Hair Follicle Drug Test

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If you’re here seeking a remedy for an upcoming hair drug test, stick with it here for a few minutes and read on down the page.  There is a section called Cleansing the Hair’ and a resource available for a process that is generally considered reliable to get you over the hump with that hair test.

Meanwhile, we’ve tried to put together a bunch of information here to help you better understand what you’re up against.  So, thanks for visiting. We’re glad you’re here.

Your Hair Carries a Record of anything You’ve Ingested

A hair follicle drug test allows for drugs to be detected in the body long after they have been used. The drugs get into the blood and the blood vessels. This allows them to get filtered through the hair. This means that months after you have used such drugs, there can still be telling signs that you have done so. In fact, the duration of time that has passed since such use can be determined by the growth of the hair and where in the hair it is detected. Closer to the roots means more recent use.

Hair Follicle Drug Test: drugs test_Francis StorrThis type of testing involves the removal of anywhere from 50 to 80 strands of hair at the base. At least 1 inch of hair is necessary. If a person doesn’t have long enough hair, then the use of body hair from other locations including the chest, face, or underarms can be used for the hair drug test.

 

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Once the location of the hair to be collected is decided upon, then it is twisted into a bundle. The hair should be twisted and offer at least ¼ of an inch in overall diameter. If the hair is coming from the head, the middle part of the back of it is the best place to gather it to prevent bald spots that are evident. The cut hair is placed into a collection tube that will hold the hair in its original display.

 

How to Pass a Hair Follicle Drug Test

It must first be understood that drug metabolites in your blood go everywhere in your body –including your hair follicles.  Metabolites in your hair are –in your hair, not on the surface of it.  Attempts to cleanse your hair are effective to the outside surface, not the interior.  Damaged hair loses some percentage of detectable metabolites.  

See ‘Spanish Study’ below.

There are methods that have been utilized as a desperate measure to try and cleanse the hair before a drug test.  Some claim success.   The prevailing notion is it can’t hurt and it might help.

The length of time that you have been using drugs, the dose, the frequency of use, and what specific drugs are involved can all be variables that affect how successful these remedies end up being for the individual. 

If someone is interested in knowing what he or she is up against, there are at-home hair follicle drug test products you can buy to see what results you get in advance.

Hair Follicle Drug Test | A Spanish Study

A Spanish study done in 1997 tested hair samples collected from people who had bleached or colored their hair -and, had admitted similar drug use prior to collection of samples.  The samples were analyzed for degree of damage, divided into treated and untreated samples and then analyzed for cocaine, cannabis, opiates and nicotine.

In all cases, the treated hair contained lower concentrations of drugs than the untreated samples. The differences ranged from 40%- 60%.  The difference for morphine was higher than 60%, while for THC and nicotine the difference was 30%.

The differences depended upon the degree of hair damage and also the type of cosmetic treatment.  Bleaching hair was more effective in reducing the drugs residue than coloring.  [Instituto Nacional de Toxicología, Sevilla, Spain, Int J Legal Med. 1997;110(3):159-63].

The Society for Hair Testing

The Society of Hair Testing is an international organization that delves into topics related to legal aspects of hair testing, recommending criteria for getting positive results, the relationship between the amounts of drugs consumed and drug concentration in the hair -and other diverse data on hair testing.

A review of the Spanish study Abstract and the Hair Testing Society’s statements (links above) may lead to the fair assumption that if you bleach your hair, the damage will reduce the amount of detectable metabolites in your hair.  What you don’t know is whether the reduction will be enough to get you through the test unscathed.  Therefore, one must always assume the risk of detection is always present.

 

Cleansing Your Hair

If you are in a place in your life where you are being subjected to a hair drug test and can reasonably assume the test will reveal substances that wouldn’t be in your best interests -and feel as if you have nothing to lose right now … here is a procedure for thoroughly washing your hair (that is considered reliable) using apple cider vinegar and other over-the-counter items.

Access information about the Process Here

Important note: If you go there, click on the Total Detox Friend link, THEN, click on the Hair Detox Friend link in the upper right sidebar.

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U.S. Dept. of Transportation and Commercial Drivers

During the summer of 2012, the U.S. Congress directed the Department of Transportation to create a new database consisting of all commercial drivers who are known to have failed a drug and / or alcohol test.

