How Does Hair Detox Drug Test Shampoo Work?

There are many different types of drug testing methods and one of the most difficult ones to pass is the hair follicle drug test. Individuals may be asked to take a hair follicle drug test as part of a job interview, but this level of testing is more often seen in the criminal justice system.

Hair drug testing (or hair follicle test) is impossible to fake and very difficult to cheat. This is rapidly making them the go-to drug test on the market. Furthermore, a hair follicle test is able to demonstrate a history of substance abuse and only takes three days to return results. This makes it one scary test, even for those who have never taken any banned substances.

What does a hair drug test actually show?

A hair drug test can detect drug use for up to three months and can also be used to detect multiple uses. This is because when you ingest drugs, they go into the hair follicles via the bloodstream. Each hair follicle then grows out into the shaft of the piece of hair. This means that, if you are an infrequent drug user, only specific portions of the hair shaft will contain traces of the drug.

Hair drug tests can detect many different types of drugs, including but not limited to cocaine, heroin, marijuana, barbiturates, LSD, PCP, nicotine, and even alcohol. The drugs or their metabolites (compounds that result when the drug is broken down by your body) can stay in your hair for up to twelve months. THC, a compound in marijuana, will stay in your hair shaft until you cut it. That said, the test is only considered to be reliable for up to ninety days or three months.

How is a hair drug test performed?

When you are summoned for a hair drug test, you will need to report to a specialized clinic or law enforcement building where a professional will remove approximately an inch and a half sample of your hair. They will likely remove several strands and will cut close to the base of your skull in order to get the best specimen.

The one-and-a-half-inch sample is typical because human hair is said to grow at a rate of one half-inch per month. Since the test is considered valid for a three-month period, this is the amount of hair that corresponds with that length of time.

The hair sample will be sent to a lab for processing and results will typically be returned within three days.

Helpful tip:

This may not always work, but you can watch the technician handle the sample and ask them to discard anything beyond the one and a half inches necessary for the sample. This will ensure that any drug use prior to the three-month period cannot be detected.

How can you beat a hair drug test?

As we have mentioned, this test is notoriously difficult to cheat, but there are specialized shampoo products you can use to pass a hair drug test.

Of course, the simplest way to avoid being caught via a hair drug test is to abstain for at least ninety days. Many people will recommend at least 110 days to be totally safe. That said, you may not need to worry about drugs that you have just ingested, as these will likely still be in the hair follicle and not in the shaft where it can be detected.

This may not be worth the risk in case you are surprised by a urine or blood test in tandem with your hair test. Obviously, abstention is also not an option for individuals who are not given adequate warning prior to a drug test, as well as those who must undertake a pre-employment drug test.

The second method that you might employ is to shave everything to try and avoid on-site drug testing! That’s right, if you just shave your head, you may be requested for a hair sample from your body, which can also be tested. This means that you need to shave your head and entire body hair. The problem with this method is that it looks awfully suspicious, especially if you have been alerted to the possibility of a drug test. It may also not be an effective method since your employer or parole officer may opt for an on-the-spot urine drug test instead.

So, what options does that leave you with?

Hair detoxification

While it is often possible to beat urine and even blood drug tests by detoxifying the body, this is much more difficult for hair. This is because, once the hair grows past the follicle, it is technically dead—the cells are not cleaning themselves and will not be affected by anything that you ingest. This leaves you with only one option: Hair follicle detox shampoo to try and cleanse and remove all toxins from your hair.

There are many hair follicle detox shampoos on the market and sadly they are not all equal. Be sure to do your research in selecting a product for hair follicle drug testing. The issue with many hair detox products like shampoos and toxin washes is that they only clean the hair cuticle, or the outer layer, but do not penetrate the shaft, which is the core of your hair strands. The shaft is what actually gets tested so products that only do a surface level cleaning will not work.

Some tried and tested hair detox drug test shampoos are notoriously difficult to find, but newer formulas by Synergy Detox can be ordered online and are also extremely effective when trying to cleanse your hair.

For best results, use the shampoo multiple times prior to your test date. Follow the instructions on the bottle—most will suggest leaving the shampoo in for several minutes. Heat styling or coloring your hair can also increase the efficacy of detox shampoos. This is because damage to the cuticle will enable for better penetration of the detox product into the shaft.

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