Drug Detection Times
Hair analyses are known as a solution for DNA testing or
determining organism mineral deficiencies, but are also used
to check if illicit substances have been used over a longer
period of time (3 months, 6 months, etc.). The illicit
substances consumed (whether smoked, ingested, snorted,
etc.) are metabolized by the organism and enter the strain of
hair, which makes hair analyses one of the most reliable
methods of establishing the history of the consumer’s
Nowadays you can order tests such as a hair tests for drugs or
an alcohol hair analysis online with just a few clicks. The kits
can be found here and in the video below we explain how they
should be used and how the hair sample should be collected.
Hair sample drug test - sampling steps
Watch video here
You will find everything you need for the sampling in the ordered
- Cord to mark the cutting site
- Aluminum foil to wrap the strand of hair
- Plastic bag to pack up the sample
- Analysis request form
What should not be overlooked before taking a sample of the
hair is the reason why the test is performed. If it is for your
personal use, then you can do it alone at home, following the
steps mentioned in the video. In case you need the alcohol hair
analysis or drug hair analysis to prove an abstinence period for
official reasons, the hair sampling has to be done by an
authorized person. It is this person who should fill in the specific
part of the form entitled ‘Authorized Sampling’.
There is no preparation needed for the hair before taking the
sample, as the hair will be washed and prepared for testing by
the laboratory. It is worth noting that attempts to bleach the
hair or to use other methods that can damage it (in order to rid
it of toxins or avoid a positive result) is not recommended. The
laboratory will recognize this, increasing chances that the hair
sample will be rejected.
The sampling process comprises these easy steps:
1. chose a strand of hair with the thickness of a pencil from
the back of the head and tie it with the piece of cord on the
cutting site. It is preferable that the cut should be close to
the head. If this is impossible, you must take note of the hair
length left on the head.
2. place the hair sample onto the piece of aluminum foil.
Make sure that the hair stands do not rub against each other.
The end of the hair that was closest to the head should be
marked visibly and should lie slightly over the edge of the
aluminum foil while packing.
3. Close the aluminum foil, creating a small package. Put it
into the plastic bag and send the closed bag by post, along
with the request form.
The results are usually received in 10 working days after the
sample was received by the labor. If you still have questions
regarding hair analyses, you can check our latest post here:
10 answered questions about hair analysis.