Miami New Times, an independent website for local news and culture, recently published a feature article, “How To Pass A Hair Follicle Drug Test In 2021 – Ultimate User Guide.”
They noted that, “the recent popularity of this type of test is its large detection window… drug metabolites can stay in your hair for up to 90 days after consumption” adding that, “many people who have been using marijuana for a long time can’t just go cold turkey for three consecutive months…”
They explained that common solutions like, shaving your hair off, bleaching your hair or wearing a wig are unlikely to work and instead, recommended a using a detox shampoo three to ten days before the test date and shampooing around fifteen times before the hair follicle test.
The recommended brand – Old Style Aloe Toxin Rid a product originally developed to remove chlorine from the hair of swimmers who spent a long time in a pool.
Employers are increasingly turning to hair drug testing because it offers up to a 90-day window for detection of drug use prior to the test date and a convenient collection process that can be performed almost anywhere. The test is now offered by major labs like Quest Diagnostics and Labcorp that can detect:
- Marijuana metabolite
- Cocaine and metabolites
- Opiates (codeine, morphine, 6-acetylmorphine)
- Phencyclidine (PCP).
A typical test requires 100 milligrams of hair (90 to 120 strands). If you are required to have a hair drug test, be sure to let the lab technician know if you are taking any prescription medication. There are some medications that can result in a false-positive result.
If you want to check your status before your employer does, you can always purchase a home test kit on Amazon.