Hair Mineral Analysis

Hair Mineral Analysis

Your personal Key to Restoring and Enjoying Peak Health & Vitality


Do you take vitamin and mineral supplements? How do you determine what’s right for you?  Do you know exactly what chemicals are inside your body, including radiation, heavy metals such as mercury, food chemicals, pesticides and other dangerous toxic elements?

These and many other questions will be answered when you have your hair analyzed by our laboratory, with a personalized chart and extensive report prepared just for you. Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) is a state-of-the-art diagnostic tool that will reveal if you are toxic, or if you are out of balance with essential nutrients that could be the root of your ill health or other quality of life tissues. Hair mineral analyses are screening tests only and do not diagnose disease.

When you review your unique and personal report you will have the tools you need to improve and enhance your life in all areas: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. You will learn the proper foods and supplements that will help you improve your health, your relationships, and your life!

Hair Analysis Testing: Easy as ABC

We make the Hair Analysis process so simple! It is non-invasive and can be performed entirely from the comfort of your own home!
  1. We mail you our complete easy-to-use Hair Analysis Test Kit in a plain letter envelope.
  2. You cut the hair sample (easy directions included) and mail it directly to our lab in the enclosed return envelope.
  3. We email you (or mail at your request) a full color, 10+ page, printable PDF copy of your unique test results, along with your personalized action plan.
“It is sad to see what goes on in the health field today. You could switch the labels on all the vitamins and minerals being sold and probably few people would physically notice the difference. Some people would even get better! …the way people go about choosing supplements, they could do almost as good (sic) using a roulette wheel.”
– Dr. Paul C. Eck. Pioneering researcher in HTMA

What is Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis?

Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) is a powerful tool for rebalancing your health. Your hair is the historian of your health, a lifelong record keeper like the rings of a tree. Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis is an exceptional key that unlocks that vital record, revealing your body’s storage of minerals over a period of time.

Interpreted correctly, hair analysis may provide the indications of mineral imbalances, deficiencies, and excesses of many essential and toxic elements. It’s regarded by many doctors, naturopaths and nutritional therapists as one of the most valuable screening tools available in everyday and preventative health care.

Why test for minerals?

Minerals are the basic ‘spark plugs’ of life, essential for proper growth, development, healing, vitality and wellbeing. They provide structural support in bones and teeth, and they maintain the body’s pH and water balance, nerve activity, muscle contractions, energy production and enzyme reactions. Hair mineral analysis reveals and explains the causes of many health symptoms and disease, whose underlying causes are frequently related to nutritional deficiencies, mineral imbalances and heavy metal and chemical toxicity.

Humanity in this age is exposed to the highest levels of toxic metals in recorded history, up to several thousand times higher than just a hundred years ago. Everyone has metals in their body; the question is how much do you have? Removing toxic metals from the body can vastly improve health, mental functioning, energy and performance.

What about vitamins?

Minerals interact not only with each other but also with vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Nutritional minerals including magnesium, chromium, zinc, copper and selenium are obligatory co-factors for hundreds of important enzymes and are also essential for the normal functioning of vitamins. Hair analysis will determine those mineral levels and thus indicate both vitamin abundance and deficiencies.

What Causes Mineral Imbalances?

Diet – Processed food and fad diets can contribute to mineral imbalances.
Stress – Stress causes your body to have difficulty absorbing nutrients from your food.
Medications – Medications taken over a long period of time can deplete your body of certain minerals.
Nutritional supplements –Taking one mineral supplement by itself can create an imbalance with another mineral.
Environment/pollution – Throughout life, you’re exposed to countless toxins, from cigarette smoke, hair dyes, cosmetics, hydrogenated oils, cookware, dental fillings, and even the air you breathe and the water you drink.
Inherited imbalances – Mineral deficiencies and/or excesses can be inherited from your parents.

Hair Testing Mineral Analysis vs Other Clinical Testing

HTMA is one of the few universally accepted methods to detect chronic toxic metal poisoning in the body. Toxic metals may contribute to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, fatigue, depression, anxiety, infections and many other conditions. Human hair is accepted as an effective test tissue for biological monitoring of toxic metals by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Testing hair is preferred over blood for this purpose, as it is a fairly slow-growing tissue with no daily fluctuations, thus reflection long-term dietary habits rather than what is consumed in a day or two.

What elements do you test for?

We test for a complete Multi-Element Assay of Essential Elements, Heavy Metals (toxic) and additional elements – 36 elements in all.

Main Essential Elements:
Calcium  •  Magnesium  •  Sodium  •  Potassium  •  Copper  •  Zinc  •  Phosphorus  •  Iron  •  Manganese  •  Chromium  •  Selenium  •  Boron  •  Cobalt  •  Molybdenum  •  Sulfur

Heavy Metals:
Mercury  •  Lead  •  Arsenic  •  Cadmium  •  Beryllium  •  Aluminum  •  Uranium  •  Antimony

Additional Elements:
Barium  •  Nickel  •  Tin  •  Platinum  •  Lithium  •  Strontium  •  Germanium  •  Bismuth  •  Rubidium  •  Thallium  •  Vanadium  •  Titanium  •  Tungsten  •  Zirconium

How much hair do you need for the test and how do I do it?

Proper collection of the hair is extremely important. The hair to be used should be clean, and you should not use permed, dyed or bleached hair (see next question). The total amount needed is about a tablespoon. You will find very easy-to-follow instructions in the Hair Analysis kit we send you.

What if my hair is dyed, permed or colored? What if I am bald?

If you color or treat your head hair with dyes or bleaches, or if you are bald, you can use pubic hair and still get accurate results. Underarm or chest hair will also work fine. Make sure you record this information on your hair analysis test submission form.

Your 10-Page Comprehensive report from the laboratory will include the following:


  • Copy of test results showing a computerized bar graph illustration of high, low and reference range levels of 38 elements,  including 8 toxic heavy metals. You also get a graphic illustration of 6 essential mineral ratios9 important mineral to toxic metal ratios, and 11 additional mineral ratios.
  • A complete individualized evaluation and detailed discussion of your metabolic type, current mineral levels and ratios, and their impact upon body chemistry.
  • Recommendations of specific foods and food groups, along with an explanation of why each food is suggested.
  • Supplement recommendations based upon your age, sex, metabolic type, mineral patterns and specific need as seen on the tissue mineral analysis and other accompanying clinical test data. With your personalized report, we will send you information to order recommended supplements directly from Trace Elements.

NOTE: Online ordering for Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis services are ONLY available in the United States and Canada.
HTMA Services are currently not available in the State of New York.

Our Testing Lab


Trace Elements, Inc is an independent licensed and certified clinical testing laboratory specializing in hair tissue mineral analysis for health-care professionals worldwide. With continued growth since its inception in 1984, Trace Elements serves thousands of health professionals of all specialties in over 46 countries. Trace Elements and its employees are dedicated to providing timely, accurate and precise laboratory services, high-quality nutritional products and clinically relevant technical information.