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Why do a hair analysis?

Chronic diseases have environmental and dietary origins, but are also related to our lifestyles. Preventing these diseases requires limiting exposure to the toxic substances to which the body is exposed.

Why do a hair analysis?
What influence does natural hair colour have on the results of a hair analysis?
Is it possible to carry out an analysis when you have no hair?
What are the benefits of hair analysis?
How does the hair analysis work?

What can be analysed in the hair?

Due to the incorporation of the various substances in the bloodstream into the hair structure, it is possible to analyse the body's functional markers and exposure markers for substances that have been absorbed by the body.

What can be analysed in the hair?

Should I wash my hair before the test?

Air pollution and hair treatments can deposit the desired substances on the outer surface of the hair. Washing the analysed hair strand with suitable solvents removes much of this contamination.

Should I wash my hair before the test?
How long does the hair bear the traces of exposure to pollution?

What is the structure and composition of hair?

Hair has a complex structure. It is made up of 90-95% keratin, a protein that is the main component of the dander (hair, nails, horns, feathers, beaks). The colour of hair is produced by melatonin, a natural dye.

What is the structure and composition of hair?
Why is the amount of pollutant in the hair related to the level of exposure?

How long after exposure should I wait to have a hair analysis?

Hair grows on average 1 cm per month. The root of a hair is about 1/2 cm deep in the scalp. This 5 mm segment is not accessible during hair collection and it will take at least 15 days after exposure for the traces of exposure to be present in the collected hair. It is therefore recommended to wait at least 1 month after the exposure date to perform a hair analysis.

How long after exposure should I wait to have a hair analysis?

What is the time span of the EXPOZOM hair analysis?

Each centimetre of hair analysed provides information on exposure to environmental pollutants over a period of one month. By default, the analyses proposed by EXPOZOM are based on the study of a 3-centimetre long hair strand (proximal segment, closest to the scalp) and cover a period of one quarter (90 days).

What is the time span of the EXPOZOM hair analysis?
Why do traces of pollution end up in the hair?
Why hair analysis rather than blood or urine analysis?
What are the differences between acute and chronic exposure?
How does the body detoxify itself naturally?