In early December 2012, the DOT issued a warning to truckers that the new marijuana laws in Washington and Colorado don’t give them freedom to toke up in those states.

Most recently, some republican congressmen want the DOT to implement a pilot program to study and determine whether the U.S. federal government can legally require commercial drivers to submit to hair testing to screen for drugs.  To widely held belief is that current drugs testing protocol is too easily manipulated

Hair testing, on the other hand, is not.

Speaking of manipulation -if you are someone with an impending urine test, and need immediate help to get over that hurdle, consider this solution: Help Me Pass This Test

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 The Hair Follicle Drug Test

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18 Responses to “Hair Follicle Drug Test”

  1. David Jerczak says:

    Riley -

    I feel compelled to tell you the same thing I said to Nicole below.

    The ‘Hair Test Friend’ is considered reliable. Get information here: Hair Test Friend Learn more by going there and checking it out.

    Important Note: You will arrive at the ‘Drug Test Friend‘ website. Look in the upper right column for ‘Hair Test Friend’ link.

    The key, I’m told, is to follow the instructions and timing sequence exactly.

    There is a phone number at that website to use if you have a question or need support after your purchase transaction. The phones are least busy before noon (eastern time). After that it’s more difficult to get through sometimes, until after 8PM eastern.

    Here is the link again:
    http://drugtesttips.com/go/hair/

    I wish you the best. Thanks for visiting DrugTestTips.com.

    Dave J

  2. riley says:

    Hi David I am a 30 year old female n I have long hair I last used in end of January beginning of February I have a hair follicle text very soon for court. I have been sober since beginning of February what should i do trim my hair, I recently had my hair dyed n highlighted. The judge wants to go back 6 months should I be worried I used in January cocaine just alittle bit n synthetic lsd please I need your input. Thank you hope to hear from you asap.

  3. David Jerczak says:

    Nicole -

    You specifically need the ‘Hair Test Friend.’

    is Hair Test Friend -found HERE. Learn more by going there and checking it out.

    Important Note: You will arrive at the ‘Drug Test Friend‘ website. Look in the upper right column for ‘Hair Test Friend’ link.

    The key, I’m told, is to follow the instructions and timing sequence exactly.

    There is a phone number at that website to use if you have a question or need support after your purchase transaction. The phones are least busy before noon (eastern time). After that it’s more difficult to get through sometimes, until after 8PM eastern.

    Here is the link again:
    http://drugtesttips.com/go/hair/

    I wish you the best. Thanks for visiting DrugTestTips.com.

    Dave J

  4. nicole says:

    I have to have a hair test for cocaine use. I have been clean but relapsed 3 weeks ago. The test is for cps in regards to my daughter. I’m back to being clean but fear this recent relapse my hair will show will be detected and I will lose my daughter indefinitely. I’m wondering if this “the drug test friend” will help with such a circumstance .

  5. David Jerczak says:

    Brian -

    My suggestion is usually the same. It’s your call.

    If the stakes are high, -meaning if you are emotionally attached
    to the outcome, you may be dancing a little too close to the edge.

    If it was me, I’d take some evasive action to err on the side of caution.

    The ‘Hair Test Friend’ procedure is generally regarded as reliable.
    As you know, there are no guarantees in this arena, other than total abstinence.

    Thanks for visiting us here. Good luck to you.

    Dave J

  6. Brian says:

    hey
    i have a hair test in a week and only smoked a bowl about a month ago. any suggestions. also on a really tight budget.

  7. David Jerczak says:

    John -

    Thanks for visiting -

    On this page above I made my recommendation for what I feel is the best bet. hair tests are tricky -to be sure.

    I’d go for a reliable tool to get you by.

    The one I am knowledgeable about (which is found above) is Hair Test Friend -found HERE. Learn more by going there and checking it out.

    Important Note: You will arrive at the ‘Drug Test Friend’ website. Look in the upper right column for ‘Hair Test Friend’ link. Click on it.

    The key, I’m told, is to follow the instructions and timing sequence exactly.

    There is a phone number at that website to use if you have a question or need support after your purchase transaction. The phones are least busy before noon (eastern time). After that it’s more difficult to get through sometimes, until after 8PM eastern.

    Here is the link again:
    http://drugtesttips.com/go/hair/

    I wish you the best. Thanks for visiting DrugTestTips.com.

