of Hair Mineral Analysis
Hair is an excellent biopsy material. It is easy to sample, easily preserved and transported, represents a soft tissue of the body, and is a storage and eliminative tissue. As hair grows it forms a permanent record of the body’s nutritional deficiencies or excesses.
This information, along with dietary and nutritional evaluations, will provide the basis for a nutritional balancing program to establish and maintain optimal levels of wellness. By correcting tissue mineral levels and ratios with proper diet, supplementary nutrients and lifestyle modifications, many physical and behavioral health conditions can be prevented or reversed.
Minerals screened include electrolytes – calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium and phosphorus and trace minerals – copper, manganese, chromium, selenium, iron, molybdenum, lithium, cobalt,and zinc.
Elevated readings can have different meanings depending upon:
- The symptomotolgy of the patient
- The elevated concentration of the mineral in question
- Whether a specific treatment, regimen or diet is being followed
- Relationships to other elemental readings
Toxic metal screening includes lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, nickel, and aluminum.
A very high reading may represent a toxic amount of the mineral in the hair, and/or in the body tissues in general. In the case of a toxic metal, any deposition or accumulation in the hair indicates some degree of toxicity.
High levels of toxic metals inhibit the body’s ability to process and assimilate specific nutritional elements that are essential to good health and have a proven link to many types of diseases.
Hair vs. Blood Analysis
- Research shows that trace minerals and metals are accumulated at concentrations that are 10-50 % higher in hair.
- Blood and urine tests give an instantaneous reading that may be affected by many factors. Urine screening is a most effective tool in measuring the progress of detoxification/chelation treatments.
- Hair analysis gives a long term reading that is unaffected by recent meals, activities such as exercise, or emotional states.
- Toxic metals rarely remain in the blood or urine for long, but often deposit in the hair where they can be measured over a three month period.
Hair Collection Protocol
Hair that has been dyed, bleached, straightened or otherwise chemically treated is vulnerable to contamination or removal of hair mineral content. Best results are obtained when hair has not been treated. Dandruff shampoos containing zinc (Head & Shoulders), selenium (Selsun Blue) and lead (Grecian Formula) or other medicated shampoos/conditioners should not be used prior to taking a sample. If hair is very short, clean thinning shears may be used. Hair from the head is preferred, however, pubic hair can also be used, but is best reserved for situations where head hair is unavailable. Do not combine head and pubic hair.