Hair Mineral Analysis (HMA)

What is Hair Analysis?

Hair mineral analysis (HMA) is a safe, non-invasive test that measures the levels and comparative ratios of nutrients and toxic metals found in hair. The hair sample is processed in a licensed clinical laboratory through a series of chemical and high temperature procedures. The test is a valuable screening tool providing reliable data on more than 30 nutrient and toxic minerals and over 20 important mineral ratios giving you health information often not revealed in standard blood and urine tests. It is not a new age technique, which some practitioners perform, using a pendulum.

God has designed us to need minerals for optimum health.

Minerals are essential for growth, 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.
Ideally we should get all the minerals we need from a balanced diet but most often this is not the case. Depleted soils reduce the mineral content of foods and environmental pollutants, chemical food additives and stressful lifestyles also have a detrimental effect on our nutritional status. Stress for example burns up magnesium and B vitamins (plus C) so fast that it is nigh impossible to eat enough food to replace the deficiencies.

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The Benefits of having a Hair Test:

  1. As a practitioner I find it very helpful seeing your hair analysis report; it gives me the information and tools to help you overcome current health issues and enable you to put into place preventative measure to live a longer and healthy life. HMA is regarded by many doctors, naturopaths and nutritional therapists as one of the most valuable screening tools available in everyday and preventative health care.
  2. Hair Mineral Analysis is a screening test to measure the levels of all essential minerals and toxic metals. With this information and interpretation, we can construct a comprehensive metabolic profile of the human body.
  3. Hair is an excellent biopsy material. It is easy to sample, easily preserved and transported. For example; you can send me a portion of your hair from anywhere in the world. By simply mailing it in an envelope. From your hair report along with dietary and nutritional evaluations, it will provide the basis for a nutritional balancing program to establish optimal levels of wellness. By correcting tissue mineral levels and ratios with proper diet, supplementary nutrients and lifestyle modifications, many physical and behavioural health conditions can be prevented or reversed.
  4. Many people self prescribe vitamins and mineral supplements which often mean you could be taking the wrong vitamins and minerals e.g.  The most common Mineral taken by people is calcium. However calcium if consumed over a long period (more than 3 months) without the balance of magnesium and other minerals can lead to serious health problems. E.g. Gall and kidney stones and blocking of the arteries. Another common one is; having high iron content and still take iron supplements Etc. The HTMA test will correct this and give you specific minerals and vitamins to take for you as an individual and thus prevent taking unneeded and even harmful supplements.
  5. As hair grows it forms a permanent record of the body’s nutritional deficiencies or excesses. So if you get a hair sample a few inches long – whatever time it took to grow, say 2 months - it will give you a good average of your mineral status over that amount of time, brilliant for getting a good insight of what your body is doing and needs.
  6. Along with diet and lifestyle change it can help save your life and give you a better quality of life.

Do you have any of the following Symptoms?

Many health conditions are aggravated by mineral deficiencies or excess, imbalances and heavy metal toxicity:  Including -  Stress, Adrenal fatigue, Osteoporosis, Mood disorders, Memory decline, Cardiovascular disease,  Lethargy , Anaemia, Thyroid problems, Hormonal imbalance, High and low blood pressure, Headaches, Allergies, poor immunity, Hypoglycemia, Arteriosclerosis, , Prostate Disorders, Alzheimer’s, Dental Problems,  Muscle Pain, Arthritis,  Thyroid Disturbance, Learning Difficulties,  Skin Disorders, Hair Loss, Hormones, Pregnancy Difficulties,  Impaired Immunity,  Insomnia and more… Children: learning difficulties, and hyperactivity or behavioural problems. Children with Autism often have difficulties with heavy metals as well as needing extra nutrients.

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Your Hair is ideal tissue for sampling and testing. First, it can be cut easily and painlessly; secondly, it does not require complicated handling requirements. The hair tissue itself is made up of special cells called matrix cells. These cells, in simple terms, depend on the blood supply for their nutrition while being formed. As the hair shaft develops, minerals and other trace elements are keratinized into the growing hair shaft providing a wonderful environment for testing and evaluating your mineral and health status. It is like a computer chip recording the past events of your health, diet, environment and well being.


The value and knowledge gained from a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis is well worth the cost and time, it has helped many people. It is supported by an impressive body of literature by doctors and researchers in a variety of highly respected scientific publications. Internationally, over the past fifteen years, hair mineral testing has been extensive and fast growing in popularity due to the important information that is gathered by the test and there is always something positive you can do to counterbalance any problems found.

If you have no head hair or cannot go without color for a month – you can use pubic hair, although it is not first choice and must be stipulated clearly that it is pubic hair on the envelope with your hair sample.

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How long it takes: It takes 10 days for your hair sample to be sent from you to my clinic in Australia (from outside Australia). Then a further 2 weeks to get the results and have the consultation. Total processing time is; 3 -4 weeks. Australia and New Zealand processing time is 2 and 1/2 weeks.

Costing: $259.00 which includes the HTMA test valued at $140.00; a personal consultation providing you with the interpretation of the results and outlining any strategies required rectifying any problems. Also a specific toxic metal detoxification protocol tailored to your individual needs and ongoing support.

Costing for USA is less: $197.90 as I can arrange the test locally in the US so you have a different pricing and prescribing system. Time is also less - within 2 weeks. The cost therefore in USA is lower.

Instructions for Taking Hair Samples:

Follow these instructions when taking your sample:

1. Cut hair with clean stainless steel scissors. Thinning scissors can be used on short hair.

2. Cut small amounts of hair from the nape of the neck and/or several other locations on the back of the scalp.

Cut hair as close to the scalp as possible. Then measure about one inch or two centimeters from where it was cut on the head. Cut off the rest of the long hair and throw it away. Using even shorter hair is excellent. In other words the first inch to inch and ½ is best for testing – so trim off the longer parts.

3. If hair is treated or coloured, wait six to ten weeks and take a sample from the freshly grown untreated hair. Ideally your hair used will be free of chemicals, i.e. colors, perm solution and strong shampoos (anti dandruff) and conditioners. However you will be required to indicate which brand of shampoo is used. (The best one to use before sending in your sample is Johnson’s Baby Shampoo.)

Amount of Hair:

4. The laboratory requires a half a gram (0.5 gm) or about One Heaped tablespoon of head hair for testing.

5. If the sampled hair is less than 4cm long, keep all of it for testing. If the hair is longer than this, cut off and keep the 4cm of hair that was growing closest to the scalp (discard the excess).

Do not mix different types of tissue samples, e.g. do not mix head hair with pubic hair.

How it works!

  1. Place the hair sample in the envelope provided, or to save time (recommended) place your hair in a clean paper envelope or place in a clean, dry snap-lock bag or sachet. Write your name, age, height, weight and female/male, what shampoo you are using before taking sample and state if from your head or pubic area.
  2. Place the envelope with your hair sample inside another envelope addressed to my clinic and post.
  3. 2 weeks from this stage I will have your hair report back. The process involves your hair being sent to a Laboratory where it is analysed and the results sent back to me.
  4. I then contact you via email and we arrange a time to have a consultation. During the consultation I will recommend the necessary supplements for you that are indicated from studying your hair report and any other relevant information that comes from your case history.
  5. I post to you the protocol we have discussed along with a copy of your hair profile report
  6. 3-4 months later we do another test to see the results and tweak the supplementation if needed.

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