    Dave J

  8. John Bigelow says:

    I’ve smoked four times in the last 3 months I have a hair follicle test in about a month I weigh 232 im6’4 my job causes me to sweat a lot every day I work 12 hrs a day what do I need to do to pass…My name is John

  9. David Jerczak says:

    D. -
    I’d like to say the evidence is there if they choose to look closely enough.
    It is difficult to say with a hair test.

    If it means a lot to you to pass the test, I’d err on the conservative side and
    use the ‘Hair Test Friend.’

    Click the link on this page for more info.

    Best of luck with that. Thanks for visiting.

    Dave J

  10. David Jerczak says:

    D. -

    It is difficult to say. I’d like to say that the evidence is there if they want to look at it.
    If it means a lot to you to pass the test, I’d err on the conservative side and use the ‘Hair Test Friend’ process.

    It is considered reliable. Click the link on this page for more info.

    Best of luck to you.

    Dave J

  11. D says:

    I have a legitimate question as a person trying to get a job that -may- involve a hair test. I’m not entirely sure that it requires the hair test but the fact that it may worries me. But the facts are that I am a female, weighing 100 lbs at 5’5 and I have taken one puff of marijuana in more than six months. However, that one draw was less than a month prior to when my test is supposed to be. I’m very concerned about my chances of passing. At the time that I took it, I was stressed and did it without thinking before I took the one hit, and I’ve only just now learned that my upcoming job my require a hair test. I’m looking for professional opinions on whether or not I’d likely be able to pass. Thanks for the help.

  12. Jake says:

    David,

    I have a 90 day follicle test coming up soon. Probably within the next 1-2 weeks. In the last 90 days, I’ve taken 2 marinol pills (weed pills), smoked maybe 2-3 times, each with large windows of time in between and I’ve taken prescription painkillers more more than anything for my back. I don’t have have a script and I’ve been clean of everything for about 25-30 days. What are my chances? Please help.
    PS… Couldn’t find the link in the upper right hand corner for the cleansing procedure.. Thanks!

    Jake

  13. David Jerczak says:

    Hi Meredith -

    See here: http://drugtesttips.com/go/drug-test-friend2

    Important note: If you go there, click on the Hair Test Friend link in the upper right sidebar.

    It is considered reliable.

    Thanks for visiting DrugTestTips.com.

    Dave J

  14. meredith says:

    If someone is having a hair test going back 6mths and it’s been about 5mths since they last smoked synthetic marijuana, but the person has been taking lots of vitamins, biotin, etc… what can they do to pass a hair test?

  15. David Jerczak says:

    Monica -

    Thanks for the note. It is my understanding that your hair is a
    record book of anything you’ve ingested since that hair popped
    out of your skull.

    The hair closest to your scalp would hold the records of what was most recently
    ingested.

    It seems to me you are dancing a little close to the edge. Depending upon
    how high the stakes are in your case, you might want to consider some evasive action.

    Keep in mind there are no guarantees -as I mentioned in this article above, but you
    can sway the odds in your favor.

    I would encourage you to check out the information on the legalities, etc. surrounding the hair test here: http://www.soht.org/
    -as well as Spanish Study.

    Then give some consideration to the ‘Hair Test Friend’ process. The details are HERE.

    Once inside the ‘Drug Test Friend’ page, click on the link to ‘Hair Test Friend’ in the upper right sidebar.

    Good luck with your test. Thanks for visiting DrugTestTips.com.

    Dave J

  16. Monica says:

    I have to take a hair follicle test in the next couple of weeks. I use marijuana very infrequently. I’ve used it 2 times this year, approximately 3-4 hits each time, the last time was about 5 weeks ago. Should I be concerned?

  17. David Jerczak says:

    Hi Rose -

    It would seem as if one might be able to relax about it if the hair was a giant frizzball after bleaching and coloring.
    There is just no guarantee. Labs have become so much more sophisticated in the past decade, they’ve seen all the tricks
    and have implemented measures to counter them.

    When the stakes are high and if abstinence is not the choice, you’ve bought the ticket and now must take the ride.

    Dave J

  18. Roseann Green says:

    Hello -

    I guess the answer, then, is to bleach AND color my hair -according to that Spanish study.
    Not that I’m worried about it. I passed my test when I was hired.

    Rosie

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