How To Pass A Hair Drug Test

haircutUnfortunately, today, passing a drug test has become quite an obstacle for those wanting to succeed. It is what makes the difference between obtaining your dream job and complicating your existence. As dramatic as it may seem, this is the reality, and the only way to prevent this from happening is to stop panicking and do something to dodge the dreadful positive result that you may obtain during a hair drug test.

More and more employees, laboratories and other authorized people are relying on the efficiency of the hair drug test, mainly because the hair is capable of storing a longer drug use history, it is quite difficult to cheat during such a test (not impossible, just difficult), and also because other drug tests are beginning to lose their efficiency.

As I previously said, it is not impossible to pass a hair drug test, but it is definitely more difficult, compared with other tests. Even its efficiency is somewhat greater (most laboratories say that it is at 99%), due to its ability to store a longer drug use history.

Longer Drug Use History?

Out of all the existing drug tests, the hair follicle test definitely presents a longer drug use history, because once the drugs have been ingested, they enter the blood system that will also take them into the hair follicles. Considering the fact that these follicles are in permanent contact with the “infected” blood vessels as they need a good blood supply in order to grow, drug traces may even be discovered after as much as three years.

Keep in mind that, it only takes about 5 to 7 days for the drug to be detected in your hair, and the main reason is that this is the average time period it takes your hair to grow above your scalp.

But how about those that are bald; how do they get tested? Don’t worry about this, as everything has a solution. In this case, the laboratory may decide to choose a hair sample from another part of the body, including from the arms, legs, chest, armpits, and even beards. The difference between this hair and the hair from the scalp is that it grows much slower; other than that, the results are equally accurate and efficient.

The good news is that no laboratory will test the end follicles in the case of a simple drug test, they will only do a standard test, which requires to cut about 1.5 inches of hair, right from the root (or as close as possible). This means that the end-follicle remains in place, thus the chances of being detected after a few months, drastically decrease.
However, even those 1.5 inches that the technician cuts from your hair store about three months of drug use history. Interesting enough, right?

Detection Times For Different Drugs

Different drugs have different cut-off levels as well as different detection periods. In order to fully understand how you can pass a hair drug test, it is important to know these characteristics. What’s, even more, important is to understand that there are no drugs available that do not remain in the hair follicles for long periods of time. Here is the list:
Type of Drug: Alcohol
Detection Period: 90 days
Cut-off Level: N/A

Type of Drug: Amphetamines
Detection Period: 90 days
Cut-off Level: 1000 ng/mL

Type of Drug: Barbiturates
Detection Period: 90 days
Cut-off Level: 300 ng/mL

Type of Drug: Cocaine
Detection Period: 90 days
Cut-off Level: 300 ng/mL

Type of Drug: Codeine
Detection Period: 90 days
Cut-off Level: 100 ng/mL

Type of Drug: LSD
Detection Period: 90 days
Cut-off Level: 0.5 ng/mL

Type of Drug: Marijuana
Detection Period: 90 days
Cut-off Level: 50 ng/mL

Type of Drug: Nicotine
Detection Period: 90 days
Cut-off Level: 200 ng/mL

Type of Drug: Opiates
Detection Period: 90 days
Cut-off Level: 2000 ng/mL

Now that you have a good idea about how this actually works, it is equally important to know that, in general, when it comes to a pre-employment drug test, or other similar actions, there are certain drugs that are not tested, including Hydrocodone, Hallucinogens, and Anabolic Steroids.

The main concern when it comes to taking a hair follicle test is how to pass it without getting caught. The reality is that there are 4 main methods that are known to show efficient results, even though they have created a bit of controversy throughout time due to the fact that it cannot be said with absolute trust that any of these methods, on their own, can help a drug user pass a hair follicle drug test.

The recommendation is to combine these methods as much as you can if you want to obtain good results because each of them is used for reducing the residual drugs from your hair, so the more action you take, the better results you will obtain. Here are the four main methods:

1. Shave all your hair

razorIt seems obvious enough that the best way to pass a hair follicle exam is to cut it all off. 4 to 5 days before the drug test, it is recommended to stop smoking or taking any illegal substances, and remove all hair from your body. The hair that will manage to grow from that point on will be completely drug-free (remember that the timetable is usually about five to seven days for a drug to enter your hair follicles).

As intelligent and simple as this method may seem, there are unfortunately, some disadvantages: how will you be able to explain to your employer or to the lab technician that you have shaved all your hair? Some explanations will be required, and if you are not convincing enough, you may be asked to take a urine or a mouth swab drug test.

2. Try using homemade solutions

You will hear a lot of drug users saying that they managed to pass a hair drug test with the help of a series of products that almost anyone has in its home, including vinegar and bleach.

Two of the most popular mixtures are known as “Jerry G” (involves using bleach) and “Growman” (involves using vinegar and an acid called salicylic acid), and they main goal is to remove the dangerous traces of the THC metabolites, which are detected during any type of drug test.

This method is, without a doubt, the most controversial method used, mainly because the vast majority of users are claiming it has incredible effects while doctors say it is impossible to work. It’s all up to you to decide, but it is recommended to combine it with other detox methods, for an improved efficiency.

3. Utilize detox products

This may actually be one of the easiest solutions you can try, as the market is over-saturated with countless products that help your hair to eliminate any traces of drugs. Due to the vast offer that is available, it is important to do a bit of research in advance (go online, read a few reviews and then check out the experiences that other people had with that specific product) so you don’t get tricked into buying a product that says it will offer the much needed results and that ends up being inefficient.

Another thing you need to take into consideration is the price. Don’t turn your attention to the cheaper products, as they tend to be a bit inefficient. Having said this, there is no guarantee that the most expensive products will offer great results, it all comes down to your previous research.

Among the best products available, the detox shampoos are some of the most efficient solutions. You need to be extremely careful when you decide to buy such a shampoo, mainly because there are a few brands that just don’t seem to work that well, mainly because they don’t have the power to reach the hair follicle and eliminate the toxins. In general, the more expensive products are also the most efficient ones. Here are just a few examples of tested products that have showed impressive results:

  • Aloe Rid by Nexus (only the one with the old formula) – around $235
  • Ultra Clean Shampoo by Zydot – around $36
  • Clear Choice Shampoo by Clear Choice – around $36
  • Nutrition Stat Hair Detox Shampoo Kit by Sarken – around $35
  • Toxin Wash Detox Shampoo by Synergy Detox – around $65

4. Create your very own personalized detoxification program

In case you are not very confident in the solutions available on the market, and you have enough time before the drug test, it is a good idea to hire a detoxification counselor that can show you the best steps to follow, as well as give you the best solutions that fit your situation. Keep in mind that this person is a professional and has a great deal of experience in dealing with these types of situations.

With his help, you will benefit from a personalized and effective program that will remove all traces of drugs from your hair, and will make this entire process much easier and more successful.

Now that all these methods have been revealed, it is important to do your best in sustaining the outcome of these results, by following a set of interdictions, especially in the days prior to the test. Here are the most important things to avoid:

  • Don’t eat any products that contain poppy seeds (bagels, cookies, etc.) – Opium is obtained from them
  • Avoid smoking and ingesting nicotine under any method (gums, inhalers, patches)
  • If you take prescribed medication that includes pseudoephedrine, you need to stop immediately.
  • Try not to be exposed for long periods of time to second-hand smoking.

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