Test Overview

Hair analysis is a relatively inexpensive screening tool for toxic metal exposure as well as nutritional mineral status. It reflects the average levels of metals circulating in the blood over the period of time required for growth of the hair sample used.

Test Indications

Sample Collection

  1. Your doctor will provide you with the sample collection kit.
  2. Hair dyes, hair perms, and other treatments may contain toxic metals that affect results; if you use these products, pubic or arm-pit hair may be used.
  3. Detailed instructions are in the sample collection kit.

Your doctor or lab may have different instructions that supersede the above.

Labs Performing Test

Name of LabLab CodeEstimated CostProcessing TimeComments
Great Plains  $135 Cash discount and some insurance

Costs cited are subject to change and may be reduced by insurance or cash discounts and increased by sample collection fees.


Toxic Metals

Nutritional Metals


Unless specifically noted above, references used in the construction of this web page include the following:

[FDM] Lecture notes from Functional Medicine University.

[SCNM] Lecture notes from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine.

[UT] Lecture notes from the University of Tennessee graduate programs in Chemistry and Biochemistry.

[GP] Great Plains Laboratory Physician Training lecture notes and documentation.