If you have to take a hair follicle drug test, you’re probably really worried. Browsing forums or talking to your friends is probably not squelching those worries either. It seems that everyone who takes a hair follicle drug test fails. But don’t give up yet. It is possible to get passing results with a little creativity.
What You Need To Know About Hair Follicle Tests
While many employers start a drug screening with a urine analysis, it’s possible you’ll be asked for a hair sample in order to do a hair follicle test. A hair analysis is able to show patterns of drug use more reliability and for longer periods of time than a urine test. With marijuana being legalized in many states, and the availability of synthetic urine, hair follicle tests are becoming more regular.
The Basics Of A Hair Follicle Test
Hair follicle tests are currently the most accurate on the market. This is because your hair holds the toxins from drugs a lot longer than your urine or your blood. In fact, most tests are able to see drug use patterns from the last ninety days. Advanced hair follicle tests can go back even further!
They also have an extremely accurate reading with a 99% accuracy rate and detailed information. For instance, if you’ve been clean for a couple of weeks in preparation for this test, the lab will be able to see that. However, they’ll also be able to see that you used heavily prior to those few weeks- so it won’t help your chances of landing that job.
Hair follicle tests can read most common drugs including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and morphine… along with others. While we really highlight how to beat marijuana drug tests, we do talk about how other types of drugs can go undetected in this article as well, so be sure to read on.
While it might be nice to assume that if you’re bald, a hair test is impossible, labs will simply request body hair in this instance, so being bald doesn’t help your case.
With all of that being said, the absolute best way of passing a hair follicle test is to stay clean for ninety days. While there are many times you might be unprepared for a drug test, if you’re actively looking for a job, abstaining from marijuana might be worth it.
Is It Worth It?
Speaking of being worth it. After reading this article you’re going to realize that passing a hair follicle test is not easy. If you just got offered a new amazing job, of course you’re going to want to take the drug test and pass it. But, if you’re offered a side job for one hour a week, it might not be worth it. You can decide for yourself if trying these methods are worth it to you.
If you are motivated to pass, we’re here to help you get those passing results!
3 Ways To Pass Your Hair Drug Test
Before we start, take a deep breath and relax, we’ve come up with 3 strategies you can use in order to pass your drug test.
Shave That Hair Off
The first, and possibly easiest thing you can do is to shave your hair. Now this is a method that is not likely to work. However, if you’re at your wits end, you can give it a try.
In theory, it takes up to a week for marijuana to get into the hair follicles. This means that if you shave your hair, arms, legs and any other body part they could take samples from, you should have a solid 5 days minimum of drug free hair
So let’s say that you have a drug test in five days on Friday. Shaving your hair (including your body hair) on Monday should mean that you’ll have enough hair for them to collect some on Friday, and that it will be drug free. Further into the weekend though your hair in theory will start to show traces of drugs.
However, it will be pretty obvious what you’re doing. If you’re at your wits end, you can try this method.
Who knows, maybe you’ll get away with it!
If you’re a light or occasional smoker of weed, there’s a fair chance your results will come back mixed. This is because the hair follicle drug tests aren’t designed to pick up occasional drug use or light drug use.
In fact, hair follicle testing is designed with the intention of discovering moderate and high drug users who are consistently using. If you only smoke marijuana casually, you might get away with having a hair follicle test done and passing it because it’s inconclusive.
However, there is always the chance that you’ll be caught with this method as there is no particular amount that is “passable”. If you need really need to pass, this is probably not worth chancing. If you only moderately need to pass-maybe give it a try.
You can always buy at home drug tests and see if they give you a passing score to help calm your nerves if you want to give this a try.
Using a detox shampoo is the most reliable way to pass your hair drug test. However, many detox shampoos don’t actually work because they can’t break down the drug inside of the follicle. Since most lab tests are able to detect up to 90 days of drug use, the shampoo has to be reliable.
But there is some good news.
There are a few detox shampoos that work. Before making a purchase of any of the shampoos, just be sure to do your research. Aloe Rid is one brand that was known for working really well. However, their new version doesn’t work and is very expensive, so you’d need to find a supplier who sold the old version. You’ll also want to grab Zydot Ultra-Clean shampoo and Neutrogena T/Sal.
Apply the Neutrogena T/Sal followed by the Aloe Rid and then the Zydot for at least two washes prior to your drug test to attempt to detox your hair.
With legalization of marijuana there are new brands of detox shampoo coming out all the time, so just keep your eyes on the reviews as well. After all, even if a product is expensive, if it works and lands you a good job, it’s completely work it right?
Another thing to think about with detox shampoo, is that if you’re a light user of marijuana, but the test makes you nervous (as it should), a combination of a detox shampoo and light use might the perfect combination to pass.
While detox shampoos (particularly Aloe Rid) are currently considered your best bet there are other ways of passing your drug test that you can try. For instance, some people have gotten away with using a wig or hair extensions. While we thing this is particularly risky. If you are down to try. Why not? It just might work.
We hope that this article has given you some hope and allowed you to think of ways you can pass your hair follicle test. We know it’s hard and there’s not a 100% guarantee of testing negative, which is not what you want to hear. But, when it comes to drug tests done on hair, your absolute best chance of coming out clean is to abstain from weed or other drugs for more than 90 prior.
With that being said, we wish you the best of luck on your test!